Joseph Rael grew up in a Southern Ute pueblo in Colorado gathering the secrets of the natural world and the ancient wisdom of his grandfather, a medicine man. Through visionary experiences, he came to understand the world as "the House of Shattering Light" where vibrations are a key element of life.

Rael honors listening as a holy act: "To become a true human, one must become conscious of listening and hearing the voice of the Great Mystery speaking through everything, through the sound of a tree, or the bird flying overhead, or in the wind in the room, or someone breathing, or someone talking, or a moment of silence. The activity of sound is what made the people. It is, therefore, simply through listening, and using that listening and paying attention, that one finds the guidance of the Great Mystery along the path of life." This is a compelling work of Native American spirituality.