Since about the age of 15, I have been on a journey of spiritual discovery. It has been a long, strange, fascinating, and beautiful journey that I know will never end.
As a teenager the question "what is God?" became very important to me. I was unable to stomach the version of God taught to me in the Orthodox Christian church I was raised in. An unloving God seemed wrong to me, yet I felt that there is indeed some higher power. I kept repeating the question of "what is God" over and over to myself, and one day out of the blue I heard an answer inside of myself; "God is That Which IS". I understood that meant that God is everything, all the time.
In my 20's I traveled to India to explore world religions. In India my understanding that all religions are paths to the same God was further confirmed. Here I explored Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sufism (part of Islam), and studied meditation. Back home, I was further drawn to explore mystical Christianity, mystical Judaism, and shamanic traditions. I have a reverence for all spiritual traditions, even those I haven't mentioned here. Many spiritual teachers have also helped me and influenced my path, including but not limited to Craig Holliday, Matt Kahn, Hilda Charlton, Ram Dass, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, and Brent D'Silva.
I hold a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Studying psychology and counseling taught me that psychological and emotional healing are critical to the spiritual journey. We can't get far on the spiritual path when we are dragging a heavy load behind us. As a counselor I learned how to sit and be with people; how to listen, communicate, and hold a sacred healing space. Most importantly, I learned that our humanity is to be loved and respected, not just something to be transcended, but that every part of us is Divine.
Now I am more dedicated to the spiritual path than ever. What was originally a mental inquiry into the truth of reality has become a heartfelt devotion to God, to That Which IS. I am here to share and inspire this love for the spiritual journey in others. I look forward to hearing about your journey!
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