DANIEL M. JONES
FOUNDING HEAD & INSPIRATION
In 2007 Daniel Morgan Jones became world famous for founding The Church of Jediism
at the age of 20. Since then he has been featured in many national newspapers and
interviewed by BBC, Good Morning America, ITN and numerous other TV and radio
Stations. In 2008 Time magazine ran a feature about him and his church.
JEDIIST WEDDING BLESSINGS, RESEARCHER AND ONLINE SUPPORT
Patrick Day-Childs has been with The Church of Jediism for over 10 years. He has helped Daniel with some of the training. Now he’s has been put in charge of organising the much in demand ceremony service from our order, new training and all member related sections of the organisation.
Patrick Day-ChildsJediist Wedding Blessings
I’m Patrick Day-Childs, I’ve been with The Church of Jediism for a long time. I’ve helped Daniel with some of the training. Now I’ve been put in charge of organising the much in demand ceremony service from our order.
We are able to offer a variety of services, we aim to cater to everyone who supports our Church; be they Star Wars fan or training Jedi[ist]. We split our ceremony services into two separate piles, fan service and CoJ Service. We’ll endeavour to find a master who suits your need and has to travel the least to keep costs down. No ceremony is set in stone and we will endeavour to make your occasion unique and suitable for you, if you’re not spiritual we can take it in a different direction. If you’re a fan, we can cater just for that too. We will go into great detail about your life and what you want us to talk about in our speech.
To find out more about our special ceremonies, please click here.
Loyd AuerbachParanormal Expert and Adviser
Loyd Auerbach’s relationship with the Force began in 1977, when he got to see the original STAR WARS in two previews before opening day (winning one on a radio show contest, and being given a ticket to a press preview by a friend). He is a is a world-recognized expert and educator on the paranormal and psychic experience, with a Master’s degree in Parapsychology, and close to 40 years in the field, focusing on education and field investigation.
He is a founder and has been director of the Office of Paranormal Investigations since 1989, President of the Forever Family Foundation since 2013, a member of the Board of Directors of the Rhine Research Center since 2012. He is on the faculty of John F. Kennedy University and Atlantic University, and teaches parapsychology courses (local and distance) through HCH Institute in California and (online) through the Rhine Education Center. He is on the advisory boards of the Rhine Research Center and the Windbridge Institute. His educational bent with regards to psychic abilities and experience makes him a true Master Teacher when it comes to Jedi practices.
Auerbach is the author or co-author of nine books on the paranormal/psychic and one on publishing and book publicity, including ESP WARS: East and West, covering the psychic spying programs of the US and Soviet Union/Russia, co-authored by Dr. Edwin C. May (who ran the US program), Dr. Victor Rubel, and Joseph McMoneagle (the project’s #1 remote viewer). . He reprinted his first book, ESP, HAUNTINGS AND POLTERGEISTS: A Parapsychologist’s Handbook, for its 30th anniversary in October 2016, and in 2017 Llewellyn Worldwide will be re-releasing PSYCHIC DREAMING (revised) and MIND OVER MATTER, the latter sure to be of special interest to Jedi everywhere.
Additionally, he has 35 years of experience as a professional mentalist/psychic entertainer and magician, performing mainly as Professor Paranormal (a title describing his work in parapsychology as well). He is a past president of the Psychic Entertainers Association.
His media appearances on TV, radio and in print number in the thousands, including ESPN’s SportsCenter, ABC’s The View, Oprah, and Larry King Live, Coast to Coast AM, and appearances on many cable network programs.
He works as a parapsychologist, professional mentalist/psychic entertainer, public speaking & media/social media skills coach, and as a professional chocolatier. Visit his public speaking site at www.speakasyourself.com, his chocolate site www.hauntedbychocolate.com, and his main website at www.mindreader.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/loydauerbach & http://www.youtube.com/profparanormal
HCH Institute: http://www.hypnotherapytraining.com/parapsych.cfm
Rhine Education Center: http://www.rhineeducationcenter.org
Forever Family Foundation: http://www.foreverfamilyfoundation.org
As a young child, Dan recognised that he thought and behaved differently to others. In primary school he noticed that he could communicate in a way that influenced groups without anyone realising what he had done. To manage sensory overload, he discovered meditation and the healing power of nature. In his teens he began studying hypnosis, meditation and martial arts.
