Emerson once dreamed that he saw the world, diminished to the size of an apple, floating above him. "Then an angel took it in his hand and brought it to me and said, 'This thou must eat.' And I ate the world." Emerson devoured life. He read voraciously, wrote relentlessly, and averaged 80 lectures a year. His always returned to the same topics: trusting oneself rather than authorities and scriptures, finding the divine within, and realizing that "every natural fact reveals a spiritual fact." This presentation examines the roots of Emerson's American spirituality and the call to the spiritual life found in his major writings.