About John


Gooday and Welcome!
I am an Australian Mindfulness Master, Intuitive Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist and ACT Therapist (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy). I have vast experience coaching, teaching and mentoring people (including youth), especially those who have been diagnosed with mental ‘illness’. I have put my heart and soul into gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to fulfil my purpose and have achieved great success. There are three main reasons for my success:

1. Lived Experience
Experience has been my best teacher. I was born in 1952 and experienced physical and mental abuse as a child. By the age of twelve, I was also sexually abused by a neighbour. By age fourteen, I was wagging school and out of control. By age sixteen, I was homeless, living on the streets and in trouble with the law. I spent time in youth detention and, with the help of an excellent mentor, was able to get my life on track. At age twenty-one, I got married and started a family, life was good.
At age thirty, and on my Dad’s 65th birthday in 1982, I died and was revived after a horrific truck accident. I believed that there was a reason why I was alive and started a quest to get answers. Despite extensive study into ancient history, cultures and religions, all I got was mental and addiction disorders.
My life fell apart, not so much because of substantial physical injuries, but because of the fifteen years of mental suffering that followed. My mind was like a drunken monkey, very busy and all over the place! I experienced psychosis later that year and spent time in a mental health unit. I was diagnosed with mental ‘illness’ and prescribed medications. I had similar episodes in 1984, 1987 and 1992; the only thing that stopped me from suiciding was a tiny whisper that kept saying ‘There’s a reason… you’ll get through this!’
By 1997, I was rock bottom. Mental health professionals told me that I would never be cured, that I would have to take medication for the rest of my life and that I would never work again. I was ashamed that I had mental ‘illness’ and refused to talk about it or get help from outside the ‘system’. It was my dark secret. That was when I got my ‘miracle’. An old friend, who I hadn’t seen since before my accident, knocked on my door and told me his story. Two days later, I experienced a Spiritual Awakening and my life slowly started to change. No more depression and no more medications!
I now call that chapter of my life, my fifteen ‘dark’ years. It was a roller coaster of feelings, emotions and experiences. Throughout that time, I felt that there was a calling on my life, something driving me. I wasn’t always unwell, there were times when I was well enough to function. In 1986, I completed my first course in counselling as a volunteer with the Smith Family. This connected me with my calling and I also completed Front Wheel Counselling in 1990 and Youth Counselling in 1996. I was happy helping others but, like all of us, I was still struggling with unhelpful and negative thoughts.

2. Knowledge
The skin of knowledge is love, as your knowledge grows, so does your love! I value my ‘dark’ years now because I overcame many fears and learned heaps of life lessons. My quest for knowledge and answers continued. I now know the truth about what happened to me. In 82, 84, 87 & 1992, I experienced what is known as Spiritual Emergency. I had no way of knowing what was really going on until my old friend shared his story. It was that story that led to my Spiritual Emergence in 1997.
I got my life back and worked again. I fulfilled a childhood dream and opened Shearers Cue Sport which was a pool hall in the main street of Wagga Wagga. My counselling skills got a workout in those excellent years between 2003 and 2009. Teens especially benefited from my one-on-one sessions. They didn’t realise that they were being counselled which I believe was a huge factor for my successful mentoring.
Early in 2009, my wife and I decided to move to a warmer climate due to her asthma. What would I do? I searched my heart and decided to surf the internet to find out the latest news in mental health. What I found was a book called The Happiness Trap by Dr. Russ Harris. It was about ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) which is a mindfulness based therapy. I started a personal mindful practice and was trained by Russ as an ACT Therapist.
We moved to Grafton later in 2009 where I started working as a part-time youth mentor with Juvenile Justice and also started my coaching practice part-time. I made the decision to be a Life Coach, because to my way of thinking, counselling infers that something is wrong with people. The truth is…people are just ‘Stuck!’
I felt driven by my purpose, so I started what was to become over 9,000 hours of intensive study. I researched the many aspects of mindfulness as well as learning valuable techniques in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. These techniques have been extremely valuable in helping people overcome addictions.
I gained much knowledge and wisdom before retiring from Juvenile Justice in 2017 to focus on my mindfulness work. Today, thanks to a sound mindful practice, I live with both peace of mind and clarity of mind. I have the answers I was seeking, but my quest for knowledge will never end.

3. Wisdom
Knowledge comes from learning. Wisdom comes from living. I will always be very passionate about my purpose which is sharing my wisdom. On 11-11-11, I launched a facebook page which now has over 650,000 ‘likers’.
In 2014, I invited Australians with mental suffering to an online event called Mindfulness Day. (1st Sunday in May) 4,700 people attended the month long event and it was hugely successful with hundreds of lives transformed. The event became my first book Mindful Actions.
In 2015, I founded mindfullyMAD.org (mindfully Making A Difference). My vision became our vision as many others joined me. It is also a place to find a mindfulness mentor or tell your story.
In 2016, I founded the Mindfulness Mentoring Institute to train mindfulness mentors and peer support workers/volunteers. My certificate course is called Keys to Mindfulness Mentoring. Mentor means a wise and trusted counsellor, teacher or coach. Parents and GP’s have also found the course to be very valuable.
In 2017, I launched my year long mentoring service called Mindful Insights. It is aimed at people who have a heart to help others but need to work on themselves first. It is the culmination of my vast experience, knowledge and wisdom.

