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Nichola maa Life Doula

Sixty-eight and still morphing into who I am...I am spirit dancing in a body.

 

The question which has followed me for most of my lifetime...

“What is my truest purpose?”

For most of us, we have a deep-seated desire to expand into our highest calling or most authentic self. The journey is finding our way back to self. In this state, we naturally express our innate purpose. We have been pulled off-center by many distractions throughout life; family, society, fear, laziness; the list is endless.

 

At any point in your life, you may come face to face with an inherent desire to touch and express your most aligned potential. Many of us are raised to believe the strongest expression of self is an external manifestation. You may have succeeded in many  aspects of an external life and still have found that underneath of these expressions is a more subtle longing to touch the source of creation ~ to touch spirit. To co-create through spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is from this place of inquiry that I consciously began my journey. From study at a Christian seminary to an interfaith program in the early days of interfaith vernacular in the US; I found myself drawn to the exploration of Spirit.  I studied shamanism, Buddhism, family systems therapy, and Taoism alongside the more traditional monotheistic traditions. The more I explored, the more I felt the cauldron of possibility growing. And I wanted to share this pull.

 

In early 2000, I began teaching courses in diverse aspects of spirituality. Out of this longing, Spirit House was born. For ten years I, and an exquisite group of facilitators, shared the spiritual journey through a community called Spirit House. A place for gathering, challenging and expanding our individual and communal mindsets. Many fellow journeyers traveled with us down the rocky path of self-exploration and awareness.

 

Through the years, the most profound understanding I have imbibed is that everything in life is a teacher. That being said, I have had the profound gift of study with several living spiritual masters.  Bishop Bill Swing, former Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, supported and guided me during my seminary studies. He assisted me in bridging the traditional and the emerging practices within the Christian church.

 

Kensure Rinpoche, former Abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery India, has offered me his guidance and wisdom through hours of dialog. His laughter has taught me many lessons for holding life with a gentle grasp. Sally Kempton, in the short time I had with her, reinforced the study of mantra in my life.

 

Finally, in 2009 my guru, Sadhguru, entered my life in a colorful and intense manner.  It would be challenging to define his impact except to say he brought Devi to me. Devi, the embodiment of all of the aspects of the Divine Feminine, is my portal to expanding my perceptions of self. Never would I have imagined conducting rituals in a Hindu temple or returning to the art of study in my daily life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently I received a certificate in Somatic EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapy, which I integrate into my one-on-one sessions to support unraveling trauma.  I am currently deepening my spiritual journey into Egyptian ritual and technology while I continue to spend time in study and sadhana in India, teaching in the US, as well as travel around the world. These pieces of my life  contribute to my exploration into the web of our human-ness upon which we all reside. 

 

At this time, I am offering Somatic EMDR sessions, mentoring, crisis intervention, spiritual guidance as well as leadership in The Fragrance of JOY offerings.  Together we can untangle old patterns, and construct a plan for re-framing your life. I invite you to join me through a private session, hopping onto one of our weekly Fragrance of JOY Zoom calls or perusing my blog, podcast or photo gallery. Let's travel this journey to our infinite nature together.

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