I’m a nature lover. Can you tell? When I am immersed in nature, in beauty, in the created Universe, I feel a deep connection with Source, with God Energy. I am filled with joy and gratitude for this beautiful planet that we are blessed to live upon. And from this place of joy and gratitude, anything feels possible. And indeed, it is! We are held back only by our thoughts of limitation.
When I am not in the midst of nature, I am often involved in one of the following activities: writing, reading, walking, singing, hanging out with animals or human friends (and we also are nature!), creating art, taking photographs, or doing dreamwork. These are things that fill my spirit. When I am living my purpose, I am also teaching, speaking, caring for others, doing healing work, and participating in ceremony. All of these things bring me joy.
Here are a few of my photos:
Do you need to know credentials? I have a BA in Sociology, a MLA in Creation Spirituality and I am an ordained interfaith clergyperson. I have worked within the field of health and healing for more than 25 years — as a massage therapist, in the patient safety department of a large urban hospital, with two different hospices, as a private duty caregiver with oodles of clients as well as my own parents, and working to heal myself from breast cancer.
I am on a perpetual path of spiritual learning. I’ve studied many of the world’s faith traditions — through a ministry school, in grad school, with teachers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, California, Hawaii, and Colorado, and via lots of ceremony, singing, and praying. I believe many paths lead to God, and my spirit responds to most of them. In addition to the more traditional “religions,” I also embrace more indigenous paths from all parts of the planet. Plus, in northern California I had the blessing of connecting with four radiant South American nuns who follow a Christic and Marian path, as well as a teacher and dear friend who works with Afro-Brazilian traditions. All of this work deeply feeds my soul.
I like the phrase theologian Matthew Fox uses in his book by the same name, One River, Many Wells. I believe God is not nearly as persnickety about doctrine as we are. I believe mostly S/He wants us to love one another. Period.
I enjoy co-creating and officiating at services and celebrations, speaking at churches and elsewhere, and leading retreats and women’s groups. It is a great blessing to be immersed with others in sacred space.
And I guess I have to say that, ultimately, I believe Love is the only credential that counts. How well do I love? That is the most important question. When I have trouble loving, I know I have some serious spiritual work to do. And I know that the work (and play!) is never-ending. On the path of spiritual evolution, there is always room for more growth.
I send out blessings to you. May peace pervade your life and this dear planet that we live upon.