About Chandra

(pronounced like Channing)

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Chandra, WildClover.org

This “About Me” goes beyond the usual quick bio about being a writer, editor, artist/poet, dream work facilitator, or sustainable living advocate.

The creative spiritual support services provide my expertise as a holistic spiritual care mentor and practitioner.

I take the role and your trust seriously, and wish to provide transparency, since most sessions take place virtually. This page will allow you to get to know me, in some sense, and some of my background, experience, and ethical framework.

My Foundation

My experience as a professional holistic spiritual practitioner began in 2003, providing spiritual care and intuitive guidance.  I was fortunate to receive exceptional mentoring from various adults in my childhood and adolescence, which allowed me to utilize spiritual and creative tools that supported my healing journey dynamically.  By the age of 13, my most important and long-term activities began:  photography, drawing, spirituality, meditation, writing, and dream journaling.

Over time, and now in midlife, I recognize my innate gifts and skills allow me to help others to get unstuck, to move and shift energy, and inspire new understanding. Themes of grief, personal transformation, beginnings, big changes, and personal growth, spiritual and creative wellness tools are aspects I specialize in.  In being an artist/poet, writer, and intuitive, I am able to tune in and let the egoic mind step aside (while doing spiritual/creative work). This allows creativity, sacred imagination, inner knowing, and intuition to flow.  At the same time, I equally value and employ critical thinking and logic.

From the time I was old enough to talk, I was different.

Around the age of two or three I spoke my first full sentence, and it was: “Where are my other parents?”  I then proceeded to provide my family with exacting details and full names of people from some other era and culture, far beyond what I should have been capable of saying or knowing.  This was my first time having a conversation with my family, in the 70s, and at a time when many things were not commonly known or recognized, including children with “other life” memories.  In those early years I had more other life memories that arose, which I shared with family members in the moment.  This was both fascinating and unnerving to them.  From the time I was seven years old or so, I knew the memories might be genetic or spiritually inherited memory — and likely something we don’t completely understand.  At that age, I had a sense that people try to shape mystery around their own perceptions of reality, which isn’t accurate.  I have never had an attachment to “past life” dogma, and that remains true.  At the same time, I know there is much more going on than it appears, or that is generally accepted to be.

I have an open mind and know that symbolism and stories are key to our holistic wellness. Perhaps this is an artist’s perspective, and it is also a mystical one.  I am at home with both.  Because of my natural affinity for symbols, poetry, and dreams, I have found and find the teachings of Joseph Campbell and the work of Carl Jung to be invaluable.

In addition to the academic, I feel it is important to note a dynamic from my personal story in order to highlight a mental and spiritual crisis born of our age, which needs more attention.

I was born not with a father, but by a man who was severely damaged by corruption, hate, and other distorted legacies of institutionalized systems — someone not capable of being a real father.  In fact, he was abusive, not only to himself in every way, but to everyone close to him as well.

Institutions Are Harmful To Children

By the age of seven, I had no father — he exited my life for good, and I was glad he was no longer in my life.  Even at an incredibly young age I recognized that something wasn’t right with him, and knew it was best to be permanently estranged.  Still, I grieved deeply at no presence of a father, and for what my father could have been.  He had many gifts and great potential, but no real sharing of them, only exploitation and abuse.  His life had begun in a state orphanage in the South in the late 1920s, to the age of nearly three, and then became part of an oppressive religious system within an adoptive family.  Just out of high school, he went into the military, and later served in the Korean War.  He also served as a border patrol officer. The underlying, hidden dynamic that shaped his life was a legacy of institutionalized, systemic discrimination, abuse, and hate — some of which he experienced (and later committed), and some of which he did not know about, yet were the reasons he ended up an orphan.  Those institutionalized systems which brought him up and shaped him, did not teach about compassion, healthy emotional processing and wellness, let alone meditation or ethical standards — nor do our schools do that now, for that matter.  The damage of traumas that too often go with institutions — as well as our corrupt, exploitation-based systems as a whole — have the capacity to create narcissists and sociopaths…and they are also systems in which psychopaths are naturally drawn, and can, in general, do well — often becoming leaders.

