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Mark L. Butler

Mark L. Butler lives in Eagle, Idaho and is the director of the Eagle Literary Foundation. The majority of Mark’s professional career has been spent in the field of City and Regional Land Use Planning. At a very early age Mark started questioning the standard of ordinary living, and was deeply bothered by its lack of real, lasting solidity and security. For over three decades Mark’s intense desire to study the human condition led him to numerous religions, spiritual groups and inner-life teachers. He studied with inner-life author and teacher Vernon Howard from 1972 until Mr. Howard’s death in 1992. Mark writes and speaks on the topic of personal inner-freedom throughout the country and has been doing so for over twenty years.

Paul Brunton

(1898-1981) “Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness. The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines” (Paul Brunton). Paul Brunton was born in 1898. With an increasing interest in understanding what life is really all about, he left his career as a journalist, traveling to the Eastern world. He became a student of the East and lived among yogis, mystics, and holy men. He helped introduce yoga into the West and wrote numerous books, including The Notebooks of Paul Brunton, which were published after his death. He spent the remainder of his life in Switzerland until his death in 1981.

Guy Finley

Guy Finley is one of today’s brightest voices in the field of self-realization, showing men and women everywhere how to find a life of freedom, enduring fulfillment, and true purpose. Director of the non-profit Life of Learning Foundation, Guy Finley has produced more than 30 books and tapes on self-understanding, which have been translated into 13 languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide. For more information on Guy Finley or to receive free, encouraging weekly Key Lessons by email, click here to visit Guy Finley’s website or call 541-476-1200.

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff

(1872-1949) George Ivanovich Gurdjieff appeared in Moscow in 1913 with a fully developed system for inner development called The Fourth Way. His life before this is vague and obscured. Most believe he was born in 1872 in Alexandropol, Russia (present day Armenia) and spent a great deal of his life traveling throughout the world. After teaching his system in Moscow and St. Petersburg, in 1920 Gurdjieff and those close to him journeyed by foot to Constantinople (present day Istanbul). In 1922, he moved on to Western Europe, and by 1922 he had established the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man. He continued to teach the system and wrote numerous books until his death in 1949.

Vernon Howard

(1918-1992) “The greatest inspiration on Earth is something practical, something that really works” (Vernon Howard). Author, Vernon Howard was known for presenting the wisdom of the ages in clear and practical terms. He was born in Massachusetts in 1918 and has written numerous books throughout his life, including best-sellers such as The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power and The Power of Your Supermind. He began presenting these principles in Southern California in the early to mid 60’s. Following that he moved to Boulder City, Nevada. After being contacted by numerous individuals, he began holding classes again in the early 70’s. His work attracted people from all parts of the world.

For access to 2,061 talks by Vernon Howard, hundreds of articles, posters, and other materials connected with the Work of Vernon Howard, visit:

Jiddu Krishnamurti

(1895-1986) “Friend, do not concern yourself with who I am; you will never know. I do not want you to accept anything I say. I do not want anything from any of you; I do not desire popularity; I do not want your flattery, your following. Because I am in love with life, I do not want anything. These questions are not of very great importance; what is of importance is the fact that you obey and allow your judgment to be perverted by authority. Your judgment, your mind, your affection, your life are being perverted by things which have no value, and herein lies sorrow” (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Maurice Nicoll

(1884-1953) “Humanity is regarded as unfinished, incomplete, imperfect. We have the possibility of completing ourselves, perfecting ourselves, and all that is necessary for this lies in us” (Maurice Nicoll). Born in 1884 in Scotland, Maurice Nicoll was known as a pioneer in psychology and medicine. He studied science at Caius College in Cambridge and went on to study in Paris, Berlin, and Vienna. In Zurich, he became Carl Jung’s principal supporter until he met P.D. Ouspensky in 1921. Following that he studied with G. I. Gurdjieff in 1922, and he continued to write on and teach these principles until his death in 1953. His writings are deep, personal and expressive.

P.D. Ouspensky

(1878-1947) “I had come to the conclusion a long time ago that there was no escape from the labyrinth of contradictions in which we live except by an entirely new road, unlike anything hitherto known or used by us” (P.D. Ouspensky). Peter D. Ouspensky was born in Moscow in 1878. He left school to travel in search of something beyond this world. He traveled to India, Ceylon, and Egypt but found himself back in Saint Petersburg where he met G. I. Gurdjieff and studied with him for a few years. Ouspensky, an accomplished mathematician and journalist, began writing early in life publishing quite a few books. Highly influenced by George Gurdjieff, Ouspensky’s writings are intense and analytical, yet eloquent and stimulating.

Tom Russell

Tom Russell is the author of SuperWisdom – 7 Vital Secrets for a Rich and Purpose-Filled Life. Tom is the director of the SuperWisdom Foundation, host of the "Time Out for Truth" podcast and editor of the SuperWisdom Newsletter, which is enjoyed by thousands of subscribers in more than 30 countries.Tom has been interviewed on more than 200 radio and TV talk shows. His work has been influenced dramatically by the teachings of author Vernon Howard, with whom he studied for twelve years.

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