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Patterns of Life and Death in the Company of a Master    (Matador 2020)


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.

 Both books are available from  bookshops, Amazon etc.

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

Currently you can also purchase both  books directly from me .

Tessellations  £10   The Meditator's Guidebook £8.50  (both incl. p & p)


Excavating the Intangible

(Not yet published)

​        These diaries are a first-hand and intimate record of soul-search and growth through the eyes of a young woman living and studying in the university town of Oxford in the late 1970’s. The woman was my younger self.

      Now, fifty years later, I found and began to read these long-forgotten diaries, and discovered in their pages a vivid inner quest for wisdom, understanding and love, depicted sometimes with searing honesty and authentic insight, against the backdrop of a poetic evocation of the ‘town of dreaming spires’. I have lived for another half-century, and so to the insights and observations of those seminal years of Youth I have added narrative background and present commentary from the experience of Age.

       The diaries cover six years of an intense maturing process to find and articulate a meaningful framework for life and loving, and not be crushed by despair, depression and reversals. A combination of academic learning and direct perception provided the catalyst, initially through art, literature and poetry, but eventually finding direction in esoteric and philosophic training.

         The book is the product of both my youth and age.


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
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