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Antoinette Doocey

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What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister?

For me it was literally an answer to prayer. I had been searching for a ‘framework’ within which to live my life where I felt connected to Spirit in all aspects of daily living, and not just in daily practice or certain events/moments. At the end of a spiritual retreat in 2015, having prayed silently for an ‘audible tangible life direction’, the facilitator suddenly recommended the OneSpirit training to me.

In which year were you ordained?      2017

What is your minister’s vow, and your relationship to it?

My vow is very succinct and is rooted in seeing the Divine in all, and in being of service where I might best serve. I relate completely with my vow and just recently realized that it is not ‘new’ – that it reflects my life so far.

What was the most important thing that changed in your life as a result of the training?

I now understand the power of compassion for oneself.

How does your ministry or your life’s purpose manifest in the world now?

I feel that I am living a more integrated life in my greater awareness of the presence of Spirit at all times and in every interaction. I now work more openly with people in regard to the spiritual dimensions of their life and experience; and also in creating capacity for ‘presencing’, when working with clients in both their personal life roles or as leaders of large corporate organisations. I am embracing ceremony as a minister in the areas of Dying Well (family ceremony for the dying), reconciliation, funerals and weddings.

What main sources of inspiration or guidance do you draw on for your continuing spiritual journey?

My greatest joy is in waking up to ‘another day’. My daily spiritual practice is very important to me. I have a great love of reading and reflective practice. I incorporate favourite practices from a number of traditions, e.g. Celtic spiritual, Kabbalah, Christian, the Essenes, in meditation and body prayer movements. As a life-long learner I am undertaking further study on the essence and experience of ‘service’ in a range of service sectors and in daily life. My greatest inspiration is in sharing the experiences of people I work with, and people I am in relationship with as friends, family and community, and with fellow ministers.

Where is your ‘edge’ currently — what most challenges you on your path?

Over-commitment is an on-and-off struggle for me, and I try to be vigilant in this regard.

How do you envision your ministry developing in future?

I am privileged to have been recently appointed as a Trustee for OneSpirit Interfaith Foundation, and view this as an important opportunity to serve. As a student in the Mystery & Mastery postgraduate programme, I would hope that my ministry will unfold in congruence with my own personal and spiritual unfolding, forming and reforming in accordance with my emerging focus on service.