The Spiritual Plumber

During the course of a divorce thing, I learned that our sacred and cherished legal system is not functioning close to our wonderous ideals of “liberty and justice for all.” While I see similar things in other parts of our American society, if we are not acting fairly and honestly with people, then problems occur, and on some level we fail to function.

While such stuff, exists in our legal system; it surely is not limited to that, in can be worse in other places, and reflects an extreme narcissistic, dare I say psychopathic mindset that we have allowed to grip our culture. It is where we as Americans collectively need a spiritual realignment. The true American awakening that must occur, is towards our fairness, our decency and our basic goodness.

Where I come in, as a spiritual plumber to address our leak, is the good news that the remedies are not so far from where we are. I am not calling for change, as much as I am calling for a shift in our mindset. That shift must embrace certain ideals:

  1. We really are ALL in this together, and we cannot wait for the next catastrophe to demonstrate this.

  2. While there will be some adjustment for systems, including but not limited to: legal, financial, political, and health to be uniformly honest with people, only the worst of the worst need truly lose, and most of us will gain.

  3. We can still compete, it just must be done with a sense of reason and fundamentally a sense of helping, if not healing our world in the process.

By learning these principles and inculcating them, through Science of Inner Strength methods into our daily interactions we make ourselves much less susceptible to cancel-type of events. The premise being, once our basic goodness and purpose are established we are anchored in our authenticity.

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Calm Interventions founded in 2003, became a direct response on Jon’s part to both the harshness of today’s divorce and legal climate in general, as well as Jon’s basic commitment to mediation and positive resolutions.

A Massachusetts corporation, Calm Interventions Inc. provides the backdrop for much of Jon’s work, with a commitment to mediation, coaching and training.

The Myers Mindset is a specific point and product of the twenty-five years, of twenty-four/seven work and toil on Jon’s part. The Myers Mindset brings a shift in our perspective needed for our world today.

The Myers Mindset benefits companies, families, and individuals through training, coaching and mediation.

The key is helping people understand that their goodness is a strength. In today’s world, so much of what is being taught, is that meanness and condescension is the way to work. The Myers Mindset brings a shift, with the sense that our goodness is stronger than crassness. That by identifying our core purpose and working together, we do work that will be more prosperous, benefit more, and leave a legacy.
Considering himself blessed, and with a divine mission; there are innumerable moments of wonder in Jon’s life. Still, there were specific moments that stood out. In 1996, when Jon began his marital separation; it was astonishing, as in addition to the hardship of divorce; his entire previously supportive family had turned against him. Sincerely, Jon was in an unfathomable situation. Jon can remember a quiet soft presence entering his life, during the night, bringing a presence and deep understandings.

Key understandings included:

1) Jon recognizing the four-year-old child, within him and seeing that person was fundamentally a good person, screening out all the opinions of others;

2) Recognizing that anger was a useless tool and a cover-up emotion that drove people away, rather than bring them forward.

3) Realizing that his basic goodness and other breakthroughs, were paths, Jon must follow.

Here we are twenty-six years later, while Jon expected an easier path; this present path, and the twenty-six years of development and forging have brought Jon to a place, where he can teach, help, and heal others.
Ironically, Jon owes a lot of his education to James Madison elementary school in Scranton. In fourth-grade; Madison integrated with the Washington School, with a wonderful population of African-American students. The diversity of their playground was a huge source of education. More formally, Jon received an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and a master’s degree from Harvard University, writing a thesis about legendary African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston in 1984, well ahead of his time.

From a brief summer job in Los Angeles in 1979, to forty-one years, in the Greater Boston area; Jon’s career has been based in service to others. In the early part of his career, a substantial part of Jon’s commitment was to diverse youth. Over the course of twenty-two years, Jon ran a residential program, and developed nationally recognized models of youth employment and pre-employment, as a program director, City Councillor and Executive Director, in the City of Cambridge, MA.

It was the events surrounding the challenges in our legal system, and his own story that led to the unleashing of Jon’s entrepreneurial and creative energy, in the formation of Calm Interventions and his whole progression as the World’s Best Mediator.
The roots of Jon Myers’ unfathomable story are based in family. Jon had an extraordinary beginning in Scranton, PA. Four grandparents, living back-to-back on Madison and Monroe Avenues. Two grandfathers, first-generation immigrants, one who became a doctor and the other a lawyer; and then two Jewish grandmothers, who lived over one hundred years each, feeding Jon true chicken soup. Parents, Morey, and Sondra, who imbued Jon with a sense of civil rights and caring for one’s children.

Then, unfathomably around 1996, an epic collision. The deep roots, in which Jon was raised, collided with the horror of our modern-day divorce system, in Massachusetts. Suddenly the values, with which Jon was raised were under attack, through uncaring tactics involving one’s life and children. It was a historical collision meant to occur. The deep roots of Jon’s past, his own life and work on behalf of youth and children, impelled Jon to stand in against, the savagery of our divorce system.

Anchored by his commitment to his own children, his commitment to fairness and civil rights; Jon would not be beaten down by nefarious tactics. Through this clash, the unfolded over twenty-five years, a few things happened. One is that the qualities Jon referenced as The World’s Best Mediator developed and were forged, through incredible personal growth. Two, Jon developed his company Calm Interventions Inc., the Science of Inner Strength, and other approaches to reform the basic callousness of our legal system and society. Third, Jon even developed an approach to the United States Supreme Court, relating to the Tort for the Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, which Jon sees as ground-breaking work.