I have been on a spiritual path ever since I can remember. Since retiring from full time work 8 years ago I have been able to fully embrace my spiritual interests, writing my book and teaching introductory and advanced tarot classes. I’ve been invited to speak at events in Melbourne including at the Tarot Guild, the Theosophical Society and the Victorian Spiritualist Union, where I will be speaking again next February 2021, (Covid normal permitting). I read regularly at psychic events in Melbourne (although this has paused due to Covid restrictions).
After studying tarot and reading the cards for many years I became a professional reader when I retired from paid work. Then, four years ago I began training in shamanic practice, completing a 3-year course of study in Celtic Shamanism with the Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies, a school based in the UK.
In my early twenties I travelled extensively and developed an interest in mysticism and the spiritual practices of other cultures, which inspired me to complete a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology at the University of Hawaii. In my last year of study I visited the university’s careers counsellor who advised me that I should develop my psychic abilities! Unexpected advice which I did not heed at that time, intuitively wary of exploring a path that I then felt unequipped to handle. But it was then that I was exposed to the teachings of Buddhism and meditation, which became a constant in my life.
I chose an academic path over psychic development and completed a PhD about women and the transformation of self at Monash University. But my interest was always about the workings of spiritual energy in our lives. For my PhD I interviewed 50 women about their inner journeys to find a sense of themselves that felt authentic and empowered and how they overcame challenges and limitations to do so. Their stories are included in my book.
It was during this time that I worked as a lecturer in gender and family studies and completed the Lifeline telephone counselling training course. This led to a career in the child and family support sector. As a practitioner, researcher and workshop facilitator working with adults and children with a range of issues, I learned first hand about the effects of trauma, abuse and the ‘loss of self’ on the human psyche, experiences at the root of all human problems to a greater or lesser degree. During these years I continued to develop my tarot reading skills. I also discovered the healing qualities of essential oils and became a qualified aromatherapist, but my spiritual development often took a back seat to the demands of paid work.
About ten years ago, following a pilgrimage to the clear mountain air of the Himalayas, I was drawn back onto a path that led me to expand my own intuition and fully embrace the challenge of my university counsellor years earlier. Through tarot, essential oils, meditation, psychic development circles, reiki and shamanic practice I have opened the door that has connected me with a higher calling that has become my life’s purpose.
I greatly value the accumulation of skills and experience during my working years and gained a realistic understanding of how to help people find practical and meaningful answers to their problems. I learned how to work in an empathetic, supportive and non-judgmental way with clients who come for a reading today. My spiritual training also informs my readings by showing people how to reclaim parts of their soul that were lost through trauma or inattention. They find ways to connect with their higher spiritual energies, their ‘true selves’ which are often overwhelmed by the pressures of our modern lives, to find healing and wholeness again.
- Certificate of Completion, Levels 1, 2 and 3 (not a qualification yet) in Celtic and Ancestral Shamanism with the Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies, UK
- Professional Member, Tarot Guild of Australia
- Clinical Aromatherapist, Institute of Spiritual Healing and Aromatherapy
- PhD Monash University. Women, Ageing and Identity
- Bachelors Degree in Anthropology from University of Hawaii
- Lifeline Telephone Counselling Training Course