Bio Jean-Paul Gravel
“I grew up in an environment where emotional and physical abuse were a daily occurrence, and I accepted being a product of my environment… Until one day in 1996 when I experienced something beautiful that would forever change the course of my entire life… That moment became the starting point for a 22-year-long journey that led to perfecting a system that creates happier, healthier lives.”
– Jean-Paul Gravel
Despite having a cheerful disposition, Jean-Paul has had more than his fair share of challenges to overcome.
Born into a dysfunctional family, he began experiencing physical and emotional abuse at a very young age. By early adulthood, Jean-Paul was successful and happy, but still accepting to live with unhealthy emotions as a normal way of life.
All that changed one day in 1996, while in New York City, where he experienced a beautiful moment of clarity. Like a veil was lifted from his eyes, suddenly he could see clearly. No longer blinded by people’s behavior, he could now see the intentions governing their every thought, feeling, and action.
He then shifted his focus inwards towards his own intentions. What he saw was the inauthenticity within everything he did. No matter how successful he had become, his life, according to this new perspective, was not real; it was a theatrical performance, and everybody around him was doing the same. He understood how our personal beliefs shape everything from our relationships to our emotional health. He suddenly became overwhelmed with feelings of love and compassion for himself and for every single person around him.
This was the starting point that would lead to a 22-year journey into self-discovery, and ultimately, a method that would create happier, healthier lives.
By 2004, his life became even more focused on helping and loving others. While he worked with his own emotional limitations, he helped others with theirs. As he worked on his body’s physical challenges, he helped others heal theirs. He realized that there was a very strong and undeniable link between one’s emotional freedom and physical health, and created a methodology that would impact both simultaneously.
Increasingly, Jean-Paul found himself helping friends and strangers who were seeking the freedom they felt he could give them. He was sharing his teachings with people of all walks of life. The results seen on one person would bring in another, until one day he felt that he did not have the time or the energy to keep up with this demand, and considered stopping. At this time, the people he had helped stepped in and provided the support he needed so that he could continue doing the work.
Today, Jean-Paul lives in Vancouver, Canada and delivers the ThroughConversation™ programs and personal retreats in Vancouver and around the world. He is a leading human potential expert, author, speaker, and teaches group retreats in France, Sweden and The Netherlands. In his free time, Jean-Paul enjoys travelling and dancing Argentine tango.
“People live in a mind-made illusion and they are not aware of it. Think about this for a moment: how many times have you met someone and did your best to look confident? You were not really confident, you were simply trying to portray that you were. Pretending.
More often than not, people spend their time pretending to be somebody they are not. Wearing a mask for people to see. Pretending to be confident, pretending to be happy, pretending to be at peace, pretending to care, pretending to be comfortable… all the while hoping that the person in front of them does not catch onto their theatrics. And if the person in front of them believes the false image that they are portraying of themselves, if that person buys into their theatrics, then they feel that they have won. Until the next person shows up…
Instead, imagine a life where you can be yourself, because you are confident, you are happy, you are at peace, you care, and you are comfortable in your own skin. Imagine a life where you can just be yourself and it feels right, it feels complete, it feels that you are enough, that you have what it takes to live the life you have always dreamed of.”