When awakening happens, the mind’s need to understand disappears into the unconditional love and acceptance of the Heart.
-Tom Thompson

The Enlightenment Pathways

1964: Began regular practice of Meditation, Zen and the Yogic Pathways
1971: Yoga Teacher Training Certification (Hatha, Raja, Karma, Bhakti and Jnana yoga) with Swami Vishnu-devananda / International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre / Val Morin, Quebec
1971-1972: Trained in Raja Yoga with Dr. V. Kothandapani  
Franklin College / Franklin, IN
1972: Studied Tai Chi Chuan with sifu Ed Young / New York, NY
1973: Learned Seven Yogic Rites of Rejuvenation from a yogini in California
1973: Studied Buddhism with Iku Mayeda / San Luis Obispo Buddhist Temple / San Luis Obispo, CA
1976: Became a disciple of the Siddha guru Swami Muktananda Paramahansa. Received shaktipat and was given the spiritual name Anant
(infinite, eternal).
1976: Was authorized by Swami Muktananda to teach Hamsa meditation to others
1978: Became a student of, and received shaktipat from, Kundalini Maha Yoga master Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandas. Received the spiritual name Tulsiram (healing power of God)
1979: Siddha Yoga Course Certification
1979: Siddha Yoga Center Leader Certification
1980: Advanced Siddha Yoga Course Certification
1980s: Completed Vajra Panjar Training I through III and Vajra Panjar Applied in the Kundalini Maha Yoga tradition with Shri Anandi Ma and Dileepji
1982–1990: Co-founded and taught at The Woodbury Yoga Center / Woodbury, CT
1985 and 1988: Traveled to India, Kashmir and the Himalayas to visit Shri Dhyanyogi, Swami Nityananda and other gurus and to visit holy sites and ashrams
1987: Received transmission in Maha Ati Yoga from Tibetan Buddhist Vajra Guru H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Received the spiritual name Ogyen
(perfection of sky essence) / Karme Choling / Barnet, VT
1990: Co-founded The Awakened Heart Center for Conscious Living (initially the Hara Foundation) / Southern Pines, NC
1997: Studied Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan with sifu David Chin
1997–2007: Attended satsang, intensives and retreats with nondual teachers Gangaji, Francis Lucille, Wayne Liquorman and Adyashanti
2002: Yoga Alliance 500 Certification
2005: Attended The Nature of Enlightenment intensive with Adyashanti /
Omega Institute / Rhinebeck, NY
2007: Darshan with Mother Meera
2008: Cosmic Freedom Qigong Level I and II Certification from sifu Dr. Chok Hiew
2014: "Waking Up” event with Sam Harris in NYC

The Human Potential Pathways

1964: Began the study and practice of Hypnosis and Transactional Analysis
1977–1990: Mental Health Worker in psychiatry
1985: Attended Werner Erhard’s FORUM
1990: Certified Emergency Medical Technician / Connecticut
1991: Certified clinical hypnotherapist / American Council of Hypnotist Examiners
1992–2008: Multiple trainings in Energy Psychology, Transactional Analysis, Qi Gong, Redecision Therapy, Personality Adaptations and related subjects at the Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy / Chapel Hill, NC
1994: Advanced Hypnotic Changework Techniques with Carolyn Deal
1994: Parts Therapy training with hypnotherapy instructor Roy Hunter
1995: Hypno-analysis training with Dr. Anne Spencer
1995: Redecision Therapy Training Certification with Dr. Vann Joines /
Southeast Institute / Chapel Hill, NC
1998: Advanced Hypnotherapist Certification with James Hoover /
National Guild of Hypnotists
2001: Energy Consciousness Therapy Certification with Dr. Fred Gallo
2002: Energy Diagnostic and Treatment Methods Certified Practitioner with Dr. Fred Gallo
2003: Life Purpose and Career Coach Certification / Life Purpose Institute  
San Diego, CA
2007: Fearless Conversations Coaching Seminar / Fearless Living Institute
Boulder, CO
2015: Trained as a HeartMath Certified Trainer (HMCT) to deliver the HeartMath®Resilience training to groups of all kinds, and for staff in organizations such as companies, hospitals, clinics and health-care companies, nonprofit organizations, government institutions, schools, universities, law enforcement, community and social-service agencies.