Robert Kopecky survived a childhood of loss and trauma. He traveled extensively,living a variety of lives; finally becoming an award-winning illustrator, art director, and animation designer for clients like The New York Times, and PBS Kids. The unusual course of his life was tragically punctuated by three dramatic, distinctly different "Near Death Experiences."
Years of unconsciously suppressing the profound lessons he’d learned eventually delivered him to his own “dark night of the soul,” followed by more than a decade of study, meditation, and service. The eventual transpersonal realization of what life (and death) are–and can be–inspired him to write and teach, passing along those lessons he’d learned the hard way. His first book, How to Survive Life (and Death), A Guide for Happiness in This World and Beyond, was published in 2014 by Conari Press.
He continues to design animation for ads, TV, and internet; and writes spiritual essays and memoir that appear in Spiritual Daily, Evolver, Beliefnet, Gaiam TV, and more, and on his blog Art, Faith, and the Koko Lion, at RobertKopecky.blogspot.com.