This is a jumping-off point for my articles on all the stuff I’ve learned (and am learning) in relation to the question “Who am I?” – information, knowledge, wisdom and experience that I have found to be valid and useful.


I have been interested in personality for as long as I can remember. What makes people tick? In what ways am I different from other people? Are we all the same under the skin? These questions have always intrigued me. This is one of the reasons why I became a psychologist.

Personality and spirituality:

My search for understanding

This is a summary of my perspective on who and what we are, and how it has evolved through my own life experiences. I see personality as the vehicle through which our true self (our essence or soul) operates in the relative world.

What is Personality?

In this article I briefly summarise how psychologists view personality. In fact, different psychologists view it in very different ways, depending upon their perspective on human nature.

The Hierarchy of Human Needs: Maslow’s Model of Motivation

This is a quick overview of one of the most popular models to come out of psychology, Abraham Maslow’s pyramid-shaped Hierarchy of Needs.

Although the model is well known, the version that is usually shown in textbooks is actually an early form.

As I explain here, Maslow’s later version included self-transcendence as the highest goal.


My spiritual journal

Not an article as such, this is a collection of blog posts in which I occasionally record my own experiences of a spiritual nature. Topics include:

  • Meditation
  • Dreams
  • Awakenings (kundalini, enlightenment)
  • Past-life and between-life regression
  • Manifestation (using law of attraction)

The Pathwork Teachings


The teachings known as “the Pathwork Lectures” are possibly the best kept secret in personal and spiritual growth. They were channelled in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s by a woman called Eva Pierrakos, and are attributed to an entity known only as the Guide. With amazing clarity and wisdom, they emphasise the need for honest self-examination on the path of self-realisation.

The Guide’s focus on confronting and transforming the darkness within distinguishes these teachings from many others. The Guide insists that the darkness within us cannot be glossed over, ignored, or suppressed. It has to be confronted, brought to light, and transformed.

Spiritual experiences See also these blog posts:

10 things everyone should know about reincarnation

Thanks to a combination of channelled teachings, after-death communications, insights from near-death experiences, reports of hypnotic regression and even scientific research into past lives, it is now possible to put together a very clear picture of reincarnation.

Interestingly, in light of this accumulation of knowledge, we can now see that even within those Eastern cultures that believe in reincarnation, many people’s understanding of it is confused by all sorts of religious doctrines that are just plain wrong.

Reincarnation Case studies Occasionally I like to so some detective work and research the possible past lives of prominent personalities. (It was doing some research like this for past-life author Jewelle St James that first took me down this path.) Some of these case studies are “highly suggestive”. See for example:

The Michael Teachings

For a long time I have been informed and inspired by many great spiritual teachings. I have read and studied a huge amount, and have directly interacted with a few teachers. There are of course many teachings (and teachers) out there, and the quality varies a lot. Over the years, though, I have gradually refined my tastes and honed in on a few sources which I regard as truly valid, useful and generally excellent.

The Michael teachings have given me a complete and systematic understanding of who we are, why we are here, and how those two relate. The teachings cover the nature of the soul, its evolution, and its relationship to both human personality and life choices.

The Michael Teachings

The Michael teachings comprise a body of channelled knowledge and wisdom which has been accumulating since the 1970s. The source of all this is a group of souls who have all completed their cycles of reincarnation and are now serving as a kind of spiritual information and guidance service.* This article gives an introductory overview.

*The group is known as Michael for no other reason than that the last member of the group to incarnate happened to have the name Michael in that final life.

My Michael readings



The general teachings are freely available all over the internet. If you want a personal reading, however, you must contact of the many Michael channels. Here I present my own readings via several different channels.

Reincarnation – the 35 steps of soul evolution


According to the Michael teachings, we (as souls) enter physical existence as many times as necessary in order to fully evolve. There are five stage of soul evolution: Infant, Baby, Young, Mature, Old. Each stage consists of 7 discrete learning steps or levels. Hence, the full cycle of reincarnation comprises 35 steps. See also:

Soul types — the 7 roles in essence


Essence is just another word for spirit or soul; the innermost being of a person; our true nature. According to the Michael teachings, there are seven soul archetypes or roles in essence:

Each has a particular energetic quality that brings specific abilities or attributes into life.

Overleaves – the structure of personality

Your “overleaves” are the personal attributes or personality traits you have adopted for the course of this lifetime. These consist of: Goal, Mode, Attitude, Chief Feature, Centering, Body Type.

In each lifetime we choose a different set of overleaves.