As a side-note to this:  I am greatly heartened and inspired to see that J.K. Rowling created a beautiful foundation called Lumos, which has a goal to keep children out of orphanages and institutions, also educating about the affects of an institutionalized childhood.

The Big Picture

What I witnessed, experienced, and later learned about my biological father is mirrored for me all the time in the corruption, hate, and crises of our society today — it is no different.  The big picture corruption is the same kind that creeps into homes and families.  It is with this deep understanding that I mindfully and purposefully live counter-culturally, and seek to be  support and voice for environment, animal and people rights — for compassion, equity/equality, holistic wellness and healing, ethical and creative approaches, personal responsibility, a birthright connection to the sacred, and educating about resources and helpful tools for wellness, lifestyle, and spirituality.

I was exceptionally lucky to have powerful, loving mentors throughout my youth and young adult life, and a brave, resilient single parent mother — who provided me with guidance, friendship, and tools for wellness and spiritual development that have served me well.  The life mentors and mother (and later in life — great friends and colleagues), were also the ones who recognized and encouraged my skills and natural gifts of empathy, intuition, artistry, creativity, spiritual knowing, and presence.

My father-in-law described me as “a spiritual nurse”, which I greatly appreciated from a man who was a dedicated teacher, artist, naturalist, ethical hunter, and storyteller. He was a beloved father figure in my life for about 5 years — someone who recognized my gifts and supported me with kindness and enthusiasm, as I became wife to his son, and a mother for the first time. When I think of him, I realize how life provided the energy of a kind and good father through him and two other men, at different times in my life.  At the same time, in my adulthood, I have dedicated myself to bringing greater wellness to my own inner child and heart, with via sacred imagination, archetypes, and inner knowing.  That has been powerfully good too.

By living into the gifts, process, pain, grief, joy, and challenges of my life, and through disciplining myself with formal education and independent research and studies; my own personal alchemy of creative and spiritual services emerged.

Past Experience And Roles

Professionally, in addition to the roles and services present on this website, I have served as:  a wedding celebrant, funeral officiant, hospital chaplain in-training (two units of CPE completed between 2005-07); hospitality volunteer at a spirituality center, at-risk youth volunteer (AmeriCorps service, two years, 1999/01); homeless lodge caregiver (during college years); advocate for immigrant women and children leaving domestic abuse (internship for BA); childcare provider, certified Usui Reiki practitioner since 2003 and teacher since 2006; breath work advocate, artist, mother, activist, environmentalist, human rights advocate, and freelance professional.

I have a BA degree in Ministry (spiritual care and leadership based in religion) and Studio Art (1996/99); a Master’s of Arts degree in Servant (ethical) Leadership from Viterbo University (2006); and an ongoing dedication to research and ethics in leadership, lifestyle, spirituality and culture.  I am rooted in critical thinking and creativity.

Spirituality, for me, is mystical, universal, esoteric, concrete and symbolic, practical, ordinary and miraculous, connected to nature and the body, and outside of institutions and dogma.

Working With You

I step into and utilize my power mindfully, and wish to empower you to do so, in your own authentic way, as well.  In facing the many urgent crises before us, in our country and world — being able to provide creative/spiritual tools of empowerment with and for others is a joy.

I am especially interested in serving and working with those who wish to get unstuck, those who actively seek their best potential, and those who wish to live counter-culturally.  I wish to work with those who seek to facilitate healthy ways for themselves and others, and help create humane, equity-based currencies, services, products, and systems for a better future for themselves and others, with all life and a viable future in mind and at heart.

Uplifting Perseverance

For those who are heartbroken by all the destruction, loss, and hate — please keep speaking up, acting, persisting, and being true to who you are for as long as you live and breath.  Please continue standing up for love, equity/equality, and an inclusive, healthy future for the planet, elements, ecosystems, communities, people, and all beings.  Invest in your dreams, in your health, self-care, and the many real healthy, viable choices and options that do exist right now, as we speak.

I would be honored if you would allow me to support, encourage, and provide you with my services — which hopefully enrich, affirm, and empower your path in this life. You are needed, loved, and you are here for a reason!

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CS Sherin, WildClover.org, updated March 2019©