I am the founder and Executive Director of Ourglass. When I first moved to Los Angeles, I was fully immersed in the conditioning of our corporate controlled Western world. I wanted a life of luxury, complete with a fleet of super cars, a yacht, a private jet, a couple mansions, and a model for a wife. I was conditioned by the corporate created media, entertainment industry and educational system to create a life that looked good rather than a life that felt good. I believed happiness was to be found in material possessions and that making a lot of money was the key to enjoying life and feeling successful.
During my junior year at Loyola Marymount University, I had internships with a Hollywood production company and a talent agency because I saw those two industries as fast tracks to the high life. During this time, I also participated in a multi-level marketing concept, which was when I began to take my self-development and education into my own hands. I listened to Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, which was the first time I realized that there is more to life than what can be perceived through our limited sense perceptions. For the first time, I began to understand that everything we perceive as physical is simply energy vibrating at different frequencies. I also began to experience thoughts as energy, and realized that the dominating thoughts and emotions that we experience create our frequency, which largely determines how we experience life. I realized that it is not material possessions that create joy, peace and happiness, but rather perspective, gratitude and the ability to rise above thought into the ease and flow of the present moment. I glimpsed the power of the subconscious mind and the capacity of each individual to shape their own life experience.
In the last three years, I have listened to over 134 books on Audible, and whenever I have an insight or see how concepts connect in a new way, I take a bookmark and I add notes. It has become an extension of my brain that lives in my pocket, so I have access to it at any time. I started with The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle which resonated more deeply with me than any teaching I had ever heard. I dove into contemporary applications of Eastern Wisdom traditions and quantum mechanics. I began to enjoy life on a much deeper level than ever before, and I began to see society in a very different way.
My next great interest emerged from an international business class, in which I was required to read a book by Thomas L. Friedman. I chose Hot, Flat and Crowded. This was my introduction to the unprecedented and non-linear situations that my generation is going to have to work with on an entirely new level of consciousness if we want to avoid the destruction of Earth’s ecosystems and the collapse of civilization. Again, I dove in and listened to every perspective I could find: climate science, corporate influence on governments, free trade, the fossil fuel industries relentless campaign to confuse the public on climate science and much more that I am wary of mentioning. I have formed a broad and well integrated understanding of our climate system, which has allowed me to see the current impact of our species on the planet along with what the most likely future impacts will be. Most importantly, I have uncovered real world solutions to the current global ecological crisis and I have looked in depth at why the technologies we need have not been brought to scale.
I started Ourglass on March 14th, 2014. Since that time, I have continued to build my perspective on the global situation. By persistently peeling back the layers of misinformation I now know that I have a deep enough and broad enough understanding of what is happening to promote specific strategies. If implemented, I believe that these ideas and actions would help us meet climate destabilization with compassion for all life, while accelerating the transition to a world in which business and society come into alignment with Earth’s ecosystems.
I would love to hear from you. If you would like to get in touch, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org