About the Book
These questions are addressed in a frank and compelling memoir by the author. He takes us on a roller-coaster ride through his early childhood, university days and working life before his world is upended when he encounters Osho – the controversial guru formerly known as Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh.
Plunged into group therapy and strange meditation practices; marital disintegration and sexual experimentation, the author whirls in this spiritual washing machine for seven years before leaving the imploded cocoon of a commune to face fresh challenges, including how to apply any insights and understandings into regular life – and to address lingering issues in relationship, parenting and more.
This book will be of interest to those who have searched for meaning and purpose outside of mainstream religion or a consumer-driven society. It will also appeal to readers who may have never dipped toes into these waters but remain curious about the motivation and outcomes for those who do.
Bruce Menzies was born in Subiaco, Western Australia. After scraping through a law degree he moved to Canberra for a stint in the Public Service, highlighted by 3 years in Germany. In the seventies, he worked as a lawyer in Fremantle and helped set up a Montessori school. Graduating to an Indian ashram, he spent 7 years in a commune before returning to Perth. In 1990 Bruce and his wife built a mud brick home in Denmark, grew bio-dynamic raspberries and ran holiday accommodation. During that period Bruce morphed from a lawyer into a mediator – and succumbed to the writing virus. In 2011, he published The Warp and the Weft, an account of his ancestors and their migration to Australia . His first novel, Absence Makes, was published in April 2013. Since then, Bruce has published two more novels - Ascending Sideways and Dreaming South Terrace, plus a number of photo-journals. In August 2019, his memoir, Whirlpool - In and Out of a Spiritual Washing Machine, was released.