Growing up with the Star Wars films Dan realised that the Jedi philosophies mirrored philosophies from religions, martial arts, and from effective therapists so he started living a Jedi lifestyle, developing himself and honing his skills. Dan has Asperger’s which has driven his interest in communication and personal growth.
In 2001 Dan started practicing as a hypnotherapist and mind-body therapist. In 2005 he started teaching about reality, communication, and human potential, and was described in ‘At Home With Gok Wan’ magazine in 2007 as “the UK’s leading personal development coach.” He has been featured in national and international media including BBC, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror and Reader’s Digest, and on Sky TV documentary ‘The Anatomy of Fear’.
Dan is best-selling author of over a dozen books on hypnosis, meditation, personal development and autism, including best-selling ‘Advanced Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Scripts’, ‘Take Control of Your Life’ and his Asperger’s autobiography ‘Look Into My Eyes’. His books have sold over 100,000 copies. He also creates self-help mp3’s which have been downloaded over 500,000 times and has a YouTube channel ‘Dan Jones Hypnosis’ where he shares videos about self-help, wellbeing, perception, reality, healing story-telling, and about his experiences living with Asperger’s. His videos have been viewed almost 2.5 million times.
Since 2015 Dan has focused on teaching eCourses, writing and sharing knowledge and help via YouTube. He has had extensive mind-body therapy experience, especially in hypnotherapy, meditations and energy therapies.
He believes that all things are connected through a web of information and it is when we put blocks up or dilute this information that communication gets impeded, but when you take the time to access this information and let the information flow – through information transduction, that change and deep-consciousness communication occurs. He believes that the most fundamental aspect of life is trance. The world we experience is experienced from within a trance state, and through all human history people have sought out ways of accessing healing and intuitive trance states through flickering flames, music and rhythms, dancing, the use of mind altering substances and story-telling. He believes that everyone’s reality, or trance-perception is real to them, and so we should interact with each other, not from our own viewpoint or reality, but by entering the trance-reality of the other person.
Dan’s Jedi training will share how you can connect deeply, profoundly and influentially with others through breathing, how you can communicate on multiple levels at once and how you can engage with and understand the world in a deeper more profound way by connecting with the flow of information that permeates within us, around us, in all things, and binds us all together, and the importance of developing and trusting your non-conscious.
Hypnosis Website: www.danjoneshypnosis.com
Autism Website: www.alt-solutions.com
Jon PooleStar Wars Enthusiast
I was seven years old when I was introduced to Star wars. My dad bought home a Vhs (remember those) of empire strikes back, and upon the first watching, I was hooked. The action, the humour, the peril, the awesomeness of Darth Vader!
It is easy to say that little else has ever had an impact on my life more than Star Wars. However when people ask me why I love it, I can’t answer. It may be that I was the perfect ages when the rerelease so came in the cinema in 97, and when the prequels were released, and I was swept away with the hype, and it appears I am still being swept towards the Star Wars abyss. With the releases of the new movies, my excitement is as high as it ever has been. December isn’t about Christmas anymore, it is about Star wars!
Star wars isn’t just a series of movies. , its comics, book, tv series, toys, models, collector items. It is an expanded universe, with planets, each with their own ecosystems, cultures and mythos. It is characters, each with a name and a story. It has religions, and philosophical thinking, for all points of view.
I am nearly thirty and still my love for Star Wars is as strong as ever, my house is a practical shrine to Darth Vader. My signed David prowess Darth Vader helmet is my prized possession, meeting the man himself was simply the highlight of my life! No exaggeration!!I
Despite the fact I am in no way the biggest Star Wars in the world, and the fact my knowledge base, whilst expansive isn’t the best out there, when I was asked to write about the Jedi and their ideology, how could I refuse. To try and convey my love of Star Wars to an audience with a vested interest in the ways of the Jedi is a tall order, so I hope I have done it justice! I hope you enjoy the module, and find it useful!!
