About the Authors

PERRI BIRNEY is the writing team of Angelina Perri Birney and Lawence Birney.

With a master's degree in English Education from NYU and bachelor's in Writing and Communications, Angelina has also been trained in the Tibetan Buddhist lama tradition and completed a three-year retreat. While traveling extensively throughout Tibet, Nepal and India, she experienced the rich cultures and spiritual traditions practiced in these lands. She received teachings on the various myths explored within Pure Vision, in particular that of Shambhala, from several eminent teachers including the Dalai Lama. Angelina is also an alumna of the White House Project, an organization which promotes women's leadership. She is the author of Powerful Women Changing the World, a blog dedicated to women's influence on world affairs. Angelina's work has also been published in the McGraw-Hill anthology, Women: Images & Realilties.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Lawrence lived there for ten years before moving with his family to Libya. In Tripoli, surrounded by antiquities from the Roman era through World War II, he gained first-hand knowledge of Arab culture and its historical position on the world stage. His exploration of the underground tunnels used by Erwin Rommel's Panzerarmee Afrika is a foundational element within Pure Vision. Lawrence studied Modern European History and Economics at the Institute for European Affairs in Lugano, Switzerland before returning to the US to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering from Bridgeport Engineering Institute. His blog, The Yes Factor, focuses on the power of the heart to influence change and create a new paradigm. He is a student of both Christian and Eastern mysticism.

Angelina and Lawrence live in New York's Hudson Valley. They are also the founders of PURE VISION FOUNDATION, a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating communication, understanding, peaceful conflict resolution and humane treatment of all beings through developmental projects, interfaith outreach, and artistic expression. If you would like to know more about the foundation, please visit www.purevisionfoundation.org.