I can honestly say that, for the first time in 50 years, I’m learning how to just be. How to relish the present moment, which, magically and mysteriously, unlocks the door to the treasure house that is the rest of my life.
- Jennifer Green, Salem, Oregon
From the moment Jon and I connected, I had this deep experience of loving presence and complete trust. Something bypassed my mind and my ability to figure things out, and communicated directly to my heart and soul that I was safe and in the right place. There was a creation of power in our relationship that he honored and witnessed as being mine. It was my power. I had the experience of being wonderfully, beautifully powerful, in the most loving, energized way.
- Laura Lind-Blum, The Idea Midwife, Waterbury Center, Vermont
Jon can help you recognize where you are, and become more clear. My work with him has not been about plotting out my future, it has been about helping me come into deeper relationship with myself so that next steps unfold easily and effortlessly.
He creates a safe, spacious container for you to go as deep or wide or high as you’re capable of in any given moment. It’s a matter of him being able to see the facets and help me make them real in me.
- Sandra Leader, Carmel, CA
My feelings changed from, “Quick, fix me, I can’t stand how I feel, make it better, hurry,” to, it’s not about hurry, and it’s not about fixing, it’s about staying where you are and getting more and more and deeper and deeper sensations that this is okay. You’re fine, this is okay.
It helps me reframe experience. I don’t see anything that’s happening quite the same as I’ve ever seen it before, because my viewpoint has been enlarged. There’s more, there’s peace, there’s joy, there’s love, there’s health, there’s everything.
- Layne Young, artist, Salem, Oregon
So who am I — and how did I go from a 27-year career teaching high school English to helping adults discover, remember, and step into the fullest expression of who they are?
The short answer is that I was one of “those” teachers: one of the ones you remember for the rest of your life. I know this because I still receive emails from my students, some of whom have found me through this website. They are delighted to reconnect and tell me about the profound difference I made for them during one of the most difficult times of anyone’s life — high school.
When — as many dedicated teachers do — I began feeling the onset of burnout, my next calling was already clear to me. It was helping adults find true peace of mind, ease of being, and rediscovering a sense of wholeness and trust in life.
The longer answer goes back to the 1970s, when I was in my mid-20s. As a graduate student at Sonoma State in northern California, I took part in a groundbreaking program in humanistic psychology. Led by Robert Greenway, who became the first of my spiritual mentors, the program included two-week wilderness trips during which we explored our larger spiritual identities. My experiences were powerful, and the foundation for my life’s work was laid.
Returning to my midwestern roots, I moved to a small town in northeastern Illinois and began my teaching career. Over time, my classes evolved into communities within which hundreds of students discovered the power of their voices and their vision. I too evolved, working through my own doubts and fears, finding a balance between the mainstream world and my personal development and deepening understanding.
In 2001, I admitted to myself that, much as I loved teaching, I was ready to move on. Taking the work I’d done as a coach and guide for my students to a deeper level with adults was the obvious next step on my path. Having long since completed my master’s degree in educational psychology, I went back to school to become a certified coach.
And I’ve continued my learning and personal realization through workshops, retreats, and programs with teachers such as Sally Kempton, Adyashanti, and Judith Blackstone.
Jon Hansen works at the cutting edge where spirit, skill and personal power come together to create practical social change. He lives from a place of inspiration, and can transmit that to others not only because he walks his talk, but because he operates through a wide-ranging set of interpersonal, organizational and meditative skills. His work promises to be profound and valuable, not only to the individuals who work with him, but to everyone whose lives they touch.
- Sally Kempton (formerly Swami Durgananda), spiritual teacher, co-director of the Integral Life Spiritual Center, columnist for Yoga Journal, and author of The Heart of Meditation
As a practical midwesterner, I offer my clients down-to-earth guidance that allows them to see and experience the deep common sense that is the natural way of being. As Sally Kempton says (above), I live from that perspective; it’s not just conceptual or intellectual. My work is grounded, real, and available. The Remembering Room is the container for this work, a shared space in which you and I meet and where you will find the resonance with that which is deepest within you.
And I still live in northeastern Illinois. My wife Ellen and I share our lives in a rural artist’s cottage, complete with beautiful gardens that were landscaped by the previous owners. I freely admit that we’re not the gardeners they were! We’re grateful to them for their artistry, and try not to let things get too overgrown.
We share the cottage with our two cats, Sasha and Little Bear, who are my companions and kindred spirits. (At least, as long as Bear isn’t chewing the power cords...)
I invite you to join me here in the Remembering Room, share a pot of tea, and tell me about your hopes, aspirations, dreams — and about the ways you feel divided or disconnected from yourself and from your life.
If you’d like to drop me a note, you can do so easily from my contact page.