Robert CheungJedi and Classical Musician
Jedi and Classical Musician
Robert began learning the piano at the age of 9 and it became his passion when he was accepted into the Royal College of Music Junior Department at the age of 12. A year later he was also offered a place at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department as well as a full scholarship to the Purcell School of Music. In 2014 Robert was awarded an ABRSM medal for exceptional grade 8 score and was nominated for the prestigious Emanuel piano trophy for four years in a row.
In the 2014 Nationwide Rotary Young Musician competition sponsored by Harrods, Robert competed against the best young instrumentalists across the British Isles and was named overall winner of the instrumental section, performing music by Liszt and Copland. In 2014 Robert was also awarded a distinction for his ABRSM piano diploma with an outstanding score of 55 out of 60 for performance.
In 2015 Robert gave numerous solo recitals, and as the winner of the Reading Symphony Orchestra (RSO) 2014 Young Musician competition he performed his first Concerto (Rachmaninov 2) with the RSO in March 2015, to a rousing reception from a capacity audience.
In March 2016, Robert was awarded his ABRSM Licence diploma and won the Sevenoaks Young Musician competition. He performed Beethoven 3 concerto with The Lydian Orchestra in December 2016 and Ravel’s piano concerto with the RSO in April 2017.
Robert was one of the youngest musicians to be accepted by the Concordia Foundation, and participated in his first event for them at the National Portrait Gallery in June 2015. 2015 was a landmark year for Robert as he auditioned successfully for the prestigious performance degree at the Royal College of Music and was awarded a scholarship. He started there as a scholarship first study piano student in September 2016, and is currently being taught by Head of Keyboard Professor Vanessa Latarche.
Robert is also a keen actor and his TV credits include a guest lead role in BBC Casualty (Jake Coulson) and BBC Outnumbered (Greyson.) Robert cannot remember a time when he hasn’t loved an related to the Star Wars universe and the teachings of Jediism. When he plays he often visualizes images to help bring emotional and spiritual content to his work and frequently those images come from galaxies far away. He truly believes in the power of music to inspire creativity and that music is the universal language the Force speaks.
Sonia DucieJediist Trainer
‘The Force’ is life, light, love. Jediists spread goodwill around the planet. Numerology is energy and the force is within all of us! We simply have to recognize it and use it in a positive way”.
Sonia is a Jediist trainer and teacher-trainer with The Connaissance School of Numerology U.K. She is the best-selling author of 12 Numerology books and ‘The Self Help Reflexology Handbook’, translated into 14 languages (Mandarin, Russian, Hebrew, French, etc.). With a background in music journalism, millinery, and an early fascination for numbers, she was drawn to the intuitive, transformational and metaphysical aspects of Esoteric Numerology.
For more than 24 years Sonia has been working with people from all walks of life, giving business seminars, workshops, courses, professional training and numerology consultations. Sonia also teaches Esoteric Tarot (the journey of the initiate/soul) and is a reflexologist, healer, and feng shui-numerology consultant.
Sonia was sensitive to energies as a child and became fascinated with science, mathematics and the psychic realm. Her father was a mathematician and scientist and her mum a writer. So it was natural that she became a writer of numerology.
As a young adult, her love was music, dance, and writing. She became a freelance music journalist at age 17, and for many years co-owned a millinery business called ‘Hatters.’
The Connaissance School and Association Internationale De Numerologues (AIN)
Sonia was the first secretary of AIN in 1993, the international governing body of numerology. She is a Council Member. Sonia has been training professional teachers and numerologists with The Connaissance School for more than 11 years.
What is Numerology, Watkins
Numerology: Your Personal Guide To Life, Watkins
Choose The Perfect Baby Name, Watkins
Do It Yourself Numerology, Watkins.
