MY STORY, AS TOLD BY ME
If there were a female version of me, it would probably be Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Curious, imaginative, independent, and always a book in hand!
Some of the words that others have used to describe me include playful, surprising, funny, imaginative, explorative, brave, global, independent, warm, charming, and flirtatious.
But let’s step back for a moment and take a closer look at just where I came from and how I got to where I am today. It’s a long story, so I’ll give you the quick cliff notes version.
Due to a stroke my mother had at a very young age, I lived with my great-grandmother. Living with her meant growing up in an abusive and dysfunctional environment. To escape the abuse, I spent most of my time either at Church praying, being creative by participating in after-school plays and musicals, or hibernating in my room lost in my own fantasy world. Back then, my life revolved around role-playing games, fantasy fiction, and doing my best to avoid the spirits that were in my great-grandmother’s haunted house.
I guess some things never change…..
I don’t know how old I was when my great-grandmother took me aside and told me about my family’s history. If I had to guess, I would say probably 10 or 11. Regardless, she was very adamant that her side of the family dabbled in “witchcraft” and that the “shadow people” were out to get her. She warned me always to avoid occult subjects and not dabble in that which human beings were never meant to understand. I knew her real motives. I understood that she was upset with me because I took myself daily to the library and read whatever I could get my hands on. Many books included occult, religious, and paranormal subject matter. I know she thought she was trying to save my soul.
What she didn’t know was that I had personally experienced, heard, and saw many strange phenomena and paranormal events while living and growing up in her house. So while she may have been trying to save my soul, what really happened was she unintentionally planted a seed within me to explore more than my birth religion of Catholicism.
It would take a Catholic Priest, many years later, in my early days of seminary school to finally encourage me to explore as many religions as possible. Had it not been for him, I would probably be a Roman Catholic Priest right now, and what I would be writing would likely be my next Sunday Sermon. Needless to say, I took his advice, and in my exploration of different spiritual belief systems, lo and behold, I discovered that Catholicism was not the path that spoke best to me.
My path was the path of the spiritual eclectic. In case you were unaware, a spiritual eclectic incorporates a variety of beliefs and practices into their worldview. The religious paths I ended up being most drawn to included Paganism, Wicca, New Thought, Shamanism, Spiritualism, New Age, and Ceremonial Magick. I did study many other paths, including Evangelical Christianity (in which I was also a minister, but that’s a whole other story), Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. While they were all fascinating, and I took something valuable from them, they were not my primary path.
Academically I hold a Bachelor’s in the Psychology of Human Behavior and a Master’s in Metaphysics. I am a certified spiritual mind practitioner and an ordained metaphysical minister. I also hold certificates in life coaching, spiritual counseling, NLP, feng shui, advanced psychic development, astrology, tarot, numerology, kabbalah pathworking, advanced mediumship, Reiki, and Shamanism. I am further certified as a teacher of advanced psychic development and spirit communication.
I have had the blessed and great pleasure of belonging to several occult organizations and have learned something from each of them. From the Free Masons and Rosicrucians to the Astarians and two Wiccan Covens, each has helped solidify my knowledge and understanding of the mystical and arcane arts. Likewise, I have had several mentors who have worked with me over the years and two exceptional ones, who asked to remain unnamed, that I still currently work with from time to time.
I will be the first to admit that I don’t know everything, but I know a great deal about the subject matter that I have now spent 23 years being involved in professionally. A profession that has given me the pleasure of working with people from all over the world and with many different backgrounds.
I have written various articles that have appeared in both print magazines and throughout the internet world. I also have three books to my name – Improve Your Intuition, Psychic Self Defense and Protection, and Miracle of the Angels.
Please note that I am always happy to work with you. It doesn’t matter what your background or spiritual belief system is. I work with all socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, races, sexual orientations, religions, and lifestyles.
ANSWERING 10 RANDOM GETTING TO KNOW YOU QUESTIONS
Q1: What’s Your Favorite Scents?
A: Lavender, Cedar, Pine, Amber, and Song of India Incense
Q2: Celebrity Crush?
A: Scarlett Johansson and Emma Watson
Q3: Favorite color?
A: Red and Black
Q4: Do You Know Your Star Sign?
A: What? You haven’t figured it out yet? I’m a Scorpio.
Q5: Biggest Regret?
A: Skipping my American Musical and Dramatic Academy audition.
Q6: What music do you listen to the most?
A: It’ll make me look old, but I’m going to say it anyway! Big Band and 1940s/50s Lounge Music.
Q7: Do you collect anything?
A: Japanese Computer Games, Choose Your Own Adventure Books, Lone Wolf Books, and Arkham Horror Boardgames.
Q8: What are your Current Favorite TV Shows?
A: Ink Master, Cutthroat Kitchen, House Hunters International, Bridgerton, The Man in the High Castle, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed (old version), and Firefly
Q9: What Are You Currently Reading?
A: City Magick by Christopher Penczak
Q10: What is your favorite alcoholic drink?
A: White Russian
A Few of My Favorite Things….
I met my wife at a psychic retreat in 2003. In 2010 we got married and have been on one of the greatest adventures of both of our lives ever since. She’s an elementary teacher who grew up and lived a lot of her life in Orlando, Florida. Though we don’t share all the same interests, we do share a love for traveling and enjoy getting away when we can.
My wife and I were unable to have children so we got involved in hosting foreign exchange students. In doing so, we have gained three amazing and beautiful “daughters” and they have gained an American family.
I like both cats and dogs, I just happen to have two bonded cats in my life right now. Freddy is a lover, not a fighter. Sadie is a princess who already thinks she’s the Queen of the castle. They fight all the time, but can’t stand to be apart from each other.
My favorite fictional character has to be The Phantom from Phantom of the Opera. I see in the Phantom creative genius and a longing just to be loved and accepted. I see what ultimately ends up being a good heart of a human being who was misunderstood and ridiculed the majority of his life.
My dream destination has always been Japan. I know someday I will make it there. I wish I could explain why I have such an obsession with all things Japanese. Maybe it was a past life? Whatever it is, I find myself drawn to the culture again and again.
There was one thing I hated about living in Florida that I just couldn’t get over. No “real” seasons. At least, not in the way I love. To me, autumn involves cooler air, the smell of bonfires, the changing of leaves, the sound and feel of fallen leaves as you walk, and the scent of cinnamon and pumpkins. *insert happy sigh*
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