Welcome to my Prison Ministry!

I am excited to introduce you
to my Prison Ministry!

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and what is in the works.

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Reverend Theresa Crabtree

Theresa in Meditation Pose in mock Jail Cell

Prison Vision: Lady Justice with noose

I invite you to join my Prison Ministry and help get spiritual books into the hands of incarcerated people who are seeking spiritual enlightenment. 

It is not a secret that worldwide, millions of innocent people are incarcerated.

Also it is well-known that throughout the prison system, there is much corruption. Thus, a vast overhaul is needed in the archaic way that errant (and often innocent) humans are treated behind bars.

However, the system is too big for you and me to defeat. But there are some things we can do to support inmates with their spiritual awakening.

For example, supplying spiritual material to prison libraries and inmates. There are many men and women who are spending their prison “time” in pursuit of spiritual growth.

Let’s support them on their spiritual journey!

Inmate Spiritual Collaboration Book

Photo of phone that says God Calling

In 2018, I received another call from “Above.”

Since I began donating Mayan Messages to prisons in 2011, I have befriended a few of the inmates. During meditation, I received the “call” to invite them to collaborate on a book for spiritual seekers. As a result, eight have heeded the call.  We are now heading towards the final edits. What they are sharing is inspiring and insightful!

In addition to spiritual lessons, each is submitting spiritual practices they have benefited them, such as yoga, art and meditation. They are also including names of books and resources that helped their spiritual awakening. Consequently, this information will be included as a resource guide in the book.

My role is to follow the road that was laid out with the Mayan Messages. In other words, back to the computer to edit, format, and create the book and cover. Next, each of the authors will give their final approval. Then I will contact the prisons to get permission to place them on their library shelves. Within each book will be an invitation for inmates to write for a free copy.


Keep the Prison Vision
in your prayers!

Since I began this work in 2011, the majority of the cost for donating over 2,000 books to prison libraries and to individual inmates has come out of my pocket.

My kids already know there won’t be an inheritance from me. 😉

If you would like to be a part of this important work, your donation will be greatly appreciated.

Also, if you know of individuals, groups or grants that financially support prison book donations, let me know.

Will you help?

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Enlightenment Behind Bars

Coming mid-June, 2020!

Many inmates have shared with me that going to prison saved their lives. They were forced to sit with themselves and chose to use their time productively, seeking spiritual Truth.

While in prison for an accumulated 150 years, these seven authors have enjoyed writing and are excited to share with you the results of their spiritual studies. 

Each write in their own style and topics of their choice. I am delighted to introduce them to you and to share the titles of some of their essays!

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Anastazia Schmid photo leaving courthouse

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.

As 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 will begin her PhD studies in the Fall.


Truth and Trauma
Return to the Goddess
Meditation for Invoking the Goddess Within

Click here to listen to Anastazia speak
on the topic of “Truth and Trauma.”

Scott Hayden

Hayden is currently serving his 20th year 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 authors, Hayden 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!

Dee C. Stout

Damon C. Stout photo with hat

Incarcerated at 19, Damon spent the next 24 years of his life behind bars, 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


Iven-Ra headshot

Sentenced to 50 years, Iven-Ra began his incarceration at the age of 17. After serving 27 years in prison, he was paroled in early 2020.

Through much of his incarceration, Iven-Ra has participated and led spiritual groups with his inmate peers.


The Same Day
Abysmal Deep
Chaos to Order
Water to Blood
A Force and a Power
The Living Amongst Us Dead
Put a Value on Cross-Reference
Do you know? Become Awake!

Joe Kinney

Joe Kinney headshot with bead headband

At 19 years of age, Joe was hit with a sobering 35-72 year sentence. He is currently serving his 34th year, with his first chance to be seen by the Parole Board in 2021.

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

Carl “Oooh Bay” Robinson

Carl Robinson photo with plaid hat.

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 was also part of 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.


Visualization of Cleansing Elements
The What, The How and the Why of God


Mark Robinson

Mark Richardson Headshot

After serving 23 years, Mark was released in 2018.

Since his release, Mark has taken Reiki training and completed Barber school.

He is currently engaged to the love of his life!


We are All Creators

Spiritual vs Material Based Life
Obtaining Peace Through Forgiveness
Tonglen Giving and Receiving Meditation
Unity Consciousness vs Separation Theology


Male fingers sewing a pillow.

Sewing was one of the “hustles” that Needles used to buy and barter what he needed and shared with others during his 9 years behind bars.

Released in 2019, Needles immediately hit the used bookstores, on the hunt for books to gift to spiritual Seekers he had met in prison.

After work hours, he spends the majority of his time developing a plan to help “Returning Citizens” land as softly as possible.


What is Karma?
Sin in Perspective
Is Reincarnation Real?
Manifesting Abundance
Do Angels and Devils Exist?
Be Careful what You Wish For!
Plus 13 more topics!

