Zen Benefiel

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"Affiliation: American Society for Training and Development, Institute of Noetic Sciences, University of Phoenix Alumni Association, International Association of Coaches, American Counseling Association, International Speakers Network, Target Training International, Holistic Health Network, Arizona Chain Reaction, The Pluralism Project, Universal Life Church, Habitat for Humanity, Taking It Global, Network 2012, Holistic Local, Earth Charter.

"Zen Benefiel is a multi-master's degreed author, coach, consultant, educator, facilitator, minister and performer with a passion for education and facilitation, a true 'possibilities coagulator.' He engages collaborative alliances that lead to dynamic partnerships and successful projects in social architecture to benefit the community and world at large.

"Zen had a near death experience as a teenager during a meditation after praying to know what truth is, willing to give up my life if necessary. He literally went into the 'Light' for several moments and then beyond for a few more. Imagine the challenge he has had articulating understanding from that experience, let alone applying it in life on a day-to-day basis.

"It took him decades - time in a psyche ward and recovery from Thorazine, a marriage, children, divorce, grandchildren, facilitating discussion groups, intimate relationships, a self-discovery television show, degrees in Business, ministerial ordination and many accomplishments in a variety of industries - to realize he truly has something valuable to share in helping others transform into happier and fulfilling lifestyles...

"Zen currently teaches business plan writing and entrepreneurial support classes at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. He is President-Elect of the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development and is Chair for their annual conference..." [1]

He is listed as the contact for Planetary Citizens .

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  1. selfgrowth Zen Benefiel, organizational web page, accessed April 21, 2012.