Sixteen years ago, Marcus Weston was travelling on the tube to his job in global cash-management at Citibank when he was struck by a revelation about the way he should live his life, after witnessing the “depression by osmosis” of everyone around him.
Now, Weston is Madonna’s Kabbalah mentor and the most senior teacher of Kabbalah in the country.
Kabbalah, an ancient form of spirituality, is booming in popularity in London. So much so, in fact, that Westminster Council granted permission for its London base to be doubled in size.
Work will begin in March to cater for the ever increasing numbers of people coming to the Kabbalah centre each week.
“When I first got into Kabbalah I would often be the only person in the class,” Weston says. “Now we have a footfall of about 1,000 a week.”
He joined Wake Up London to discuss what exactly Kabbalah is, why it matters and to address some common misconceptions regarding it .
He also talks about the way celebrities have changed the perception of Kabbalah. Infamously, Madonna once claimed there was “holy water” that could purify contaminated lakes in Chernobyl.