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Tim Lewis


Charlottesville, Virginia



What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?

How can we, as humanity, create those social, political and spiritual concepts and structures that will best allow us to live in a caring, sharing way in which we all feel we belong, and in which every individual can flourish to their fullest extent?

What is your personal experience of collective wisdom in groups?

I have been a member of several groups over the years that have discussed and promoted ideas and the practice of intentional communities and how to create a better society.

What is it about the work in this field that excites you and connects you to your own deepest self?

The deepest spiritual connection to all things, through love and respect, animates and informs all I do. All my books are intended to promote ideas and debates about who we are and where we are going. Those ideas are my life and whole being.

Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of what brought you to this work.

I was born in southern Africa, then moved to England, where I developed a strong spiritual and political awareness. I have traveled to India 3 times, to explore Buddhism and Vedanta, as well as the social structures of Indian villages and cities. I began writing poetry, short stories and novels that reflected the issues I saw around me – issues of disempowerment, despair and dispossession. I traveled around the world studying different spiritual traditions in Africa, the South Pacific, Asia, Europe, and North America. I have always been deeply interested in both personal transformation and social change, I spent 8 days with the Dalai Lama in the Himalayas, spent time in a Tibetan monastery, journeyed for a whole summer in a motorhome around the American High West (and wrote a travelogue and collection of deeply spiritual poems from that experience). I am a religious iconoclast, who does not believe in gods or heavens or hells, but in each of us pursuing his or her own path to a universal connection with all. I believe strongly in local community empowerment, sustainability, environmental responsibility and minimal centralized government.

How would you like to be available to others in this field?

Are you available to talk with others? Yes. Fully and freely. Email me.

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