Robert Laynton has written on various blogs under the pen name of Pilgrim Simon. He has spent forty years exploring spirituality. He gained a degree in psychology and post graduate qualifications in counselling and was for a time a member of the British Psychological Society, contributing to their Transpersonal Psychology Journal. He has had a number of mystical experiences and has also been diagnosed as Bi-Polar or Manic-Depressive. It is this set of circumstances that contribute to the themes of his studies, and enable him to look at his subjects with personal insight. His studies draw from personal experience, from religious and spiritual traditions as well as from psychology and Transpersonal psychology. Some books are purely Christian in content, whilst others draw on a wider, non-dualistic spiritual perspective.