Note from the founder…
In April of 2014, having just retired from a diversified business career, I re-engaged a long-fermenting writing exercise that has morphed into this endeavor, On Just Being.
My 47-year professional career was rich in challenging engagements with a wide variety of interesting projects (synopsized below). But my income-producing work has never been my life’s calling, at least not after the age of 23 when a single-minded pursuit became the driving force in my life and is now the central theme of this work. This pursuit could be described as the quest for self-knowledge, in the spirit of the ancient Delphic maxim to “know thyself.” Over time I have understood the “self” I am seeking to know as my inner core.
I have not taken up this pursuit as a philosopher or theologian, nor as a psychologist, scientist, mystic or scholar, but simply as a highly inquisitive, keenly interested person intently observing and studying the life stirring within and swirling around me. So while I make no claim to being ‘properly credentialed’ I likewise offer no apologies for answering the call to “know thyself” from my standing as a fellow traveler in a mysterious land that each of us strives to make sense of from our moment of birth.
A brief recap of my continually evolving journey.…
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I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and have resided in California most of my life, living in many different areas throughout the Golden State. The exceptions are less-than-a-year residencies in New York City, Hawaii and Costa Rica, plus a fair amount of domestic and international travel.
My ardent pursuit of personal/psychological/spiritual/consciousness development has been conducted largely independent of my day job. However, my deeper passion emerged into the foreground of my work life a handful of times in my 30s:
- When I was 30 and living in the Bay Area, I developed a 15-hour consciousness development seminar I called “Realization.” I held the workshop over several sessions with two groups of four and six people. It was well-received and personally rewarding, yet I moved on to other engagements.
- In my early 30s I served for six months as a live-in counselor at a home for ‘socially disadvantaged’ teenage boys in Ft. Bragg, California. (Now that was a learning experience.)
- In my mid-30s, living in the Sierra Nevada foothills, I held local classes, gave talks to groups, and wrote a series of articles on meditation, based on my own experience and method.
- In my late 30s I served for a year as the executive director of a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization dedicated to consciousness research and education. While there, I launched an effort called the All-Win Network, building on the “win-win” social interaction/negotiation strategy popularized in the 1970s. Long on ideals but short on execution, the project was short-lived.
Aside from these directly related engagements, I have carried on my quest for self-knowledge in the deeper currents of my psyche while outwardly leading a kaleidoscopic personal and professional life. Virtually daily I would examine and digest my life experiences in lengthy sessions of reading, conversation, contemplation, and personal writing. (I still do.)
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Many of my noteworthy experiences over a long life have been joyous, others painful, some deeply tragic. All in all I consider myself unusually fortunate in life’s lottery. And virtually all my experiences – euphoric, ordinary and painful alike – have contributed to my ongoing quest for self-knowledge.
– Ronald Fel Jones
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