Hey. My name is John Driggs. I live on a quiet mountain property with my remarkable family – my partner Deb and our four kids.
We’re currently building and expanding it into a sanctuary and a place of growth – a place where people can come to feel safe and loved, a place where teachers and artists can come together to share their wisdom and beauty, where they can host retreats, workshops, and other experiences that soften our hearts and expand our minds.
I’m looking forward to sharing my unbounded love and tender heart with each of you.
In an earlier life, I was a corporate attorney, advising large corporations mostly on financial and real estate matters. But it didn’t take long to realize that life as an attorney wasn’t for me. It was eating away at my soul.
So, I ended up taking two years off to devote myself fully to my real passions – studying, reading, and writing about philosophy as well as practicing meditation (primarily Buddhist practices like vipassana and metta).
My love and passion for philosophy started early, having been raised in the suburbs of Salt Lake City – the heart of Mormon culture. My parents are incredibly loving – their example of unconditional love and service is unfathomable to most people. As a young teen, though, I ran into a lot of problems with their Mormon faith – moral disagreements, logical contradictions, and philosophical problems – that led me to reject the faith and set out on a search for truth.
Turns out, though, every time I’d catch a glimmer of truth, I just ended up with more problems. Essentially, my initial problems grew deeper and deeper — I learned more about what I don’t know. But as I got to know my ignorance in this way, I was able to ask better questions and, in turn, create better answers.
These problems and their evolution have consumed me now for well over a decade. They have pushed me to learn about the world’s religions, past and present. They have given me a relentless appetite for science and philosophy. They have sent me around the globe to explore people and customs — to break bread with Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims.
They have led me to explore the nature of my own mind — to sit for week- and month-long meditations, to participate in a traditional ayahuasca ceremony with the Shipibo tribe in Peru, to inhale Sapo toad venom, containing 5-MeO-DMT, otherwise known as the ‘God Molecule’, and to explore many other empathogens, psychedelics, and ‘religious’ or ‘supranatural’ states of mind.
And after all this–books, travel, people, meditation, empathogens–I am now confident about only one thing: that I know nothing, that whatever knowledge I have will always be engulfed by my ignorance, that I’m just a kid playin’ in this cosmic sandbox without a clue about much of anything.
I do have a few ideas though that have helped orient me in this endless mystery of existence, ideas or frameworks that have helped me discover, shape, and understand myself, the world, and my place in it.
I’ve also come across some useful practices – practices that have helped me become more open to, aware of, and interested in life, practices that have made me more composed and resilient, that have made me less reactive, that have given me more freedom.
I’ve discovered meditations that have helped move me past concepts and connected me directly to the unformed space of awareness, meditations that have pointed me to a boundless love and to an unshakeable peace.
And if you’re interested, I’m happy to share any or all of it with you. But just remember, your life and your understanding are up to you. No one can walk your path for you. All I can do is point you back to yourself. I can be a polished mirror for you to see your reflection clearly, a hard rock to sharpen up against, an honest friend.
But in the end, the real work is up to you. The truth can only ever be found in you.
May you embody lasting peace.