I was born and raised on the outskirts of New York City about the middle of last century. I was a child of my time: both a good athlete (particularly tennis) and student. I first attended Williams College and then Reed College. I studied philosophy and religion. I graduated from Reed in 1970 with a degree in religion. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the theme of Good and Evil as explored by the Jewish theologian, Martin Buber.
Later in the year after my graduation (1970), while engaged in writing a novel about a young man coming of age in New York City, I had an 'awakening' to a larger part of my Self. This inaugurated the central motif which has guided my life during the previous thirty years. Simply put, this has been self-exploration and self-development. Though conversant with a wide range of teachings and teachers, most fully perhaps, that of Rudolf Steiner, to whom I owe an inestimable debt of gratitude, I have largely charted my own course.
My own inner orientation has passed through different landscapes during different periods of my life.
The most visible fruit of my efforts has expressed itself in a number of books I have written during the previous twenty years. When asked to give a 'name' to my work and orientation I have generally called myself a 'contemplative scientist'. I have approached the inner life (in part) with the mode of consciousness usually used to explore the outer world. People reading some of my books will see an obvious relation to Christian mysticism but perhaps approached with a mood of soul which one could see in Buddhism; Kabbalism; depth psychological explorations, etc.
I would say that I had some highly developed capacities for these forms of exploration which were germinally 'reawakened' within me in my early twenties and which I have continued to cultivate for these thirty or so years now. I have also tried to cultivate to a healthier balance areas of my being or ways of being in the world which were less part of my nature.
One of the areas of exploration (which dovetails with Jane Wright's efforts) is my systematic study of how individual human beings spiritual bodies or 'fields' are interwoven with cosmic phenomena as they manifest in day-to-day changes through the course of the year. This aspect of the work could give one the impression of some of the understanding one might imagine could be gained through a Taoist training. The first book explores the interwovenness of the three soul forces in the human being: thinking; feeling and willing with their macrocosmic counterpart in the spiritual spheres of the sun; moon and the earth.
This is a very detailed and precise perception and understanding which has, I think, good potential to add an essential component to many paths today in regard to the challenge of how to live into the Qualities of Time (the title of my series of books) in an age which is increasingly estranging us from the cosmic dimensions of time and its interface with our fully human and cosmic being.
Arthur Koestler once suggested that he thought there was a special office in the work of Divine Providence which had the task of bringing the right book to a person at the right time. Certainly a daunting one in our day and age both for us to recognize it and the beings responsible to achieve it!
The various published books I have written and unpublished manuscripts have had different purposes. One has been to share with others some of the fruits of my own efforts with the hope that if what was contained in one or another title was what the person needed at a particular time it would be there for delivery.