James Bishop was born in a convent near Los Angeles, California. He was raised Catholic, but even in adolescence studied other religious beliefs, concentrating on meditation. He worked for over ten years with artificial intelligence software. While battling alcoholism and obsessive-compulsive disorder in prison, he was reintroduced to meditation through the World Community for Christian Meditation. He enjoys writing about his experiences with meditation, synesthesia and music, and is currently working on a biography. He is now a free man, both physically and spiritually.