Ashley went from nice, innocent Virgo kid, to long-haired math major college student at an elite southern university, to short-haired math teacher to computer programmer, to math graduate student, to crystal-wearing energy healer/yogi, to gig-playing mandolin player. He got interested in the deeper questions and you can probably see where in the progression this occurred.
He needed meaning in life, and the voice demanding it would not be quiet. A string of coincidences and one very strange occurrence had gotten his attention, and the logical “mathy” part of him could not deny that the world operates much differently than he had thought. His small world had been split open. Before he knew it, he was a spiritual seeker with a very singular focus.