Invited Speaker: John J.Hruby
John J. Hruby is an author, comedian, and professional life coach. He “switched over” from religious to spiritual when he was a teen to the great dismay of his parents. In his early twenties, he experimented with being agnostic … but he couldn’t decide if that was for him. In his mid-twenties, he stumbled upon a meditation group in his hometown, Cleveland, Ohio … and he’s never been the same. In his late twenties, he moved to Los Angeles and worked in film production. He met a few of his childhood hero’s including Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and T-1000 (The bad-guy-liquid Terminator, Robert Patrick). John earned a 3-year master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology with an Emphasis in Consciousness, Health, and Healing. John combined his love of sci-fi, action-adventure, romance, and spirituality into his epic novel, Space Spiders on Prom Day. “The most fun & outrageous transformational novel ever written about Prom.” Since 2005, John has been assisting successful men, women, and teens with creating more of what they REALLY want. His online writing and creativity group, Let’s Create Tuesday! assists men and women worldwide with starting and deepening their writing and creativity habits. John lives in L.A. with Amy, his wife of 24+ years, their two teenage sons, their big dog, Meesha, and Oreo, their regular-sized cat.
Host–Nadine de Jong
Invited Speakers–Dayna Dunbar and Julia Padawar
Closing remarks, Questions–Nadine de Jong
Title of talk: Make the Leap: The tipping point toward a new consciousness
Dayna Dunbar’s latest novel, Awake: The Legacy of Akara, is the untold story of why the world didn’t end on December 21, 2012 according to the Mayan prophecy. And how we were saved by an alien civilization far more evolved than our own. Mixed in with the fun, fast-paced plot are messages of hope for our future imparted by the characters from Akara, an awakened race of beings from a planet that has gone through its own journey of evolution. The novel was inspired by Dayna’s encounter with a profoundly loving, light-filled extraterrestrial being while she was camping in Sedona, Arizona in 1994. She will share that incredible true story and some of the teachings that were given to her from Spirit that made it into this novel that #1 New York Times bestselling author and OWN Network TV host, Iyanla Vanzant, calls “A visionary page-turner!”
Trailer for book: https://youtu.be/uIJi4NMFWZw
Amazon link: Awake: The Legacy of Akara
About our invited speakers:
DAYNA DUNBAR is an award-winning novelist published by Ballantine Books. Her two prior novels—The Saints and Sinners of Okay County and The Wings that Fly Us Home—were selected for the exclusive Ballantine Reader’s Circle. Fannie Flagg, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, described her first book as: “Beautifully written.… A funny and poignant story.” A longtime meditation practitioner, Dayna has a master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica. With Awake, which has received incredible testimonials from spiritual luminaries like #1 New York Times bestselling authors Iyanla Vanzant and Marci Shimoff as well as Jean Houston and Rick Archer, she has fulfilled her lifelong desire to write a spiritual, science-fiction thriller.
JULIA NADINE PADAWER is a former award-winning Madison Avenue advertising executive. She is currently spiritual and life purpose coach and intuitive. She is also a writer and creative consultant and collaborator. In partnering on Awake, she brought together her passion for science-fiction and her own awakening experiences along her spiritual journey, which have included spending a year in an ashram, living for three months in a Buddhist retreat center, and regularly attending 10-day silent meditation retreats in a Trappist monastery. She holds a Master's Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica where she and her writing partner, Dayna Dunbar, met and began their creative partnership.
Life Blood by Christopher Creath
Come find me at the edge of everything.
Beyond physical and mental reasoning,
Above logic and rationale disputed among scholars,
I’ll be waiting on this plane, although I am smaller.
Smaller than those who have platforms and microphones,
Smaller than those who spew words with hateful undertones.
Yet, here I am with my meager whispers of larger truths,
I feel it deeply within me, and wish to pass it onto you.
Let go of your realities.
We encompass knowledge beyond rationality.
Sit with me at the edge of everything,
We have all the time in the world to drift away from insanity.
Thank you to all that joined us!
Program Host - Nadine de Jong
Welcome and Opening Remarks - Rose Lee
Meditation - Nadine de Jong
Short Talk - Tom Werder
Introduction of Invited Speaker - Doug Rye
Invited Speaker- Freeman Michaels
For over 30 years Freeman Michaels has been a student of leadership, personal growth and human potential, attending countless workshops and consuming everything he could get his hands on regarding these topics. As a published author, speaker, former radio talk show host, and corporate trainer, Freeman has become a prominent voice in the field.
Freeman brings a distinct background and perspective to his work as an executive coach, culture consultant and corporate trainer. He is a former partner in a real estate development company, managing half a billion dollars in real estate development projects. He is also a former actor and high school teacher, with a knack for getting his message across in a meaningful and engaging way.
Freeman is the co-founder of Group to TEAM Leadership Solutions, an international training, coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations develop and sustain a culture of TEAM. Freeman has worked with top leaders at major organizations, including The North Face, Jansport, Canada Goose Clothing, The VA, The FDA, Citi-Banamex, Stanford Medical School and many other prominent companies and organizations across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
Freeman’s most important success is as a devoted husband and father of three terrific human beings.
THE SPIRIT OF OUR COMMUNITY
Invited Speaker: Author, Bodhi Martina
Thank you to our participating speakers: John Seeley, Nadine de Jong and Sunny Crowley.
Martina's book: Dust In My Sandals https://www.amazon.com/Dust-My-Sandals-Tales-Traveler/dp/B092CHCJF3
CHOICES AND CHALLENGES
Invited Speaker: Freeman Michaels
Thank you to our participating speakers: Rose Lee, Nadine de Jong, Tom Werder and Doug Rye.
Freeman shared a poignant and personal story of pain, perspective and resilience. The message was powerful: "Choose to presume that challenges are good!"
Invited Speaker: Author, actor, spiritual leader, Tina Lifford. Tina has visited the La Misión area many times and last spoke at Not Church in 2013, when her first book was just out. The Little Book of Big Lies is in it’s second edition by publisher Harper Collins. We’re excited to have Tina back at Not Church for her talk, “Rising Above the Surviving Self."
Invited Speaker: Tom Werder who will spoke on The Possibility of Love and Relationship. Tom is a valued member of the Tranquilo Leadership Team, a seasoned speaker and workshop leader. He is certified teacher of Robert Holden's Happiness Project; he's led numerous Landmark seminars; he is the leader of our Enneagram Group .
FINDING THE SACRED IN EVERYTHING
Invited Speaker: Rafael Jesús González, was Poet in Residence at the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library under a "Writers on Site Award" from Poets & Writers, Inc. in 1996. Four times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he was honored by the National Council of Teachers of English for his writing 2003.
WISDOM OF THE HEART
Invited Speaker: Melinda Dewey from HeartMath, shared valuable information about our heart and took us through two beautiful guided heart meditations. We can use any time we need to establish heart coherency to deal with life in a more calm and peaceful way.
TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT
Invited Speaker: Lynne Jones, shared readings from her new book The Migrant Diaries. Lynne has worked in the migrant crisis in Europe and Central America through which she has established a storytelling project for children: https://migrantchildstorytelling.org.