Testimonials for Meditation

Suzie Polinsky, Victoria, BC, Canada.

Even though I’d always thought meditation was not for me - where would I find the time etc - I decided to give it a try and signed up for Stephen’s Meditation Level 1 course. I was pleasantly surprised how I took to it! Not difficult at all and the benefits so far outweigh the time. I now meditate each day and look forward to it! My energy level and sleeping have improved a lot and I’m sure there will be more benefits as I keep going. I was so happy with what I learned in the first level I decided to take the 2nd level. Stephen is a fantastic teacher, very professional in every way. His gentle coaching, guidance and encouragement throughout the courses was so helpful in getting a good grounding of the meditation techniques. I highly recommend these courses!!

Dr. Farouk Nathoo, Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics, University of Victoria.

It is my great pleasure to write a testimonial for Stephen Austen. I have taken the Level 1 and Level 2 meditation courses. Both of these courses are excellent. The weekly classes were enjoyable, well organized, and the techniques covered in class helped me with my own meditation practice. Whether you are just beginning with meditation, or if you are more experienced and looking to advance your own practice, Stephen’s meditation courses have much to offer you.

Gail & Bill Pettinger, Victoria, BC. Canada.

Hello Stephen – Bill & I would like to express our sincere thanks for the wonderful meditation program that we have just completed. It was very helpful and we really appreciated the sensitive and encouraging way in which you guided us through the meditation process each week. We did want to let you know how much we enjoyed your teaching.

With love & gratitude,
Gail & Bill Pettinger

Roy Newington, Kelowna, BC. Canada.

Stephen teaches many techniques and you pick the one which works best for you. Place the rest in your tool bag.
I find the group setting enhances my meditation which is usually deeper - Any visual experiences are clearer and more detailed than when I meditate alone. The energy is uplifting. I now meditate daily with more tools to help me relax and I handle my life in a more relaxed and peaceful way.

Stephen is very knowledgeable and passionate about meditation.

Rachel Ford, Tunbridge Wells, England

Dear Stephen,

On behalf of the entire group who attended your sessions on meditation I would like to say a big thank you for your help and guidance. We have all benefited vastly from the experience, and I'm sure it will be of great help in the future by aiding us to complete our project on stress relief. It was a very enjoyable couple of evenings and I feel that, although some of us found it harder to concentrate, it was a very valuable and memorable experience.

Enclosed are a few views from some of us who took part. I hope they can be of use to you in your publicity campaign. Once again, many thanks.

Rachel Ford, Tunbridge Wells, England

Stephen taught me a lot about meditation, a subject I knew very little about before, in the two sessions I had. The skills I learnt are hopefully going to benefit me a lot in my life in general to make me less stressed. I think this is important so I can cope as well as possible with events and problems at school and home. I certainly felt a lot more relaxed after the sessions. The techniques he taught were simple yet effective.

Charlotte Fisher, Tunbridge Wells, England

I also feel that it was a very valuable experience and could be very useful to us. Although concentration skills among our group weren't great I still feel that I learnt the basics and that these could be very helpful in dealing with everyday life. On my own the things which we learnt would be more effective as there would be less distraction. Thanks very much for your help.

Susan Holloway, Tunbridge Wells, England

1st session - Although it was hard to concentrate at first, the candle gazing helped focus my attention and from then on I allowed myself to relax and try to forget my surroundings and other thoughts.

2nd session - I found the Aums very hard to concentrate on but the sound was very effective and I did feel a sense of peace. Although throughout a lot of the session I couldn't help but laugh. I think that had I been in different surroundings I would have found it easier. However, it was a very enjoyable evening.

Elaine Horner, Vernon, BC. Canada.

Dear Mr. Austen

I am writing to you today in the hopes of setting up a session with you for my Spiritual Astrology.

I ‘met’ you this Spring 2005 at the Spring Festival of Awareness in Naramata, BC. I attended your seminar on Life After Death. Unfortunately I was unable to stay for the entire time. Before I left the retreat I bought a copy of your book titled Nature’s Wisdom – Portals to Human Potential. I would like to thank you for the beautiful writings and illustrations in your book. Right from the introduction I felt a peaceful identification; your writing touched me at a soul level.

I have spent the past four years lovingly working along side nature as a professional gardener, connecting with nature and the wisdom that it has to offer. I was deeply moved to see mirrored in your writing the feelings of my heart.

I do not enter ‘blindly’ or ‘lightly’ into life, I need to understand on a mental level, which brings me to your seminar. I admit to being an open minded skeptic (does that make any sense?), in the brief hour that I listened to you speak, watching as you used illustrations to lecture on Life After Death I left the seminar feeling I need to hear more from you.

Through meditation and prayer I believe that my path is being directed towards you, for assistance in my deeper self-understanding and soul growth. I look forward to hearing from you.” (She subsequently had a Spiritual Astrology Reading with me, which further assisted her greatly on her path).


Elaine Horner
Vernon, BC. Canada.