In 1971, Carol King released Tapestry, I was 13 years old and so proud of my very first album. She sang, "My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of the ever changing view." I feel deeply privileged to have had the various experiences of my personal tapestry. Each strand has made me who I am, the difficult ones when I stood at the graveside of my husband just four months after our wedding; the joyous ones when I watched my daughter finally get that spoon into her mouth and burst into delighted bubbles of laughter; and the awestruck ones when I stood amazed on a trail on a Montana summer evening and the sky turned a pulsing, electric blue that I've never seen again and will never forget.
Each of these strands is a story that I tell about myself and my experiences. The facts are one thread in that strand, my interpretation is another.
Are you experiencing a late life career change? I've been there. Are you looking at an unexpected divorce? I've been there. Have you been widowed? I've been there too. I've raised a chronically ill child while dealing with my own chronic illness, and we both have recovered to lead healthier lives. I've had to face and integrate depression and A.D.D. in myself and understand how physical and mental illnesses in my family influenced my worldview - and I've taken the time and effort to shift that view to one that is more positive, hopeful, and kind. Do you feel the call to move to another part of the country ... or the world? I've done that many times and each time I discover wonderful communities. What about going back to school as a non-traditional student? I started my master's degree at 50 and a PhD program at 53. Are you feeling the pull to return to the religion of your childhood or to find a spiritual system that fits your adult self? I have too - and have developed a spirituality that nourishes me.
My experiences, the time I've taken to integrate them, the research I've done to understand them, the compassion and kindness I've developed toward myself when I struggle, and the pride I feel in my accomplishments are what make me the a unique guide for you. I'm not interested in telling you what to do, my answers are not your answers; however, I know that if I can do it ... so can you!
Many of us consider ourselves spiritual seekers. For some this is a new experience and for others it has been a journey of many years. Although I experienced a deep relationships with Spirit as a child, I lost it as I grew older. I thought I was 'supposed' be be religious, to follow the laws and commandments, to partake of rituals that seemed so full of possibility and yet seemed so empty.
In my mid-twenties, after my husband died in an accident four months after our wedding, I launched into a spiritual search that lasted over 20 years. I explored conventional religions, including eastern and western, as well as ancient traditions and modern reinterpretations of pre-christian practices.
In my mid-forties, I unexpectedly discovered my spiritual home. No longer a seeker, I settled down and began to explore more deeply how to practice this personal spirituality, a form of metaphysics, and how to develop a relationship with what I call The Essence and others will call Source, God, Spirit. In the 15 years since then, my life has changed dramatically and for the better. I continue to grow and learn, I continue to meet challenges and learn to navigate my way deeper into my true self.
It would be a great honor to work with you on discovering, exploring, and deepening your own personal spirituality. ~ Rev Emma
My mission is to empower women in mid- and later-life who are feeling stressed, frustrated, and limited to rediscover their inherent strength, power, and freedom, to re-imagine the story of who they are, and to explore, and deepen their personal spirituality and become the person they choose to be in their next phase of life.
When I ask my students & clients why they work with me, they talk about feeling safe and respected, transformational conversations and insights, or discovering new ways of looking at their challenges. But, what really stands out for them is the depth and breadth of my knowledge and the skills I've developed from my experiences with many of the difficulties women face as we search for a meaningful life.
I draw on more than 30 years of professional and personal experience, wide ranging education and training, and a lifetime of curiosity. I have a B.A. in Psychology, a B.Msc. in Metaphysics, and an M.Sci. in Technical Communication. I studied for a master's in social work at Boston University in my late-20s and for a PhD in communication theory at the University of Oregon in my early 50s - and realized that neither of those were the right path for me. Rather than sticking with something that wasn't a good match, I moved on.
Currently I am enrolled in a doctoral program in Metaphysics and have recently completed the first level of studies which includes my ministerial ordination and a spiritual practitioner license. I am also a Reiki Master in the Usui Shiki Ryoho lineage via Iris Ishikuro.
My career has spanned agricultural, corporate, environmental, high tech, higher education, legal, non-profit, and small business sectors in a range of roles from crisis counselor to tarot reader; cheese maker and farmer’s market manager to technical support and product manager; corporate communication manager to college professor. I've enjoyed the diversity of experiences and people, and I treasure all that I learned.
My education in the fields of psychology, sociology, social work, and communication are combined with my training in coaching, EFT, hypnosis, meditation, nonviolence, qigong, reiki, shamanic journeying, spiritual healing, tarot, and yoga to give me a unique perspective on working with my clients.