Your Goal is your overall life path, the driving force of your personality throughout life. See also:


Your Mode is your way of acting and interacting within life. Options consist of:

Repression, Caution, Perseverance, Observation, Passion, Power, Aggression.


Your Attitude is your way of perceiving, assessing and understanding life. Options consist of:Stoical, Skeptical, Cynical, Pragmatic, Idealisitc, Spiritual, Realistic.
Chief Feature or Character Flaw Your “chief feature” is a negative personality trait, an entrenched character flaw driven by fear and illusion. Its purpose is to protect you from whatever you fear the most as a separate being, such as a sense of personal vulnerability, inadequacy or worthlessness.

See also:


Enlightenment Intensives

Enlightenment Intensives have played (and still play) a huge role in my life. They are 3-day retreats designed to enable us to experience that which is traditionally known as self-realization, satori or enlightenment in a relatively short period of time. The format resembles a cross between a traditional Zen meditation retreat and a personal growth group workshop. I recommend anyone seeking true self-knowledge or spiritual awakening to give it a go.

Enlightenment Intensives


An overview of Enlightenment Intensives. Literally thousands of people the world over have had the same extraordinary awakening to their own essence through taking an Enlightenment Intensive.


Discover who you really are


A more in-depth introduction to Enlightenment Intensives.


My first enlightenment experience

(by Barry)

I took my first three-day Intensive in 1991, and on the third day of the retreat I stumbled upon the direct experience of who I am. Aside from anything else, it proved to me once and for all that there is an absolute truth beyond all our ideas and perceptions of so-called reality, and that my own being is integral to it.


My first Enlightenment Intensive

(by Isis)

Not mine, this time, but an African-American woman called Isis. This is an extract from her 1998 article.


16 thoughts on “Articles

  1. hi, ive recently been studying the soul ans michael teacings for i feel iam myself a level 6 .i found your article very intresting.hope to serch more in the future.

  2. Wow i am so glad i have stumbled upon your site. I have spent the last 2 hours reading through some of your articles and blogs. I am on my new spiritual path to enlightenment and have had struggles in trying to let go of traditional religion. My belief system has evolved somewhat. I do find it very interesting the way in which you incorporate psychology and the metaphysical. Who we are, what we are, and our life’s mission. I am doing various workshops and studies with the guidance of my teacher/brother/psychic and spiritual advisor. So what i have read here is an extension of what i have researched. I love reading other people’s opinions and questions and love the way you answer them so fully and knowledgeably. Everything is so easily presented and backed up. It just cements everything i have learned so far. Thank you, and God Bless!!

  3. Hi Barry,

    This is the second time I contact you in your wonderfull blog / site (first time was years ago) and I am now in search of some guidance of sort to see if I can find out the answers I am searching for. According to my interpretations of Michael’s teachings, I’m a Scholar in Mature end / Old begining and now I feel the need to know more about myself and about what my true purpose in life is, since I feel that 2015 will be a powerfull / life changing year for me. Yet, since I live in a small island (Madeira island / Portugal) I find it difficult to find someone that can guide me. I saw your post about enlightenment intensive, but I cannot find anyone in my island that could help in that matter. As so, I would like to know if you can give me any help or guidance in finding a Master, be it of this world or not, that could me start my initiation process.


  4. Hi- I have a calling to help & serve humanity in many different venues; I have come across your Michael studies, which should be very helpful in my pursuit of further study. Thank you.
    P.S. any further comments?

  5. Hallo Barry! I first heard of the Michael teachings here and have been exploring them online since awhile now. But I’ve found your site the most accessible. So thank you for running this site and your many wonderful articles. I especially liked your book section. I’d never heard of any of those authors and it’s feels really really good to get answers you can relate to. After reading a lot of this stuff i go ‘aah…that make sense’ or ‘this fits in with my experiences’. Thank you again and Good luck 🙂

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  6. I’m very confused in all this I understand reincarnation n that we live over n over to learn n grow but I have to questions
    1. I am extremely close to my mom I think she is one of my soul mates but when we die n reincarnate will we forget our memories together??? I’m so scared of tht I’m scared of the afterlife as it is but if I have my mom with me I know I will be ok.
    2. So after we finish our reincarnation wht happens to us like do we just exist in the afterlife forever n ever n ever n ever like why do we do r we alone forever r we with family what happens I feel so lost. Is there ever a real end to all this or are these questions not even important like when I get there will it make sense??? Also I deal with really bad depression and I think it makes me think about this so much more should I not worry so much? Help me understand plz.

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