WELCOME TO CAROL'S NEW ONLINE HOME...
STRONG OAK SPIRIT
A Word from Carol:
WHY THE CHANGE FROM THE TENDER JOURNEY TO STRONG OAK SPIRIT?
The simple explanation is that my work and passion have simply outgrown the previous name for the place that felt like home to me when I began this seven years ago.
My journey began to focus on other aspects of spirituality and one thing seemed absolutely clear. What I was experiencing in this Tender Journey was the unfailing strength of Spirit--the Spirit of the Universe, Great Creator, Grandmother, and Pachamama, Mother Earth herself and the spirit of the Tree of Life--the Strong Oak. The other unfailing strength (although I did not always see it at the time) was the strength of my inner spirit--that spark of Spirit itself. And so, The Tender Journey became Strong Oak Spirit and now I am now here in this very new, yet very old place. And, I'm very glad you are here with me to travel our journeys together.
Thank you to so many of you who have been with me from the start, and to all of you who have joined us along the way, welcome.
Are you looking for someone who is a passionate listener and cares deeply about your soul journey? Carol has many gifts that she is able to offer as you grow and explore whatever path you are on and is available to become your anam cara... at any point along your journey...
According to the late Irish author John O'Donohue:
"A friend is a loved one who awakens your life
in order to free the wild possibilities within you..."
"...your anam cara, your soul friend, is the truest mirror to reflect your soul. The honesty and clarity of true friendship also brings out the real contour of your spirit."
What is an "Anam Cara"?
Carol is this kind of "Soul Friend". She is available to anyone who is seeking a special kind of listener to walk quietly along the woodland paths of their journey. A true anam cara merely reflects your own spirit journey. Carol is also available to offer meditations, rituals, and Shamanic journeys to assist people along the way.
Carol has studied many spiritual paths throughout her life from ordained mainstream minister through various methods of energy healing and finally into Celtic traditions and Celtic Shamanism. She is also a Reiki Master but uses several other methods of energy healing in both her work and personal spiritual practices. More importantly, she follows the ways of the Celtic Shamans. It is often believed that each Shaman has specific gifts that are given to them. For Carol, those gifts include healing, listening, and storytelling. She has developed over decades the ability to listen in a non-judgmental and unconditional way and she has encouraged many to find ways to explore and claim their own spiritual journey in a wholistic and authentic way. She encourages reflection, exploration, and celebration.
There are many ways Carol can serve as your anam cara so her website is eclectic, enabling you to visit and explore the various ways this could be valuable in your life. There are plenty of avenues--one-on-one or in community--for you to be involved. Most of all you are welcomed to the magical, mystical expansion of your journey however you define it--spiritual, multiple faith traditions, pagan or something else entirely. Please let Carol know how she can get to know you and welcome you to this ever-widening community, she and others call home.