Stephen is an American transpersonal astrologer, interfaith minister and worth-shop leader with clients nationwide and in Europe. He has studied acting, drama therapy, symbology, and metaphysics. His professional specialties are focused upon personal and social improvement through self-awareness, spiritual understanding and internal dynamic motivation via hypnotherapy, astrology and metaphysical counseling. His hypnotic specialties are talent enhancement, past life and life between lives regressions, and holistic stage hypnosis shows.
He was President of Tidewater Chapter NCGR from 1986 – 1990. He was President of Washington DC chapter of NCGR from 2001 – 2004.
From 1973-1976: he was in the US Army and worked in the Medical corps as an Operating Room Technician. He earned a black belt in Korean Hop-ki-do in 1975. Attending the University of Colorado from 1977-1978, he discovered astrology, reincarnation and Tarot. He spent 1979 and 1980 abroad, first in Seville, Spain immersed in Spanish studies, and later in Heidelberg, Germany, where he studied German culture and language.
After a mystical experience in November 1980 in London, he moved to Virginia Beach, VA to study the Edgar Cayce readings. During his 10 years there, he gave talks at the A.R.E. (Association for Research and Enlightenment) on Astrology and the Cayce philosophy. He earned a bachelor’s in philosophy in 1983, graduating cum laude from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. He went on to earn his M.A. in Humanities with emphases in Comparative Religions and Utopian Studies (May 1986).
In November 1988 he was ordained as interfaith minister in the church, Fellowship of the Inner Light. He calls himself the “Left” Reverend Poplin. From 1986-1990 he taught in several Virginia colleges before moving to California in 1990. That year he earned his Hypnotherapy Certificate from the Hypnotherapy Training Institute of Santa Rosa, CA, This certificate solidified previous studies and practicum in the field of hypnosis since 1978, including NLP or neuro-linguistic programming; special study of stage hypnosis under Ormond McGill. From 1993 – 1996 he channeled the planets with astrologer and hypnotist Aurora Hayes. Later in the mid 1990s, he became Co-Director of the Astrology Institute West in the San Francisco Bay area. From
2001 to 2004 he worked as a medical hypnotherapist at George Washington University’s Center for Integrative Medicine, Washington, DC. In November 2004 he moved to Europe after George Bush became President. With several years of research behind him, he published “Common Sense Revisited: Treason” on the 2000 coup” in 2005 using the pen name Stephen Paine. In 2005 he became a member of IACT – International Association of Counselors and Therapists.and was elected International Director of The Michael Newton Institute of Life Between Lives Hypnotherapy.
Stephen’s education includes a Masters of Arts in Humanities (1986) and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (1983). He is a hypnotherapist: past life regressionist, life-between-lives therapist; stage hypnotist and college instructor. A political activist, he is the author of “Common Sense Revisited: Treason about Bush 2000 election,” published in 2005 under the pen name Stephen Paine.
On 6 November 2012 he became a state certified alternative psychotherapist in Germany – Heilpraktiker fuer Psychotherapie.
Clairvoyant and clairaudient, Poplin is interested and experienced in many areas of the metaphysical: tarot, I Ching, numerology as well as in Eastern spirituality. He earned his black belt in Korean Hop-ki-do at age 21 and was ordained an interfaith minister in November 1988. While he was in the US Army, he earned sharp shooter credentials. His astrological and metaphysical website is http://members.aol.com/