I grew up in northern Ohio, USA in a rural community of corn fields and middle class families. My early adult years provided many changes, many ‘lifetimes’ in this one incarnation, as I moved though various passages of time and experience. For many years I worked on-camera, doing print ads, commercials, training films and voice-overs for radio and TV.
During this time Jimmy, my then husband, and I became increasingly obsessed with our spiritual path, leaving no stones unturned in our search for higher consciousness. On a whim, I purchased the book by Michael Roads, “Talking with Nature”, which spoke directly into my heart. I felt like I knew the author – I so deeply related to his unique, humble writing style.
In 1992 a mutual friend introduced Jimmy and I to Michael and his now late wife, Treenie, while Michael was in Ohio presenting evening talks. This was the beginning of a very deep and lasting friendship with the four of us, and we became Michael’s seminar organisers in America for the next 15 years.
I’ll fast forward to the mid-2000s, when after 26 years, Jimmy and I separated. After all the years of spiritual searching, none of it did the slightest bit of good in offering me an escape from my anguish, desperation and crippling fear. I begged for help from God and every ascended Being I could think of, as I was at the very lowest point of my life. And then . . . I had the most extraordinary experience. In a moment of grace, I felt as if I was falling backwards, detaching from all thought and emotion and found myself in this ‘space’ of pure peace and freedom, with a divine revelation of clarity that forever changed my life. Under my broken heart, I found the part of me that never breaks. In the ’twinkling of an eye’, I was ‘Home’.
A year later, on the first morning of our USA Retreat in 2006, Treenie died very suddenly with an abdominal aneurysm. Over the next year, the trauma of this experience catapulted Michael into another huge leap in consciousness, into the experience of Unconditional Love. For us both, our suffering became our healing.