Religious, Healing and New Age Studies
1953 Began* 3 ½ years of Hebrew school, Torah study; learned to read and write Hebrew.
1957 Began study of comparative religions; first readings of major religious texts.
1960 Bhai study, paper on history of the faith; attended services for a year.
1961 Intensive reading/study of Freud; Interpretation of Dreams; Future of an Illusion.
1963 First of three near-death experiences; full out-of-body witness to my death. (Other events in 1976; 1994.)
1964 Began formal study of Zen and Oriental Philosophy; Amherst College, advanced course of study and paper on Fung Shui.
1966 Extensive reading of H. G. Wells; 35-page paper on “H. G. Wells and futurism;” continued study of Arthur C. Clark, Isaac Asimov; day with Asimov discussing futurism.
1969 Began years of study with Aaron Kramer, progenitor of Poetry Therapy.
1970 Began yoga studies; writing on pranayama.
1974 Began teaching Mythology as Comparative Religion in SUNY system; extensive study of Otto Rank, Myth of the Birth of the Hero; Joseph Campbell, Hero with a Thousand Faces; Jongeward and James, Born to Win.
1975 First awareness of ability to see auras; extensive study of the phenomenon.
1976 Diagnosed with liver cancer; left doctors’ care and proved diagnosis wrong.
1976 Began study of Wilhelm Reich, Carl Jung; 100 hours of training in techniques of Alexander Lowen and bioenergetics.
1977 Began study of Rolla Nordic, creator of Greco-Roman Rune Stones/system; extensive study of Norse and other rune systems; creator of my own eclectic Rune Stone system of “Future Casting.”
1978 Day with Isaac Beshevis Singer; discussion of God and demons; published interview in Jerusalem Times.
1979 Presented Native American Poetry Festival with emphasis on spirit quest and animism.
1982 Began 100 hours of training in neurolinguistic programing.
1983 Began teaching seminars in “The Healing Power of Poetry.”
1984 Interviews with Dean Kraft, psychic healer; one-year extensive study of clairvoyance.
1991 Began Qi Gong studies with Master Chen (Tseng Yun-Xiang) and Yan Xin; qi gong reversal of advancing blindness.
1993-1994 September-June, Fulbright Award, year in China; traveled, lectured with Chinese military qi gong division as representative of American Yan Xin Qi Gong Scientific Association. 6 lectures in 5 provinces, PRC.
1995 Assisted in founding Association for Chinese-American Enrichment.
1996 Assisted in founding Chi for Longevity.
1996 “Healing Power of Poetry,” taught day-long seminar in conjunction with Key West Literary Seminars.
1997 Began 50 hours study/application of EMDR PTSD therapy.
2000 Coordinated video publication Master Chen’s Qi Gong and Tai Chi videos.
2006 Publication of Another Way: Poems Derived from the Tao Te Ching (Karma Dog Press).
2007 Appointed honorary Daoist Priest by Wu Dang (China) Temple.
2010 Founded and incorporated Creative Happiness Institute, Inc. (CHI).
2013 Appointed Elder of Yu Shu Daoist Temple; DaoUSA Wu Dang Daoist religious order.
2013-2014 2-year research project, Goddess religions and life of Merlin Stone; Editor, co-author, Merlin Stone Remembered (Llewellyn Worldwide); Gold Medal, Florida Book Awards best non-fiction book; 1st Prize, best biography, Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Award.
2014 Featured at 1st annual Universal Consciousness Festival; second edition Another Way (Mighty Rogue).
2016 Helped coordinate Universal Consciousness Festival; life member DaoUSA.
*Note: “Began,” denotes years of &/or continuing study.