My spiritual journey began innocently as a child.  I felt a magical sense of Spirit in the trees, flowers, mountains, rivers . . . almost fairy like.  I sensed a presence of beings I coudn't see; I heard music that seemed to come from the ocean Sirens.  I felt a need to "demonstrate" human living to an invisible world.  I know . . . sounds crazy!  It seemed as though I was teaching "them" things like how to brush their teeth, why we go to school, how to weed a garden, as preparation for when they decided to experience Earth.  Though this teaching to the spirit realm waned over the years, I am ever grateful for Mom - she always believed in me!  Mom raised my sisters and me with a vast spiritual grid including: the honoring of Mother Earth, glorifying the Rising Sun, searching for herbs and plants to brew healing tinctures and teas, growing our beautiful gardens, inviting the love of Jesus, Buddha and Paramahansa Yogananda into our hearts.  

At age 31, I nearly lost my life.  Feeling confused about life and death, I became an endless spiritual seeker of many paths.  I fervently began studying the Christian Bible cover to cover, the Book of Mormon, the Teachings of Buddha, interpreted versions of the Kabbalah and Quran, Native American Indian traditions, and Eastern philosophies.

In 2004 I found a formal teacher of a religion I'd never heard of:  Wicca (The Old Religion).  Her teachings were based on the Gardnerian Tradition named for Gerald Gardner who was an English Wiccan author, amateur anthropologist and archeologist.  In 1953 Gardner initiated Doreen Valiente, who became his High Priestess and wrote much of the religious liturgy for Gardnerian Wicca.  Enter another Englishman: Raymond Buckland who is recognized for bringing this tradition of Wicca to America in the 1960's. 

My incessant yearning for spiritual knowledge led me to earn my Ashtanga Yoga Teacher and Energy Light Worker Certifications while in California.  When I moved home to Denver, I added new layers of yoga training: Restorative/Water from Qi yoga, and DaoYin based on Chinese Philosophy.  Yes, my spiritual practices are highly eclectic and bring joy to my life!  I have incorporated Celtic Traditions, Earth-Based Enlightenment, Yoga and Eastern Philosophies to compliment traditions followed by my students and clients.  I like to refer to myself as a "Spiritual Beast"!

I wish to bring light to darkness and spread my happy nature to others.   All paths lead to Spirit - follow what makes you happy and that which speaks to your soul living joyously!

Namaste' and Blessed Be, Mystie Raven

 

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