“The genesis of My HELP Network goes back to when I was a child. I was born near Dar-es-salaam on the east coast of Africa. At age seven, I began to have a reoccurring daydream of all races joining hands around the earth. By the time I was twelve, the dream revealed a message for humanity: ‘Help Each Other’. This message became my mantra and helping others became my purpose in life.
My father, a violent, abusive man, tried to beat the dream out of me. My loving mother believed in my dream and encouraged me to share my message. From my mother, I learn to love, listen and be patient, as she often recited an old Sanskrit saying: “Drop by drop lakes are filled.”
In 1966, a violent revolution erupted in Tanzania and my family fled to England. When I was thirteen, my mother died of cancer and my father threw me out of the house. Longing to be heard, the dream drove me to share the message. But even the thought of sharing this message with humanity was so overwhelming, I could not breathe. So, I did odd jobs to buy chalk sticks and at night walked from place to place writing, ‘Help Each Other’ on the sidewalks.
On bitterly cold days, I would seek refuge at the small local library. Julia, the librarian, asked me, “Do you like to read?” I did not respond because I could not read. She read me like a book and offered to teach me every evening after the library closed. Over the next three years, I learned to read and write and thanks to Julia, I have written books and the screenplay for a World Changing Dream film.
During the time I was homeless, I would question and contemplate on the fundamentals of my life. As a result, I discovered the universal foundations of life: Health, Home, Family and Work. Known today as the Panlife Foundations, they are the wellsprings of human well-being. However, after four years of living rough, I fell very ill with a throat infection and desperately needed a home and family. I had a choice to make – either join the Marines or a Monastery. My choice was to join the Royal Marines Commandos and was posted to Condor Commando Base in Scotland. The Marines became my family and they nicknamed me “Monk” because I meditated and lived like a monk.
At Condor Commando Base, I was trained by Sergeant Des Wassall, and excelled to become a soldier in the Reconnaissance Troop. Des was a quiet, unassuming man, who motivated men with a soft voice. He was awarded the Military Cross in The Falklands War. Des went on to become the Corp Regimental Sergeant Major and received an M.B.E from Queen Elizabeth II. For three decades, Des was my confidant and in 2016, he passed away. Thanks to him, I developed the capacity to take on impossible missions, going the distance to diffuse my message.
One day, while meditating on a remote beach, I realized that the inter-action of the three words, ‘Help-Each-Other’, was a process that works to create love, unity, harmony, and prosperity. That by helping each other, each one of us can meet the needs of our Health, Home, Family and Work. I called it The HELP Process and had the vision to gift The HELP Process to every person in every nation. So, I resigned from the Marines and worked as a high-level bodyguard to earn the money to teach The HELP Process free of charge.
My message spread across Europe and in 1988 I established The HELP Training Center in Bavaria, Germany. However, the constant traveling, teaching, and doing bodyguard work led me to become physically burned-out. The HELP Training Center closed and I returned to England. This low point made me reflect on how I got there and re-vision the way I wanted to live and do my work. I did not want to become a guru or a leader of men, nor did I want fame or accolade. I wanted to give my message to humanity, but in a quiet, unseen way.
Then, in 1992, I had the vision to write The HELP Book and distribute it worldwide. However, I was faced with two challenges: First, I had no idea how to write a book. So, I would speak on a tape recorder and one of my students, Vaughan, typed it out. The second challenge was to earn the money to pay for the printing and gifting of The HELP Book. My buddy Harry, ex- Marine and SAS Trooper, helped me to land a well-paid bodyguard job. This provided substantial finances for me to print and publish The HELP Book.
The first edition of The HELP Book was published in 1995 and endorsed by the late Eileen Caddy; “I hope The HELP Book will help many, many people in the times ahead.” Eileen Caddy was an author and founder of The Findhorn Foundation and received an MBE from Queen Elizabeth II. Then, in 1999, I published the second edition of The HELP Book and sent gifted copies to many prominent people including author and visionary Dr. Deepak Chopra. Dr. Chopra invited me to meet him while he was teaching at Oxford University. During our meeting, he told me that my message was much needed in our world.
Empowered by Dr. Chopra, I have gifted The HELP Book and taught The HELP Process free of charge to people of all races around the world. As my message continued to spread, a movement of people motivated to help each other formed and became My HELP Network. Then my friend Dominic introduced me to Jade, an Australian woman. Deeply in love, and with hopes of having a family, I sold my apartment in London and we emigrated to settle in Australia.
One of my visions has been to build an ecologically sustainable city called Angelica, based on co-operation, rather than competition. For this purpose, I bought five thousand acres of wilderness in Queensland, Australia and began to build Angelica City founded on a simple credo: ‘I live to help and love.’ However, the demands of such a large-scale project took its toll on our relationship. Our separation forced the sale of the land and the project was shelved. The months following were the closest I have come to giving up on my dream. But the Marine motto, Semper-fi, meaning “always faithful” gave me strength to continue. Faithfulness to my purpose has brought me out the darkest places, opened doors when there appeared to be no way forward and blessed me with immeasurable grace.
For the next four years, I lived like a hermit in the remote wilderness, quietly contemplating on the way forward. I began writing a screenplay for the World Changing Dream film based on my life story. Then, out of the blue, I was invited to give a series of talks in the United States. While teaching at Hachland Hill Vineyard in Nashville, Tennessee, Phila Hach introduced me to a helpful, effervescent woman named Angel. Since then, we have worked together and in 2016, Angel established My HELP Network Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Angel by name and Angel by nature, she has become a guiding light in My HELP Network.
One thing I have learned; when people help each other, the impossible becomes possible. When I am praised for my achievements, I quickly point out that it is with the help of many, many people that I have realize the impossible dream. When I look at my life in this way, every person on my journey has in some way played a part in the fulfillment of my purpose. So, in a sense, my life story is a tribute to all the people that have helped me along on the way.
Over fifty years ago, I dreamt of a world changing dream. My goal was never the dream itself, but to be the giver of the dream. My dream is for people from all nations to join hands around the earth. The third edition of The HELP Book has just been published and our next steps are; to make the World Changing Dream Motion Picture and construct an international HELP Education program that teaches The HELP Process in all areas of human endeavor.
Thank you for reading my story.”