“In this beautiful book, Julie Tallard Johnson—a gifted teacher and writer—brings fresh insight to an ancient truth: each of us must live from the inside out. This book, the Zero Point Agreement—full of resources that range from heart-deep insight to helpful practical exercises—can help us reclaim the treasure-trove of our own experience and being.” –Parker J. Palmer, author of Healing the Heart of Democracy, Let Your Life Speak, and The Courage to Teach
“For me the highest plane of creativity is found in one’s practice, and Julie offers the reader a real means to follow through on one’s creative and spiritual intentions. The read is straightforward and gratifying; the pilgrimage itself a worthwhile, even required engagement for the spiritual hero.” –Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art and The Legend of Bagger Vance, endorsing The Wheel of Initiation
"I was captivated by Julie's accessible treatise on how we are all charged with making meaning in our daily lives. I found The Zero Point Agreement dazzling because it is so packed with actual, practical wisdom. I can honestly say it has already changed my life." –Meg Cox, author of The Book of New Family Traditions
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We all want to live a purposeful life, but the search for meaning often leaves us seeking instead of discovering what we want. I offer a personalized approach to self-discovery, where you explore what you want from the inside-out. You discover your capacities and possibilities in your personal, vocational and spiritual life.
I offer a practice centered on the Zero Point Agreement--the realization that you are the zero point, and that life’s purpose & momentum come from within. You discover how to be the cause of your life rather than the effect. I would like for you to explore and discover who you already are by naming what you want and taking steps to make it a reality. Discover what is truly possible.
An endorsement from His Holiness the Dalai Lama (an excerpt): "Because the very purpose of life is to be happy, it is important to discover what will actually give us the greatest satisfaction. Everything we experience, whether it is enjoyable or not, affects either our minds or our bodies. Generally, it is our minds that have the greatest influence over whether we are happy or not. Our minds register everything that happens to us, no matter how small. As free human beings we can use our unique intelligence to try to understand ourselves and our world. But if we are unable to use our creative potential, we lose one of the basic characteristics of a human being. In order to find mental stability and peace, the mind itself can be trained. We can cultivate positive attitudes like kindness and compassion, tolerance and contentment. Julie describes many ways to create peace and happiness, some on your own and some with your friends. " His Holiness the Dalai Lama, July 1995, for The Thundering Years
I work with people one to one as a transpersonal counselor and consultant, in zero point circles, transformational writing circles, and in a variety of settings. You can also find me through the UW-Madison, Continuing Studies where I offer on-line and face-to-face classes to help you with your writing intentions. I have been called the Writer's Sherpa, and take to this role joyfully.
When you are ready to take the next step in your creative, personal, spiritual or vocational life contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how I may help you. I offer twenty-minute free phone consultation prior to signing up for a personal session or before signing up for one of my circles.
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How to Mitigate Suffering & Increase Happiness. Article in the elephant journal.