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Janey Verney

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What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? Meeting others who had done the training.

In which year were you ordained?    2014

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

“Great Spirit, I am your love, I surrender to your grace, I commit to walk your path”. For my ordination I had three rings made, each with one key word — love, surrender, commitment. I say my vow every morning when I put them on. It’s an essential moment reminding me of who I am, in calm connection with the Divine. My vow anchors me when I get stressed.

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

Putting my connection with Spirit and my spiritual practice at the centre of my life.

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

I paint pictures inspired by my spiritual guidance and the land, and I love leading occasional bespoke ceremonies — baby namings, weddings and funerals — and also marking points of focus, growth, healing or celebration in people’s lives. What excites me most now is my on-going training with Didier Danthois (also an interfaith minister) as a sacred clown. This is a demanding discipline of meditation and bodywork, in order to be present as the mime clown, with a group, or one-to-one, opening my heart, and holding/allowing space for the humorous, healing and unexpected to arise. I have given some performances, and my spiritual counselling is morphing into “clownselling”. This is new work that I am enjoying exploring and developing — stepping from counselling on into wordless movement interacting with the benign sacred clown .

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

My shamanic spirit teachers, meditation, the land, people — my longstanding local shamanic circle of peers, my Mystery & Mastery Community of OneSpirit ministers, friends old and new, all sorts of serendipity with people I meet off and on-line. Also, wise poetry and other writing, art and music.

Pictured: One of Janey's paintings, The Song of Connection.

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

Trusting that I am enough; standing back from things I can’t fix; stepping up to what I can do; taking enough quiet time….

How do you envision your ministry developing in future?

Since ordination, my paintings and ceremonies have gained clarity and simplicity alongside the sacred clowning. They all come from the same surrender to the Divine. This process is often surprising and challenging. I don’t know where sharing this truth with others will lead me. And I just wrote (a typing mistake), ‘being present with the inknown‘… I’ll leave it at that.