As a black youth of the post war baby boom generation the author struggled with secret rage and a confused life view that fueled his self-destructive rebellion and desertion from the Marine Corps in 1967. His cross country trek ended in a skid row rescue mission in Los Angeles, Ca. There the 17-year-old fugitive was forced to confront his personal demons.
Mr. Ingram’s odyssey of rebellion and redemption led to his discovery of life saving and life affirming principals. His introduction to the Primitive Christian practice of Meditation, taught by a Los Angeles preacher and his foundation, began his journey of self-discovery and awakening.
The handcuffs locked around my wrists. I had been tried, convicted, and sentenced.
I was twenty-one-years old, as I stood shackled and ready to be transported to the Camp Lejeune Regional Brig of the US Marine Corps in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
This military prison was where I wanted to be. My entire focus for the prior three years had been directed toward getting me to this point. This place was the only one where I could end a bad beginning. Silently, I searched for that quiet center of my being that gave me the strength to get this far.
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