What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister? I’d been living in Hong Kong for about 7 years, after having lived in Findhorn. I felt the need again for more spiritual nourishment, and was drawn to both the community of Auroville in India, and the Interfaith Seminary (as it was called). I went to India and realised unexpectedly that my path was to re-engage with my western side (having been born in Asia). Whist this delayed my Seminary start by a year, it enabled me to come fully committed. Alongside this, I was the moderator of the Hong Kong Interfaith Network, and was deeply inspired by the embodied service of my clergy colleagues — the way they would pray for those of us suffering, and support congregants and others who were ill or had family who’d passed on. And I was impressed by those I knew at Findhorn who had done the training and how it had touched them.
In which year were you ordained? 2008
What is your minister’s vow, and your relationship to it?
I love fully and serve God. To be honest, I had to look it up for this piece. The spirit behind my vow — that of devotion to God — has stayed alive; and forgetting it is a reflection of having been at times a little lost from the depths of that aspiration. It’s good to say it aloud again!
What was the most important thing that changed in your life as a result of the training?
The world of rituals and ceremony has opened up for me. I have a love of rites of passage and rituals now. My natural sense of devotion has a larger box to express itself through, called being an ‘interfaith minister’.
How does your ministry or your life’s purpose manifest in the world now?
On a formal level, it has mainly been through weddings, with some funerals. On a deeper dreaming level, I am still searching for my note to sound more fully (and will it not always be thus?). Small things can touch me in my life, and I aspire to feel God in all that I do. I’m writing my thesis for my psychotherapy training on ‘God and Therapy’, and my impulse is to marry the deep joy - ananda - I had in the Seminary, with Process Work psychotherapy.
What main sources of inspiration or guidance do you draw on for your continuing spiritual journey?
Wilderness feeds me with an energy which is palpable. I’ve become fascinated by dreams and try to live them in my waking life (or is it the other way around? Dreams can be more real than ‘reality’ sometimes). I am learning to live the meanings that dreams give me.
Where is your ‘edge’ currently — what most challenges you on your path?
My edge is the Process Work psychotherapy because it is such a rigorous training. Working with my inner critic and noticing where i can improve is a continual edge. When I’m on and over my edge, there is this feeling of being opened to the new, and to Love and to God. And finding and living my deepest calling, is also an edge that I continually grapple with.
How do you envision your ministry developing in future?
I love it when I combine all parts of myself. Last year I created pre-marriage counselling sessions for couples, where i combined my therapy and ministry trainings. I’d love to find more new expressions like that, which emerge from my deepest self.