Eugene Halliday, artist, writer and speaker, was recognised as a teacher of philosophy and as a mentor and guide. He was a proponent of not only the idea, but also the fact, that each and every individual is essentially responsible for that life in which they are centred and that they owe it to them self to develop that life. His teaching was to show that self-conscious reflexion and the integrated focusing of one’s energies will allow the individual to become aware of an internal life force which is its own real and natural authority.
Born in 1911 in the North West of England, Eugene’s parents were Music Hall artistes: his father a violinist and pianist, his mother a singer. Although he attended local schools, he would have received a far from ordinary education through his family, which would have aided his ability to understand, relate and interpret concepts of philosophy, psychology, scriptures of major religions and the science of his day.
Halliday studied at the Manchester School of Art for several years from 1928 receiving a thorough grounding in the techniques of drawing, painting and related disciplines. In the 1930s and 1940s he worked for Allied Newspapers as an illustrator, cartoonist and commercial artist. During WW2 he was a conscientious objector and helped others of like mind to defend themselves in court. His work was shown in exhibitions which were reported in the national press, including the Manchester Academy of Fine Art. Widely read, he gave talks on philosophy, becoming the catalyst for a community of creative people, including artists, actors, writers and a number of talented people who had escaped from Nazi Germany. His work led to the founding of two organisations, the International Hermeneutic Society (I.H.S.) in the 1950s and the Institute for the Study of Hierological Values (Ishval) in the mid-1960s.
With the founding of Ishval, Halliday moved to a large house in Cheshire. There he continued to write, lecture and devise classes for self-developmental work, with the aim of refining sensitivity and heightening consciousness, until his death in 1987. He was a man wholly dedicated to the development of the highest potential of his fellow beings—which was his definition of Love.