"Awakening is nothing else but our natural state. It is always there but is masked by our psychological entity. An awakened person perceives people and things just like everybody else. However, having lost his conditioning, he attains a state that is one with life."
Awakening occurred one winter’s afternoon in the half light of the 12th century Gothic cathedral of Chartres. I used to travel to this beautiful medieval town, that lies about an hour away from Paris, where I would settle down to read certain metaphysical texts. I would then meditate for an hour and return home.
After three months of regular practice, while sitting in silence in the cathedral, a powerful question propelled me to a level beyond my mind and I suddenly saw that I was not my thoughts, not my emotions, that I was not this psychological entity. For the first time I had living proof of what the classical texts had been saying.
What that experience showed me is that awakening is nothing else but our natural state. It is always there but is masked by our psychological entity. An awakened person perceives people and things just like everybody else. However, having lost his conditioning, he attains a state that is one with life. Only that state is free of fear. The philosophy contained within this book has emerged from the work that I have undertaken on myself, and is the result of a journey that I would like to share with you.
At the age of 20, the metaphysical questions that had pre-occupied me during adolescence encouraged me to research further. This eventually led me to the conclusion that there are undeniable parallels between the major spiritual, religious and philosophical traditions.
At the age of 22, I met my first teacher, a homeopathic doctor who had been one of Gurdjieff’s students. From that moment I dedicated most of my spare time to becoming better acquainted with the philosophy of non-duality – Advaita Vedanta, the Ch’an Buddhist Masters, the Sufis and the Christian mystics.
At the age of 25, I had for the first time the experience of awakening in Chartres. My work over the next few years became more and more intense. I developed the practice of sitting in silence often in remarkable places such as the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, the Basilica at Santiago de Compostella and by the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
When I was 34, I met my second teacher, an elderly Frenchman who had been brought up by a Tibetan monk. The techniques that he taught me accelerate the development of the soul.
At the age of 39, the process of this inner evolution intensified to such an extent that the ability to fuse with the states of unity or awakening became more and more frequent. Once I had experienced this opening up of consciousness, I understood that philosophers and mystics should not be considered as the representatives of their system of belief, but as scientists who integrated or explored the state of higher consciousness. They are the scouts of our potential evolution.
In the next few years, I began to take notes on the techniques that had brought about awakening. My first students came from my circle of friends and acquaintances. They helped me to perfect the system that I call The Philosophy of The Four Ds, a practical synthesis linked to my own experience that parallels those of the mystics. I next gathered together a number of people in London and in New York whom I see on a regular basis. I noticed over the course of the years that I could help them attain a state of consciousness that transcends time and space, and transmit an energy that has the power to accelerate their evolution. I have also confirmed that as long as my students apply the right techniques, a new aspect will develop in them which will steer them towards a much more happy and successful life.