When I was still in University back in the early 1980’s I woke, at 3:20 am from a dream that there was a fire at a particular intersection in downtown Edmonton where I lived at the time. I went back to sleep and then woke with the alarm sometime later. The news was on the radio and the first story I heard was that there had been a fire that started at 3:20 am at the same intersection that my dream had been about. That’s my first conscious memory of having intuitive capacity.
In the past 10 years in particular, but certainly long before that too, I’ve been working at integrating and using all the ways I have of knowing things, including intuitively. When I took a tea leaf reading workshop in late 2015, I knew I’d found the tool that would work for me to start doing intuitive readings to help people hear what’s in the field for them to know.
These days most people know me as a leading-edge event producer and project manager, and that’s still true. I’m a natural convener and organizer and it just seems to happen! And now, I’m an intuitive guide as well. I’ve been quietly working one to one with clients for over 20 years and I value the solid ground of practical coaching skill integrated with the beauty and depth of the mystical. Tea, for me, brings both forward.
Kashalya Milon – is someone you won’t find on Google. An elder, she works in the old way, quietly and under the radar. Her teachers include Ekhart Tolle, Joseph Campbell, shamen and an enlightened teacher in India. I’ve worked consistently and intensely with her for about 10 years. (read: more than a Masters Degree’s worth of time. I did the math one day!)
Cynthia Bourgeault – is the main teacher, author and retreat leader for The Contemplative Society who works deep in the contemplative and ancient wisdom traditions of Christianity. Her modern grounded work in this vein has helped me reframe much of my personal and genealogical spiritual background into something that makes broad sense to me. I’ve been working with her on and off for over 13 years.
Keith Clifford - has been my friend and husband in phases for over 35 years now. His understanding and capacity to hold space for my growth and let me hold space for his is unparalleled in my life. My gratitude and love for him as my beloved know no bounds.
Hannah Berry - is my, now adult, daughter. She is my teacher in the way only a child can be. Humility, patience, listening, service, boundaries and unconditional love are just a few of the teachings I've received in stages over the years with her.
Nicole Powell - taught me to read tea leaves. I'm forever in her debt for this gift.
Other teachers I’ve had the pleasure of working with or learning from in person:
Mark Lakeman – City Repair/Communitecture
Tad Hargrave – Marketing for Hippies
Alex Baisley – Big Dream Program
Brandy Gallagher – OUR Ecovillage
Carol McGrath – Herbalist
Sarah Modeste – Cowichan Nation Elder
Ethan Roland and Gregory Landua – permaculturists, authors of Regenerative Enterprise
Javan Bernakevitch – All Points Land Design and Permaculture BC
Andrew Weil – integrative physician
Charles Eisenstein – new economy
Stephen Jenkinson – Orphan Wisdom School
Edgar Mitchel – astronaut (6th to walk on the moon) and founder of IONS
--- and many others.
People whose work, usually books, has helped guide me, though I’ve not met them –
Robin Wall Kimmerer (Braiding Sweetgrass)
Richard Rohr (several books)
Thomas King (several books)
Martín Prectel (The Smell of Rain on Dust)
Richard Wagamese (several books)
Daniel Ladinsky (especially his translations of mystical poets)
A. H. Almaas (workshops and books)
Christiane Northrup (several books)
Rainier Maria Rilke
Thomas Moore (Original Self)
Wendell Berry (several books)
David Richo (books and recordings)
Starhawk (several books)
Otto Sharmer and co. (Theory U)
Jett Psarsis and Marlena Lyons (Undefended Love),
Paulo Coelho (several books)
Wab Kinew (The Reason You Walk)
---- and the list goes on!
Always move toward that which supports Life and Peace. That's my mission. I work on it every day. I work in service to clean water, healthy air, nourishing soil, intact stones, minerals that stay in the ground, cultural and language diversity, the ancestors, those to whom I will be an ancestor, robust relationships and all living things that depend entirely on these things we have in common. Trees, other plants and many many other forms of wildlife figured out how to live here on earth a long time before humans came into the picture. We'd do well to listen to their songs and hear what they are telling us.
The integration of the following is one way I think practically about this generations-long, nuanced and complex undertaking toward the regeneration of the elements of life on earth and peaceful relations. Sometimes I call it radical inclusion.
ecological - plants, creatures, natural elements
social - connections, community, generosity, inclusion
human - curiosity, love, wholeness, nuance
spiritual - interconnectedness, humility, inner capacities, wisdom
cultural - slowness, diversity, art, ancestry, depth
material - sustainable, essential/enough, non-extractive
financial - supports life, new economy, sacred, indigenous
experiential - intellectual, heart, mystical, embodied, skills, practice
This list flows from permaculture principles and practices, especially as described in Regenerative Enterprise by Ethan Roland and Gregory Landua.
Wisdom – To paraphrase Cynthia Bourgeault, wisdom is not about knowing more stuff, it’s about knowing with more of you. In the Wisdom Tradition the heart is an organ of perception, keeping us aligned with the vertical axis of timeless reality as we journey along the horizontal axis of our life.