Kabbal was a 20th century spiritual teacher and guide.
He rarely spoke of his past. He was a private person,
and lived his teachings of being in the present. It is known
that he was born in 1930 in the United States as Richard Dorin
Shoulders. He studied traditional western psychology in his
younger years and found it very limited. However,
he was irrevocably committed and passionate about understanding
and going beyond the mind. He became devoted to investigating
how one could improve one’s quality of life and relationships.
The early years
Jeru served as an aerial photographer in the Korean War. He
was assigned to planes that flew behind enemy lines to shoot
pictures to gain intelligence data. After his service he worked
as a National Park Ranger. He always loved nature.
As a young psychologist, he signed on for a well paid job
in a big American company. Soon he realized that he achieved
rather quickly a high standard of living and could easily
make his living by doing this job for a lifetime. But he considered
this perspective as rather boring and left that job to travel
Europe. By the end of the 1960s, he spent some years in Germany
and started to give individual sessions with the basics tools
of what he later called Dehypnotherapy. People in Frankfurt
knew him as Dick Shoulders and he learned the German language.
Exploring outer and inner world
Attracted by the adventures and mystics of the East, Jeru
then began traveling widely, especially in Asia, seeking out
and testing numerous methods of self realization he came across.
He studied with several spiritual teachers, including Osho
for several years, and became particularly drawn to the teachings
of Krishnamurti, Nisargadatta, Ramana Maharishi and mystical
elements in Christianity. However he was always an independent
spiritual thinker. For several years he conducted workshops
called Dehypnotherapy, because his "tools" were
able to pull people out of the hypnosis of their stories,
their thinking and dreaming mind. He experimented a great
deal with breathwork and music and gave extended retreats
in Holland, some of which were more than three months long.
Retreats and teachings
In 1990, after a prolonged solitary retreat, he he was inspired
to take the new name, Jeru Kabbal. He founded the Institute
for Accelerated Personal Transformation (Apt Institute) in
California and designed the breathing process "Quantum
Light Breath Meditation" which is available on audiotape
and CD and soon became quite popular as a very efficient way
to clarify one’s mind and reach expanded consciousness
experiences in less than an hour.
He made clear that working with the subconscious mind is only
half way to Clarity or Self Realization. Tools and practical
awareness experiences to give people a taste of the here and
now were added and he condensed his former work into a workshop
series he called "The ClarityProcess®. " Thus,
he combined his knowledge as a Western psychologist with the
wisdom of the East in a unique, practical, and efficient way.
Since he loved traveling, he conducted the ClarityProcess®
during the 1990ies mainly in retreat centers in California,
Germany, Holland, Spain and Bali.
Leaving the Body
Since birth, Jeru Kabbal suffered from a genetic kidney disease.
A kidney transplant had been successful for several years,
but Jeru left his body following a second transplant in 2000.
One of his last requests was to have a wooden Buddha given
to forty of his closest friends and students, each containing
some of his ashes.
He left his incomparable work in written and audio material
and in his students, who share the ClarityProcess® today
in Europe and the United States.