What is your spiritual background?

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I was baptized Episcopalian as a baby and never once taken to church. I grew up in Northern California in the 70s at the height of my parents’ generation’s resistance to the establishment, including traditional religion. I was exposed to what interested my parents: the Tarot, Buddhism, Native American ceremony, reverence of nature, Aikido and Jungian psycho-spirituality.

On my own I dedicated my life to faith in the unseen world, such as the spirit that lives within every carnal body and connects us. I developed my ‘psychic ability’ through two intense years of study and guided practice. I came, through a near-death experience, to understand emphatically that death is not the end, and that the afterlife is a place of vast peace.

I have been heavily influenced, at different junctures, by Thich Nhat Hanh, Krishna Das and the Order of Franciscan Monks. I have practiced ashtanga yoga and kirtan and been a Waldorf teacher. In recent years I have been in 12 Step recovery, which is considered a spiritual program.

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