About Martin Muller

Generally, Martin's personal history and background were unstated in any formal manner. Most knew some aspect of his life that he might possibly have shared during the sessions and there are many rumours about his personal history. Clearly, he was concerned that the focus on him as a person would take away from where he believed the focus should be, namely on the work to be done.  He stated on many occasions that the action occurring should be considered a group action and often referred to the “we” experience in the activities of both the seen and unseen beings.

Two descriptions of his background were given in interviews for dissertations by Gayl Welch and Wayland Myers. In these he indicated that he was born and raised in Switzerland and grew up in a family that maintained a home for children in poor health. The home became a school, where from the age of nine, he was exposed to an environment dealing with problems of psychology, pedagogy, and health.

While at University, he studied under Piaget, Baudoin, and others, graduating with the equivalent of a masters degree in the United States. Then studied all he could find about Hindu and European mystical lore and occultism to broaden his traditional training.

Martin began teaching in Switzerland in 1941. By 1943, he was maintaining a home where people came to him for help and training. Working along rather classical lines at that time, he oriented the individual toward their deeper self. He taught advanced yoga (raja) at one time. From 1948 to 1960, he developed a new approach which he began to write about. His book (Prelude to the New Man) was originally created in French and later translated into English once he settled in California..

 When he and his wife and two children came to California in 1968, he not only left the mountains he loved, he left all classical approaches to psychology.

As he stated “Later on, somewhere between '47 and ‘60, I began to have new ideas of how to formulate, what I wanted to convey and little by little I left the tradition, until I came to this country and completely left the tradition in Europe.”

After settling near San Diego, he began working with groups of psychologists, people in therapy and people searching for a new mode of being. The writing about the technical training begun in Switzerland was refined, and later translated from the French. It was published in 1978 as Prelude to the New Man: An Introduction to the Science of Being.

Martin was a psychologist with a background in eastern traditions and was quite versed with Rudolph Steiner’s work. He was also knowledgeable about current developments in psychology and quantum physics to which he often referred. He is (in my view) considered a true western master who has incorporated the esoteric knowledge and practices of both eastern and western traditions and has left a unique body of work designed to help those who wish to take next steps on the evolutionary spiral. The work in Prelude to the New Man laid the foundation of his contribution, and the very rich tapestry of the transcripts gives a real sense of what life was like with a true master. This work provides guidance to those wishing to delve deep and prepare for the future.

Excerpt from the interview for Wayland Myers's Dissertation

 Wayland: I think that it is important for us to establish something about your background and present situation - what you do.

Martin: Let's start with the background. I come from a family who had a home for children with weak health, and that home turned into a school. So I used to be faced since the age of nine with problems of psychology, pedagogy, health and so on. I later went through schools, finally got to the university. Later I studied a lot of nearly everything I could find in Hindu, and European mystical lore and occultism, and so on. In '41 I started to teach. In '43 I had a home and I saw people, and I oriented them towards their deeper self. I must say that at that time I followed pretty much the classical line. By this, I mean tradition. Later on, somewhere between '47 and ‘60, I began to have new ideas of how to formulate, what I wanted to convey and little by little I left the tradition, until I came to this country and completely left (that) tradition in Europe.

Wayland: What was it you taught in Europe?

Martin:  I don't know how to express the teaching. I would say that it was a kind of development starting from the base of the personal psychology and moving towards deeper life. I would say that we went in the direction of that which is taught in any of the traditions of occultism/mysticism because you sense it pretty much - part: of it... But when You get used to accepting livance as a base you realize pretty quickly that in being centered fully on livance that from time to time you forget completely to use the usual awareness - I mean the coded awareness. You learn to discover direct awareness - not coded. Any sensory awareness goes through nervous codes - electro-chemical codes - that are recoded, not decoded, in the mind as objects you sense, different sensations - warmth, cold, etc. - these are codes. But when you live you go back, you feel cold. But it's just a convenient code. When you actually live it you don't live a code. And you learn to center on the livance itself... (see Wayland's thesis for more)

 He passed on in August of 1990.