Andrew has over 35 years experience in the Wisdom Traditions of Japan, China, Tibet, and Native America.
He started learning oriental martial arts and meditation at the age of 15, progressing through the Japanese and Chinese martial arts traditions. In his twenties, he started learning Taoist Qigong (Energy Work), Taoist Meditation, and Taoist Healing methods alongside the Taoist martial arts of Tai Chi, Hsing-I and Ba Gua. He began to teach the Taoist Energy Arts and Martial Arts, as well as treat people with Qigong healing, and then progressed to studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) full time for an honours degree (BSc.).
In late 1999 Andrew was introduced to the Dzogchen teachings of Tibet, as well as the Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist tradition (Tantric Buddhism), and went on to study closely with some of most reknowned spiritual masters of the last generation to grown up in the ‘old’ Tibet. These teachings of Dzogchen and Vajrayana built on the foundation of Andrew’s years of powerful Taoist spiritual and energetic practice; awakened a profound awareness; and gave Andrew a greater understanding of the deeper nature of what we are and how we function as human beings.
Andrew has studied with teachers of the Native American traditions: living with the Shuar tribe in Amazonian Ecuador and studying the ancient shamanic healing and spiritual traditions of that culture as an apprentice to renowned Shamans (Uwishin). He has also attended many Pow Wows and healing ceremonies in North America with Navajo, Cherokee, Apache, Lakota and other tribes. The Native American aspect of Andrew’s training has formed a fascinating counterpoint to his extensive Eastern/Oriental studies, and has given him profound insights into the commonalities of healing and self-development paths, as well as some unique methods of healing and spiritual development.
Andrew has for many years maintained a busy clinical practice treating people using Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, and Traditional Chinese Herbal formulas; as well as healing methods from the Tibetan and Native American traditions. Alongside his work as a healer, Andrew coaches and teaches students from all walks of life.
Andrew is the author of a best-selling book on Tai Chi and the Taoist healing and spiritual tradition, first published in 2004. He has been interviewed for radio and print internationally, and has provided training seminars for Fortune 500 companies including Cable & Wireless and Ford Motor Company. He has coached A-List movie stars, world-famous entrepreneurs, and corporate CEOs.
As well as his deep and extensive training in the Wisdom Traditions, Andrew has an honours degree in Law, and has in his time worked for a major investment bank, as well as in the design and branding industry. He is very much aware of the realities of normal life and work; and consequently can not only relate to his patients, students and clients, but understand exactly how to help them in the most effective and efficient way.
Andrew communicates in a direct, engaging, and often amusing way, bringing the sometimes esoteric subject matter firmly down to earth. He speaks English, Spanish, and French. He is based in the U.K. and Internationally.
Andrew has had many extraordinary teachers from a variety of traditions, including the great Tibetan Dzogchen master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, who he considers to be his most important teacher. Over the course of almost 20 years as his student, Andrew has been incredibly fortunate to receive transmission of the full range of teachings in the Dzogchen tradition, including its most esoteric and secret methods of spiritual development.
Other important teachers for Andrew in the Tibetan tradition include: Chimed Rigdzin Rinpoche, Ato Rinpoche, Khyentse Yeshe Namkhai, Dr. Trogawa Rinpoche, H.H. Sakya Trizin, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, H.H. The Dalai Lama, H.H. Penor Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, Kusum Lingpa Rinpoche, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang.
Andrew’s most important teachers in the Taoist Healing, Martial, and Spiritual arts include: Taoist Lineage Master B.K. Frantzis, Lineage Master Ding Teah An, Lineage Master Chen Xiao Wang, Professor Li De Yin, Master He Jing Han, Master Wang Yang Ji, Professor Hui De Jin.
Other important teachers include: Shuar Uwishin Miguel Inchit, Shuar Uwishin Julio Tiwiram Taish, Dr. Shrikrishna (Vedic Pranayama), Dr. Mike Mc.Clure (6th Dan Hontai Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu), Soke Inoue Kyoichi Munenori, 19th Grandmaster of Hontai Yoshin Ryu Jujustsu.
The Wisdom Traditions systems of teaching and coaching represents the distillation of decades of training, practice, and experience. As much as purity of tradition and transmission of lineage are important, it is also essential to achieve lasting results as quickly as possible. We are living in unprecedented times: never in human history have we been subjected to the confusion, pollution, mental overload, and relentless pace that we face on a sustained, daily basis today. There is great value in studying a tradition and passing the lineage down perfectly - we would not have the gifts of these Wisdom Traditions today otherwise. But that is a life’s work. It is not for everybody.
I feel that my responsibility is to take what I have learned in the great lineages of the Wisdom Traditions and present it to people living ‘normal’ lives, in a way that is genuinely transformative, life-enhancing, and potentially life-saving - not after decades of practice - but right away. Of course, if you study in greater depth, and over a prolonged period of time, you can gain even greater benefits. But it is essential that we don’t waste time. Time is always passing, and it is our most precious resource. We need the most effective methods of achieving greater health, greater peace of mind, greater vitality, greater longevity, greater clarity, greater compassion, greater spiritual evolution.. and greater happiness. We have no obligations to history or tradition when it comes to the urgent task of enhancing our lives, the lives of our loved ones, and the lives of everyone around us. Life is now.
What I feel is my spiritual mission; is to connect my patients, students and clients as directly as possible to these living sources of Wisdom, and by doing that not only help them in their lives, but empower them to become a connection for others to Wisdom, Healing, and Freedom.
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