I am an author of self-awareness books and a Daily Inspiration quote and insight, and have been dubbed "The Philosopher of Happiness" by those closest to me, in recognition of my on-going commitment to seeing Joy in all of life.
My wife Suze and I summer on Whidbey Island near Seattle WA and winter near St. Petersburg FL.
Before becoming an author, I had a highly successful career in Silicon Valley's go-go world of high-technology start-up companies.
As a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963, I took an elective in computer programming. Developing an immediate obsession, I took every software course MIT offered, and launched a 30 year career in computers and high-tech electronics. My employers were always small start-ups with big hopes, and they encouraged my tendency to give undivided focus to my job. I was rewarded with promotions all the way to Vice President of Product Planning, and with a steady diet of coffee and late nights.
In 1994, I looked at my second divorce and my five kids who hardly knew me, and asked, "is this the meaning of life?" My boss and good friend saw my pain and invited me to a weekend transformational event. For months, I found excuses to avoid committing, but finally I reluctantly agreed.
That first event was really the first time I had ever held a mirror to myself and asked what was inside Jonathan. Who, or what, was I? What did I believe about myself and about life? What would bring me lasting happiness? What would be important to have inscribed on my tombstone? Was I really in charge of my own life, and if so, what choices would I make?
It was fortunate that my first introduction to questioning my nature was very specifically psychological rather than spiritual or metaphysical. At that time, I would not have been open to any approach other than a mental one. Since age 12, I had been an avowed atheist - or perhaps agnostic, since I didn't spend much time thinking about the question. Nonetheless, through that weekend, I found that I wanted insight into myself and my world.
Over the next several years, my choice of teachers gradually progressed from psychological to metaphysical to spiritual, as I embarked on the voyage from techno-geek to seeker-of-wisdom - from non-belief to metaphysical questioner to a palpable all-encompassing connection with Spirit.
The photo on this page is my favorite picture of myself. It was taken half way up an active volcano in Guatemala during a spiritual journey. Being among the clouds and experiencing the intensity of fire, air, and good friends made it a time to remember.
what brought me to becoming an author...
While I came to find my own inner peace late in life and didn't even begin my journey toward an Inspired Life until I was turning 50, my search for revelations of universal Wisdom and inner peace is now a lifelong quest. These days, I experience the force that binds together all life - past, present, and future - as a reality. We are composed of it, and simultaneously, we are a part of it.
My experience of life is SO different than it was 15 years ago! I am very grateful for the numerous sources of the one universal Wisdom of the Ages that have aligned to transform the quality of my life.
I am drawn to share what I have absorbed from these many sources, and from direct connection with the Infinite, in a way that is highly accessible and can assist others in transforming their worries and stresses into living an Inspired Life - joyful acceptance of life's uncertainties and a bold confident outlook on the future.