A bit about me...
I often ponder about decisions, and how fragile is our destiny. Obviously, some major decisions will undoubtedly send us a long certain paths. Others, more mundane will probably have less influence.
But what about all the thousands of in between decisions, and which of them will alter our lives.
In 1980 was studying applied biology at what is now Trent University. We had to take a year out in industry as part of our course. I remember standing with a pen in hand, about to sign up for a job which involved videoing chickens and their behaviour.
I remember thinking, ’should I sign up or not’.
In a second, quite irresponsibly, I walked away leaving myself without a job for the next year.
Three months later I was in Los Angeles at the California Acupuncture College.
My aim was to be involved in a research project, just starting the college, into Kirlian photography.
What happened was that I discovered Chinese medicine and Philosophy and it changed my life.
Suddenly, I began to understand myself and our world in a completely different way. It was like I had been shown The Matrix, the secret code.
In Los Angeles I met many kind and wonderful people.
Susan Kauffman (nee Wilson) was my inspiration: she introduced me to herbs and Chinese culture, and endlessly made me laugh.
Then when I returned to England I studied with Giovanni Maciocia, Peter Deadman, Julian Scott and Vivienne Brown and attended many many seminars. I trained with herbs with Ted Kaptchuk.
In the mid 80’s as part of my quest to understand more of this ancient wisdom, I went to China and had an amazing time working at a large hospital in Nanjing, meeting some truly gifted people.
Decoding and applying ancient medical wisdom in modern context
From that first moment in Los Angeles I could see that the application of the Five Energies and this ancient Chinese wisdom was only limited by my imagination.
This energetic way of looking at the world could be applied to any situation, event or relationship in order to gain clarity, insights and a way forward.
Over the next 35 years I built up a successful private practice by decoding this ancient body of medical knowledge into a comprehensive way to understand health, human nature, team dynamics, business, the modern entrepreneur, politics, strategic thinking, relationships, marketing, economics and bigger world issues and concerns.
I could see how they could be used to create more kindness and understanding in the world, which is my driving purpose and concern.
Sharing & Teaching
I am honoured over the last 35 years to have spoken nationally and internationally about the application of the Five Energies at the United Nations, within business, personal development, health, relationships, marketing, business strategy, practice building, entrepreneurship, at colleges, international events and within the NHS.
Some of the places I've been asked to speak at.
With my ongoing entrepreneurial energy, I also set up a successful complementary Health Centre in Nottingham, co-found the fantastic Northern College of Acupuncture in York, developed and built numerous online businesses, created The Vitality Test, and co-founded the Five Institute and other organisations.
And now what matters to me on a personal level
I have fantastic and wonderful marriage to the lovely Sue, three fine young men who started as children, who are all a constant inspiration to me, and finally, the best extended family and group of friends a chap could ever wish for.
I could write at length about how important and inspiring all these people are to me and my life, but you’ve done well to get this far…
So that’s it… take care for now, and be vital, kind and you.
PS. Incidentally, the person who took the job videoing the chickens in 1980 was never quite the same again; but then again, neither was I.