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Tony’s development and worldview has been founded upon a number of Experiences, Practises, Systems, Theories and Philosophies from both the East and the West.

Early 1970’s-Mid 1980’s. During this period Tony trained and worked as a Mental Health Nurse eventually being involved in settings utilising Therapeutic Community Principles. He trained as a Psychodynamic Nurse Therapist developing his Psychodynamic skills in a Community setting. He then went into Nurse Teaching eventually in the 1990’s becoming a lecturer in the Institute of Health and Community Studies at Bournemouth University and retired in 2007. He specialised in teaching Communication/Therapeutic Skills, Depth Psychology, Psychospiritual development and Holistic Thinking and Practise.

During this period he practised and taught Shotokan Karate specialising in Kata (forms)and won two trophies (one national and one regional) in the same.

Mid 1980’s-mid 1990’s. On the Western side his Psychiatric, Psychodynamic and Dramatherapy trainings/practise have been supported by his study of Object Relations and Kleinian Psychoanalytic thought as well as Jung’s Analytical Psychology. Tony also studied a wide range of Social/Behavioural Sciences in his first degree as well as Social Psychology and the study of Beliefs and Ideology from a multidisciplinary perspective.

During this period Tony studied Jungian and Transpersonal Psychology and over a number of years had personal experience of Brief Individual Crisis Therapy, Group Analytic Therapy (during training as a Psychodynamic Nurse Therapist), Psychodrama, Dramatherapy (During his training as a Dramatherapist) and three years in Jungian Analytic Therapy.

During this time Tony also practised shamanic journeying (American and Celtic) for a year or two as well as working with the Arthurian Mysteries through Meditation and Tarot.

Also at the beginning of this period he switched from teaching Shotokan Karate to practising and eventually teaching Taijiquan and Chinese Qigong while also studying, informally, Taoism and some Buddhism.

Mid 1990’s-present. From the mid 1990’s Tony practised Soto Zen meditation for three years and then spent  a number of years training and working with the Amida Trust, a charitable Buddhist organisation. During this time he gained further insight into Buddhist Psychology and experienced Naikan Therapy, a form of Buddist Psychotherapy.

From the early 1990’s to the beginning of the millenium Tony Trained in and worked as a Dramatherapist working both in the NHS with the mentally ill (Individual & Groupwork) and doing private work with individuals and families.

During this period in the late 1990’s Tony also embarked on training in Reiki Jin Kei Do and Buddho EnerSense (both of which Tony refers to as Buddho). This is a very comprehensive dual system of Meditation (Which is its core), Healing (based on an earlier development of Usui Reiki than the popular Takata lineages) and Movement/BodyBreathwork. Buddho EnerSense is a Himalayan Tantric tradition which (together with Jin Kei Do) fulfils the eight limbs of Yoga. After fifteen years of  very committed practises involving many thousands of hours of energy, meditation, mantra, yantra, symbol and bodybreathwork, Tony became authorised (in2013) to teach the whole of both systems. Buddho is Tony’s central practise (between 1 and 2hours per day).

In the early millenium Tony received empowerments within the Drugpa Kargyu lineage of Vajrayana Buddism including Medecine Buddha.

In 2004 Tony completed his MA in Transpersonal Arts and Practise the dissertation of which was based on qualitative research into the Spiritual and Transpersonal dimensions of Buddho.

During this period Tony also trained as an EmoTrance practitioner and Chi Power Sports trainer but no longer practises these disciplines. He also did a core Chinese medecine training focusing on Tuina (a form of Chinese Massage) and Medical qigong which includes energy transmission and exercise prescription. Although he no longer practises these therapies (apart from occasional exercise prescription and acupressure) he uses the knowledge and experience in his other energy therapy practise and teaching of Tai Chi/Qigong.

Tony currently practises and teaches various meditation, movement, bodybreathwork practises (such as Taijiquan and Chinese Qigong) and tends to promote them in terms of their physical health benefits. However, he practises them himself as much for their psychospiritual dimensions as their physical effects. This was much more central in their evolution in the East. Although he introduces some of these latter aspects in what he calls his Tai Chi Kung classes he tends to promote this dimension more in the meditations classes and Buddho (Reiki Jin Kei Do/Buddho EnerSense trainings) in which he insists on more personal training, particularly in the more advanced levels.

Integral Theory/Philosophy and Mindfulness/Meditation

Since the early 1980’s Tony has also been reading a wide range of the writings of Ken Wilber and other Integral thinkers. From 2015-17 he studied more intensively, Integral Philosophy/Practises and Meditation/Mindfulness. During this time he completed online and audio training courses The Superhuman OS (Operating System), Full Spectrum Mindfulness and Living and Dying (Andrew Holocek). 

Integral theory is a school of philosophy that seeks to integrate all of human wisdom into a new, emergent worldview that is able to accommodate the gifts of all previous worldviews, including those which have been historically at odds: science and religion, east and west, pre-modern, modern and post-modern. (from the Daily Evolver).

Wilber is one of the great philosophers of our time. He has evolved a way of understanding human consciousness and development in a way that has clarified for Tony many areas of his own experience and development both theoretical and practical. Tony has, over the last few years been partaking in some of the latest training in Integral Theory and Practise developing some of it in his own way, utilising some of his own past experience of meditation and therapy. The Integral view is a spiritually, scientifically and culturally inclusive way of understanding and evolving human development and consciousness. It can be seen as being a central part of the leading edge of Holistic and Spiritual Development and has relevance to all dimensions of living.

Integral Mindfulness. This is based, mainly on Wilber’s Integral framework which brings together the essence of traditional contemplative/meditation practises and modern scientific research into individual/cultural human development and evolution. Never before have these two fields of enquiry and practise been integrated in order to evolve a comprehensive process of personal and spiritual development at the leading edge of individual/cultural evolution.

Tony is particularly interested in and currently focusing on the ideas of a Group calling itself Integral Postmetaphysical Spirituality which seems to be spinning a lot of interesting plates at the moment. IPS is a development of Integral Theory which embraces its own evolution, emphasises the importance of provisionality of belief/theory regarding spiritual matters, recommends caution in reification of spiritual concepts and the promulgation of absolutes. Its main interests and questions are:

What paths lie ahead for religion and spirituality in the 21st Century? How might the insights of modernity and post-modernity impact and inform humanity’s ancient wisdom traditions? How are we to enact, together, new spiritual visions – independently, or within our respective traditions – that can respond adequately to the challenges of our times. 

Also:

It signals a move away from  – not only the religious and dogmatic orientations to truth predominant in pre-modern cultures – but from more subtle modes of unreflective metaphysical thinking  predominant in  modern cultures  ……………………      Post-metaphysics signals a distancing from  definitive or authoritative proclamations of universal truth. ( Murray, T. Integral Review 2019)

Integral theory also emphasises individual/cultural Stages of Development (altitude) which are different from and unrecognised from States of Consciousness (developed in contemplative systems). Complete truly Holistic (and Spiritual) development needs to involve a recognition and actualisation of these levels as well as the other dimensions recognised by what is called AQAL (Quadrants of reality, Lines of development and types). Within this process one will also need to have worked on ones shadow or unconscious (again something not fully recognised within contemplative systems).