How did you get interested in New Thought/Religious Science?
I grew up in the United Church of Christ and am an ordained healthcare minister with the Church of the Beatitudes here in Phoenix. As a progressive Christian faith, UCC dovetails the principles of New Thought perfectly. As a part of my education and service as a chaplain, I am required to continue my education and started attending Science of Mind daytime classes and a deep understanding of spiritual disciplines which is right in line with my philosophy and ministry. My interests as an ecumenical, interfaith chaplain focused on science and spirituality has found a home with the studies at Creative Living University.
Who are some of your most significant teachers/mentors?
My godfather, the Rev. Dr. Culver H. Nelson, founder of the Church of Beatitudes and many outreach ministries, has always taught New Thought and upon retirement taught biblical studies at Emerson Institute in Southern California. United Church of Christ and my entire religious background is open and affirming, ecumenical, interfaith. My hospice pastoral ministry has always been open to insights and interpretations of God revealed to us through walking the journey with others, different faiths and diverse cultures. During Clinical Pastoral Education Training at Claremont School of Theology, I studied with Howard Clinebell, Father of Pastoral Care, Dr. Andrew Weil in Tucson for 31/2 units of CPE and most recently Dr. Gladys McGarey MD, MDH, the mother of Holistic Medicine. Dr. Bobbie and I served as colleagues at Hospice of the Valley and Rev. Michelle is truly a Spiritual Mentor to me.
Do you have an area (such as health, prosperity, pets, etc.) that you are drawn to?
Some areas of passion and focus include Science and Spirituality and clinically proving the spiritual side of healthcare. As founder of the Therapeutic Harp Foundation a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity that delivers the power of live therapeutic harp music to over 20 major healthcare organizations, I am planning on completing my doctorate at CLU with a focus on clinical research. My vision is to illuminate, motivate and resonate balance, well being and LOVE in all areas of life and live life to its fullest while aging into health.
Do you prefer to work face-to-face, over the phone, or other ways?
I am comfortable working by phone or in person, in hospitals, hospice units and healthcare settings and am often brought in on critical cases that require the use of non-pharmaceutical, non-surgical energy to reduce pain and anxiety.
Are you a native of Arizona?
I am originally from Schenectady, NY where my father started his career with General Electric. We move to California twice and have been in Arizona for over 50 years. I am married to a Native Arizonan and our two children are proud fifth generation Arizonans.
Did you start in another religion?
I grew up at the Church of Beatitudes United Church of Christ and have been active in organized religion since I was 3 years old.
What is your greatest joy about being a Practitioner?
As a Chaplain, Spiritual Life Coach and mentor, it is my joy to be an instrument for the greater well being of those I serve. My greatest joy about being a Spiritual Life Coach is the gift of the shift that is felt when the spirit of LOVE and connection happens during Spiritual Mind Treatment!