It was in my early 30’s when I became conscious of the power of ceremony. I attended a Full Moon Circle, with a friend, conducted by a Cherokee ‘Grandmother’ and crystal Healer. We were five women, in the moonlight, sitting at the edge of the Trinity Hot Springs, in Paradise, Idaho. Through words, song, and heart-centered intention we created a portal of sacred space. Since then, I have engaged in and performed many ceremonies.
There are several aspects of ceremony and ritual that intrigue my sense of curiosity, style and imagination; namely, the necessity of slow time; the transitional and transformative nature of ceremony; as well as the burgeoning freshness of ritual.
Life’s cycles have a way of bringing us to the ‘windows of opportunity’ transitional times offer. When we decide to consciously enter the liminal, we spread our wings/imagination and skywalk into the unknown of soulful transformation. During these times, activating slow time has a way of inviting the heart and mind into an understanding that “something other” takes precedence. It is within that connection with Mystery that a freshness of ritual can loosen from practices of the past, while staying true to ritual’s purpose – which is to affect an integrated shift in our consciousness, so as to deepen our connection to the next phase of life.
Charles Eisenstein, a public speaker, gift economy advocate and author encourages us to “bring the old ways forward.” Ceremony and ritual are the old ways. It is up to us to breath new life into them. And, some would say, our age of high tech is seriously calling out for the old ways to co-mingle with the new.
As an autodidact, my interests focus in the arenas of Psychology, Religious/Spiritual Studies, Healing Arts, Esoteric Science and Yoga Philosophy. I have been a Body Worker for over 30 years, and have taught Yoga and Meditation since 2002. I’ve assisted many into their ‘death song’ as a death mid-wife/doula. I have also volunteered for many organizations, such as Hospice, The Shanti Project, Domestic Violence Shelters, and currently I volunteer with the national organization, Alternative to Violence Project, here in Colorado.
With great delight, during my 50’s, I completed two years at the College of Southern Idaho, graduating with honors. It was a wonderful way to give my intelligence a reason to celebrate! J And then, in 2018, after two decades of spiritual study and practice, through the Corelight Community, it became clear that the next step on my path was to become an Ordained Minister. For years I had prepared, for months I had been called, for the Ceremony I was ready. As a result, I also offer my services as Spiritual Counselor.