*Creator of Roots and Branches--a Guide for Integrating Your Life Story
*Follower of the Shamanic Ways
I am so excited to welcome you to my new website. Although I have added a completely new aspect to my work, I continue to do my other work as well. I hope you will enjoy this expanded website as I embark on a new program which is based on the process that I used to write my own life story which was published in 2019. This is an opportunity for me to share what I learned when I undertook this life-changing opportunity and I am grateful to be able to add this element to my work.
I am a Wounded Healer who passionately explores the Roots & Branches of my own life story and encourages others to explore the Roots & Branches of theirs. I am a Storyteller, a Listener and a Guide. As an elder healer, I assist others as they discover how their spiritual and life experiences both inform and impact the Roots & Branches they experience in their unique life stories in wholeness and authenticity. Do not expect this to be a linear journey because our life spirals and weaves wonderful interconnections between our lived experiences, our spiritual explorations and our growth and change as people who seek authenticity. We need to reconnect with our authenticity and the world needs us to do so as well. Flowing from the roots through the trunk of our lives and into the branches brings the inner co-creation of a fully authentic life.
Roots & Branches
Our lives are complicated, meandering, and changing. The events and phases of our experiences, the integration of our spiritual and emotional pathways are always transcendent in nature and are waiting for us to follow our yearning for wholeness, coherence, and authenticity. As go-getters in the 21st Century we are often inclined to jump straight to the present-to what's next-when what might be helpful is for us to allow ourselves to re-explore the totality of our lives, seeing where one experience leads to another while all reside within a a spiraling and constantly changing psychological and spiritual context. It allows us to bring clarity to our unique tree of life that holds our psychological, physical, and spiritual paths. Using a special approach to the storytelling of your life I invite you to engage in this mystical (and magical) path that offers many ways for you to find increased clarity and step into the wholeness that is yours in your special journey. My personal journey gives me particular insight when working with those of you who experience depression, anxiety, or mental illness, but this is a process that will bring everyone who truly follows the pathway of exploration to increased clarity, understanding, and healing.
Of course, this process is modeled on a process in which I was engaged for over three years which eventually resulted in the publication of my memoir in 2019. My work continues to evolve and expands my passion for finding authenticity and clarity in my life story while helping others along the way do the same.
Are you interested in a program that
guides you through a process of finding not only the Roots and Branches in your life,
but also enables you to celebrate the wholeness and authenticity of your life experience by observing the interconnections between your spiritual growth and your lived story. Our stories weave a web of coherence and as we see the spiraling nature of life we come to a greater understanding of our journeys which prepares us for greater growth and transformation. See more
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Some of What You Will Find on the Website
For a very long time I labored under the notion that I had to be "spiritual" in all the ways that others described their spirituality. Later in life, I came to a place that has been increasingly important to my spiritual growth and expanding journey...
Roots and Branches
I have always been a storyteller. As a trainer and pastor, storytelling was one of my primary modes of verbal communication. After a life-altering experience in 2015, I began to expand those skills to include exploring the interweaving of spiritual and life experiences. After I recorded my own story, I turned that process into something....
Creativity is a vital part of exploring your roots and branches. On this page I've shared examples of both my original art and inspirational "memes" that I post on Social Media...
As I explored ways to understand the fullness of my own story I was drawn to Shamanism because Shamans and those who engage in Shamanic practices universally accept the belief that all beings, all of nature, all animals--everything is alive and filled with the Spirit of Life...
WHY I USE THE WORDS DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, AND MENTAL ILLNESS IN TELLING MY STORY
There are some spiritual leaders from all backgrounds who believe that being "spiritual" or experiencing energy healing, doing shadow work, or whatever practice in which one is engaged is incompatible with living with mental illness, depression, anxiety, or whatever one experiences. I do not. My lifelong struggle with mental illness is part of the wounding I bring to this process and I am passionate about talking about it and encouraging others to talk about their own experiences as well. Even those of you who have never experienced any of the above can benefit from observing and exploring yet another connection that contributes to healing and authenticity as you participate in a community of fellow and sister travelers. One more thing--there is still a great deal of stigma attached to all forms of mental and emotional struggles even in some spiritual communities. I hope that by embracing my wounding as a survivor of mental illness that I may contribute to the breaking down of that stigma.