The following are testimonials and reviews from students about working with me. Many of them have worked with me for years. Some have worked with me over years, but more irregularly or with a few month or year breaks at times.
If you want to become a one-on-one student, I ask that you come to classes first.
Grounded, Practical Guidance towards Natural Spiritual Development
Jim is a real person. There is no grandeur in his spiritual teaching. He does not have your answers, and he will be the first person to tell you that. Jim’s teachings point you in the right direction, and that direction is yourself. He speaks to the teacher in you and cuts through the masks, beliefs, and rules you are carrying.
The seemingly magical part of Jim is that he really sees you. Not the “you” that you are showing to the world, but the “you” that is unchanging; the “you” that you were when you first came to this world. It can be disconcerting when you are used to having people interact with your mask and not with how you are really feeling. But mostly, it is freeing. Being seen without judgement helped/is helping me to be more authentic, to trust my own wisdom, and to not be afraid to let it show in my daily life.
Jim does not dole out fluff. He will not tell you everything is going to be okay or sit idly by while you try to convince him you are perfectly fine. He is not afraid of your most terrible fears, actions, or experiences. Jim will sit with you in love and acceptance and help you face each one. He will also be straightforward with you if you are skirting around the truth.
The grounded, practical, everyday life approachability of Jim’s teachings are what speak to me and have been speaking to me for the past four years [since October 2013]. I find his teaching to have lead me in a very natural, personal development that would have been a difficult and slow process on my own. I am thankful to have found a teacher such as Jim, and I highly recommend his one-on-one sessions to anyone who is looking for a better understanding of themselves.
(2013 to ongoing)
Discovering Reality and Real Empowerment
The primary intention behind Jim’s teaching is to assist the sincere individual to go through his or her “individuality,” exposing the true structure of this “individual” and all that it involves. An increased appreciation and understanding of a person’s experience serves to point us towards an understanding of spiritual Freedom. As with many words used in a “spiritual” context, the word itself is merely something of a placeholder for a lived experience; Jim will not attempt to explain words or terms, fitting things into concepts and boxes, as those are of limited utility to the person experiencing growth. Instead, the teaching directs the person towards the experiential understanding of Reality.
That Reality is the focus. Your lived Reality.
Reality manifests within our awareness, so our attention is constantly directed inwards, away from the frivolity and distraction often mistakenly associated with spiritual growth….
(2018 to 2022)
Stronger, Brighter, Lighter, and Freer
Working with Jim for the last year has been more transformational than any other pursuit in the name of well-being that I’ve tried, and I say that as someone who’s put her heart into her own healing and growth for more than two decades. I’ve had wonderful therapists; I’ve meditated and journaled and done The Artist’s Way; and I’ve received energy healing and studied energy healing and visualized and affirmed and done everything else you can think of until I could have fallen over.
And I did fall over, in fact. In 2012, I got very sick with a mysterious illness that had me bed bound for six months. During that time, I stumbled on Jim’s website, and though I didn’t feel ready or strong enough to contact him then, I bookmarked his site to look up later because I had the feeling that this was a good and powerful guy, someone who would be great to work with as a healer and spiritual teacher.
After I was back on my feet, if wobbly, I took one of his webinars and asked him a question about an energetic sensation I kept having. Jim’s take—from a distance, and not knowing me—felt amazingly spot on and intuitively correct, so I contacted him a little while later to see if we could work together. I was impressed when he said that we could work together, but not yet, as he saw that I was still energetically fried and unstable and exhausted from my illness (and from my whole life, frankly). He asked me to approach him in a couple of months, and I waited and did so, and then he gave me the green light for our work to begin.
I don’t even recognize the person who started working with Jim a year ago. That Tina was a fragile, shaky, soggy mess, thoroughly identified with my own victim mentality, which I’d been developing ever since I’d experienced severe sexual abuse in toddlerhood. I don’t say that to put myself down or diminish what I went through, either; I just didn’t know how to inhabit this life another way.
The work is sometimes gentle, sometimes extremely intense, and always fascinating. And with the intensity and vulnerability of the work, it’s so important to have a teacher and guide that you trust, and Jim operates out of a space of terrific love and integrity. He’s clean as a whistle, powerful and caring without ever tipping into harshness or coddling. I trust him absolutely, and I don’t hand out trust like candy, either.