Do It Yourself Numerology Hardback, HarperCollins/Castle Books
Power Pendants: Wear Your Lucky Numbers, Eddison Sadd/Connections
Numerology Gem, Collins
Directions For Life. Numerology (hardback), Thorsons
Sonia Ducie’s Numerology Secrets, Thorsons
Lucky Numbers Oracle, Thorsons
Complete Illustrated Guide To Numerology, Element
Numerology: Your Personal Guide For Life, Element
Numerology: Your Love & Relationship Guide, Element
Do It Yourself Numerology, Element
Do It Yourself Numerology, (hardback), Barnes & Nobles
The Principles Of Numerology, Thorsons
The Self Help Reflexology Handbook, Vermilion
Sonia wrote the first Numerology column ‘Numeroscope’ in 1999 for The Express Newspaper, at the same time as a monthly ‘Numeroscope’ for Marie Claire Magazine. This followed with writing a 5-year ‘Numeroscope’ in Prediction Magazine. She has given countless media interviews. Appearing on news items and programmes as diverse as Big Brother’s Little Brother, Maternity Ward, Working Lunch, Richard & Judy, Sky News, and appeared in many news items. She has also written extensive features for the mainstream.
Her most memorable and amusing interviews to date was covering The Royal Wedding of Prince Andrew for GMTV – and – in 2014 hearing one of the characters in long-standing British institution, The Archers radio series, looking for a name for her baby from Sonia’s ‘Choose The Perfect Baby Name’ book. Numerology is for everyone.
Sonia continues to be inspired and inspire others to become their true self (soul) – a Jediist principle – with Numerology. With the Connaissance School she helps to raise consciousness for the world peace.
’From naming babies to businesses, to turning points and healing crisis, to all aspects of business, lifestyle and relationships, Numerology really is the key. Be inspired by what you know, and also by what you have yet to discover!”
Dr Carole GriggsIntegrative Wellness and Nutrition, Human Potential, Conscious Human Development
Integrative Wellness and Nutrition, Human Potential, Conscious Human Development
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Carole Griggs, Ph.D. is the founder/CEO of Carole Griggs Enterprises LLC (drcarolegriggs.com). Dr. Griggs is a professional coach and consultant, university professor, international speaker, author/writer, and pioneer and leader in the areas of Integrative Wellness and Nutrition, Human Potential, and Conscious Human Development. Carole has a Ph.D. in Professional Coaching and Human Development, a Master’s degree in Education and Teaching, and a Bachelor’s degree in Science. Carole is co-owner and developer of Wall 2 Wall Fitness and Wellness app and website, and owner of Griggs™ Organic Vegan Protein+ and SuperGreens supplement line. Dr. Griggs is a professor at John F. Kennedy University for the Masters in Consciousness and Transformative Studies department, and for National University for the Masters of Science in the Complementary and Integrative Healthcare department. She is the author of Intuitively Your Type: Nourishing through Nutrition and Space to See Reality: A New Model for Professional Coaches. Carole is co-founder and developer of iConscious: accelerating human development and the iConscious Human Development Model.
Carole has worked with thousands of individuals and company leaders worldwide. She has extensive experience in personal and professional coaching, teaching, training, and facilitating groups and individuals, personally and interpersonally. Carole brings a depth and breadth of experience and expertise in the evolution and expansion of consciousness and human potential, personal and interpersonal development, awakening self-awareness, empowerment from oneness, clear and connective communication, leadership development, and various modalities of embodiment and wellness. Dr. Griggs typically works with high-impact leaders, and those that are a powerful influence in the world.
Along with her Doctorate degree, Dr. Griggs is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Advanced Metabolic Typing Advisor (Advanced Nutrition), CHEK Coach Certified (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology), Reiki II Healing Practitioner, and was an NCAA Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach. Dr. Griggs is a former semi-professional soccer player and Boston Marathon qualifier.
As a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Wellness practitioner, Carole has extensively studied the effects of food and movement on the human body. The condition of the body very often affects one’s degree of mental and emotional clarity, state(s) of consciousness, inner and outer strength, and capacity to experience one’s deepest and full potential. Carole has delved deep into nutrition topics such as detoxification, gut and digestive health, gluten-dairy-soy issues, food sensitivities, hormonal health, Organics/GMO, diet myths, juicing, vegan-vegetarian, inflammation, organs and glands, body weight, stress/emotional eating, blood-sugar balancing, cholesterol, supplementation, and much more. Carole has also worked with thousands of clients in strength and conditioning, functional movement, high-performance athletics, body alignment, meditation in motion, and finding power in flow.
