Onward & Upward: Reflections of a Joyful Life


“The memoir of a rare and wonderful man, who has lived a truly extraordinary life.” —John Robbins, author, Diet for a New America

By always testing the limits, a young Michael had a yearning to understand “the secret of life” and began to “see things worth seeing.” During the turbulent ‘60’s in San Francisco he makes his first films exploring his inner world.

Later, under the pressure to support a family, he moves to New York and lands “real jobs” in the entertainment industry. But while climbing the corporate ladder, he loses his footing on the spiritual path. With guidance from his mentors, friends, and wife, he regains his sense of purpose, and into the most productive and satisfying period of his life. This book is a record of that journey and of those things that are important to creating a contented life.



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Meet The Author

Michael Wiese always had a knack for being at the right place at the right time and when that wasn’t the case, he enthusiastically created his own opportunities.

He was a producer, director, writer, and publisher with a substantive body of work. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, his search for healing took him from stem cell therapy to Amazonian plant medicine. His spiritual quests were documented in his films The Sacred Sites of the Dalai Lamas (Tibet), The Shaman & Ayahuasca (Peru), and Talking with Spirits (Bali).