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About brother jacob

Author, teacher, coach, healer, mystic

I was drafted by God at an early age. I was raised in the Catholic Church and attended Catholic school through 6th grade. I was an altar boy, a lector, played guitar in Folk Mass, and when I transferred to public school was Chaplain of FBLA. After graduation I received a phone call from a priest I never heard of who hired me to work at St. Bernardine's Monastery (Franciscan Friars) which did Novenas and trained monks, where I sent out letters to all the people who wrote in for Novenas. 

     I left the Catholic Church in my late teens and continued my spiritual search. In 1983 I moved to San Diego without a dime or a car and only knew one person there, but I had big dreams. It was there that I found an amazing New Thought Church and my real learning began. I quickly was involved in everything and became a "Prayer Counselor" giving "Prayer Treatments"  after Sunday Services and volunteering on the prayer phone lines on Monday nights at the church center in LaJolla. 

     In 1985 I moved to Los Angeles and continued my studies with the metaphysical church as well as studying with Marianne Williamson and Louise L. Hay. I started my own small group on Monday nights- a spiritual support group for actors using the principles of A Course in Miracles. This was during the first years of the AIDS crisis and I taught seminars for free at the Center for Living which served the AIDS community and eventually became Project Angel Food. I had a public access show on LA television that ran for a few years where I taught on the Course.

     In 1990, I moved to Santa Barbara in failure and financial ruin and did secretarial temp work. I started airing my old TV shows on SB public access and began lecturing at the local Unity Church to about a dozen people. Within 3 years we were overflowing the 200 seat theater and moved to the Victoria Street Theater where I lectured twice a week to full-houses. I also did annual Christmas Eve Services for many years - at the Arlington Theater with Marianne Williamson and then solo I did Easter Sunday Services for several years at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

     Like so many, I have experienced many failures and much loss - my parents, lovers, friends, a sister and 3 brothers have all passed away over the years and without my connection to Spirit, I would not have survived it all. I understand loss and gain in this world.

     Over these decades, I've written a dozen books, given thousands of talks and classes, spoken at many of the Southern California New Thought churches and at conferences. And now most of my work is done online in this new digital age. I feel like I'm just getting warmed up. The better it gets, the better it gets!

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