Charles Cameron:

A life well worn...


meaning I've seen my fair share of wear and tear, not that my life was tailored on Saville Row...

Let's see...

Born 1943 in Portsmouth, England. Scottish in name and heart.

Educated at Christ Church, Oxford: BA in Theology, and the MA which Oxford very kindly grants to anyone who lives a few more years and pays a little extra. Not that Oxford's one of those tacky mail-in places, they just figure if you've been there and passed the BA, you're probably bright and a gentleman -- and why sweat the additional exams when a bright gentleman's life will teach him a Master's worth over the course of a few years in any case...

Current preoccupations and occupations:

My beautiful ex-ballerina wife Anne, who danced with American Ballet Theater and the Stuttgart Ballet, sang with Bachelors Anonymous, and now writes mystery fiction with skill and glee...

Emlyn, our almost two-year-old son, already a charmer (he gets it from his mother) and a rogue (guess where)...

HipBone Games, my attempt to devise playable versions of Hermann Hesse's great Glass Bead Game...

The Jungian Studies Network, an advisory body set up to meet the "unmet need for responsible, monitored, tested instruction in Jungian thought for persons who do not wish to become analysts or work toward academic degrees", to which I have been nominated by James Hall.

And The Center for Millennial Studies, a "think tank" on apocalyptic culture of which I am an Associate.


Mini-Resume:

Charles Cameron is an Oxford MA, professional freelance writer, poet, teacher and game designer.


Games:

Currently developing "HipBone Games", a family of meditative and educational games in the genre of Herman Hesse's "Glass Bead Game". 1995-97.

a give-and-take of thinking styles and wit ... on-line match of ricocheting intellects... [Cameron] is at the forefront of efforts to design and popularize games inspired by Hesse's novel. -- Don Oldenburg, Washington Post.

[Microsoft's] marketing strategists might first want to consult Charles Cameron, reachable on the Internet at hipbone@earthlink.net, the foremost of 263 correspondents concerned with the implications of Hesse's novel. -- Lewis Lapham, Harper's Magazine.

Consulting on game design for a forthcoming Simon and Schuster Interactive game title. 1996-97.

Also writing a series on the "serious business of games" for Cursor, the forthcoming game design magazine of the International Game Developers Network, and a regular column for Vision Quest, the e-zine of Visionary Games.

List-owner of Magister-L, an internet mailing-list for the discussion of spirituality in games.


Publications:

Multimedia:

Multimedia Shakespeare As You Like It. Wrote and edited all text for interactive "Cliff's Notes" style study guide for this CD-ROM presentation, which also includes complete text of the play with 1 hr MPEG video starring Lawrence Olivier. For BassWorks MultiMedia, published by Hollywood Select Video, 1994.

Books:

Control Your High Blood Pressure -- Without Drugs! With Cleaves Bennett MD, Doubleday, 1984, paperback, 1986. An Alternate Selection of the Book of the Month Club.

A book as useful as it is important... demystifies the entire subject... able to bridge the gap between physician and public with genuine artistry. -- Norman Cousins, author.

Also wrote numerous patient handbooks for medical practices.

The Inner Game of Music. Barry Green and W Timothy Gallwey. Application of Inner Game principles to coaching and learning of music. Called in to ghost write final version. Doubleday, 1986.

Also wrote 6 Inner Game of Music Workbooks, 1991-94.

TGIM (Thank God It's Monday). With Suzanne Elusorr. This book introduces vocational / bodhisattvic values into the area of the job search and work satisfaction. JP Tarcher, 1986.

Articles:

"Creature Spirits Everywhere About Us: A Voice of the Black Elk Nation". In: Randall L Eaton, ed, The Human/Animal Connection. An account of the relationship between humans and animals as perceived (in dreams, visions, waking life) by the noted Lakota shaman, Wallace Black Elk.

Also many articles on various topics for Magill's Literary Annual (various years), "Pasadena Magazine", "Carnivore," "Psychological Perspectives" (CG Jung Institute of Los Angeles) etc.


Teaching:

Faculty, Bruchion School, Los Angeles. Taught classes in creativity, imagination and "mythologic" at this independent art school. 1986-95.

Charles' classes remind me of the course I took at UCSB with Margaret Mead, and my graduate seminar with Paul Tillich. He has the same excitement and command, the same preparedness and knowledge of his subject matter--and he's warmer. He's certainly extraordinarily effective in his presentation. He's giving, he shares his world. -- Bill Royer, Bruchion student.

Designed and co-taught course with shaman Wallace Black Elk while Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Southern Oregon State College, 1978, winning the North American Association of Summer Sessions 1978 Creative Program Award.

Visiting Lecturer. Taught anthropology and poetry seminars. Other speakers included Gary Snyder, Judy Grahn, Paul Shepard, Paul Nelson, etc. Old College, Reno, 1985, 1986, and Sierra Nevada College, Tahoe, 1987, 1988.

Several days ago, I attended a seminar at which several of the sessions were led by a gentleman named Charles Cameron. His subject: Poetry... learning about it, learning to listen, learning to read, learning to write. He draws from a wide range, classical to modern, interweaving his own and that of well-known others. His performance itself was a joy. He was alternately astute, wise, intellectually challenging and informational... -- Dorothy Fadiman, Oscar-winning filmmaker.


Film & Theater:

The Poet's Voice. Onstage reading as "the Poet" in Anne Atwell- Zoll's classical ballet, Terri Lewis Dance Ensemble, Los Angeles, 1990-91.

Charles is an electrifying performer. I've not felt a stage presence like his since I danced with Nureyev, and I've worked with some of the best. -- Anne Atwell-Zoll, choreographer, formerly with American Ballet Theater, now my wife!

Voice Over, soundtrack segment, With a Silent Mind, full-length documentary on Krishnamurti, Dir: Michael Mendizza, Mendizza Associates, Los Angeles, 1989.


Personal:

In 1964 or thereabouts, I took a young Tibetan lama, Trungpa Rimpoche, on a semi-formal visit to Prinknash Abbey, a Benedictine Catholic monastery in southern England. Trungpa later wrote (Born in Tibet) that this visit "strongly encouraged him," and that it "demonstrated that the contemplative life could be carried out in the West." Shortly after, Trungpa founded the first Tibetan monastic community in the West, Samye Ling, in Scotland.

In 1978, I introduced the Lakota shaman Wallace Black Elk to Dr William S Lyon, professor of anthropology at Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, OR, and the three of us co-taught an award winning course in the construction and ceremonial use of the traditional Lakota sweat lodge. The course was repeated for six or seven years. Under Black Elk's instructions, I "poured water" for many ceremonial sweats. Participants soon began to request Black Elk to guide them on personal Vision Quests, and Ashland quietly became a native American ceremonial center. Until recently, a Lakota Sun Dance has been held there each year under Wallace Black Elk's direction.

I have been a sort of "godfather", then, to the development of Tibetan Buddhist monastic centers in Europe and America, and a Lakota ceremonial Sun Dance in Oregon.


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