Life is an incredible journey and learning curve. This may sound like a cliché to some, yet when it is experienced you’ll know it’s exactly how it is. As they say: ‘Those who taste, know’. Life is also an awakening to which each impact and encounter provides food and nutrition. 

“The bird which knows not of sweet water has his beak in salt water all the year”

So how I got to be where I am is itself a tale.

I graduated university as a young man with a degree in English Literature & American Studies (BA, 2:1 Hons) I decided I wanted to pursue my ambition to be a writer of fiction. I took some minimum wage manual work (factories, postal, courier) in order to keep my mind untouched for writing in the evenings.

Several years of living in a cold one-bedroom flat and having several novels rejected I decided it was time to reach out for the search to questions on my mind. I took a TEFL language training course in the Czech Republic, and then went to Prague to teach English and experience life. I met with several spiritual seekers, and many serious drinkers. After one year of intellectual pursuits, I felt I needed a more ‘heart’ environment. I landed in Istanbul, Turkey.

I stayed for five years. I moved to a private university and began giving courses in English & American literature. I also plunged deeply into Turkish life & lore. I learnt the language, met several dervishes and strange characters, explored intimately, and travelled widely. I crossed pathways with many seekers as I travelled through the many regions of Turkey, then Egypt, Jordan, Palestinian territory, Tunisia, and other domains. Yet still my questions remained unanswered. I wrote reams of poetry, though. I sensed the world was going through rapid change.

I moved back to the UK and gained an MA (Distinction) in ‘Globalization, Identity & Technology’ at Nottingham Trent University. My Masters thesis was on applying Ervin Laszlo’s ‘General Evolution Theory’ to new communications, specifically the Internet (‘An Evolutionary Paradigm of Social Systems’, 2003). Immediately after this I moved to Lancaster University to complete my doctorate in sociology. My research was on complexity theory and how it could be applied to new information communication networks, such as blogging and mobile communication devices. I also applied ideas on the quantum sciences, computing, neuroscience, the ‘global brain,’ amongst others. The final thesis became ‘NEW COMPLEXITIES: converging spaces of connectivity, communication, and collaboration’ (2006). During this time, I also worked as a lecturer and seminar teacher in various sociology subject areas. Yet my understanding of the world was developing on a path congruent to how consensus thinking was viewing it. I knew this was all a matter of perception and that perception is an internal organ that grows in relation to one’s capacity.

“New organs of perception come into being as a result of necessity.

Therefore, O man, increase your necessity, so that you may increase your perception”

Rumi

After finishing my doctorate I moved to the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster University and began work on what would finally be published as After the Car (2009 – co-written with John Urry), a book that looked at post-peak oil societies and mobility. During this time, I was researching deeply into how several major processes were shaping the future, such as resource depletion; climatic changes; digital technologies, and geopolitical events. How did this all fit into my own picture of our evolutionary imperative in relation to socio-cultural development? My own response was to take leave from the university and go my own way.

I left behind everything and jumped into the void.

I arrived in Andalusia in the final week of February 2009 with only what I could carry. This was to be my new life. For the first few months I rented a lovely small apartment on the cliff top of an Andalusian white town (Arcos de la Frontera). Here I sat down to write. My mind and intention were focused. I felt I had something to say. The result of this new direction in my life was the book New Consciousness for a New World (2011), with a generous forward written by Ervin Laszlo – the very same person I had written my MA thesis on many years previously. The universe, it seemed, was conspiring with my will.

My research and writing intensified. Shortly after I finished another manuscript which became The Struggle For Your Mind: Conscious Evolution and the Battle to Control How We Think (2012). The final book in this trilogy became New Revolutions for a Small Planet: How the Coming Years will Transform Our Lives (2012). I am also the co-editor, with Ervin Laszlo, of The New Science & Spirituality Reader (2012).

In the meantime, I decided to move to a more permanent settlement. The Andalusian countryside had claimed me…

I continued to write and publish with ‘traditional publishers’ – ‘Dawn of the Akashic Age‘ (2013 – co-written with Ervin Laszlo); ‘Breaking the Spell‘(2013); ‘The Phoenix Generation: A New Era of Connection, Compassion, and Consciousness‘ (2014); ‘The Sacred Revival – Magic, Mind & Meaning in a Technological Age‘ (2017); and ‘Healing the Wounded Mind: The Psychosis of the Modern World and the Search for the Self’ (2019)

I also decided to begin my own publishing imprint. In 2012 I established the independent book imprint BEAUTIFUL TRAITOR BOOKS in order to release my own writings. Under this imprint I have published a series of novels:

The Most Wondrous Lighthouse of Strange Delights

The Seeker

Song of Citadels

The Saffron Collectors

Sophie’s Search for No-Where

In Your Body is the Garden of Flowers

 

Also, some non-fiction books including research, poetry, and plays:

The Modern Seeker: A Perennial Psychology for Contemporary Times

Bardo Times

Reflections – A Tapestry of Thoughts

The Custodians: A Play in 3 Acts

Meeting Monroe: Conversations with a Man who Came to Earth

Beautiful Traitor: An Anthology of poems 1992 – 2012

I am also in the process of re-issuing some of my previous books in new formats through my own imprint. These include:

Breaking the Spell

The Sacred Revival

MUNDUS GRUNDY – Trouble in Grundusland

At the end of day, I continue to write, write, and write a bit more…

Once while St. Francis of Assisi was hoeing his garden, he was asked, “What would you do if you were suddenly to learn that you were to die at sunset today”? He replied, “I would finish hoeing my garden.”