Welcome to the earth’s imagination…
I set up this site to share my passion and musings on our capacity to dream a new world into being, one that will sustain our childrens’ children 10,000 years from now.
As a child I believed that I didn’t have an imagination. As a teenager someone once told me they thought I didn’t have a personality. I have spent many years engaged in my own emergent process grappling with what it means to express my humanness in this lifetime on the earth. I am developing an appreciation that my task is to align with the evolutionary dynamics of the universe, to be the fullest expression of the earth’s creative imagination. Brian Swimme captured this in his work on the universe story of the Earth’s Imagination, so I owe this expression to him.
Unfolding the earth’s imagination seems to capture for me at this time my task and that of all of us seeking to author the new story of the universe based on what we now know in the last two hundred years of science, and what we have known for millennia from our ancestors through the precious ancient wisdom of indigenous peoples. The offerings of earth’s imagination are dedicated to this unfolding.
I have loved working with people over the last 20 years and seeing them step into their potential. I’ve spent most of my life trying to figure out how to live authentically in this world, how to have the courage of my idiosyncrasies (Brian Thorne), how to unfold my deepest self. What I’ve learned is that my task is to express who I am as fully as possible, not to communicate or to help anyone, but just in order to be fully myself, and that this is what enables others to be fully themselves in response. So I don’t have to be this way or that way to please anyone, I have to be me and then people know what they are dealing with and can choose to travel with me or not. Its much less tiring than my old patterns of trying to please all of the people all of the time…
I’ve spent the last 20 years on a personal and professional journey exploring what helps and hinders our capacity to be fully ourselves in the world. I worked for many years in social housing. I then found my way into training at PCAI International. I taught in universities as well as working in private practice as a psychotherapist and supervisor. In 2000 I helped to set up and direct a Masters degree in Psychotherapy at Leeds Metropolitan University, retiring in 2008.
For the last 10 years I have been exploring various spiritual paths, looking for a spiritual home in these apparently secular times. I have taken many a winding route, as is so often the case. In 2004 I was introduced to the work of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Shambhala teachings from Tibetan Buddhism. I completed the basic trainings in Dublin and then completed a months retreat in 2005 with Trungpa’s son and lineage holder Sakyong Mipham at Shambhala Mountain Centre, Colorado.
I feel fortunate to have ‘stumbled upon’ the ancient wisdom traditions of the Peruvian peoples and their unbroken lineage of working with the living energy. In 2006-9 I trained in Healing the Light Body with Alberto Villoldo and the Four Winds Society and subsequently with Peruvian shaman masters Jose Luis Herreras and Don Juan Nunez del Prado.
In 2008 I trained with Ian White in Bush Flower Essences and then stumbled upon the work of Genpo Roshi and Big Mind and did some workshops with him.
In 2010 I was fortunate to do a weeks retreat with Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.
I also completed a workshop with the great MBSR founder and teacher John Kabat-Zinn.
In 2013 I did a one week zen retreat with Stephen and Martine Bachelor and a training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with John Teasdale and Christina Feldman, all at Gaia House in Devon.
For the last 2 years I have been working with Thomas Hubl, an Austrian spiritual teacher.
My work now is with individuals to accompany people as a soul friend, a signposter, to befriend the truth of who we really are.