(pronounced like Channing)
This “About Me” goes beyond the usual quick bio. The focus is for my consulting through Wild Clover Astrology and Practical & Intuitive Spiritual Care in particular. Each are aspects of my work and practice, which deserve a deeper explanation of where I am coming from. Wild Clover Astrology and Holistic Spiritual Care are the work of a spiritual practitioner, priestess, or spiritual midwife–whichever title you are comfortable with.
MY PERSONAL FOUNDATION
My experience as a holistic spiritual practitioner began in 2003. I have learned that my natural gifts and skills allow me to help others to get unstuck, to move and shift energy, and inspire new understanding. In being an artist, writer, empathic, and highly intuitive person, I am able to tune in and step aside to allow creativity and intuition to flow.
This may seem a random sharing, so know that it has purpose, and is relevant to this bio: I was born not with a father, but with a man who was severely damaged by corruption, hate, and other bad legacies of institutionalized systems–someone not capable of being a real father. By the age of 3, I began speaking in full sentences. My first words were: “Where are my other parents?” I then proceeded to provide my family with details and full names of people from some other era and culture, far beyond what I should have been capable of saying or knowing. Since it was the 1970s, this was not a common or known phenomenon. My family was unnerved and didn’t want to hear any more. They certainly didn’t write anything down. In those early years I had other past life memories beyond what I should have known or been able to talk about, though I always felt open to them being genetic or spiritually inherited memory, rather than an inflexible attachment to past life dogma. It seems that from the beginning, I was tuned into cosmic consciousness and knowing.
Meanwhile, my biological father was not good, as I said earlier, in fact he was abusive to not only himself in every way, but to everyone close to him as well. By age 7, I had no father–he exited my life for good. He was bad enough that 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. Still, I grieved deeply at no presence of a father. By the age of 8, another man stepped forward–someone who was not able to be my father, because he was a Catholic priest. He was also broken and wounded by the corruption and hate that is like a disease on this earth for too long, but he was not abusive at all. He functioned and loved enough to be able to be a father figure, and really present to me. At the same time, my natural gifts were developing: the inclination to walk with and comfort those in need, empathy, an innate passion for justice and activism, poetry, mysticism, and a creativity that flows easily. That priest was there for me through the rest of my childhood; with humor, creativity, radical compassion, and kindness. He was a loving and tragic being (alcoholic and then recovered), and I am deeply thankful for his courage. He saw who I was, even when I was only a kid. He actively and vocally encouraged my inner priestess to become concrete and active in this world, as he lived and worked at the ecumenical retreat center.
In living into the gifts and challenges of my life, and disciplining my gifts with formal education and training, my own unique way of “ministering” and creating emerged, which is outside of institutionalized structures.
It also helped to have a mother who is young at heart despite countless traumas and devastating heartaches. She is strong, generous, compassionate, fierce, full of wisdom, energetic, and embodies myriad of life experience. My mother retains the willingness to learn and grow at age 80-something, still works full-time and has dedicated her life to helping and serving others.
PAST EXPERIENCE AND ROLES
Professionally, in the past, I have served as: a wedding celebrant, funeral officiant, hospital chaplain in-training (two units of CPE completed between 2005-07), hospitality volunteer, at-risk youth volunteer (AmeriCorps service, two years, 1999/01), homeless lodge caregiver, advocate for women and children leaving domestic abuse, child caregiver, Reiki teacher/practitioner, dream work midwife, breath work advocate, artist, writer, activist, environmentalist, and oracle card messenger.
My father-in-law described me as “a spiritual nurse”, which I greatly appreciate and treasure, from a man who was an accomplished teacher, artist, naturalist, hunter, storyteller, and outdoors man. He was also a beloved father figure who recognized my gifts and supported me with kindness and enthusiasm. When I think of him, and then again, my art mentor in college, another man who believed in me and supported me, like a father–I realize how life provided the energy of a kind and good father through 3 different men at different times in my life.
At the same time, in my adulthood, I have worked well on bringing greater wellness to my inner child and heart with archetypes of a good and loving father and mother energy from within my being. And that has been powerfully good too.
I have a BA degree in Ministry (spiritual care and leadership based in religion) and Art (1996/99). I have a Master’s of Arts degree in Servant (ethical) Leadership from Viterbo University (2006). I have an ongoing dedication to research, lifelong learning, and am grounded in ethics and compassion.
Whether priestess or spiritual midwife is a term you use or not, I wish to say that these titles are archetypes. They are powerful symbols of our psyche and inner world that shows up in our outer world in different ways. I step into my power mindfully, and wish to empower you to do so, in your own authentic way, as well.
Coming from dysfunctional and abusive family and community structures and institutions, as well as dysfunctional, abusive, and corrupt systems in our country and world at large–being able to empower myself, and share with others tools for self-care, empowerment, and holistic wellness, is one of the best parts of being alive in such a corrupt and crazy culture! That is, next to knowing, sharing, and experiencing real love, compassion, humor–and the freedom to create, be healthy, and to be free.
The other tools I count as priceless and well-used by me, like astrology, are: dream work, journaling, breath work, positive visualizations, yoga, the spiritual and deeper aspects of the Enneagram, Akashic clearing work, creating meditative watercolor mandalas, creativity, holistic sustainable living habits and choices, and connecting with the elements and Nature.
I am especially interested in serving and working with those who wish to get unstuck, to seek their best potential, and those who wish to live counter-culturally–in order to facilitate healthy ways and new currencies for a better future for themselves and others. For those who are heartbroken by all the destruction and hate, please keep speaking up, acting, hoping, persisting, and being true to who you are–continue standing up for love, equity and an inclusive, healthy future for the planet, elements, ecosystems, communities, people, and all beings. I would be honored if you would allow me to support, encourage, and provide you with spiritual growth resources and tools that will helpfully enrich and empower your important and precious journey that is this life. You are needed, loved, and you are here for a reason!
CS Sherin, WildClover.org, August 2018; updated October 10, 2018©