Kenny Johnson devoted his life to crime, beginning in his early teens and served over twenty years in various city, county, state, and federal prisons.
During his early years in prison, he spent most of his time participating in religious and substance abuse groups. It was his inner desire for freedom that led him and a band of truth-seekers to a meeting in the prison chapel. There, Gangaji, a spiritual teacher, answered his most pressing question:
“It is my understanding that we have to wait until we die before we can receive God’s Grace. Is that so?” She replied, “Kenny, God’s Grace is here now! Kenny you think you are a convict, you think you are your name, you think you are a black man. Kenny you are none of these things.”
Instantly he knew he would never be a thief again. But how do you re-enter the world outside without resorting to old weaknesses? How would he survive and how would it be possible to maintain his newly found experience of grace? “This ever present Grace supports me in each moment now.”
Paroled from prison in 1997 and successfully discharged from supervision, Kenny now resides in California. Over 5 years, during a rigorous schedule of prison service and the help of those with who he worked in prison, Kenny was able to develop a model of rehabilitation grounded in psychospiritual growth. He calls this model Sacred Circle work, and it is founded foremost in the honest meeting of persons who are seeking to heal and know themselves more deeply.
Kenny is a spiritual teacher and consultant to families and to those who have been out of prison and may be going to jail. His just released book is called “The Last Hustle.” It chronicles his years as a criminal and how he was transformed while incarcerated. Kenny has one passion and that is sharing the message that “God’s Grace Is Here Now.”