My name is Truth Akins and, I currently teach at Tehachapi Mountain Adult School within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. I have experience in a work environment that shows the effects of criminal law in a unique way, thus I focus on having a grounded spiritual practice. I see my work as serving in an environment most do not want to be in. In this environment, it is important to practice transformational spiritual practices, faith, love, discernment, leadership, and hope.
My journey began as a correctional officer, then correctional counselor, and now, a teacher in a correctional environment. After studying criminology, law and society, I found education to be the root to success. Knowledge is power and ignorance is not bliss. My pedagogy includes viewing law and education with a critical lens, critical care, and cultural community practiced within the prison walls.
I graduated from the Urban Education program at UCLA, with a credential in Secondary Social Sciences in 2016. My research focused on hope, hopelessness, and urban educational leadership. My focus is in curriculum with an essential theme of ‘all life matters’, spiritual principles, demonstrated through storytelling that involves significant life issues that we all face. I have studied peacekeeping, restorative justice, and conflict resolution. I am ordained and have a Doctor of Divinity from Universal Life Church and currently study at the University of Metaphysics.
This is the beginning of my public spiritual journey and a guide to anyone feeling called to a spiritual life. My book of telling my own story brought awareness, passion and healing in my own life. This book is the foundation for the Center of Truth, Speak Your Truth: Healing the World Through Personal Testimonials. I practice the ancient wisdom of storytelling by telling my story. The book is to be used as a guide to freedom and living your soul’s purpose through the 8 degrees of Yes. Storytelling is an ancient practice used by the ancestors. Ancestors used to tell their stories and wisdom to assist the youth in finding their path. Understanding the truth about our stories replace negative experiences in the past with positive affirmations and wisdom to heal old wounds from life’s journey. Transformation happens through desire to live life fully, and spiritual practices.
This is a picture of a storyteller and life coach named Alain Lagger in our classroom on February 15th, 2018. He told his life story with passion and enthusiasm with hope of inspiring us to live life fully, see the unlimited potential and see how we can all relate at the level of being human. In my class, we set intentions to become better at being more of who we are, connecting to the inherent Good within ourselves, regardless of what the experience is. Thus, storytelling, and connecting the dots in sequence, then understanding who we are, forgiving, surrendering and sharing brings us HOPE!!💛💛💛We hope to see you again soon and would love to invite more inspiring speakers into our classroom! Speakers inspire us all along the journey of life. Telling my story and living life fully gave me deep purpose and hope. Soon we will be doing workshops out in the community! Check out my story if you like at 8degreesofyes.com !! Many BLESSINGS!! One love!
Workbook Companion and Online Resources for Spiritual Study, Spiritual Study Tool for Students.
What Does Research Say? In each chapter, I will share current literature on relevant subject topics. Thus, this book is supported by current empirical research about education, storytelling, mindfulness, happiness, and authentic leadership. This research is valuable and needs to be shared to raise the quality of life for all communities.
Chapter 1 What Does Research Say?
What does empirical research say about happiness?
Caner (2015) performed a research study on happiness and financial life structure of people outside of the U.S. This study focuses on components of happiness and the effects of happiness on individuals compared to other factors. The study is conducted in Turkey which is a developing country with an upper-middle class income. Turkey is compared to other countries that are also developing and have low levels of life satisfaction. Data was collected using a cross-sectional survey over the period of 8 years. The survey asked individuals to consider their life as a whole and determine their level of happiness (5-very happy; 1-Very unhappy). The survey also asked about household income and hope of the income increasing. Descriptive statistics were used showing that the business cycle effected happiness of individuals. Past experiences in life effected the outlook for the future happiness. There was a sense of hopelessness if the business cycle was negative and a hopeful outlook if the business cycle was positive. The status, position, and income affected happiness of individuals.
Workbook Questions-Answer here, in your workbook, or in a journal.
What do you think? Is happiness only found in receiving money? Reflect on a time, if any, in your life when your happiness came and went with a paycheck. Where should happiness lie? How can one reach a permanent state of happiness, not based on any conditions?
Caner, A. (2015). Happiness, comparison effects, and expectations in Turkey. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16(5), 1323-1345.doi:10.1007/s10902-014-9562-z
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Livelihood Transformational Life Treatments
8 Degrees of Yes! My Experiences with Truth, Transformation, and Healing is a personal guide to transformation through spiritual practices. There are 2 parts, desire to live life to the fullest, and spiritual practices (affirmative prayer, intention setting, meditation, service, and giving). The affirmative speech spoken specifically to life structures which transforms the life structures, we call it, Transformational Life Treatment (TLT) it’s affirmative prayer treatment spoken directly to the life structures to transform limited perceptions, to unlimited perception, thus shifting the life structure from a limited state to an unlimited state, bringing fulfilled desires into manifestation. In the book, The Rock and Flow: 40 Transformational Life Treatments According to the 8 Life Structures for a Full Life, there are 5 prayers for each life structure: Livelihood (Creativity), Relationships (Love), Financial (Prosperity and Abundance), Spiritual (Deep Purpose and Reverence), Community (Beneficial Expression), Health (Wholeness), Ego (Safety), and Belief Systems (Truth and Wisdom). Audio and Video recordings of prayers for each life structure are below with more in creation.
Life structures reflect our desire to live and how we view life. It is how we subconsciously, and consciously, perceive experiences, or circumstances that drive the conditions of our life structures. Desire is energy used towards wanting something, and signals the universe that we want what we perceive as reality. Life structures are: livelihood, ego, relationships, spiritual, beliefs, community, health, and financial.
If the mind is a computer, programmed by all past experiences, and sets these experiences as reality, then, any fear from past experiences could limit the present reality. Fear can be subconscious, or conscious worry about survival, sickness, unworthiness, or lack. It can manifest as self-sabotage, repeated violence, high risk behaviors, financial hardship, health problems, and broken relationships. Transformation is letting go, and begins with spiritual practice, positive affirmations, and insights during/after meditation. My spiritual teacher, Rev. Michael Beckwith teaches spiritual practices and spiritual awakening in many books. Spiritual practices are daily routines of meditation, prayer, spiritual study, service, giving, intentions setting, being present, and desire to have a greater realization of the qualities of God that are always ever-present.
In each degree of desire to live life, there is a surrendering, a vulnerability, a letting go, forgiveness, and a new intentions set to become more conscious of oneself. These resources are to assist in the journey of awakening by using TLT.
Transformational Life Treatment (TLT)- Affirmative Prayer Treatment for the 8 Life Structures
Audio/video resources are below and are ever evolving. Join us by listening to recordings or live! 455-530 am PST, T-F.
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