Ty Clement is a happily married father of five who lives in Missoula, Montana. He first began recognizing Ourself in 1988 at the age of 16 while attending Millbrook School in Millbrook, NY where he was reading Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman, and spending lots of time in nature with a close group of friends. Since that time he has been devotedly â€œbeing Ourselfâ€ and â€œmanifesting Ourselfâ€ as a social worker, interior mural painter, and professional musician. He began writing Being Ourself in 2000 in response to the growing desire for a new "spiritual but not religious" paradigm that he recognized in both his peer group as well as in his parents' peer group (the Baby Boomers).
Ty Clement has depended heavily on his writing abilities throughout his professional and educational history. He obtained his BA in fine art, with honors, from the University of Montana in 1995, and obtained his Masters of Social Work degree with high honors from the University of Montana in 2007. After obtaining his BA in art, Ty spent from 1995 until 2004 painting interior murals and decorative painted finishes for interior designers and private clients throughout Southern New England (while living in Mystic, CT) and Western Montana (while living in Missoula, MT). In conjunction with creating art, Ty also successfully taught children, adults, and seniors how to paint with acrylics on canvas, walls, and furniture in a variety of contexts ranging from public schools to community centers and country clubs.
Critical to his success as an artist and teacher were his ability to create effectively written promotional materials for mail-outs to interior designers; his ability to see creative projects through from idea to finished product to the satisfaction of discerning business owners, high-end homeowners, interior designers, and school boards; and his strong communication skills which allowed him to thrive professionally and socially with not only designers and clients, but also a diverse population of building contractors, artisans, and students. In the past four years Ty has similarly depended on his strong verbal and written communication skills both as a medical social worker while obtaining his MSW, and as a marriage/couples therapist since graduating.
Upon publication of Being Ourself Ty would like to shift his professional focus to promoting the book, and to running workshops aimed at bringing interested readers together to further explore and deepen their awareness and experience of â€œbeing Ourself.â€ In addition to travelling to share and promote Being Ourself, Ty plans to write several other books to expand upon the ideas presented in this book. The next book Ty will begin working on is Being Ourself, Loving Ourselves which will explore the layers of damaged self-esteem that many of us struggle with, the complex web of degradation and prejudice that is responsible for such damage, and how coming to know ourselves as aspects of Ourself allows us to begin the healing journey to empowerment and inner peace.
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