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.
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. He is currently travelling Australia visiting every major prison and police-station, engaging with authorities to share ideas and insights about how best to assist inmates and ex-inmates.
Treat every other inmate as a potential informer. Only tell them things that you are happy to have spread through the prison by inmates and guards and even in some cases passed on to the police.
Be loving and kind to your family and friends, even when you are really hurting. They are doing time too and lashing out at them could end up backfiring and leaving you completely alone with no support at all.
Stand up on your own feet. In the end, the prison system does not care. You need to self-motivate, stay positive and do good things. This lays a foundation to make life work out for you - even in prison. And if you do this in prison, when you get out you will have a far greater chance of making a good life for yourself.
No matter how badly you are treated, you still have two forms of personal power:
- Number one, they cannot stop the clock. You will eventually get out (unless you are doing life, which means you only have one option of personal power).
- Number two, they cannot stop what you choose to think - choose good thoughts - they manifest your future!