Paul’s Inspirations

Uranagan Pier Hervey Bay with blue water and blue sky with peopl

Today the Wallis Family lives on the eastern shores of the beautiful island-continent of Australia. An Australian by choice, my heritage is English, Welsh and Ghanaian – with ancestry in France, Switzerland, and Scandinavia. My amazing wife, Ruth, is a passionate educator and the founder of AfroShe, Ruth is of Ghanaian heritage. Together, we are the parents of three awesome kids, Evie, Ben and Caleb, and our two cats Hugo and Skye.

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Filming in the Yarrh River Valley, New South Wales in 2021

From a young age I was always fascinated by the question of our place in the universe.

  • In the 1970s my discovery of Erich Von Daniken led to a life-changing spiritual encounter in 1982. Theological education in North-east Brazil and Amazonia, via the north of England, sent me on a journey of learning around the world, from the UK to Australia.
  • Since the 1990’s my books and radio broadcasts have brought mysticism and spirituality from the Christian tradition to a mainstream audience.
  • Today my work focuses on researching and presenting on ancestral narratives, our origins as a species and our potential as human beings. I also coach a few individuals each year.

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At leisure with the kids in 2021 (Picture by Evie)

I am continually inspired by our family of spiritual ancestors – the “great cloud of witnesses.” In particular I owe a great debt to:

  • the empowering holism of educators like Paolo Freire 
  • contemporary investigators  who teach me to  pursue truth and to share the  journey 
  • the skill of conviction of politicians like Tony Benn whose oratory inspires and persuades
  • the curation of memory embodied by storytellers like Shelby Foote and Credo Mutwa
  • Vladimir Lossky, and others of the “Apophatic Way” (the way of unknowing – I Corinthians 8:1)
  • the soul-friendship and intentional community of friends like Francis and Clare of Assisi, Aidan of Lindisfarne, Hilda of Whitby and Benedict of Norcia
  • The Hesychast prayer-people of Eastern Orthodoxy – Seraphim of Sarov, Theophan the Recluse, and Dmitri of Rostov – and Western mystics like John of the Cross and Meister Eckhart. All teach me to breathe and to develop a peaceful spirit.

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Researching Plato’s account of Atlantis in 2020

If you browse my website, thinking, “OMG, Paul was no fount of grace and wisdom when I met him!’ then please allow me to ask for your grace and forgiveness. In our youth we are are often clumsy, myopic and unaware. And in our adulthood too! We are all people in process. For every one of us, life is an unfolding journey of change and growth. I am thankful that this is true for me. And I still aspire to being a late bloomer!! 

Click here for 22 People who have influenced me…for the better

For some visual glimpses of my journey click here for my Gallery…

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Exploring New South Wales in 2022

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