International spiritual teacher & author Lola Jones
Before Divine Openings
Lola Jones's work Divine Openings has spread to 150 countries. How did she get there, and where did she come from?
Lola's early life
Here's a bit about Lola's upbringing, education, professional history, and "previous lives in this body" before Divine Openings. That's her uncle Louis, who taught "little Susie" how to read at age four.
Born in Texas in 1954, her Tennessee-born mom and family called her Susie. Her family started out in a tiny two bedroom frame house on a dirt road, but her hard-working dad somehow managed to get her a pony, Star Baby, for her ninth birthday. About that time their street was paved.
Four horses later, at sixteen, she traded the horse for a Ford Mustang, and by age eighteen, the day after high school graduation, she moved to Austin to be on her own, because it was all happenin' in Austin.
Putting herself through college, working part time and going to school full time, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas in 1977. The focus on giving service that she developed early on, starting with trying to be the best grocery checker at the Safeway, would help in her many careers. Sometimes she calls those diverse careers "my many lives in this body."
Early work adventures
There's Lola's dad holding her when she was a baby.
Lola evolved into a creative but sensible, practical person, starting several successful businesses from scratch with zero capital. Being an innovator, Lola didn't work for other people for long.
Her first experiment in self-employment was creating ads for her partner's small stereo store during college. When she became a Jazzercise franchise owner in 1980 her very first class had 75 people in it because she had distributed 1000 flyers through mail and by walking through neighborhoods.
As a Jazzercise instructor for eleven years from 1980 to 1991, she was told she was changing the students' lives, and there Lola discovered she had a hidden gift. Her Large Self was preparing her step-by-step for what would come decades later. She quickly rose to leadership in that organization, and was among the top ten instructors out of 4000 franchisees worldwide. Five nights a week she led a crowd of a hundred happy people per class in dance exercise and celebration.
She added something to fill her abundant free time: hairstyling provided variety, artistic expression, creativity, closer contact with people, and provided something to do during the day. Hair stylists are known for being informal counselors, and she learned that making the customer feel good about herself or himself was as important as the art of hairstyling.
Lola was always an innovator
Lola Jones created one of today's most powerful spiritual teachings, Divine Openings, to help you have a wonderful awakened life on earth here and NOW.
But her life before that was always unconventional, she always lived outside the box; she saw things differently, and always brought fresh new thinking to anything she did.
Motivational speaking and corporate training came next. For fifteen years she was a successful full time consultant, speaker, and contract trainer for such clients as IBM, the State of Texas, and GMAC Finance. There were always powerful spiritual principles imbedded in the courses, and people's lives transformed without their quite knowing why. She also taught spiritual and personal development courses for the public. Lola has always made her living doing her passions, and she's been self-employed and inner guided most of her life.
Here's Lola in her full time corporate consulting days. She says, "Wow, that was another life in this body!" (She still owns that suit--exactly why, she's not sure.)
She used to say, "Oh, I'll be an artist when I'm an old lady." But as The Presence began flowing more freely through her, Lola's creativity exploded. So many kinds of creativity wanted expression.
When the economic disruption of September 11, 2001 decimated the corporate training market, Lola was "tired of talking" anyway, told The Presence she was done with teaching until she was given a way to do it without so many words, and took a year and a half off to paint in silence. That marked the beginning of the most powerful, intuitive, and feminine stage of her life. She dived deep and painted large canvases, often not leaving her beloved City View Ranch for a week at a time (until she ran out of food). Painting and writing prolifically got her happy and refreshed. Much of the art you see on this site was done back then.
At age 51, in 2005, she began signing paintings "Lola", wanting to embody more of her feminine side, and the nickname stuck, because "what Lola wants, Lola gets." The painting you see here (the original is seven feet tall) foreshadowed the creation of Divine Openings. She wondered why no one was buying her art, not realizing the works would all one day be in her book, become very valuable, and that she'd be very glad she kept the originals in her home. The art is now all over the world through that book, and many people have purchased large prints. Lola occasionally creates commissioned works of art for clients who want the stunning beauty and Divine Energy of her art in their homes or workplaces.
In a deeper dive into the Mystery, in early 2006 Lola spent 21 days in blessed silence in India, speaking to no human, only to The Divine Presence within, totally changing her life from there forward. "The most difficult part was talking again!" she says. During that 21 days something many lifetimes old activated within her, and her ability to initiate enlightenment, heal, resolve practical life issues, and end suffering flowered. Her world instantly shifted to an entirely new dimension of service, power, joy, and creativity, and soon after that she wrote the book that changed not only her life but thousands of lives all over the world.
She named her work Divine Openings. Simply being in her presence is to be splashed with a shower of Grace and tangible energy. Lola possesses an extraordinary ability to wake people up, opening them to the Divine Presence in themselves and other people, triggering the unfolding of enlightenment. This still amuses her, since she is an ordinary, fallible human being who mowed fields, fixed fences, and still does her own chores. She stays out of the spotlight to stay grounded and normal.
Divine Openings soon took center stage as Lola matured into a much more powerful spiritual teacher. She left the corporate world behind to awaken individual people all over the world through retreats, online courses, and webinars. A company willing to present Divine Openings at full potency could perhaps persuade her to come in, but she can no longer hold back or dilute her teachings.
At 55, Lola began taking singing lessons, and within a year and a half wrote (and co-wrote) and recorded her own original music. She wrote the theme song for the documentary film, Beautiful Faces, by Russell Martin.
In 2011 Lola sold her beloved City View Ranch in Austin, Texas and moved to California. She bought a home overlooking the Ojai Valley at "hawk's eye level", and gave retreats there and in beautiful international locations.
By 2017 Lola and her love Scott moved to Alpine, in the mountains outside San Diego. They'll live in their home perched on a mountainside overlooking a beautiful little valley until they are called to the next place.
This is City View Ranch, Lola's previous home and retreat center in Austin, TX.
The home in Alpine, California
How do I create a life like that?
Most people begin with the book. Just reading it changes lives. Things Are Going Great In My Absence: How To Let Go And Let The Divine Do The Heavy Lifting is the spiritual awakening book that spread to 150 countries by word of mouth before ever being sold on Amazon or in stores. Whether beginner or advanced, you'll have your own unique experience.
When Lola first heard the experiences of people who read her book, she was actually amazed to find out how powerful an effect it was having on them. The book, Things Are Going Great In My Absence: How To Let Go And Let The Divine Do The Heavy Lifting causes people to have profound spiritual experiences and positive life changes, without ever meeting or speaking to Lola.
Some people experience significant awakening after the Divine Openings from the book. Most people require more mind training to use their free will choices to sustain the bliss instead of resist it.
Lola had seen people reach a temporary state of bliss and oneness before, and lose it. She was determined to find a way to help people sustain it and expand it. So Lola developed the 5 Portals of Awakening Online to support you in the process, help you stabilize at the new higher level, and keep evolving for a lifetime.