Mindfully Yours with Love, Joy & Peace Always  ~ John Shearer MM

Please feel Welcome to contact me for Interviews or Public Speaking.
Trading as Mindfulness Coach ~ ABN 4217 307 0953

16 thoughts on “About John

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  2. Hi John,
    You are doing wonderful work for humanity. Thanks for sharing your story! Mindfulness has helped me with anxiety and depression. Since childhood, I have always lived in fear and self doubt. Had low self esteem (I still struggle a little with this one) However, Mindfulness has helped me become aware of my own thought process and beliefs about myself and life. Yoga and Mindfulness have both taught me to be aware, learn to ground myself, and continue to learn to accept and love myself unconditionally so that I can love others unconditionally as well. I always wanted to help people and noticing the changes within self I trained in Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga teacher training at the same time. I feel as though I have found my true purpose with mindfulness and love teaching others. In fact I want to write a book about my own story and sending the message to others to believe in themselves and never give up on their dreams. I would still be suffering so much if it were not for mindfulness. THANKS again for all the work you are doing. Especially for letting all of us be a part of your journey. sincerely, Jennifer Namaste!

  3. Hi John

    I am from India..( West bengal.. city:Kolkata) …for the last one year I was trying to understand what mindfulness is.. what concsiousness is.. and the relation between mindfulness consciousness motivation meditation metaphysics . I suddenly found out a post in FB and from there searching the links I landed up here in your page. I feel I am blessed to have found you. You are doing such incredible work for humanity. Thank you so much. I wish to talk to you very soon. Stay well and blessed

  4. Hi John –

    I just followed a link for one of Searching For OM’s posts back to your website. I love what you are doing, particularly the giving back to the community. Thank you so much for sharing. Perhaps our paths will mindfully cross one day.

    Peace & OM-

    Christine

  5. Hello, I just came apon your page while I was in need to practice what I believe. I am a 1st degree Reiki practitioner. Your story somewhat matches mine. After my third child was born by c-section, I started to hemorrhage. There are moments that I was watching from above. That was the day I began my search for answers. WHY am I here, what is my purpose and why do I have this special gift? My oldest son just had my first grandchild and I basically was told that I didn’t have an appointment to see her. I had to remind myself that when its my turn I will get to see her. In the moment. I had to remember my principles of Reiki. I picked up my tablet to numb my mind and I don’t know how, I fond your page. I will be following you daily to help me on my journey. Thank you

  6. Thank you John for the incredible insite on bringing mindfulness to the forefront of my mind. I am more aware and more focused.

    Having been diagnosed with adult ADD, I have learned to go to the right places for the tools I need to be the best that I can be.

  7. I am really enjoying your facebook page! I am an LPC in the states and work with a lot of DJJ adolescents. I teach mindfulness to a lot of my clients and your messages have help me to remember to stay replenished so that I may better serve my clients and others. I, too, am on a journey of mindfulness. I have had one near death experience (1984) and died for 15 minutes in 2011 on the table during open heart surgery. Like you, I feel that there is a reason for this. I wish you happy travels 🙂

  8. I have only just discovered you today on Facebook, I am a bereavement counsellor living and working in north wales uk, reading your articles has brought clarity to me in looking at how i gear my sessions actually in a coaching style, showing my clients the options they have at a time in their lives when they feel they have no options and bringing clarity into what is actually happening to them and of course why! I found your articles very helpful and insightful thank you for sharing your life experiences. I have received a gift today from you thank you Letitia x

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  11. Hi, I’m Rusty and its amazing how close our life story based on a traumatized event change our lives. a near drowning erased my memory, new state of mind was very close to being exactly like the process associated with Mindfulness, except I how no ability to feel apathy.
    Psychologist in different fields of practice couldn’t explain how I was able to over-come a childhood mental state which was diagnosed by two psychologists as being mentally retarded.
    Now, in my early fifties, I for the first time in my life have been able to open new feeling and emotions by living the Mindfulness process. A week ago, I came across a writing by Kabatt-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts on Mindfulness and my entire life finally made sense.
    How was I since a child able to live each day in this state of Mindfulness? Now I know my life time of over forties years using this mind-set can be taught to people struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, and most struggles in life, for some people will not be able to control their emotions.
    Once, has to feel compassion and have a great deal of patience to fully experience the true effects of Mindfulness. And I know it can be taught to a person who is ready to change their life.

  12. Hi, I follow you on Facebook. This was my first time reading your “About Me” section and your story is incredible. Your posts always make a difference for me and “remind me to be mindful”…..so yes, I can say that you were brought back for a reason. You’ve certainly helped me!

  13. Keeping it real, love the concept of coaching not counselling.

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