A year later, I find myself so much stronger and brighter and lighter and freer. The changes in me are deep, and the transformation is spilling into every area of my life. My work is getting stronger; my relationships are getting cleaned up; and I’m 500 times harder to knock over than I used to be emotionally. I feel increasingly connected to my actual self, and my habitual self that I’ve built up over the years—which was no longer serving me—is shriveling by the day.
Jim is the real deal. That’s the point. There’s some not-messing-around alchemy that happens when you’re lucky enough to work with him. His kitchen is full of serious heat, and if you can take it—if you can stay in there and keep working—you are going to get cooked* into something much better than when you started.
*Google Rumi’s poem about the chickpea getting boiled to see what I’m referring to here. It’s great.
(We worked together from 2013 to 2017.)
Speeding Up Spiritual Development
I have been working with Jim on regular basis since August 2017, and it has really made my spiritual awakening more smooth and sped up my process.
Before starting to work with Jim, I had been reading Jim´s blog and found it very helpful. The things he wrote really corresponded to my own awakening experiences. Now, thanks to Jim, Divine grace, and my regular spiritual practice, I am moving to a space where reading isn’t as necessary and just resting in / and returning to quietness/selfless space is all I have to do.
My “previous life” from my teenage times to my adulthood had been very much accompanied with anxiety, fear, limiting beliefs, and illusions. Getting clear from them has definitely not been easy, but working with Jim has made things much easier. In sessions with Jim, we really go deep into quietness, and things really start to move and get cleared in this space of love and acceptance.
Jim has a very nice intuitive way of working. When it’s time to work on heart issues, we focus on them. When it’s time to work on mind/head issues, we go there. I would highly recommend working with Jim especially if you know you have some traumas/deep emotional issues to clear (like many of us have) and/or if you are having a spiritual awakening.
(2017 to 2021)
Transformative Support after Awakening
Working with Jim regularly via Skype has been not only supportive, but transformative. After my bliss stage of awakening, I came to a big crash and was totally overwhelmed with all my internal issues, unprocessed emotions, family karma, and outdated beliefs. Having space with Jim every few weeks gave me the courage to be with my more fearful, painful, and uncomfortable issues.
I really was a spiritual newbie, and my awakening came out of the blue. I didn’t know what an awakening was or know very much about spirituality past reading law of attraction books! Then my whole life began to crumble starting with a painful miscarriage, loss of my job, and loss of my home, and then I discovered my partner was having an affair. It’s safe to say I was in turmoil, grief, pain, and shock. But looking back, that was when my life really opened up. I’d been covering up countless issues my whole adult life which resulted in self-hate, bulimia, bad relationships, and basically full on lack of love and joy. When awakening hit, it was like Jim says, a light got turned on to all my issues, conditioning, and fear-based beliefs. My awakening showed me everything stopping me from being and radiating the love that I am. This was both amazing and freeing (bliss stage), but also scary and overwhelming (dark night). That’s when I was ready for help.
What drew me to Jim most (out of the sea of spiritual teachers around now) was instead of telling me what I should or shouldn’t do, Jim provided the necessary conditions for me to become my own teacher; my autonomy was greatly respected. I wasn’t just learning someone else’s beliefs or reading about others’ experiences. This is helpful sometimes, don’t get me wrong, but to actually experience your own healing, grieving, and gaining of self-knowledge in your own individual way and time is what really brought about my transformations and helped me let go. That’s exactly what I’ve learnt to do in our sessions together because Jim would lovingly point me back to myself. At times this can be extremely unsettling, especially when working with things like shame or fear. But Jim’s presence is so vast and powerful that I feel safe to explore deeper issues that I may struggle with alone.
I think the best advice I can give to anyone thinking of working with Jim is to be as honest as possible and trust the process. The sessions are a true gift, but experimenting with different practices for contemplation, healing, self-awareness, and self-love also helped me hugely with integrating my sessions and my awakening. It’s no secret the spiritual path is messy and at times confusing. Giving myself a place like these sessions has felt loving and true and has greatly helped me to blossom into my authentic self. Jim is a true gift to humanity, and my life has been blessed having him as my teacher. Much, much gratitude.
(We worked together from 2014 to 2015.)
Expanding and Feeling More at Peace
Jim instantly created a safe space, and I felt comfortable right from the start to share what was coming up for me. Every session feels completely different and is approached in a unique way based upon what is needed in that moment. I always feel met where I am at and understood.
