What was it that first called you to train as a OneSpirit interfaith minister?
The undisguised joy and vibrancy I experienced as a small child within ceremonies and fiestas in South America, sang in my Heart. I loved how Indigenous and Christian practices interwove. Everyone was welcome and so alive, regardless of life’s hardships. It was life-enhancing. The smells, sounds, colours, dancing, singing are imprinted in my field. These experiences are reminders of our essential interconnectedness and the synergy within all genuine wisdom teachings. They have nourished me through life’s highs and lows; a career in sport and the arts; beginning a holistic counselling practice in 1996 and facilitating circles, ancestral healing and seasonal celebrations over the years. When Robert Holden mentioned the training, I felt an immediate ‘Yes!’ And together with my partner, we signed up!
In which year were you ordained? 2003
What is your minister’s vow, and your relationship to it?
The essence lives within the vibration of my name, ‘Shianna’: “bringer of Light, sower of seeds”, and manifests through the vibration of ‘Ravenlaw’: “shapeshifter, medicine woman”.
What was the most important thing that changed in your life as a result of the training?
Expanding inner resources to co-create life-enhancing ceremony for our journey round the wheel of life.
How does your ministry or your life’s purpose manifest in the world now?
I am here to have fun fully incarnating, letting go karmic patterns and subconscious programming. And I am here to support others who wish to do the same, be it through holding sacred space with counselling, supervision, matrix re-imprinting, ceremony, supporting a friend and her young child, or smiling with ‘strangers’.
What main sources of inspiration or guidance do you draw on for your continuing spiritual journey?
The work of Bruce Lipton, bridging science and spirituality; poetry; First Nation wisdom and practices; Nature; ‘The Radiance Sutras’; David Michie’s The Dalai Lama's Cat: Buddhist teachings written with wonderful humour; Sue Ravenlaw; chanting/singing; dancing and daily Tai Chi, Yoga, Energy Medicine and meditation.
Where is your ‘edge’ currently — what most challenges you on your path?
When fear arises, activating tools for equanimity truly helps: (a) Remembering impermanence … ‘this, too, shall pass’; (b) Changing what I can, letting go what I can’t; (c) Not judging a situation, however ‘bad’ it seems; and (d) ‘No swamp, no lotus’: remembering that deep down, under the surface, all is well.
How do you envision your ministry developing in future?
As the Great Mystery reveals…