Loved one or friend in prison? Brent spent 5,533 days inside and his hand is outstretched to you.
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Book One: Don't Tell Me - Show Me - A guide for inmates and those who visit and support them READ MORE
Book Two: Expect More - Flourishing on Parole READ MORE
Book Three: Permission to Fly - Navigating life after Parole READ MORE
Fear Brent helped me to trust myself again - It turned my jail sentence from what was going to be in many ways a life-ending experience to a life-changing experience. David - Melbourne - Australia
Prior to meeting Brent I suffered from severe anxiety, agoraphobia and depression. I now own and run my own successful business, I have a house and a beautiful family, things that I once never even dreamed possible. I am happy, confident and enriched by life and I now pass these teachings onto my own children. Dan - Melbourne - Australia
BOOK ONE: Don't Tell Me - Show Me - A guide for inmates and those who visit and support them READ MORE
BOOK TWO: Expect More - Flourishing on Parole READ MORE
BOOK THREE: Permission to Fly - Navigating life after Parole READ MORE
Authors Brent & Kathy
My name is Brent Ovalsen
I spent over fifteen years in prison and understand the levels of suffering a person can go through.
Whilst imprisonment for a crime is a part of our society, the prison conditions can result in a bitter inmate, who in turn can become a career criminal causing more issues for the community, or at the very least has little to contribute to society upon release.
Currently, 44% of inmates in Australia are reoffending. This number has continued to rise year after year.
As with all humans from babies to the elderly, inmates need love if they are to transform and get out a better person. Prison does not necessarily provide love, and the onus is on the inmate to release self-hatred and learn to love themselves. This shifts their energy, and creates the space, for others to like and eventually love them too.
So then, how do we transform our life as an inmate?
How do we find contentment in prison and then get out and be a better person, someone who is actually beneficial to society?
On my own journey, I have found a deep and rewarding inner contentment. This peace was found in the middle of prison conditions that were on the surface, harsh and not geared towards peace.
What I have to offer are sound teachings that assist an inmate to access the divine within, and in doing so alleviate much of the suffering and find inner peace and joy. There are practical steps that anyone can take to achieve this. Accessing the divine within is not some esoteric 'thing', rather a basic premise that right now, all of us, have deep inner peace within, and yet we require practical ways to peel away the often multiple layers we have built up emotionally, mentally and spiritually - through life, through family lineage and even through prison institutionalisation.
A positive and balanced inmate, becomes a person society is going to want to support and they gain the benefit of realising that they do have a purpose to fulfill still.
Why listen to Brent about prison matters?
He spent 5,533 days in prison from 1999 until 2014. Throughout Brent's sentence, he found a great inner peace, when it seemed like things were going against him, even when life felt like some form of hell on earth.
Brent brings wisdom that can only be found through transforming great suffering into a place of peace, inner joy and positive hope, even when the external circumstances seem like the end of the world.
Brent believes that the only prison is in your mind and once you learn how to manage your mind, you access the divine within and take charge of your destiny.
Brent was blessed to use his skills and run prison Governor-endorsed self development classes in Yoga, meditation and Reiki in the prison programs room.
In prison Brent did a prison-accredited counselling course and spent his days working with inmates on techniques they might employ to better cope in prison and make plans for a prosperous life. Brent would often work as a bridge over the phone with couples who were challenged by the dire circumstances they faced.
Brent understands legal issues, family issues and the myriad of prison issues that will arise throughout a prison sentence.
Brent studied law (as a layperson) and represented himself in the Supreme and High Courts of Australia.
In June 2018 Brent completed almost five years of parole and nowadays runs a small Australian company selling his self-development books and working one-on-one with people around the world.