I am very passionate about protecting Earth's environment not just for humans but for ALL living creatures. At the same time, I feel a deep connection to the stars. Give me a slideshow of images from Hubble (especially when paired with some Jon Anderson and Vangelis music!) and just watch the waterworks! ;) I also began studying Tarot, Druidry/Paganism and other similar Earth-based spiritual paths just a few short years ago, in 2001 after wrestling deep and long with my worry about my father's reaction. The Call to honor the Goddess-Energy as well as the Father-God-Force came much earlier in 1997, but being the daughter of a Methodist minister made it a tad difficult to make an immediate transition. So I followed where my soul led...from James Redfield's "Celestine" series to "Conversations with God" (which REALLY helped me open up to my desire to heed the Divine Feminine!), to Sarah Ban Breathnach. and the list of sources goes on!
Your Teachers and/or Spiritual Sources of Inspiration
Of all the people in the world who I feel I want to call "Teacher" (whether or not I have met them in person!), the following fit that role for me, in more ways than I can count: 1) TIE: Jon Anderson (originally of Yes) and Vangelis. Jon and his gloriously celestial music and voice have let me know over and over that I am not the only one who feels the way I do about Mother Earth, and it was Jon who really relit my inner musical flame when I just about let it go out due to my longtime anger at my dad. Vangelis also helped in that relighting, as it was his collaborations with Jon that began the initial message to me that I am not alone...and that somehow "I'll Find My Way Home!" 2) Neale Donald Walsch 3) Nancy Nichols (deceased--she was a family friend and something of a mentor to me while I was in high school and college. She died after my junior year in college) 4) Thich Nat Hanh--his writings have been a source of deeper learning as I seek more emotional equilibrium within myself, learning to channel my deep passions. These are the top four I can name off the top of my head! There are many more, but I'd go a bit loopy trying to name them all.