I have written about the three archetypal vocations of the craftsman, warrior, magician (e.g., shaman, priest, brahmin, philosopher, guide), which we find in probably every ancient and classical society. Plato claimed that each individual should be educated through music, wrestling, and philosophy. In the 20th century, Omori Sogen became a master of calligraphy, sword fighting, and Zen Buddhism (as had Yamaoka Tesshu during the 19th). Sufism (one of the better-known forms of Islamic spirituality), too, was influenced by the craft guilds, and by Islamic chivalry.
In my own life, I have worked to embody these three archetypes in a way that is relevant to our world today. I studied art and design (especially fashion design) at Central Saint Martins College in London (I now live in New York City) and write on an almost daily basis. I practice Kung Fu. And I practice meditation and techniques of mental focus (and I clarity and have developed a number of techniques myself over the years).
I am probably best known for my writing and public speaking on the subjects of self-development, spirituality, and symbolism. I wrote my first book in 2004 (a history of the fraternity of Freemasonry). However, only in my most recent book, The Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality: Craftsman, Warrior, Magician (Inner Traditions, 2020), did I really begin to lay down my own philosophy of life. While my writing is now focused on self-development, spirituality, and symbolism, with the aim of helping people improve their lives, I have been published in the academic Journal of Indo-European Studies, favorably reviewed in the academic journal Correspondences, and have been cited in books published by Oxford Univerity Press and De Gruyter. New Dawn magazine has also described my work as “of extraordinary importance in this time of cultural and even spiritual conflict.”