Author
John Brierley



I spent my
early life in Dublin where I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and set up
practice as Brierley & Co in 1971 later merging with Jackson-Stops. An
existential crisis took my family and me to Findhorn in Scotland in 1987 as
part of a mid-career break. This was to prove a pivotal time in my life with a
reordering of priorities towards a spiritual perspective.



In 1996 I
convened the international conference ‘Business for Life’ where the core issue
was identified as the crisis of the human spirit and the search for meaning in
life. The idea of Business sabbaticals as an antidote to burn out and
pilgrimage as a way to reappraise life’s purpose became my abiding passion. In
2000 I walked up through Western Nepal into Tibet to complete the renowned
Mount Kailash pilgrimage sacred to Buddhism, Hinduism and esoteric
Christianity.



Heading
away in a camper van to ‘travel the world’ in 1987, I stumbled onto the Camino
de Santiago for the first time and felt its welcoming embrace. The Findhorn
Foundation in Scotland was the next stop along the Way and it was there I
realised that it was not an outer experience I was embarking on but a spiritual
journey along the inner pathways of soul. My sabbatical year ended with a
decision to leave Ireland and set up home in the spiritual community at
Findhorn. I can honestly say that I have never looked back since and the
journey has become a source of great joy. Yes there are moments of
forgetfulness and therefore pain but essentially the orientation of my life
towards an inner reality is complete and unassailable.



I have
created spaciousness in my life that allows for the ebb and flow of earthly
trials and tribulations to play out against the backdrop of a spiritual purpose
that transcends the illusory world I dreamt up. Life itself has become the
classroom and this earthly existence a mystery school leading to the Unified
Mind that lies beyond the seeming separation. The exploration has become endlessly
exciting.



 



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I spent my early life in Dublin where I qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and set up practice as Brierley & Co in 1971 later merging with Jackson-Stops. An existential crisis took my family and me to Findhorn in Scotland in 1987 as part of a mid-career break. This was to prove a pivotal time in my life with a reordering of priorities towards a spiritual perspective.
In 1996 I convened the international conference ‘Business for Life’ where the core issue was identified as the crisis of the human spirit and the search for meaning in life. The idea of Business sabbaticals as an antidote to burn out and pilgrimage as a way to reappraise life’s purpose became my abiding passion. In 2000 I walked up through Western Nepal into Tibet to complete the renowned Mount Kailash pilgrimage sacred to Buddhism, Hinduism and esoteric Christianity.
Heading away in a camper van to ‘travel the world’ in 1987, I stumbled onto the Camino de Santiago for the first time and felt its welcoming embrace. The Findhorn Foundation in Scotland was the next stop along the Way and it was there I realised that it was not an outer experience I was embarking on but a spiritual journey along the inner pathways of soul. My sabbatical year ended with a decision to leave Ireland and set up home in the spiritual community at Findhorn. I can honestly say that I have never looked back since and the journey has become a source of great joy. Yes there are moments of forgetfulness and therefore pain but essentially the orientation of my life towards an inner reality is complete and unassailable.
I have created spaciousness in my life that allows for the ebb and flow of earthly trials and tribulations to play out against the backdrop of a spiritual purpose that transcends the illusory world I dreamt up. Life itself has become the classroom and this earthly existence a mystery school leading to the Unified Mind that lies beyond the seeming separation. The exploration has become endlessly exciting.