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Four Modern Inspirational Brits
Page Last Amended: July 3, 2022
The following four individuals have each, in their own way, brought inspiration to western culture by being unafraid to pursue what appears to them to be Truth, especially with regard to the nature and identity of humanity and its true relationship with what we might call 'the cosmos', and the evolution of consciousness. Each of them is spoken of a great deal on the internet and most have produced (or are included in) videos that can be found on Youtube, as well as profuse written publications. Actually, there are two more I like, both with a scientific bent: Peter Russell and Rupert Sheldrake,
John Michell
(9 February 1933
- 24 April 2009)

An English author and esotericist who was a prominent figure in the development of the Earth mysteries movement. Over the course of his life he published over forty books on an array of different subjects, being a proponent of the Traditionalist school of esoteric thought.
Embracing the counter-cultural ideas of the Earth mysteries movement during the 1960s, in The Flying Saucer Vision he built on Alfred Watkins' ideas of ley lines by arguing that they represented linear marks created in prehistory to guide extraterrestrial spacecraft. He followed this with his most influential work, The View Over Atlantis, in 1969. His ideas were at odds with those of academic archaeologists, for whom he expressed contempt.
Michell believed in the existence of an ancient spiritual tradition that connected humanity to divinity, but which had been lost as a result of modernity. He believed however that this tradition would be revived and that humanity would enter a Golden Age, with Britain as the centre of this transformation.
Michell's other publications covered an eclectic range of topics, and included an overview on the Shakespeare authorship question (an issue that another of these four, Peter Dawkins, is intrinsicaly involved with), a tract condemning Salman Rushdie during The Satanic Verses controversy, and a book of Adolf Hitler's quotations.
Keenly interested in the crop circle phenomenon, he co-founded a magazine devoted to the subject, The Cereologist, in 1990, and served as its initial editor. From 1992 until his death he wrote a column for The Oldie magazine, which was largely devoted to his anti-modernist opinions. He accompanied this with a column on esoteric topics for the Daily Mirror tabloid.
A friend of Keith Critchlow, he joined him in the foundation of the Temenos Academy and also wrote on Critchlow's favourite topic, sacred geometry.
A quote: "Don't search dreams in the sky; they need strong footage on Earth."


Prof. Keith Critchlow
(16 March 1933
- 8 April 2020)

An artist, lecturer, author, Sacred Geometer and professor of architecture and a co-founder of the Temenos Academy in the UK. Buckminster Fuller wrote of Critchlow:

    Keith Critchlow has one of the century's rare conceptual minds. He is continually inspired by the conceptioning of both earliest and latest record. He lauds the work of others while himself pouring forth, in great modesty, whole vista-filling new realizations of nature's mathematical structuring.. He is one of the most inspiring scholar-teachers I have had the privilege to know.
Critchlow was professor of Islamic Art at the Royal College of Art in London from 1975 for many years. He also delivered lectures on the application of sacred geometry in architecture at the Lindisfarne Association in New York City and then Crestone, Colorado, in the United States from 1978.
In Crestone, he contributed to a number of summer schools for Lindisfarne and taught alongside innovative thinkers from both the arts and sciences, including social philosopher and cultural critic, William Irwin Thompson (founder of the Lindisfarne Association), mythographer and symbolist Robert Lawlor, poet and environmental activist Wendell Berry, biologist John Todd, and environmentalist James Lovelock.
Critchlow founded the Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts (VITA) department in 1984, which moved from the Royal College of Art to The Prince's Institute of Architecture in 1992-3, where he was director of research. The institute later evolved into The Prince's Foundation, within which Prince's School of Traditional Arts (PSTA) is housed. He was professor emeritus at PSTA and served as director of research. He also taught at The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment.
In 1983, Critchlow was asked by Indian philosopher and author Jiddu Krishnamurti to design the Krishnamurti Study Centre in Hampshire, UK, which was completed in 1986.
His other architectural works include, the Lindisfarne Chapel in Crestone, Colorado, in the United States with a special design for the vaulting of the dome, and a hospital, the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Puttaparthi, India. Isaac Tigrett, who had founded the Hard Rock Cafe enterprise, secured Critchlow's expertise to design the hospital in Puttuparthi. His use of sacred geometry played a major role in these architectural designs and projects.
A quote: "More than you need will always be greed."
Temenos Academy.
A 1995 interview.

Peter Dawkins
(bn 12 November 1945)

Is a philosopher, seer, geomancer, historian, author, lecturer, workshop leader and teacher. Dawkins is a particular specialist in 'landscape temples' and sacred space, the Western wisdom traditions, the 'matter' of Britain, and Baconian and Shakespearean studies.
After practising as an architect for nine years in both England and Scotland, from 1978 onwards Dawkins has devoted himself full-time to research, education and healing work in connection with the world's wisdom traditions, mythology, architecture and landscape, with an especial focus on the intimate relationship between the human being, the landscape and the spiritual realms.
He teaches and runs courses and leads wisdom tours and geomantic pilgrimages in several countries. He has written many books, newsletters and articles, advised teachers, actors, directors and film-makers, and been interviewed internationally on TV, radio and documentaries.
Dawkins is founder and principal of The Francis Bacon Research Trust (FBRT), co-founder and elder of Gatekeeper Trust, and founder of the Zoence Academy and Mystery School which he runs in partnership with his wife Sarah. He has also served as a trustee of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust and of the British Council of the UN University of Peace.
The philosophy and wisdom embodied in the Shakespeare plays has been an important part of Dawkins' studies, and as a result he has given Wisdom of Shakespeare seminars, summer schools and other events since the mid-1980s, first with Sir George Trevelyan in Warwickshire, then with Mark Rylance at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre, London (1997-2005), and since then with Jill Line in Warwickshire and Mark Rylance elsewhere.
A quote: "Our environment affects our consciousness, and our consciousness affects the environment."
Peter Dawkins' site on Francis Bacon.
My own page on Francis Bacon.


Sir Ken Robinson
(4 March 1950
- 21 August 2020)

An author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. He was director of the Arts in Schools Project (1985-89) and Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick (1989-2001), and Professor Emeritus after leaving the university. In 2003 he was knighted for services to the arts.
Originally from a working class Liverpool family, around September 2001 Robinson moved to Los Angeles with his wife and children to serve as Senior Advisor to the President of the J. Paul Getty Trust.
Robinson has suggested that to engage and succeed, education has to develop on three fronts. Firstly, that it should foster diversity by offering a broad curriculum and encourage individualisation of the learning process. Secondly, it should promote curiosity through creative teaching, which depends on high quality teacher training and development. Finally, it should focus on awakening creativity through alternative didactic processes that put less emphasis on standardised testing, thereby giving the responsibility for defining the course of education to individual schools and teachers.
He believed that much of the present education system in the United States encourages conformity, compliance and standardisation rather than creative approaches to learning.
Robinson emphasised that we can only succeed if we recognise that education is an organic system, not a mechanical one. Successful school administration is a matter of engendering a helpful climate rather than "command and control".
A quote: "If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original."
Sir Ken Robinson website.