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Meet Johnny Blackburn of Presence Academy in Encinitas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Johnny Blackburn.

Johnny, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Originally, I was in business management consulting, then had a serious life injury in my 20’s. After a failed surgery, I was completely floor-ridden for 2 years, it took 2 more years to completely heal myself, so all in all, 4 years. At the worst point, I laid on the floor for 22 hours a day, giving me lots of time for contemplation.

Three days of the miserable victim “why me”, but then I quickly realized that I did not enjoy being around myself, nor did those around me. So, I chose to be as positive as I could be, and make the best of the situation. If you have ever seen the movie The Count of Monte Cristo, where the character is wrongfully imprisoned and bitter at first, but after a philosopher, Sage, sneaks into his cell and inspires him to make the best of circumstances by educating him on learning, language, swordsmanship, and philosophy. I similarly decided to make the best of circumstances.

Even though I was laying down the majority of the day, I began meditating, reading books, watching classic movies at night, and little by little getting physically stronger.

Although a very difficult time, looking back now, it is a beautiful vision in that it felt like “rocky training montage”. This was the beginning of my developmental process.

Determined to heal myself, I experimented with many alternative practices. I learn to become aware of my body, strengthened and stretched it, decided which foods made me feel healthiest, meditated, and relaxed my body. During this time, I also heard that it was naturally possible to improve your vision. At eight months old, I had seizures and a 105-degree fever with pneumonia which damaged my vision. I wore thick glasses since the age of eight months old, not as cute as other infants in their crib.

Then at 22 years old, I heard of self-vision restoration without surgery, I spent 15 months doing eye exercises every day to relax and restore perfect natural vision. It has been 15 years since then, and I still have 20/20 vision without glasses. Needless to say, I am fascinated with human potential. I was so inspired that I wanted to help others to live into their greater potential. So, I went back to school to get a masters in psychology, then completed a two-year training certification in human development coaching (with Integral Coaching Canada).

For many of us humans, activating our superpowers and living our deepest purpose in the world often starts with healing, skill building, and developing our latent talents.

Professionally, I help people with the full spectrum of skills in work love and life. From healing (trauma and past emotion) to learning emotional intelligence, empathy, listening, communication, connection inter-personally, or things like productivity, leadership, finding purpose, or changing careers at work, to advanced abilities such as energy optimization throughout the day, masculine-feminine polarity, expanded awareness and presence.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I think that we live in unprecedented times, in terms of our career progressions. Most people no longer live on farms, or inherit the profession of their father, or try to take on a position for a single company for 50 years before retiring.

For myself and many people that I work with, people are very talented and asked to synthesize multiple fields. My struggles were in times of transition from finding my direction in one phase to the next, from professional management consulting to psychology and coaching. During some challenging thresholds, the sense of knowing that others had done this before, provided me with enough hope and motivation to continue moving forward and grow.

While in other cases, with no precedence or mentors to illuminate the way, I had to rely on inner instinct to wear the grooves and allow something new to emerge. I believe as a collective, just as in the hundredth-monkey effect when even a few others have done it before, future generations are able to learn faster. I think we can really honor those that have come before as we truly stand on the shoulders of giants, combining the essential wisdom throughout the ages with the ethics and consideration of the well-being of all as we increasingly integrate technology into our world and usher in the next epoch.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Presence Academy – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Presence Academy is known for presence and connection. I am proud of helping people find a sense of purpose, contribute something positive to our world, and be paid while doing it. I love to help people own their day, and learn tricks to help their energy, productivity, and presence at work.

I am most touched by bringing couples more presence and connection into their relationship, opening their hearts, learning effective communication, and enhancing their sexual polarity I am known for a deeper presence in work, love, and life. I specialize in practical skill building for thriving through out our lives in the 21st century.

In order to implement these elements, I coach, speak, and train, others to awaken greater human potential through practical work, life, and relationship skills. We are different from other coaching and personal development organizations because we do not just focus on the rah-rah, mindset, and will power.

We are able to build empowering life skills that create real transformation for lasting change in peoples’ lives.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Continuing to empower, inspire, and be of service to others, savor and make the most of my own life. As a life-long learner, I am excited to continue to listen, learn, experience, and deepen my humanity.

I look forward to have children and a family someday, as well as exploring different cultures by traveling the world. I really love dancing, especially Tango and free-form dancing to all kinds of music.

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Matt Cole, AshGabes Photography

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