Enlightenment Behind Bars is a compilation of spiritual lessons written by nine men and one woman while incarcerated in prison.
With an accumulated total of nearly 200 years behind bars, their fortitude and ability to obtain spiritual growth while in the “Belly of the Beast” speaks volumes in and of itself.
Meet each author as they share their journey of awakening while behind bars. Each of them includes several lessons on spirituality to help expand your conscious awareness.
From their varied backgrounds and research, you will be introduced to nuggets of Truth gained from many religious outlets including but not limited to Christianity, Buddhism, Neterianism, Islam and Native American Spirituality.
Included are spiritual practices such as meditations and prayers that have helped them on their awakening path. Browse their recommended reading list to spur you onto more research along your Path as a Seeker.
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Inmates Praise Enlightenment Behind Bars
Jose H in Texas Prison
Enlightenment Behind Bars and Universal Truth have a lot of things in them which really help me as I’m bettering myself. I encourage people to do better, not to give up and to break addictions or bad habits. I sometimes use things I got off your books when doing that. I do it because I seen change in myself… so why not pass on the knowledge whether it be family, friend or stranger. Knowledge is power when you put it into action.
I’d like to thank you on behalf of the ones who also received these books and don’t have any way to say thank you. Your gift is really appreciated. You are a good person to be doing something for people who have made mistakes in their life, bringing something positive which can help somebody better themselves or realize who they truly are.
It brings a smile to us and our loved ones when we do better. I hope to bring a smile to you and a reminder that you are doing something really powerful with your kindness.
(Note from Theresa: I hope this also brings a smile and sense of appreciation to all who have helped through donations to get these books into the hands of incarcerated individuals!)
Jamie V. in Florida Prison
I have recently finished Enlightenment Behind Bars and WOW! It really blew my mind. So amazing.
Sometimes I feel so alone on my search for truth and awareness and it was so amazing to hear so much positivity and enlightenment from other inmates.
I also read Mayan Messages daily and it has opened my eyes to a lot of new ways of thinking and perceiving.
At age 24, Darris was facing a 20 year sentence while recuperating from gunshot wounds that had him knocking on Death’s door. After 16 months of determination, he beat all odds and regained use of his legs.
Eight years into his incarceration, he regained his will to better himself. Thus, began his educational and spiritual awakening.
The first class he took was on the subject of “Chemical Dependency.”
The instructor encouraged him to keep a daily journal and to share his writings with others in the group. Before long, they began to open each group session with one of his thought-provoking journal entries.
Darris has found his purpose in life through expressing himself through his writings and helping others.
The Nature of Freedom
After serving 23 years, Mark was released in 2018.
In less than two years after his release, Mark has received Reiki attunements, completed Barber school and married his high school sweetheart!
We are All Creators
Spiritual vs Material Based Life
Obtaining Peace Through Forgiveness
Tonglen Giving and Receiving Meditation
Unity Consciousness vs Separation Theology
Sewing was one of the “hustles” that Needles used to buy and barter what he needed and shared with others during his 7 years behind bars.
We share a common passion, getting spiritual reading material into the hands of those who are incarcerated.
While in prison, Needles encouraged dozens of inmates to write to me for a free copy of my book, Mayan Messages.
Released in 2019, Needles immediately hit the used bookstores, using what little money he had, on the hunt for books to gift to spiritual Seekers he had met in prison.
What is Karma?
Sin in Perspective
Is Reincarnation Real?
Do Angels and Devils Exist?
Be Careful what You Wish For!
Plus 13 more topics!
At 12 years of age, Marshal was sent to the local “Holy Man” and began his tutelage. When 16, he was presented to the Tribal Council and received his certificate, verifying him as a recognized “Holy Man.”
Two months, later, his beloved mentor crossed over, which sent Marshal into a downward spiral, setting aside the teachings he had acquired.
Falsely accused at age 31, he has been in prison since 1997. Yet, this became a blessing in disguise, for being forced from his family and freedom, he eventually began to see life with a more expanded lens.
In 2001, he turned his life over to Jesus and began studying the Bible. In 2002, he was accepted into the prison’s Native American Circle, where he soon became recognized as a leader.
The Red Road
Trust and Faith
The Medicine Wheel
What do you need if…?
What do you want or expect from this…?
Scott is currently serving over 20 years on a 50 year sentence. In 2023, he goes before the Parole Board for his first chance of regaining his freedom.
Like all of these writers, Scott experienced his awakening while in prison. He dedicates most of his free time to spiritual studies and practice, sharing his knowledge with those who are interested.
The River of Mind
The Divine Ground
Spirituality and Religion
Buddhism: A Single Step
Fragmentation and Wholeness
The Inner Transformation Method
Plus 6 more!
Richard began his awakening journey in 2016, four years after his current incarceration began.
During this time, he has become an avid Seeker of Truth and a prolific writer, creating several fictional manuscripts.
He has also created several “jail-house” spiritual booklets that he offers freely to his peers.
You Reap What you Sow
Thoughts Become Reality
Foundation: Key Element in Life
Forgiveness: Key to Inner Peace
Positive Actions = Positive Results
The Holy Spirit: A Powerful Blessing
Gratitude: Key Element for Blessings
Incarcerated at 19, Damon spent the next 24 years of his life behind bars.
He was released in the Fall of 2019.
Much of his prison time has been spent in spiritual studies.
As an artist and astrologist, he hand-made intricate astrology charts for his clients.
Damon is a Euro-Shaman, of Vanatru lineage and a self-practitioner of the Irminsuli tradition for over 15 years.
The Sacred Wheel
Five Degrees of Initiation
Divine Being and Existence
Introduction to the Kabbalah Tree of Life
By the age of 42, Carl had spent 16 years behind bars. Much of the latter years of incarceration were spent in spiritual studies of several disciplines.
While in prison, Carl began to create unique jewelry relating to the client’s birth sign and other areas of interest. He also enjoyed participating in the “Paws for Life Prison Program” as a dog trainer.
Upon his release in 2019, Carl has created Sokul Body Wear: Hand-Crafted Designer Jewelry.
Check out his designs here. https://sokulbodywear.com
As a singer – songwriter, “the Sun returned home” pours out memories of life in a soul-stirring raspy voice, adding heart to any track he is on.
In the fall of 2020, he married the love of his life!
Visualization of Cleansing Elements
The What, The How and the Why of God
After serving 18 years, Anastazia was released in 2019, after making a positive impact on hundreds of women in and out of prison.
As she witnessed many injustices in the judicial and prison systems, Anastazia has become a voice for the voiceless.
An eloquent writer and speaker, dedicated to exposing the truth, Anastazia has the potential and drive to change laws, improving the lives of many. In 2020, she completed her graduate studies and began her PhD studies in the Fall of 2020.
Truth and Trauma
Return to the Goddess
Meditation for Invoking the Goddess Within
At 19 years of age, Joe was hit with a sobering 36-72 year sentence. He is currently serving his 35th year.
Joe participates and often leads the Native American circle at his prison, which includes the sweat lodge and pipe ceremonies, dedicating his life to the “Red Road.”
After years as a carpenter and making license plates, he was happy to be part of the Canine Behavior Modification program.
Living in the Moment
The Seven Grandfather Teachings of the Red Road
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