It's been a couple of days since I've returned from my first week of school at Fellowships of the Spirit School of Spiritual Healing and Prophecy, a two-year seminary program that once completed, culminates with ordination: First Year Program and Second Year Program. I'm bursting with a joy that totally fills my heart due to not only being back in school (I've always loved school!), but actually studying something that is beyond exciting and so very personal to me. There were many things we learned which, in my opinionated opinion, should have been a requirement to be taught even as early as grade school...and yet none of this was ever taught during any of my early or later, formal years of schooling. Furthermore, I learned more about teaching during the less than two weeks of training at Fellowships (includes the two weekend prerequisites...Spiritual Insight Training 1 and 2...I took before officially entering seminary) than during the whole four years of my art education university degree that I began in the late '70s. Rather than pitifully lament that this schooling did not come earlier, I am forever grateful that it is finally happening NOW.
What follows will be a little taste of what I experienced. My emotions during the week ranged from awe...to laughter...to releasing and healing tears...to Aha! moments of the highest degree. As one of our teachers, Rev. Barbara Sanson, said, "This is BIG STUFF."
My class consists of 18 beautiful souls...two from Canada and the rest from various parts of the United States. There are two men with the remainder being women. There's a nice age range, with the youngest being in the 30's. The faculty includes two AMAZING co-directors, Rev. Elaine Thomas and Rev. Tom Cratsley. Additionally, two wonderful teachers, Sig Lonegren and Rev. Barbara Sanson taught us some of what they specialize in, each for two days. During most of the mornings I arrived early for a truly life-changing Kripalu yoga class with the kind and oh-so-talented Rev. Don Scott. Mentors, caring folks who have themselves graduated from the seminary, were also present and will help and assist us over the entirety of our 2-year program: Marie, Dave, Susan, (Angie will be joining us in December).
I have the good fortune to travel to and from school with Marie and Annie, both residing not too far from me...at least not by New England travel standards. We have a lot of laughs along the way.
I opted to stay at the Sunset View Guest House, run by Cindie and Don Scott. My roomie is Roberta, who is a true gift from heaven. Kitty-corner to our room is Jeff Dragon Star from Toronto, who I already consider a brother. One late evening at school, Mark Thomas, Rev. Elaine's husband, administered a version of the Keirsey Temperament Test. We found many of us had high intuitive numbers that put us in what Mark fondly called the "Ozone Ranger" category. Since I had the highest number in this category in our wing of the Sunset View, I was proudly named the Ozone Ranger Captain. I plan to live up to that name...lol.
So what did we do all week? We began each day with meditation. We learned about values from Rev. Tom Cratsley and worked with a partner determining our own personal values in different areas. We learned about Sacred Space, the differences between labrynths and mazes, and dowsing with rods and pendulums from Sig Lonegren. Plus, Sig instructed us in making a medicine wheel and took us to experience Lily Dale's own labrynth and medicine wheel. Sig's wife, gorgeous inside and out, Karin Schlüeter Lonegren, taught us via webcam because she was in Europe, wonderful techniques on healing. Rev. Barbara Sanson...perhaps the most amazing healer I have ever witnessed...also shared her healing techniques, and instructed us on using color and sound to inform and enhance our work. Mark Thomas continued the fascinating instruction begun in our Spiritual Insight prerequisite classes on NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) which helps us to accelerate our learning process, among many other things. NLP has been called "the new science of personal achievement." And finally, the incomparable Rev. Elaine Thomas gave us more fabulous techniques to help further our mediumship training. The week included much time for practicing what we learned. Plus, we were able to begin our year's worth of homework on each other: 70 readings and 70 healings. And let's not forget the absolutely delicious meals we were served daily!
Wow! What an unforgettable week! In a few weeks I'll be heading back to school for our December weekend of instruction. I cannot wait!
Wishing you all a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!