Francis Xavier Aloisio was born on the island of Malta but spent more than half of his life abroad, first in Perù as a missionary priest and then in England where he eventually settled after resigning from the Church.
Whilst abroad, he realised that not many people knew about Malta, its glorious history and its prehistoric temples. During his short time in Canada, he started to write an Overview of his life with no broad details. Then, on his return home, he had a strong urge to find a way to promote this history and the unique wealth of its prehistoric culture.
Firstly he created a collection of paintings depicting Malta’s journey throughout history; and then he started doing his own research on the Temples. He completed a trilogy on the temples of Malta; Islands of Dream was the first of this opus. Then he published the second novel The Age of Magic and Wisdom and the third novel The New Temple Dreamers. He recently published An Alternative Handbook to the Maltese Temples – a cosmic perspective and guide. He is in the process of publishing The Islands of Dream Speak – Researching and Experiencing the Prehistoric Temples of Malta. What a Trip! is a self-reflective autobiography whereby he shares his journey on the long road towards inner happiness and spiritual growth.
Francis is a visionary artist, author and subtle energy guide and temple escort. He draws his inspiration for his paintings from his Maltese background and his experience in South America. He accompanies people to experience the many energy sites on Malta and Gozo and their link with Atlantis. His wife, Christine, accompanies people who want to connect with Lemurian Energies found along the Central Coast of California and especially around Cambria and Big Sur.
“Why don’t you write about your life experience?” This was the question that an old lady asked me one day when I was living in Canada. I never thought that there was anything interesting in my life worth writing about, much less anything for others worth reading about. Generally only famous, important and successful people write their autobiographies. I had no such attributes. However, having some time to kill while I was in Vancouver, I decided to write an ‘overview’ of my life without much detail.
On my return to Malta, an opportunity arose to attend a Tantric workshop on the island of Gozo, which is something outside of my normal curriculum as an artist and spiritual facilitator. However, I knew deep in my heart that God works in mysterious ways. My inner voice was saying: Why not quench my curiosity by venturing into the unknown? With a thirst to discover my true emotional feelings, I listened to an inner voice.
The time was ripe to go beyond my fears and be true to myself, particularly in regard to my sexual expression, which had been suppressed for far too long! This workshop was a first in Malta and also for me.
After the week in Gozo, the urge to put on paper my experience of the Tantric week was very strong. That inner voice came back again, saying: Start writing about this workshop! Somehow the story wanted to be written, and once I started writing, things came to me unexpectedly. The book then took on a life of its own, and one chapter led to another. I was very much surprised with the creation that was taking place in front of me. As I had never planned to write my life’s story, the surprise was even greater. The life story, as a self-reflection autobiography, came to completion with a combination of conscious intent and unconscious attraction.
The months spent on unravelling my whole story—from those early years of my childhood up to the present moment—turned out to be a long period of reflection, re-evaluation and meditation. What surprised me was that, while I was writing and exploring my past, I discovered my sexuality and became more connected to my spiritual path and inner growth. These two diametrically opposed entities were very much working and moving in tandem. My ‘coming of age’ spiritually came with the lesson of being in love, and a true sexual loving relationship came much later with my surrender to Spirit.
Although my past conditioning was weighing heavily on me, I felt at the same time, a sense of relief and transmutation during the whole process of writing. It gave me the opportunity to, first, detox my whole system from past restrictions and to release sexual emotions and buried dreams, and, second, to come to the point of spiritual fulfilment and new consciousness.
I think the book is a ‘first’ in Malta, in so far as someone is daring to write on such a personal subject and in such an open manner. I am sure that many might not concur with my views and beliefs. I respect their opinions, as I hope they respect mine. It is, after all, an expression of my personal journey on the long trip towards my own happiness and spiritual fulfilment. Then again, I believe that in some way, it is also about you, the reader, on your own journey in search of your own ‘truth.’
Deep down, I know that some of my doubts, pain, anger, aspirations, struggles, frustrations, restrictions, handicaps, observations, achievements and experiences are similar to yours. But in spite of all the past conditioning and negative situations, we can all take control of our destiny and change our lives for the better.
I share mine with you. Sexuality and spirituality have no national boundaries, gender or denomination. They are a common reality to the entire human race. They are as timeless as the cosmos we swim in and breathe life from and as varied as the different hues and colours on an artist’s palette.
Author’s website: www.maltatempletours.com