When the author was very young, he would take toys apart to see
what made them work. As he got older, he turned that inquisitiveness
to how his mind worked. Between the ages of 9-18 he learned or started
‘playing’ with a multitude of things such as: he could not trust his mind;
the relationships of wants – desires – in everything we do (and changing
his desires); he learned the permanence of mathematics and science; there
were ‘glitches’ in our – mankind’s -- perception of reality; he learned
blank mind exercises; he learned truth perception in everyday objects;
he learned to use music to aid blank mind exercises; and, he started to
experiment with entering deep relaxation trance states.
of 18-20 found Steven as a merchant seaman and he sailed the pacific orient
for a while before the selective service caught up with him. When
a seaman, he learned about chanting and would do this on the deck of the
ships he sailed and he also ‘played’ more with trance states.
the army at the age of twenty. The author turned the army experience
into a serious metaphysical study and mental practice; mostly as a rebellion
to the army (“They got my body, but they don’t have my soul.”) He
began studying and doing exercises regularly in the Tarot, I
Ching, thaumaturgical magic, music aided exercises, and learned raja
yoga. Steven devised and performed numerous empirical experiments
in the mystical/ESP/magic vein at this time and did many while he
was doing his military chores
while in the army he was initiated into an intense period of internal schooling
of thirteen months, which had distinct initiations through the ‘school’.
The schooling continued after his release from the army. The graduation
from this school required his death. The age of twenty-three found
Steven as an adept.
it could not be that simple, he then studied the core concepts of world
religions. The author found he could pick up books like
Ching, Upanishads, or Bhagavad Gita and the majority
of the time knew exactly what the books were expressing and be able to
explain the core concepts to others.
been in service to communities dedicated to growth, education, service,
or of a spiritual nature most of the time since then. Fixing things
is his version of “chopping wood and carrying water”. The spectrum
of these communities range from years working at Esalen Institute to years
working for a Catholic monastery -- New Camaldoli Hermitage. Consequently,
he has been exposed to a multitude of philosophies and thought systems.
It was while he was at the hermitage that he started to put the concepts
he learned into a book -- I
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taught workshops in Mysticism and the Moody Blues, Magick: Preparation
of the Operator, and was a Course in Miracles(C) group
discussion leader for a number of years. In addition, he has regularly
taught an extracurricular quarter class titled an Introduction to the Mystic
Arts (or Science) at
Heartwood Institute. He taught this class using a previous version
of his book (Iamai: A Journey into the Unseen) as the textbook.
Steve likes to play 'mad scientist' with inventions like the
converter and the electric field transformer,