Steven Maines was trained on the piano in the classical tradition starting at age eight, and began composing music at age twelve. His experiences with music fueled his imagination for story-telling. Philosophy and spirituality are fields that have always been of great interest to Steven. He aligns his beliefs with Socrates. Maines has studied the teachings of Eastern mysticism, and the deeper teachings of Catholic and Christian mysticism. The teachings of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC became quite prominent in his life as did studies with Religious Science, Unity and the ""New Thought"" movement in general.