About Jonathan Van Valin

Jonathan has led an outwardly ordinary life, during which a long series of inner events pointed him towards relinquishing much of that life in favor of awakening and a radical falling away of egoic self. And yet outwardly, life still looks rather ordinary.  Briefly in his own words:

“I grew up in suburban middle-class Seattle, spending much of my youth immersed in music and assorted outdoorsy and athletic pursuits.  My family was kind of a mess.  By 17, I’d managed to earn many musical accolades and get kicked out of high school for a prank.  I did not win any “most likely to…” awards.”

“I went to college though, devoting myself to training as a concert pianist; graduating with a music degree.  I then immediately pivoted to entrepreneurial pursuits, spending much of my 20’s and 30’s self-employed. There were moderate successes and an ordinary amount of failures along the way.  I also had a tendency to go traveling across continents, including a stint living in Italy.”

“Throughout all of this, an inner search ramped up, mostly unrevealed to those around me, which eventually became quietly yet ferociously all-consuming. Many awakening shifts occurred during these years, but in 2011 I left regular life entirely for a long self-directed retreat in a tiny village in the remote highlands of Guatemala. There, I went through a sort of “final” doorway, in which a radical falling away of egoic self became the abiding ground of being.”

“For over a year following, back in Seattle, I was hardly inclined to talk at all; mostly doing so only when absolutely necessary.  And although the ordinary willingness to talk eventually returned, I still sat in a pleasant silence often, worked a little, and ultimately left again to wander quietly around Asia, Africa, and the U.S. Many of the driving factors in my life had softened or ceased entirely, and the next few years were spent adjusting to this over-arching sense of peace within, and how that informed my navigation of life.

People began to occasionally seek me out, or ask me to speak or teach about my experiences.  Along the way, an inner prompt revealed a subtle healing ability, often assisted by touching someone on their head. (A description of what that’s like can be found by clicking here.) But most of the time, unless asked quite directly, my natural tendency was to reveal nothing of my own experiences or gifts.”

“But that eventually shifted too. Over the past few years, the inner prompt to share what’s been received has become the prime mover of life. The essential function, it seems, is to help people remove blocks to their own awareness of their deepest being…  and to live from the peace that pours forth. It’s kind of ironic but… I see the rest of the story told above as no longer having any particular relevance or importance at all. Life still brings challenges, as always. But I am happy to be in service and bend towards joy.”

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“While it is nearly impossible to find adequate words to describe my experiences with Jonathon, I am so grateful for him sharing his special gift of guiding me deeper into my “busy mind” to make sense of my fears and apprehensions. I have never walked away from a session feeling anything less than empowered… and hopeful that I am continuing to make progress toward a spiritually fulfilled life. I most appreciate how he does it in a gentle way which still pushes me to dig deep and tap into raw emotions that stem from real experiences. While he, somehow, can see things inside of me on his own, he has a true talent for involving me in finding those internal walls and encouraging me to break them down a little at a time. ”  A.A. – Portland, OR