139. Kenny Johnson

Kenny JohnsonKenny spent over twenty years in prison and has been out of prison since 1997. He is a spiritual teacher and consultant to families and to those who have been out of prison and may be going to jail. He also just finished his soon to be released book, The Last Hustle, chronicling his years as a criminal and how he was transformed while incarcerated. Kenny has one passion and that is sharing the message that “God’s Grace Is Here Now.” Kenny’s spiritual awareness and other spiritual teachers insights have been published in the book, “The Awakening West”, by John Lumiere-Wins and Lynn Marie Lumiere.

“If there is anything worth serving, it’s this love. If there is anything worth being, it’s this love. If there is anything worth talking about it’s this love. If there is anything of real value it’s this love.” – Kenny Johnson

Kenny’s book: The Last Hustle

Kenny’s website, “This Sacred Space”

Interview Recorded 9/22/2012

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

36 thoughts on “139. Kenny Johnson

  1. Pete:
    I agree.
    I was referring more to the teaching function than to seva.
    And more to spiritual understanding than motivation.

  2. chuckee:
    It’s funny isn’t it. I certainly do it.
    Having one’s buttons pushed over an exchange on the topic of having one’s buttons pushed. :)
    Good to have you back.

  3. What may be worse than an authoritarian dualist?

    Perhaps an authoritarian nondualist:

    “Hey, relax. I’m pushing your buttons for your own good.”

    I rather have a cup of joe and a cigarette with an anarchist dualist:

    “Hi, mate. I’m happy to respect your reality.”

  4. Open up your heart
    to whatever dissonance
    you may resist,
    for it teaches you
    where you are hooked.
    Whatever resonates,
    appreciate it, then set it free
    to be shared with others …
    This is the path of Shambhala.

  5. Open up your heart
    to whatever dissonance
    you may resist,
    for it teaches you
    where you are hooked.

    As I open mine
    to see that
    any desire to create
    dissonance in you
    says more about me
    than it does about you.

    That is the path of self-awareness.

  6. The path of Shambhala
    and the path of self-awarness
    are the same path,
    in the wilderness
    where I wonder,
    here and now.

    Peter, I’m resonating with this co-creation ;-)

  7. For Kenny..

    Psalm XXIII
    (Divine Love) is my shepherd, I shall not want.
    (Love) maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
    (Love) leadeth me beside the still waters.
    (Love restoreth) my soul (spiritual sense) (Love) leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for (Love) is with me; (Love’s) rod and (Love’s) staff they comfort me.
    (Love) prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: (Love) anointeth my head with oil, my cup runneth over.
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house (the consciousness) of (Love) for ever.
    Mary Baker Eddy

  8. At the end of the interview when Rick said, “empty out those prisons,” this quotation came to mind:

    When you see a man led to prison say in your heart, “Mayhap he is escaping from a narrower prison.” And when you see a man drunken say in your heart, “Mayhap he sought escape from something still more unbeautiful.”
    -Kahlil Gibran

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