An exploration of the search for meaning in life. This work argues that the nature of reason expresses itself in an ultimate need for truth, goodness, and beauty. It holds that this need constitutes the fabric of the religious sense, which is evident in every human being everywhere and in all times. So strong is this sense, it claims, that it leads one to desire that the answer to life's mystery might reveal itself in some way. The book challenges us to penetrate the deepest levels of experience to discover our "essential selves", breaking through the layers of opinions and judgments that have obscured our true needs. Asserting that all the tools necessary for self-discovery are inherent within us, it focuses primarily on reason, not as narrowly defined by modern philosophers, but as an openness to existence, a capacity to comprehend and affirm reality in all of its dimensions.