Books for Inmates

Prison Ministry: How it Began

In the spring of 2010, after several years of resistance, I finally sat down to “talk” with some Spirit Beings that had been nagging me for awhile. As they talked, I typed, and eventually the result became my first book,  Mayan Messages: Daily Guide to Self-Empowerment.

When I finished the first draft, I went into meditation to ask about the next step. Although I fully expected to get a marketing plan, it was quickly evident that was not to be. Instead of a marketing plan, what I heard was, “If you don’t mind, will you donate this book to all of the U.S. federal and state prisons?”  After I recovered from that shock, they also insisted that I include my address encouraging inmates to write for a free personal copy. 

Reluctantly, I took on the assignment. It took an average of five phone calls and/or letters to each institution in order to gain permission to donate the Mayan Messages to their prison’s library. Two years later, donated copies of the book had landed in 1,100 prisons. Immediately, I began to receive requests from inmates asking for a free copy of the book. Since then, I receive letters every day requesting a free book. 

Part of the proceeds from all books, services and products on this website are used to fund the Prison Ministry.

Prison Vision: Inmate in Library


Your donation places spiritual material into the hands of inmates who are seeking higher consciousness.


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Help Donate the Mayan Messages to Prison Inmates!


Mayan Messages front cover


Every day, I receive requests from inmates for free copies of the Mayan Messages.

Your donation will put spiritual books in the hands of inmates who are seeking spiritual enlightenment.

Will you help?

Mayan Messages offers 260 inspirational messages, meditations, tools and resources that encourage the reader to change non-beneficial thoughts, words and actions in order to create
a  more balanced life.


So far, the Mayan Messages have been donated to over 1,100 prison libraries and over 1,200 inmates!

Consequently, inmates are gathering  for regular study groups using the Mayan Messages as their guide!

In addition, many inmates and prison staff share how the
Mayan Messages are helping them make better choices in life.

Read excerpts from their inspiring letters below.

Inmates Praise Mayan Messages

“The Mayan Messages are very beneficial for making positive changes in one’s life. I plan to share my copies with as many people as I can. I am a Buddhist practitioner and the books have a lot of the same teachings, just worded differently. The Mayan Messages will help with my path. I am very grateful for you sending me them free of charge. It is very kind of you. Not many people do things like this for the incarcerated.”
Angie in Illinois

“I can say that the Mayan Messages are not only the best books I’ve ever read, but also I can relate myself to what is in the books. I was born and raised in Mexico, educated with true Mexican Principles. Now reading your books, I started to remember things my Mom does or said to me in childhood. These books have an important message in every small paragraph and more people should read and study the true meaning of physical death and spiritual life.     Blessings from my heart.”
Carlos in Florida

“I have been part of the inspiration crew. During our morning meetings, we are reading that day’s Mayan Message to the group and getting good feedback and appreciation from most of the members. Also, when I was in a lot of suffering and disconnectedness, your books helped me reconnect and KNOW that I was not alone. The Mayan Messages have totally lifted my spirit!   Namaste, In Lakesh”
R.T.  Illinois

“I am a High Priest in Wicca here at the prison and we use the Mayan Messages in our group.”
Donald in Iowa

“The messages from these spirits have changed my life. You see I am a Christian. I know there are missing pieces in the Bible. I have been studying other religions, theology and philosophy. God has told me there is truth in all religions. I’m finding this to be true. The positive spirits in the Mayan Messages are very powerful. I believe in Love, Unity & Peace. I know this world as we know it is not our reality, but we still need to play our script. I’m on the path to true light. But I still need help, because I’m only a student but would like to be a teacher someday, perhaps a master. I will continue to pray for your ministry.   Thank you.”
Paul in New Mexico

“I’ve read a LOT of books and material on spirituality and am a serious student of all things spiritual. Mayan Messages is a fabulous example of the synthesisation of timeless wisdom and new age language which makes it current and interesting to all.”
David from California

“The Mayan Messages expand and bring together The Secret, James Redfield’s works and some other readings that I’ve found while here in prison. I have spent my whole time in treatment for alcoholism and am grateful for these Daily Lessons. I’ve shared them with a few others who are willing to change. Change is a process Not an Event. These daily messages are a wonderful and honest way to look at life. Thank you for the exciting and positive work that you have put together.”
Robert in Colorado

“Before I came to prison I had started walking the Red Road. Those teachings are parallel to yours. Since starting reading your book, I am re-inspired to make a difference in my Self and on Mother Earth.     Thank you!”
Wyatt ‘Dreams with Heart’ in Missouri

“Five of us have gotten together and started our own little group. We meet out in the yard once a week. The day of the new and full moon, we do our own little ritual. We give thanks to the Gods for you, for bringing us the Mayan Messages which we read at each ritual. The Mayan Messages give us an inner peace.”
Dennis in Louisiana

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