Carole’s mission is to help streamline and accelerate conscious human development for the evolution of humanity’s full potential – physically, mentally, emotionally, and from the Force – and create various educational platforms, technology tools, and tailored coaching and workshops to help scale this process to where we live in a world in which awakening and living one’s full potential – in all domains – is the new normal.
- Griggs™ products:
- Griggs developed her own line of organic, high-quality products, Griggs™, that are in alignment with her extremely high standards of ingredients, nutrients, and sources. Griggs™ Organic Vegan Protein + is her main product, featured in many of the restaurant menus and company products nationwide.
- Wall 2 Wall Fitness and Wellness app and website:
- W2W is an app and website co-owned/developed by Dr. Carole. Carole developed the Nutrition and Life/Awareness elements of the app, and has created a team of highly-qualified Nutritionists working with her in offering private Nutrition and Wellness coaching sessions.
- Private Coaching:
- Griggs offers private sessions for those interested in finding the foods and movement styles that best fit each individual at each state and stage in life to live one’s fullest potential in this lifetime.
Kate BeddowHolistic Therapist
Kate Beddow is a teacher and holistic therapist who specializes in working with teachers and schools to promote mindfulness and good mental health. She has always been interested in religion and spirituality (her teaching degree was in Primary Education with Theology and Religious Studies). As an adolescent she began searching for meaning and truth and having dipped her toe into many world religions she came to the conclusion that she her belief system was a magical blend of all of them, but mostly she believes in love, tolerance and “the force”.
Kate worked with all ages from Early Years to High School during her teaching career but in 2007 she made a life changing decision. Having been diagnosed with a lifelong condition, she underwent major surgery to remove a pituitary tumour. She had a very young daughter at that time and stopped and assessed her life choices. She quickly made the decision not to return to teaching. Instead she made her health a priority and decided to learn how to keep herself mentally and physically healthy using energy healing, mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
Against all the odds, Kate now has two children and runs her own business as well as working with schools to help them give their staff and students the skills they need to maintain their own emotional wellbeing. By combining her teaching and holistic skills Kate has created classes and training to help teachers to help their students, and themselves, stay happy, healthy and calm. Her sessions are informative, interactive and fun.
Growing up in the late 70’s and 80’s Star Wars and the force was omnipresent in Kate’s life. She watched the films often as a child and all her male friends were obsessed. She didn’t realise quite the impact these philosphies had had on her until a birthday trip to Legoland Windsor and their amazing Star Wars miniland models sparked a fire in her own son (then only 4 years old) and his obsession was born. She realised upon watching the films again that their teachings fit beautifully with her own beliefs and all the energy training she had completed over the years.
Since then she has created a Jedi Training School birthday party for her son, and a Star Wars Mindfulness Lesson Plan for teachers to use and has rediscovered her love of the magic of “the force”. The philosophies of the films are the perfect introduction to some very advanced spiritual concepts.
Christopher L JonesMaster Jedi Of Karate
Christopher has five black belts in Karate and invented his own style of Karate thirty years ago called Yamashima. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in history and Archaeology and is a qualified reflexologist and EFT practitioner as well as an experienced mediator in domestic problem mediation.
The majority of Christopher’s career was devoted to archaeological research and digs but he also specialised in EFT emotional freedom technique and studied the practice to offer coaching and healing sessions to help anyone he could. However, it was the world of self-defence and martial arts that Christopher felt the Force most strongly flow through him.
His karate system, Yamashima, came from his development of traditional karate mixed with street fighting and boxing techniques to create a practical self defence system and he has taught this system with great success to packed halls of students in the U.K for close to thirty years. Yarashima is an easy to learn self defence system that can help anyone, whatever their age or fitness level or experience of martial arts, become wise and practical in potentially dangerous situations.
Christopher looks forward to sharing his experience and knowledge about the many practical, physical, mental and spiritual benefits martial arts can offer. The Force is strong with all those who have studied with him these last three decades and it will become strong for all those who commit to his pillar two module.
