How would you describe yourself and what you do?
I’m a philosopher and I lead events internationally where I guide people to a direct experience of a ‘deep awake’ state.
Tell us a little about your journey to becoming the person you are today…
I experienced a spontaneous spiritual awakening when I was 12 years old, and ever since I’ve been exploring how to go deeper into that experience and share it with others. This has led me to study and write 35 books on the spiritual traditions of the world, showing that at their mystical heart they all point to an experience of all-consuming oneness and all-embracing love. In recent years I have been articulating a new approach to awakening for the 21st century. My latest book ‘Soul Story’, which I feel is my most important, offers an inspiring new worldview that brings together our scientific knowledge with our spiritual wisdom.
What inspires you?
Simple acts of compassion. I often find myself in tears when I see the wonderful way that people respond to the suffering of others by giving of themselves.
What are your favourite holistic treatments/practices?
I love what I call ‘soul to soul’ practises, which connect us together on a deep level. I have been pioneering the use of simple eye gazing as a powerful transformative practise for more than 20 years, and still find it an astonishingly powerful thing to do with another human being.
How do you relax?
I chill out with my family. I walk on the Somerset Levels near where I live in Glastonbury. I sit quietly doing nothing at all and simply be.
What’s next for you?
I feel the philosophy in my new book is important because it address the ‘soul crisis’ that is afflicting mainstream society right now, so I am committed to sharing it with as many people as I can, which should keep me out of trouble for the foreseeable future. I’d then like to work on a book that shows how my philosophical idea can help us understand the way forward politically, so we can create a culture of kindness rather than a culture of cash!