A few words about Richard by Richard
I was born in Montreal, Quebec on February 20, 1948. For those of you who follow astrology, as I do, I am a Pisces with Moon in Cancer and Gemini Ascendant. I am born in the year of the Rat according to Chinese astrology.
I am the eldest of 3 kids with a younger brother and sister.
I currently live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and travel to Beijing, China often.
I am very interested in China, Chinese culture and Chinese people. I am learning to speak Mandarin.
I have lived in various cities and towns across Canada including Brockville, Burlington, Grimsby Beach, McBride Lake, Oakville, Ottawa, Toronto, Willowdale, Pictou and Halifax. I have also lived outside of Canada in London and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England; Tangier, Morocco and Beijing, China.
I have travelled extensively throughout Canada, every province, from coast to coast as well as The Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
I have travelled throughout the United States, Mexico, England, Wales, Belgium, France, Spain, Morocco and China. In China I have travelled to the cities of Beijing, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming, Shanghai, Urumqi, Wuhan and Yantai.
My first job was as a milk boy helping to deliver milk on Saturdays when I was in Grade 4. As a kid I delivered newspapers, mowed lawns, shovelled snow, taught swimming, life guarded, worked on factory production lines, worked in a lumber mill on the green-chain, worked as a bouncer, waiter and bartender in a Montreal bar on Crescent Street.
After graduating from St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario, Canada I studied Commerce and Theology at McGill University, then Communication Arts at Loyola College part of Concordia University in Montreal.
I have worked as a Special Assistant to a federal cabinet minister in the 1970’s and been an election campaign advisor in various ridings across Canada. I have been active in local politics in residents associations.
As a public & government relations consultant in Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax my clients included mutual fund and investment companies, international shipping group, dance company, international night club chain, real estate developers, manufacturing companies, government agencies and others. The software development and consulting company – Softel – that I co-founded in Halifax was partnered with Scientific Atlanta and US West Communications and worked on bleeding-edge VSAT and mobile communications projects. I co-founded The Reiki Store in Toronto in 1993.
My personal experience includes having a car rear-end my car and causing me to suffer from Subtle Traumatic Brain Injury in 2000 and turning my life upside-down and seriously interrupted my career as a recruiter and headhunter. I had a heart attack 4 years after the car accident. I have had to rebuild my life a number of times.
I have studied Reiki with Reiki Masters in Minneapolis and Toronto including James Wells, Dee Millard and Anita Levin.
I have studied Tantra with Lucy Becker and Dr. Jonn Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati).
I began to study shamanism in 2004 and have become active as a shamanic practitioner with an interest in divination. I shave studied with Jeannette McCullough, Martha Lucier and Sharon van Raalte who have studied extensively with Michael Harner and the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.
I highly recommend the book Medicine for the Earth by Sandra Ingerman. This work is foundational to the practices of Jeannette McCullough and Martha Lucier. I doubt that I would be alive today without the healing work that I have done with them.