A biographical sketch of SGM's Founder, George Arthur Lareau
Occupations, relationships, personalities, locales, all flash by in the merry, complicated life of George Arthur Lareau.
Lareau's work days began at age eight as a shoeshine boy, on the sidewalks and in the bars of Athol, MA. His business was successful enough to provide the groceries for his family for several years.
As a high school senior in Athol, he was president of seven organizations. He was a licensed Methodist minister at age 16, the youngest in New England, and served as assistant minister of St. Matthew's Methodist Church in Belleville, Illinois, while in college.
He was a Boston beatnik poet at age 19 and sold his first book, The Hunting Poise, on the sidewalks of Boston. He had several short-lived jobs during his beatnik years:
He sold a lot of encyclopedias door-to-door and bought his first new car.
He was director of advertising for United Trading Stamp Company in Boston at age 20, having started at the lowest clerical level six months earlier.
He was a dispatcher for Gaghan & Shaw appliance repair company in Washington, D.C. while living with a family from India. He then rode a bicycle back to Boston which took him eleven days.
After this busy two-year hiatus, he finished studies for his Bachelor's degree in English and philosophy at McKendree University and married at age 23 in Amboy, IL.
In Amboy, he operated a small letterpress printing shop, and then was a child welfare social worker in Rockford, Illinois.
He starred in and directed plays in college and community theatres in Lebanon, Amboy and Freeport, IL.
He edited the company magazine for Burgess Battery Company in Freeport, IL, and then moved to Champaign, IL.
In Champaign-Urbana he built an ad agency that served a impressive list of clients in downstate Illinois.
He produced and directed films and TV commercials, produced and hosted a radio show, produced an audio-visual in Delhi, India, published a poetry anthology, freelanced as a writer-photographer, was a city beat news reporter for the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, edited two trade magazines (Water Well Journal and Irrigation Journal), owned a print and silkscreen shop, published a trade magazine (Freelance Photographer), and was president of the Chicago chapter of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers). He was also an Urbana city department commissioner.
He was next an estate and financial planner with American Express and authored financial planning software.
He established a major group for an Indian guru in Urbana, IL (Ruhani Satsang).
He founded a new religion chartered in Arizona (CNASRA, Church of the New Age Spiritual Revolution of America).
In other moves around the country, he sang classical music professionally in St. Petersburg, FL, El Paso, TX, and Boston, MA.
He was a systems analyst for the Mass. Dept. of Public Health in Boston, also for McDonnell-Douglas Helicopter Co. in Mesa, AZ, and worked nine telemarketing jobs in between writing books.
For two years he taught English and managed a foreigners guest house in Tokyo. Later, he taught English for six years in Beijing and managed the largest English school in China.
In his search for truth about the nature of reality and consciousness, he read over 5000 books, experimented with dozens of paths, and made many personal discoveries.
He analyzed the ways that truth is created and wrote Three Peaks, a Model for Understanding Truth.
He pursued mystical enlightenment and while in Boston achieved an enlightenment experience compatible with both the new physics and historical metaphysics.
Returning to Arizona, he worked once again as a child protective services worker, and built a substantial eBay camera business.
He created Sufi George, authored Mind Blow, Understanding Consciousness, Sufi George's Coloring Book of Consciousness Management Study Aids, Create Reality with Morphic Robotsand built a popular web site (The Sufi George Phenomenon!), taught classes, made radio and television appearances and gave speeches.
He created a science-based dynamic model of consciousness that explains how reality is created and experienced using frequency waves.
He created over 50 cartoons which are on youtube.com.
He also authored The Game is Played on a Delicate Foundation and even better poems, When I Was the King (short stories), Second Coming (drama), The Composition Course, Exercises in Visual Reorientation, A Simplified Zone System for 35mm Photography, My 44 Wives, Pinhole Bodyscapes, Sufi George Comix, The Truth At Last, Create Reality with Morphic Robots, and his most recent book Living Nude Statues.
He is now the Head Teacher of SGM's American Zen Monastery, a center for activities that promote freedom from belief and religion in favor of a science-based approach to reality and the achievement of enlightenment--American Zen.