Hi, I'm Akasha
Female / 60 / Married
Sun Sign: Gemini
Member Since: 25 Feb 2007
Last Login: 6 May 2011
Last Updated: 8 May 2010
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My conscious spiritual journey began at the age of 4, when despite being born into an agnostic household, I knew there was something "more". Since then life has led me along many paths in the quest to find my true reason for being here. These included a wide variety of people jobs ranging from music licensing, cleaning, selling encyclopaedias to senior human resources which I left when it no longer fitted with my personal values. For the past twenty seven years I have been a psychotherapist both in NHS, Corporate and Private Practice.
Then in 2004 after a life-changing "aha" experience, I entered an intense two year training with the Seminary of the London Interfaith Foundation and was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in July 2006. Since then my Ministry has included creating beautiful, personalised ceremonies (weddings, baby blessings, mixed-faith ceremonies, civil partnerships and funerals) for those who want a sacred spiritual element for the milestones of life, rather than something specifically religious (www.simplydivineceremonies.com).
My training also took my psychotherapy work to new levels. As part of putting something back, I am also a voluntary police chaplain, and voluntary chaplain/welfare officer for a local branch of the Royal British Legion.
And as I firmly believe............the journey continues!
PS: "Do I Kneel or Do I Bow?: What You Need to Know When Attending Religious Occasions" has just been published in the UK and US, by Kuperard, London. It's a multi-faith book covering 8 religions and is not only an easy to read guide if you are invited to be a guest at an unfamiliar faith ceremony, but full of additional information such as background/beliefs; sacred texts; places of worship; services; festivals and holy days together with how they are celebrated/commemorated, and a comprehensive guide to the ceremonies of birth, coming of age, marriage and death.
More About Me
Location: Calne, Wiltshire, England
Occupation: Interfaith Minister, Psychotherapist, Author, Speaker and Laughter Teacher
My Philosophy On Life: In brief: Don't judge the book by the cover; Do unto others........
My Interests: Everyday grounded spirituality.
My Inspirations: All the unsung angels who selflessly give their time and love to a variety of causes, and expect nothing back.
Music I Love: Really eclectic taste from Classical (love Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart and Albinoni) to Motown to Annie Lennox to Duffy. World Music, Buddha Bar, Cafe del Mar, Natasha Atlas. Sacred Chants. Barbra Steisand
Movies I Love: Patch Adams, Schindlers List, Baraka, Lost Horizon, Slumdog Millionnaire, Lord of the Rings, anything with Meryl Streep.
TV Shows I Love: Anything presented by Dan Cruickshank, Tony Robinson, Simon Schama, Dan Snow, Michael Woods, Rev.Peter Owen Jones, Mark Dowd. Costume drama (especially by the BBC - Lark Rise to Candleford, Cranford...), Eastenders and Coronation Street (great people progs), Vicar of Dibley, Shameless, Absolutely Fabulous.
Books I Love: By Caroline Myss, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Neale Donald Walsch, Gangaji, Gurumayi.
Places I Love: Tuscany, South West France, Greece, Sydney, Cornwall, Scottish Highlands, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Wiltshire.
Quotes I Love: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them" Mother Teresa.
"When you smash the jugs, the water is one" Rumi
"It's never too late to have a happy childhood" Me.
"If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow."
Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"There is a sixth sense, the natural religious sense, the sense of wonder."