What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister?
As a corporate trainer, I felt that spirituality was missing from my work. I wanted to learn more about the major faiths, apply it all on a deeper level, and find a more meaningful way of working and being in the world. Something was calling me to step up, to serve and honour relationships with myself, others and Spirit more.
In which year were you ordained? 2002
What is your minister’s vow, and your relationship to it?
‘Beloved with your Presence, Grace and Love filling and awakening the whole of my being, I commit to You, I surrender to You – here, now, today – and I willingly join in Your Miracles for myself and with all who come my way.’ I squirm with this vow because of the limitations of putting it into words. Even ‘You’, ‘I’ or ‘Beloved’ suggest separation. I am humbled by something that is ‘awesome’, interconnected, within and all around me. So, I bow to this commitment beyond words.
What was the most important thing that changed in your life as a result of the training?
My faith has gone through a massive transformation. I wouldn’t have missed this experience for the world! The biggest shift for me was when I was on the Faculty of the Interfaith Seminary for five years. Also, being a supervisor now is an ongoing revelatory journey because of the ripple effect that Faith, Trust, Compassion, Forgiveness and Love play in both my inner and outer relationships and work.
How does your ministry or your life’s purpose manifest in the world now?
Through leading funerals, baby namings, wedding blessings, spiritual counselling and supervision work. I count my blessings for the experience of it all. Whether I’m giving or receiving supervision, there is an attunement to something beyond just me and the individuals doing the work. Supervision helps to view relationships, myself and work from a wider perspective, reminding me to be more kind, spacious and lovingly aware.
What main sources of inspiration or guidance do you draw on for your continuing spiritual journey?
Daily, I sit, read, do my vow, reflect and walk in nature, drawing inspiration from many sources. There is no ‘one way’ that I choose to follow. I go where my heart leads.
Where is your ‘edge’ currently — what most challenges you on your path?
The judgement hooks of ‘wrong’, ‘bad’, ‘not good enough’, and ‘nothing’, still arise. Self-criticism is a handy distraction from me being fully present. The more I spot these voices, the more I can laugh at life and welcome them into the world of stillness, understanding, compassion and love.
How do you envision your ministry developing in future?
I can say hand-on-heart that I’ve enjoyed the journey so far and am excited, committed and willing to be with whatever evolves next. I live with the mystery and mastery of it all, as it unfolds.