Brooks PalmerLife Coach
For over fifteen years Brooks Palmer has been helping people streamline their lives. With kind encouragement, he helps them take an honest look at the things, people, and activities in their lives, and assist them in letting go of what’s no longer serving them. His experience is once you let go of what no longer fits your life, you get back your clarity, peace of mind, and joy.
Brooke is the author of two bestselling books on the spiritual art of letting go: Clutter Busting: Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back, and Clutter Busting Your Life: Clearing Physical and Emotional Clutter to Reconnect With Yourself and Others. They have been translated into eight languages.
Since 2000, Brooks has been using compassion, awareness, and humor to help thousands of clients streamline their lives and develop habits to keep them clutter free. In his fifteen plus years of Clutter Busting/Streamlining, Brooks has learned first-hand about the intense emotional connection most people have with material possessions, and has consistently found that his way of working with clients allows them to see and let go of internal and external clutter without delving into the psychological reasons behind the clutter.
As a result, thousands of people have gained peace of mind and space in their homes, offices, and lives. Brooks and his work have since been featured in articles in, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Fast Company, Time Out Chicago, Huffington Post, and the Los Angeles Business Journal, on the television shows Raising Whitely (Oprah Winfrey Network), Chicagoing with Bill Campbell, Living Live, and the CBS Channel 2 Nightly News, and on numerous radio shows including The Aware Show and Bruce Barber’s NPR show, and Real Life Survival Guide.
Brooks also enjoys writing cartoons, drawing pastel paintings, writing and performing songs, and performing stand-up comedy at live venues.
Brook loves the concept of the Force in Star Wars. For him the Force is the animating force behind everything. It’s the Source of Life. His experience is by streamlining your life, you remove what distracts you from experiencing the Force. As you become aware of the Force in yourself, you also become aware of the Force in others. It allows you to feel connected with all things. The feeling of connection is the most satisfying experience.
In his module Brooke will teach you how recognize the Force by naturally and kindly removing the distractions in your life.
Jo Angel is an Intuitive Psychic who has worked for the last 19 years in helping people to achieve their full potential. Jo has worked predominantly in behaviour management, setting up and running successful personal development centres within education for very challenging young people. She has also worked with many high-profile clients, sports professionals, and business executives. Jo has trained in psychology, counselling, coaching, neuro linguistics, hypnotherapy, psychic development to name a few but Jo feels her biggest qualifications have come from her own very challenging journey through life. She also believes that ‘the force’ has been the only thing that has kept her alive on many occasions! No matter what life’s journey has thrown at her, Jo has never lost her spirit, sense of humour, optimism or hope. “Your focus determines your reality” Qui-Gon Jinn
She now combines coaching with her intuitive skills and can offer positive, gentle insight, understanding and a plan of action to empower, motivate and support you. Her energy and passion for you to do more, be more and to break free of limitations, is the key source of strength. She has a proven track record of fast and successful results in guiding people to find their ‘inner force’.
Jo believes firmly that energy is everything in this life. If energies become blocked or trapped in negative cycles, or we are around the wrong environment or people, then this is where troubles can often manifest. Jo’s expertise, empathy and compassion can really help you get to the root of the problem and move forwards.
Her work is featured in magazines and she is also a motivational writer and intuitive reader. She is writing her first book this year which will help in ‘freeing you of your past’ and of the power it can maintain over you. “Heaven is forever, life is but a short journey” is her philosophy so let’s try to keep moving forwards.
Michael David WardIllustrator
Michael David Ward is a technical illustrator/writer from the tech industry, and is a published fine-artist, graphic designer and science fiction/fantasy writer. He has created many commemorative images for Paramount Studios, LucasArts, and New Line Cinemas on such properties as Star Trek, Star Wars, and Lost in Space. His works of art and character designs have also been licensed by numerous companies for a variety of products such as collector plates, greeting cards, custom bank checks, calendars, posters and prints, puzzles, and apparel. His work has also been featured in numerous magazine articles such as Heavy Metal Magazine and on book and magazine covers.
