Nichola ‘Nirmala devi maa'
Sixty-six 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 is, “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 some point in your life, you 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 found that underneath of these expressions is a more subtle longing to touch the source of CREATION ~ to touch SPIRIT. To be CREATION 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.
I continue to explore alignment between my outer self and my inner Spirit. For now, this process is being exposed through study and sadhana in India and teaching in the US. I am filling the vessel that I am with wisdom, emanating from thousands-year-old Vedic teachings. These texts, and chants infuse me with mystery and the desire to touch the infinite nature that I am.