I was introduced to meditation by an inspirational teacher in 1975 when I was engaged in post-graduate work at Oxford. From then until now I have worked with others to develop and perpetuate an approach to Knowledge, and received a systematic training in the esoteric (ie. hidden) side of inner work. 

Symbolic Encounters is a combination of this training with a modern technique suitable for an internet age, and enabling  contact via the Web.

Knowledge is not the same as information. Knowledge involves transformation of Being. I do what I can to facilitate this in any one who comes my way.



*** My new book Tessellations: Patterns of Life and Death in the Company of a Master  is now available from bookshops, Amazon and the Troubador bookshop:

Currently you can also purchase both  books directly from me  by emailing  me  with your details  and  including payment by PayPal to the account :

Tessellations  £14   The Meditator's Guidebook £10.50  (both incl. p & p)

Tessellations : 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.


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 (    Destiny Books, Inner Traditions1991)

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.

More Background

Diploma & D.Phil research, University of  Oxford : sacred symbolism.

Writer & Speaker. Extensive experiential and philosophical training in traditional mythology and Symbolism.
Meditation from western oral tradition, and founding member of Saros Foundation for the Perpetuation of Knowledge, and  High Peak Meditation.

Lucy Oliver
The Meditator's Guidebook by Lucy Oliver