In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors and creativity in business, Ivan is a prolific writer, lecturer, and motivator in the areas of self-empowerment, personal transformation, global awareness, and sustainability. His devotion to helping others is evident through his various organizations, websites, books, DVD's and videos, “Realms of Reality” radio show, spiritual workshops entitled “A Path To Self-Realization”, and other documentary and media endeavors (see Ivan's Body of Work). Ivan is also founder of several organizations that focus on raising global awareness and is responsible for writing hundreds of pages of content for his websites and book projects.
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind textsPhilip Katlar
Ivan started on the road to responsibility while growing up on a dairy farm in central Wisconsin. The duties of life on the farm instilled character traits that have helped Ivan deal with and overcome challenges throughout his entire life. Besides developing solid work ethics and a glimpse of what it means to harmonize with nature, Ivan gained an understanding of agriculture, animal husbandry and food production. Life in the small town rural environment also instilled a sense of cooperation and community which has served Ivan throughout his business and personal life.
Ivan achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Connecticut in 1984. His 25 years in the field of technology includes designing integrated circuits for aerospace, cutting edge electronic devices; industrial automation, and computer consulting. Ivan is known as an innovator and inventor with patents in the field of electronics and pre-natal education devices. Besides a long and successful career in business, Ivan has built two homes and has owned and managed commercial real estate.
In the early 90's, Ivan began a journey on the road to spiritual discovery and shortly thereafter, he quit his job and started meditating for up to 10 hours a day. Over the next few years, Ivan's spiritual practices transformed his perspectives of life, the nature of reality and his purpose which became the motivation and inspiration of his future endeavors. Just as he was considering a move to Tibet to live in a Buddhist Monastery, he was shown through meditation that his path was to return and remain in society. He soon found that people were interested in his message and sought him out as a spiritual mentor, adviser, and teacher. His dedication to service-to-others launched him into a variety of new projects that focus on developing tools that elevate global awareness.
Between 2007 and 2008, Ivan liquidated his real estate holdings and business interests in order to devote his full attention to his passions in the fields of personal growth, sustainability, community and global transformation. Since 2008, Ivan has aligned himself with these interests as founder of Sustainable Living Academy, University For Sustainable Living, Project TriStar Sustainable Community, Sustainable Reality TV Show, Heavenly Farms Organic Food Co-op, Realms of Reality Radio, TriStar Media Group, Alkaline For Optimal Health and Timeline To The Future; organizations created to help humanity transition through these times of conscious, physical, and material transformation (see Ivan's Projects).