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An extract from the Introduction:


      "For many, the ‘twenties’ are characteristically turbulent years, full of experiments, experiences, failures and successes in the quest for a firm identity and role in life. I had a clear inner trajectory which could be characterized as searching for ‘Meaning’, ‘ultimate meaning’, or ‘God’ (though I was wary of dogma and received ideas).

         I was looking for those intimations of experience beyond the personal, like ripples on a pond from some yet invisible subterranean activity. Initially, feeling my way without other guidance, by writing the diaries I had a sounding-board, a dialogue with self, part of a process to fashion a reasonably coherent worldview and identity.

          I wanted to follow these intimations, but it was still a lightbulb moment when I realised that there was a way of ordering these scattered intimations into a structured whole which allowed for evolution. Order is a creative force. A pile of bricks becomes a house when they are organised, utilising the laws of space and form to realise an aim and design."

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Patterns of Life and Death in the Company of a Master   


An unusual and fascinating account which interweaves memoir, biography, wisdom teaching and metaphysical philosophy to present a rare illustration of how an oral tradition of Knowledge can be transmitted in modern Britain under the guidance of an extraordinary Sage.

This book is the first direct and personal account of over forty years under the direction of this inspiring authentic Teacher, who insisted on obscurity while he lived. As the text reveals, life around such an individual is never dull. Through anecdote and lively description, it embodies and brings to life some founding principles of spiritual teaching, removing some of the mystique and superstition which have encrusted traditional esoteric work.

It also fills in the background to the author’s The Meditator’s Guidebook which is a classic of the meditation genre for its clear and profound approach to meditation from the same lineage of oral transmission and was originally published over 30 years ago.

The Meditator's Guidebook 

(Destiny Books, Inner Traditions 1991 )

This valuable guide explains the basic process that is initiated when someone seriously begins to learn meditation in any tradition or with any technique. Whether the objective is relaxation, enlightenment, or union with the Divine, the three most obvious results of meditation can be summarized as calmness, power, and insight; together, they represent the refinement and development of our physical, emotional and intellectual levels of being.

The author describes with precision the benefits and pitfalls of meditation....She clarifies the basic techniques and principles involved in the skill of meditation and shows how sustained practice can unlock our innate creativity. Just as nourishment is assimilated by the body and transformed in the process of physical growth, meditation is a catalyst for transforming the substance of life in our consciousness and deepening our contact with the creative dimension of existence.


“A captivating, affectionate, and utterly factual account of the man who is the closest thing to a Master that I have ever met.” – Richard Smoley, Author and Editor of Quest Journal

“An invitation into thinking and feeling on a higher level, refined, real, with an internal tempo spacious and still.” – Anne Egseth, Author and Integral Coach

The Meditator's Guidebook by Lucy Oliver

Books are available from  bookshops, Amazon eBooks or paperback

 Tessellations: Patterns of Life and Death in the Company of a Master  is also available from the Troubador bookshop:

Currently all paperbacks can also be purchased directly from me .

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Tessellations  £10   

The Meditator's Guidebook £8.50 

Diaries of a Young Mystic  £11.99

(all incl. UK p & p)

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