His original paintings and limited-edition prints are collected worldwide and have been prominently displayed in galleries, and exhibitions all over the United States, Europe, and Japan. His art is in the collections of such notables as Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek), George Lucas (creator of Star Wars), Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon.com), William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Jonathan Frakes, and numerous other actors and businesses.
Michael was also chosen as one of the featured artists in a series of “Marine Art Expos,” which was affiliated with the Cousteau Society that were produced in both Monterey, California and Maui, Hawaii.
Some of Michael’s images have been seen on television shows such as the “Third Rock from the Sun, Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special,” the Star Trek documentary “Trekkies,” and was featured as a prominent display at Disneyland’s “Star Tours” ride.
In addition to his accomplishments as a fine artist, Michael founded a successful sportswear apparel company named “Lifeforms International” which featured numerous character designs created by Michael. The company went on to sell millions of t-shirts and other apparel nationally and worldwide to gift shops and department stores such Federated, J.C. Penny, Mervyns, Macy’s, etc.
Michael’s characters also attracted the attention of Hollywood and were optioned for development with 20th Century Fox, and MGM Animation. He has also worked as a designer on pre and post productions of several smaller, independent films.
Presently, Michael is writing and illustrating a graphic novel titled, The Chronicles of Loween– Ronin Witch and developing an entertainment property titled, S.H.R.E.D. Loween is the story about a high school student by day, and a rare Ronin Witch with extraordinary magical abilities by night, fighting to stop an army of dark and sinister forces from destroying the human race. S.H.R.E.D. tells the story of a military accident that entwines a beautiful young surfer and an orca into a mutant hybrid with incredible superpowers.
His websites are: www.michaeldavidward , www.loween.com, and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvLvgMTGFIrqYfXuL0XbT0Q
Richard CoxMeditation Expert
Richard has been mesmerized by Star Wars from the time he first spotted the tapes in the video shop at the age of four. He watched them in one sitting and pestered his mother to continually rent them out ever after. This early encounter with the magical world of The Force provide the inspiration necessary to later study meditation, as well as the martial and healing arts. After a series of spontaneous ‘awakening’ experiences as a teenager, Richard began studying meditation. Initially he was interested in Zen Buddhism and eventually became fascinated with Advaita Vedanta, the non-dual teachings of self realisation, as a way of exploring the depths of
Consciousness. Since 2004 Richard has studied with author and philosopher Tim Freke, looking at mystical experience, how it is expressed in the world’s spiritual traditions and encoded within mythology. Richard and Tim record a regular dialogue series together where they discuss all sort of spirituality related themes. You can watch it here. Richard regularly runs groups both online and in the real world dedicated to exploring meditative approaches to accessing deeper places in consciousness. He aims to make this something anyone can understand and access. His work also focuses on the potential these states hold for allowing people to see through their limiting beliefs and live lives free from self imposed mental restrictions. You can listen to recordings of his meditations here. His workshops focus on various themes, from magic and manifestation – exploring the world around us as a reflection of our own mind, to death and bereavement – looking at how spiritual philosophy as well as modern research can help us confront life’s most profound mystery. He also works on a project called Unbreaking the Mirror – investigating meditation as a tool to help with body image distress.
Richard holds a black belt in the martial art of aikido. He studied this in tandem with meditation as a way of embodying the deep conscious state. Aikido itself is spiritual in its origins, it being a study of peaceful ways to engage with conflict. (Aikido practitioners have long speculated that the founder of the art, Morihei Ueshiba, may have served as George Lucas’ inspiration for Master Yoda). You can watch some of Richard’s instructional videos here. Richard’s Jedi training will explore the perennial philosophy, the spiritual teachings about consciousness found across the world’s religious traditions. Most importantly he will show how we can all easily access these deep states of consciousness for the betterment of our own lives. He will also look at how myth has been a vehicle for spiritual teachings in human cultures going back as far as Ancient Egypt and beyond. He will then explore how Star Wars, as one of the major myths of our age, continues this tradition. Finally he will look at how to tease out the meaning of the myth and use it to transform our own lives.
Tim Freke Dialogue