About the Author
Born in 1940 in Kashmir, Arius Hopman is the son of a Dutch-English
couple who motored from Amsterdam to India in a Ford Model A in 1935.
His adventurous parents were following J. Krishnamurti, escaping the
growing tension in Europe and seeking the Light from the East.
Hopman's father was one of the first white people to make the 17-day
hike up into Ladakh. As a child, his mother traveled the Trans-Siberian
Railway several times between Europe and China where her parents were
traders. Trained in Florence, Italy, she was commissioned to sculpt
many dignitaries in India, Persia and Africa — including Gandhi twice
The regions his family inhabited and the communities they lived in
shaped Hopman's early years. These experiences included being refugees
from the Pakistan-India partition in 1947, residing in a conscious
community in the Himalayas, Iran in 1948, Italy in 1949 and Switzerland
in the 1950s.
By age 14, the quintilingual Hopman had developed a strong insight into
the human predicament. Being introduced to many new cultures and
languages, he strove to sharpen his sense of intuition and developed
his capacity to observe human nature and cultural idiosyncrasies.
Hopman's young adult life focused on his multi-cultural upbringing,
which blossomed into a bifocal perspective on the human condition.
In 1959, Hopman was an exchange student in the United States. He
graduated cum laude in 1964 with degrees in geology, paleontology and
From 1966 to 1968, he hitchhiked around the world, a trip which
broadened his international perspective on humanity and the human
He has lived on three continents — 42 countries — including living
outside of the United States for more than 30 years. He later married;
this was the year of Reichian therapy and the Coital Alignment
He became an organic subsistence farmer in 1970 when he built the first
solar house in Taos, New Mexico. His part in founding and running Taos
Solar Energy Association for six years led to tech transfer to nine
developing countries and two U.S. patents in appropriate technology. As
a result of strong promotion of solar energy, Taos achieved 2,000 solar
devices, mostly solar adobe homes, and was briefly known as the “solar
capital of the world.”
From 1973 to present, Hopman has recorded 500 pages of insights into
the human condition.
To generate an income Arius started an art gallery, first in
watercolors and then in fine art photography, which has to date
generated over $1 million in sales (hopmanart.com). He considers his
psychological discoveries by far his most important contribution.
He moved to Hawaii in 1985, where he spent the next decade inventing
the body-centered Integrative Inquiry. This body-centered method for
emotional clearing with long-lasting effects is a therapy founded on an
understanding of the psyche, the synergy generator and the chakra
opening. This is the work that led him deep into the inquiry of the
psyche and resulted in the writing of hundreds of pages of intuitive
notes on the human condition, including the present paper.
In more recent years, Hopman has endeavored to share his insights
through his manuscript "Awakening Planet: News from the Inner Frontier"
(unpublished); "The Global Paradigm Shift," an 11-part newspaper column
series; and an upcoming e-book, "The Ego Empire."
Hopman does two hours of yoga daily, hikes the 22-mile round-trip
Kalalau Trail monthly and maintains an organic diet. He has never owned
a new car, a TV, a refrigerator or a washing machine. He has lived
seven cumulative years camping in a tent. His influences are J.
Krishnamurti, A. H. Almaas, Ramana Maharshi/Gangaji, Jean Liedloff, the
Toltecs and Zen.