Whilst working with Jim, he has helped me to identify plenty of my unconscious beliefs and how they impact how I interact with the world.
What drew me to Jim initially was his simple approach to spirituality. I often feel confused by all the conflicting ideas about spirituality on the Internet, and Jim has helped me to realize that the spiritual path is about letting go of these ideas rather than gaining more.
On a personal level, I am trusting in my own intuition more and am able to verbalize what is true for me. I feel like my understanding and experience of the spiritual path has expanded on every level.
After working on healing issues and having a big release, I am feeling much more at peace than I did one year ago (when I first started to work with Jim in 2018.)
(2018 to ongoing)
Dancing in Her Divine Emptiness
After four years of working with Jim [starting in 2015], I thought I would write a testimonial about my experience as his student for those considering working with him.
I found Jim, as undoubtedly many of you have, through his blog and YouTube channel. After a lifetime of spiritual seeking that included astrology, numerology, mythology, past-life regressions, aliens, out-of-body experiences, yoga, meditation, conventional therapy to try to understand why I felt so “different,” etc., etc. (basically, if there was a modality to explore that might help me figure out who/what I was, I exhausted it!), I had hit a wall of frustration. I had stopped seeking, as each one of these explorations seemed to offer me a piece or two that intellectually satisfied me for awhile, but did absolutely nothing to satisfy this overwhelming urge in me for…something else. But, as many of you might have experienced, just because I had quit seeking, the seeking had not quit trying to find me.
It was in that state that I discovered Jim’s blog and You Tube channel late one night while googling yet another set of weird physical and mental arisings that I thought must only be happening to me since no one else I knew was talking about this stuff. But Jim was talking about it. And writing about it in a way that was approachable, and that was the key for me. Jim is approachable. His words and his metaphors (and he has the best metaphors!) were not cloaked in some arcane double-speak that was impossible to decipher without a degree in advanced Eastern Philosophy. His words and his guidance were practical, grounded in this world and this experience. Plus he had topics on his blog that I had never seen other spiritual teachers address. It took me about a week of fighting with my gut and my fear, and then I contacted him. My first message could basically be summed up as this: “HELP!! I think I am going absolutely bonkers.”
(2015 to 2023)
Lifting a Weight From her Spirit
My work with Jim was deep and cleansing. He lovingly held space with me to process very difficult memories held in my body. His patience and stillness allowed me to explore what had been hidden. It was a gift to have his presence to help me walk this journey of healing. It was a committed relationship between us to hold space together regularly and accept and allow what came up for me. His guidance was instrumental in my process. Having a trusted companion to do this work made all the difference. It’s very important to know when we need another soul to walk with us.
A weight has been lifted from my spirit. I embrace life from abundance rather than scarcity and fear. I am very grateful for our work together. Thank you, Jim. Namaste.
(We worked together from 2014 to 2017.)
Experiencing Profound Shifts in Self Awareness
I have been working with Jim for a year – around 25 sessions – and in that time, there have been profound shifts in the way I see myself and the world. From the beginning I felt that Jim was someone who communicated from a genuine place of awakening with complete sincerity, and he has continued to do that with clarity, humor, and directness. His sessions create a space of openness and love that is unlike any other I have experienced. Over time, this space and Jim’s intuitive, down-to-earth guidance has enabled me to have the courage to look honestly at my constructs of personality and ingrained assumptions about life and begin to uncover the truth which they obscure. Now it feels like I am coming home to a place of deep trust and wonderful lightness. Yes, getting to know – or un-know – myself with Jim has been an absolute blessing and a true joy –Jim, I can’t thank you enough!
January 30, 2014
(2013 to 2019 with breaks.)
More At Peace and Learning Through Relationships
I’ve been working with Jim since January 2014, and it has been life changing. It’s tough to explain in words, but I’ll try. I found his blog when I was looking up “soulmates” during a tough breakup. I was confused. “‘How can it be?’ I thought, ‘This was it. What happened?'” Anyway, he talks about this part a lot, and it’s really helpful.
When I started reading his blog, I knew pretty much right away I needed to work with him. It was one of those truths that you just know, and that intuition was completely right. It’s exactly what I needed in my life right then. I learned that relationships are one of the best ways to get to know myself deeper. Now when I’m forced to deal with something, I remember to or Jim reminds me to look inside myself. Then I can see that those situations are opportunities to discover a little bit more truth and gain a little bit more awareness. It’s empowering to know that all the love I need is inside, and in fact, all the answers are inside. In general, I feel more at peace and more compassion for myself and others.
