I have always been searching for the truth of life: Who am I? What is the purpose of being human? What is behind all this suffering? Is this real?

These fundamental questions led me to an internal search to find the answers. I naturally began to meditate to try to find these answers within. With my first job’s salary, I built a meditation cabin in the backyard of my parents’ house and was drawn to meditate at night because the silence of the night offered a great opportunity to go deeper and reach the stillness within.

With my first salary working as an accountant, I built this cabin in the backyard of my parent's house to meditate at night.

At the first meditation retreat I attended, I had a profound experience that led me to make a radical change in my life: at the age of 28, I left my job as a corporate accountant and began residential training at the Rochester Zen Center in New York. There I practiced Zen meditation for seven years under the guidance of my teacher Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. During this time I underwent a semi-monastic training that included rigorous periods of meditation practice called sesshin –which literally means “touching the heart-mind” where one meditates for an average of 10 hours daily for seven days.

Going deeper in meditation led me to uncover the subconscious aspects of the mind, which guided me to study emotional intelligence tools such as the enneagram, and the human design system, and also led me to explore self-help tools like Emotional Freedom Technique -which I have found amazingly effective and simple to dissolve emotional pain and self-sabotaging beliefs.

My continual exploration led me to the discovery of a new interpretation of the ancient I Ching system-which I had studied extensively as part of my Taoist alchemical practice; called the Gene Keys; which is a fantastic tool to uncover your full potential encoded in your DNA.


“Alex Crenshaw developed and delivered an engaging and valuable seminar in beautiful Mt. Shasta, California, attracting community members, professionals and leaders from diverse backgrounds seeking knowledge on how to tap into the gifts of their genetic and spiritual potential. What stands out about Alex is that he is both a professional himself, being an accountant, and a trained Zen master whose broad breadth of training gives him the ability to communicate to a variety of both personal, professional and corporate backgrounds. He’s knowledgeable, detailed, provides real-life examples and experience, listens well and is able to adapt his expertise to seminar participant’s individual needs. His experiential approach reinforces learning and provides seminar participants with much to think about, take-home skills to apply when back in their own personal lives and workplace, and provides strategies to use for everyday living, working and interpersonal relations with friends, family and loved  ones. Feedback I heard from other participants was excellent and echoes my observations and experience with his seminar. I’ve already taken the tools Alex provided and have implemented them with results and success. Thank you so much, Dana.”  (Dana L.  Barton, Attorney at Law)


I want to say thank you for your dedication, guidance, and steadfast commitment to making us better people. Prison may have locked us physically, but through your teachings we were able to free ourselves mentally and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.” N.

“I want to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude for all the time, energy, and dedication you all have shown me and us at Old Folsom. Come rain or shine, you guys trek the long arduous journey to this deep, dark, modern-day dungeon to enlighten us with your wisdom and compassion” N.

“I am forever grateful to you” M.



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