Michael Howard influences individuals across a broad spectrum of society. He is a freelance consultant, having worked with some of the world’s top companies. He holds degrees in Engineering, Theology and Philosophy, has written two books on personal development, and is an internationally-acclaimed teacher. His company Mindmark is active in the Mind-Body-Spirit field, including spiritual tourism experiences to the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa. He is an entrepreneur, businessman and family-man, and is on a quest for full self-actualisation and self-transcendence… a never-ending quest.
Michael says, “There are two extremes in me. Trying to reconcile them, forces me on a quest for meaning. I am a warrior and a priest. The warrior comes from my heritage on my mother’s side – revolutionaries fighting against the Ottomans in the mountains of Lebanon. The priest is from a line of Maronite Catholic patriarchs hundreds of years ago in those same mountains.
I am an engineer and a mystic.
I studied engineering and made my living in the engineering consulting field. But, like many post-modern people, I was disillusioned with modern ‘successes’ and sought something more than the answers I got from engineering. So I studied theology and philosophy found myself drawn more and more into the mystical traditions of many religions.
I’ve written two books – one non-fiction and one fiction. And I have another few up my sleeve. I’m the creator of The Seven Aspects of Spiritual Intelligence, a program that helps people benefit from their true selves.
Sometimes I’m sure and confident and sometimes I’m a demotivated nihilist, uncertain of everything. Most of all, I’m a husband and a father of three. And my mission in life is to love and serve them, and all souls.
Between public talks, self-development courses, and the odd business and engineering consulting brief, and writing, I keep busy… but not too busy to spend a lot of time with my three kids and my wife.
My second wife, that is.
Because my first wife died of Huntington’s disease… a cruel, genetic disease that slowly robbed her of everything until she took her last breath staring into the room around me. It’s through my journey with Gina, more than anything else, that I learnt the wonder and joy of life despite its flaws, if you can access the practical mystic in you. This experiential knowledge is the core of my teachings.
I believe in the mystery of life and I’m in awe of this world. I believe in more than I can see or touch or hear. Mostly the truth is way beyond all that. It is something that calls out to us from beyond. I don’t know what exactly it is but it is there in the emptiness when nothing else means much. When nothing else counts for much. It sends souls into exquisite peace in the darkness and the silence of the deepest self.
It is inexplicable and unfathomable. But the closest I can get to naming it is this: the silent whisper of love.”
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