My life has also changed outwardly with making more choices that are true to me. The biggest choice to date is changing my lifestyle temporarily to do some volunteering and traveling in a different part of the world. I’ve learned to trust my intuition a lot more, which has helped me with a lot of scary decisions.
Another great part has been connecting with one of Jim’s other students. She was my “big sister” for 6 months, and we talked weekly to support this work. It’s paid off a lot. It’s so fulfilling to have a friendship from the same level of awareness, to take responsibility for our own feelings, and to get support for this in the rest of our lives. It’s helped a lot with my other relationships. Of course, we’re still continuing to talk regularly as friends.
Overall, this has been an amazing journey of healing and fully embracing life. Thank you so much, Jim!
(2014 to 2019 with breaks.)
Facilitating Self-healing and Self-discovery
I have been on a spiritual quest as far back as I can remember. I do not see the world the typical way. I have always known the standard by which the majority operates is some how dysfunctional. I have worked with many different healers, natural, and allopathic, and I find Jim Tolles to be unique in his approach. I find my sessions with Jim to be very fulfilling. It is very important for me to participate in my own welfare. When I work with Jim, he states that I’m the one doing the work. This is very important to me. I believe only one’s own self can know what is in need of care. Jim Tolles facilitates that. The typical doctor/patient relationship usually puts the patient in a victim position. Jim Tolles does not. Thank you kindly for all your help.
Love and Blessings.
(We worked together on and off from 2014 to 2015.)
Unwavering Love and Care
“In my journey back to Spirit over the last seven years or so I’ve lay in, crawled, and walked through some very dark, scary, lonely, and unfamiliar places. I’ve sought answers, insight, wisdom, anything, and everything I felt could help me shed some light on this life’s darkness, confusion, loneliness, and despair.
I painstakingly battled through, then learned to learn from, years of dealing with all of this through misuse of alcohol; clingy, needy and hideout relationships; bulimia; and many paths that were keeping me so far from myself.
Throughout my climb out of my own hell I found many great teachers in the form of spiritual authors, therapists, and awakened souls, but none played such an integral part in my coming home as this site, Jim’s wonderful work, and Jim himself.
Words often feel so lacking in their ability to point to something indescribable as do these right now in my attempt to explain what Jim and his work have gifted me in my journey. It’s quite ironic to say that considering it was the words in this blog that spoke directly to my soul, to my spirit and that had me in tears of relief as I first experienced the open, loving, egoless, truth filled pages here. The pure honesty, clarity of vision of life, integrity, humor, compassion, understanding, wisdom, and unconditional love with which these pages are filled was and is heart warming and soul soothing!
That day there was the first of many full breaths, relaxing into and dropping into my deeper true self, letting go, trusting in, and allowing of my spirit to spring forth in all its fabulousness and fullness. I knew instantaneously I had finally found the garden holding the glistening gate home.
Over the next year I sat daily in this garden filling myself up on its freedom finding truths, making much use of the many freely offered tools and just feeding my very soul on it’s nurturing and nourishing soil…This was my haven as I paved my way back home.
After this year, I felt intuitively moved to contact Jim and did so without hesitation.
From the very beginning I felt a deep, honest, and open connection with Jim as though I had always known him. I found and find his non-judgmental, absolute and palpable presence, sense of humor, gentleness, and the ease with which he holds a space creates a safe, comfortable, and unconditionally accepting cocoon in which I could let go into my own unique metamorphosis.
Within a very short period I was comfortable enough to let down my walls and drop into some extremely dark, closed-off, and scary spaces within myself knowing that Jim was holding and supporting me in it.
He was very clear from the beginning that he would not advise me or tell me what to do as I have my own inner guide–my own knowing to follow–but that he would support me and shine the light of my own awareness wherever it needed to go. With Jim’s support I learned and practiced trusting this knowing which I had lost the ability to do.
His patience, empathy, kindness, support, encouragement, care, and love have been and still are unwavering. There’s never been a silly question, a question asked too many times, a place too dark for him to visit with me, a judgment, or anything I could possibly have a bad word to say about.
