I am a Published Author, Philosopher, and Spiritual Teacher.
Now, if you want to know more about me, let me give you some insight about my background, and who I am.
I was born in the south west of France , to a French mother and an Italian father. This probably explains my passion for ancient Mediterranean traditions. In my early years, I studied and practiced Eastern spiritual techniques and learned the philosophies of Buddhism and Hinduism.
Eventually, I furthered my interest in the various philosophic and religious traditions which have been passed down to us from antiquity.
I think that this very rich knowledge has been misunderstood and neglected for centuries. Even today the practical applications of Western traditions in our daily lives often appear to be forgotten. This is much different in the Eastern Traditions. My training in philosophy and science of religions helped me to reconcile the requirements of critical reason with the Humanistic and spiritual understanding of the world. My passion for spiritual practices, energy work, and religious rituals, has increased through the years, and today, it constitutes a large part of my research and work.
Now let me present key aspects of my past and present activities. Then you will be able to use links to learn more of these topics.
I attended a technical high school in France before I found my way into philosophy.
I got my Master’s degree in philosophy and taught that subject in France for more than 15 years. My thesis was titled “Morals and Religion in the Work of Nietsche.”
I also obtained a degree of Hebrew language. While teaching philosophy I was trained in Gestalt-therapy and obtained a certification delivered by the “Institut Français de Gestalt-Therapie” (French Institute of Gestalt-therapy). For several years, I have also practiced oneirology, and hypnotherapy.
I have written more than ten books in French. Most have been published by Grancher Publications (Paris, France), although some special editions and shorter works have been printed by various other publishers throughout the years.
Now writing in English, I am very proud to be published by Llewellyn Publications, the world’s largest publisher of books aiming to expand human potential, spiritual consciousness, and planetary awareness.
Several of my books have already been translated and published in other languages such as Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, French, and Greek.
Various material related to my books can be found at the online store "Theurgia." I also write and supervise various online courses published either on the "Aurum Solis - Mediterranean Yoga" or "the K.O.R+C" website. I am a member of the National Writers Union.
I love to say that my western astrological signs are “Plato ascendant Nietzsche.” Finding a good balance between Platonic Idealism and the apparent atheism of Nietzsche is an essential goal of my life!
Graduating in philosophy has been very important. Teaching this wonderful tradition has also been very rewarding. However, philosophy is taught most of the time as a pure intellectual subject, unlike the early times of this tradition.
Although most of these philosophies were developed in the Greek and Roman civilizations, the subject is not limited to the study of old texts. Rather, it is a living heritage which give us real methods of personal-development and a way to know ourselves in a non-religious way. Through philosophy, we obtain real tools that we can used in our daily life to understand the world and better live in it.
I have learned how to use these tools to help others through counseling, coaching, teaching, and the efficiency of this method compared to the modern psychotherapy or psychoanalysis is always amazing.
Classical Philosophy and Religious Rituals: As I mentioned before, I spend a lot of time to learn and teach philosophical, religious, and spiritual domains. I invite you to check this section of the website to learn more about this amazing science.
One of my main focuses and areas of expertise has always been religious rituals all over the world. Initiatory Orders such as Freemasonry have been a large part of my investigations. In my books I explain the history, development, and symbolic meaning of rituals. I have been recognized as a specialist in this field.
Besides philosophy, I have also studied various forms of Shamanism.
I was 20 years old when a French radio hired me for a live show of 10 episodes about Ancient Mysteries and Mediterranean traditions. More recently I have been invited on several radio shows in the USA.
Lecturing has always been an important and enjoyable part of my work, and I have delivered lectures ans speeches all around the world (Africa, Europe, South and North America).
The subjects may vary according to the audience and purpose of the speech; of course, they always relate to my expertise and training. As a philosopher, it is important for me to present in a simple way the modernity and diversity of this tradition - to teach people how to find peace and enjoy life in a balanced way. Some may call it motivational speaking or spiritual awakening. It is wonderful to discover how your reason and your beliefs can work together for the best of who you are.
As an expert on religious and initiatory rituals, I am also presenting these traditions to specialized audiences such as Freemasons, Humanists, and spiritual groups.
I am fluent in English and French but I am also able to understand Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian.
Yoga, Meditation, and Creative Visualization
From the 1970's to the 1990's, I learned and practiced hypnotism and self-hypnosis. I intensively practiced Pranayama, Yoga Nidra (a deep relaxation associated with guided visualization), meditation, and energy work.
I began to teach these techniques and was invited on several radio shows to talk about these subjects. I also studied hypnotism and dream interpretation and progressively mastered the techniques of creative visualization.
Eager to explore more of the deepest part of our psyches, I earned a certification in Gestalt therapy and Oneirology.
Meditation was a prerequisite for my training. I studied and was initiated into the meditation techniques of Chan Buddhism, better known today simply as "mindfulness." I continued to use these techniques to extend my practice in this tradition. I went through each step and learned how each is used in Eastern and Western spiritual traditions.
I received several spiritual initiations and progressively focused more on the Western tradition. My goal was to use my knowledge of Eastern practices to resurrect and reveal essential keys of the Mediterranean traditions. This is what I did in my books.
In the past years, I have resumed a more intensive and inclusive practice manifested in the practice of the facets of esoteric Yoga including Yoga Nidra. This teaching combines my long practical expertise with my spiritual, religious and philosophical knowledge.
I am a certified Yoga Teacher registered in the international organization "Yoga Alliance" (E-RYT - YACEP). With my wife Patricia, I am the founder of heir of "Mediterranean Yoga - Aurum Solis" (TM). Learn more about it here...
Eager to know the Western initiatory Mysteries from the inside, I was initiated into Freemasonry in 1990. I am a Master Mason (raised in 1992) and a Past Master. I have been a member of Grand Lodges in Canada, the G. L. F.A.A.M. of the District of Columbia and the G. L. of the State of Nevada (USA). I currently belong to the United Grande Lodge of England, Province of Province of East Lancashire, Lodge #9659. While living in France and prior to joining American Freemasonry, I was the Grand Officer of the Grand Orient de France (Largest Masonic Organization in France). I have received all the degrees of the Egyptian Freemasonry (33°-95°-AA) and other allied degrees.
I also received the 32 degrees of the American Scottish Rite in Washington D.C. and was initiated in the Royal Arch in Canada.
You can learn more about my Masonic past and present activities in the masonic section of this website.
Initiatory World: Initiations are a very old manifestation of the Western Tradition. We can find such rituals also in the eastern traditions. As part of my research on religious rituals, I study ancient and modern initiatory rituals.
Besides, this historic and analytic research, I have worked in some of the most respectable of its schools. I am the current head of two of them: The Aurum Solis and the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross.
“Mediterranean diet” is the only diet officially validated by the American Heart Association.
After being strictly vegetarian during more than 15 years in the 80's, I came back to what is one of the most ancient, healthy, proven, and enjoyable diet.
I was 18 years old when I received my passport for the first time. Since then, I have traveled in various countries in the world and extensively around the Mediterranean Sea.
The 80’s were a time when it was still possible to visit Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, etc. without too much risks. Today things are very different, but I continue to travel and to explore, discovering new cultures, people, beliefs and traditions, food and wine, etc. Someone said that life is a book and someone who doesn’t travel reads only one page of it. I have been always curious about what we can find behind the horizon!