I was 18 staring at high school graduation. I was a conservative republican Mormon who had just joined the National Guard and was getting ready for both basic training and going on a Mormon Mission. Soon after graduation I had a deeply painful period with my girlfriend, which led to a profound mystical experience that changed the course of my life and set me on a path of self-exploration. During this experience I received the message that I was to leave the Mormon Church and relearn everything I had ever learned.
The next week, I moved out of my parent’s house, and my roommate came home and dropped a book on Buddhism in my lap. I still remember it: Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart by Mark Epstein. Mormonism is a very insular religion, and I had painfully little knowledge of the outside world and living in Utah further solidified this isolation. Reading this book opened a whole new world to me and I became obsessed with eastern philosophy and new practices.
As I was learning more about the world outside, my inner world was in turmoil. I had become incredibly angry and hurt at the Mormon Church and started resenting Mormons. I had entered college and had become quite the angry post-modern type, railing against all of the inequities I saw around me, and the Church was a main target. I spent many years in this phase of my life, and then I read Ken Wilber, who maps consciousness. His work helped me in seeing that I had fallen into what he calls "the mean green postmodern meme". Wilber’s work helped me heal my experiences and lead to my master’s degree in consciousness and transformative studies.
At the end of my Master’s, I started doing coaching work. It was the next massive growth cycle for me, and after receiving the help that I needed to grow, I decided on becoming a coach myself. My life has been a series of swings from conservative Mormon to raging postmodern liberal, and now to a person whose purpose in life is to serve Divine Love. I have been on quite a journey, and I am truly fortunate to have lived such a life, and I am excited to share my wisdom with you.