The biggest thing, among many, that I have learned from Jim is to trust in myself, trust in my inner knowing, my spirit.
In learning to trust again my life has changed so much, especially in the last year, and although there have been dark places visited, there have been invaluable realizations, releases, and shifts. My Spirit is back with a capital S singing it’s soulful song 🙂
Knowing that Jim is there and was going to be there for all our sessions created the essential cocoon I needed to come back to my singing spirit self.
Jim, I am eternally grateful for all that I’ve been blessed to receive through you just being you. The pure love and light that you’re sharing, teaching about, and spreading is a sacred gift that I am again blessed to experience and to also witness through your work.
I could go on forever but will simply and wholeheartedly say, “thank you” from my depths. You have given more than can be said to this one soul as I know you have and will do many more.”
(We worked together from 2012 to 2013.)
Learning to Listen to Her Own Guidance
Mustering up the courage to contact Jim a little over a year ago has been one of the greatest things I have done for myself. I love working with him, and it is great to see how much my life has transformed. One important way my world has changed is that it is a much more fun place. Jim’s goofiness and lightheartedness has helped me reclaim the playful part of me. He has also been very encouraging as I started to break out of my shell and explore the many lovely things in this world. Having come from only knowing constant judgment, it was freeing to be supported in this compassionate, gentle, and nonjudgmental way, especially as I started to explore my creative side. He had a lot of respect for my own process, and so I always felt like I had a lot of space to discover what was right for me in my own way. Furthermore, he helped me empower myself as he always stressed the importance of finding what is in my heart, and I began to listen to guidance I did not know I possessed. As I went within, many parts of myself that no longer served me naturally fell away and have been replaced by much more joy and awareness.
Jim has also been an invaluable guide in my experiences with spiritual sexuality–a big love of mine and an important part of my transformation. I am so grateful that I had his clarity and support navigating this often murky world. I got a little confused at times, but he always brought sexuality back to the heart, which helped me find what was right for me. Also, I appreciate that I feel very comfortable and safe discussing this topic with him. Reuniting spirituality with sexuality allowed my own sexuality to blossom without shame and become one of my favorite modalities through which to connect with myself.
After starting to work with Jim in August 2012, every aspect of my life has improved. The person that I used to be seems like somebody else. It’s been a great blessing to have Jim in my life. All in all, I highly recommend working with Jim if you are interested in doing so!
(We worked together from 2012 to 2016.)
Invaluable Long-Term Spiritual Tools
Jim Tolles has been a huge catalyst in my spiritual awakening, which began 5 years ago. For me, it did not begin at a specific place or time, but has been a continuing evolution of becoming aware of the vast depths of my Truth. I had no concept of where to turn to in regards to support on this very unique path. That’s when God put Jim in my life. I knew he was an authentic source of guidance for me when he refrained from projecting his own opinions, making sure to always remind me that I have my own answers. He showed unconditional respect, patience, and compassion as I released seemingly unsurpassable amounts of pain and began to embody all that which I AM. Jim never forced me to go to places of healing I wasn’t ready for.
He’s also a great tuning fork for pointing me to others that could help me continue to grow. This concept of being dispensable is proof that Jim is not doing this work for his own personal growth, but for each person’s highest good. After being his student for over a year, I decided to take a break from our regular sessions and embody these tools into my daily life. Since then, I’ve found myself being more grounded in the embodiment of my Truth more than ever before. Jim encouraged me to make my dreams a reality when I didn’t have faith and didn’t know what I wanted. With that, I am learning aspects of natural movement therapies. I am also able to express my own gift as an energetic healer through my career in physical therapy.
Jim mentioned to me to look into Kundalini Yoga some time ago. Since then Kundalini Yoga has become one of my primary daily practices, and I am now highly involved in my local Kundalini Yoga community. Now that I am my own reference point for my source of Joy, I have the most fulfilling and healing relationships I have ever had in my life so far. This process, however, does not have an end. I am evolving and shifting all the time, which is why the invaluable tools Jim has shared with me continue to provide avenues of healing and clarity for me. Everything we have talked about in the past continues to be embodied in my daily life. So when I am going through difficult shifts, I have the ability to see myself as a witness to what is happening and yet feel the depths of it simultaneously.
Needless to say, Jim is offering healing for our collective Consciousness in many ways now and to come.
(We worked together from 2010 to 2011.)
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