A Sampling of Spiritual Teachers

From the  January issue of Echo Magazine

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A Sampling of Spiritual Teachers
By Michael Peter Langevin

Having lived now in Central Virginia for over a year and a half, I am in awe of the wide array of wonderful, alternative healers, psychics, intuitives and spiritual teachers who reside in this area. I emailed questions to a random selection of them and from those who responded I extrapolated what they offer and have put their responses together in this article. To read their full answers you may go to Echo’s Facebook page where we posted them.
P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D. sees her job as being a near-death researcher who helps redefine what it means to be human. She loves sharing from her book Dying to Know You: Proof of God in the Near-Death Experience. Her teachings stresses: “Always there is life. Reconsider ideas about life before birth, now life, and any afterlife. We have always existed, we exist now, and we will always exist. . . because eternity is our home.” She states, “Let’s explore that together, and have a lot of fun doing it.”
www.pmhatwater.com

Joanna DiMaggio’s two books Soul Writing and Your Soul Remembers are both great. She teaches a written form of meditation and communication with your soul. It teaches individuals to enter an altered state of consciousness and then communicate with a higher consciousness, asking and receiving answers to whatever their soul yearns to know through a stream-of-consciousness writing. Johanna says, “Just ask yourself—what if you knew, really knew in every part of your being, that there is an answer to every question you have ever pondered and all you had to do was ask. Well this is true.”
www.joannedimaggio.com

Terri Saunders: Is a nutritionist, herbalist, and certified, natural health professional who teaches how to heal yourself holistically through diet, nutritional supplements, and medicinal herbs. She helps clients transform mental and emotional stress to restore the flow of healing and balance the mind/body. She often utilizes astrology and human design charts. She explores ways to resolve challenges and evolve to one’s full potential. Her advice to readers would be to see yourself as the master of your body, rather than a victim.
sunherb@mindspring.com

Susan Wolf Star, teaches an orally tradition which has been passed down for over 10,000 years. She works with practical applications of shamanic philosophy with the goal of bringing spiritual awareness into one’s day to day life. Through this she shows how to access other realities. In this way, the soul is awakened and we become fully human. She says, “The greatest gift from the Great Spirit to each person on Earth is the gift of your personal vision, and the potential of your soul.”
www.wolfsongsschool.com

Melissa Kitto, teaches how to develop your psychic sensitivity in order to tune in to your angels. She means that everyone’s angels are communicating with us, whether we consciously realize that or not. They are sending us hundreds of impressions and hunches every day. If we are too much in our intellect, we will dismiss these ideas and impressions very quickly, because they don’t seem logical. Melissa says, “Learn to raise your awareness and develop your psychic sensitivity so you are tuned in to your angels.”
www.communicatewithangels.com

Leigh Heasley’s book Awaken-Beings of Light is sweet. She states that she holds space and gently directs through intuition under the guise of yoga. Through living her joy and her truth, she finds the opportunity to meet others who are living theirs, or at least have begun their journey to find them. She sums this up as, “We are greater than the sum of our parts”. She inspires through movement, breath, poetry, art, and nature. She advises readers to “slow down…listen…breathe… and choose “you” first, above all.”
lei629.wix.com/empower

J. Dixon Stewart teaches Blue Collar Enlightenment, or how to be the awakened, mindful, happy, and imperfect human. He teaches how to take a huge step forward towards fulfillment, happiness and peace, and how to you avoid common spiritual growth traps. He asks, “What are non-dualistic living and spirituality without dogma?” He teaches how to overcome or better deal with fears, longings, feelings of doubt, and insecurity. His book 21 Days: a Guide for Spiritual Beginners teaches people how to become spiritual finders and much more.
awakeningresourcecenter.org

Will Diefenderfer offers reiki, karmic astrology, guided meditation, past life regression, personalized meditations, and life purpose coaching. He works with the questions: “Where are you in life, where do you want to be, and how are you getting there?” He focuses on the symbology within your everyday. He says, “Why wait any longer to live to your fullest potential? You deserve greatness and it’s about time you claim it for yourself!” Will offers Shamanic retreats outside of Iquitos, Peru during the months of February and March.
www.willdiefenderfer.com

We are blessed to have an amazing number of resident authors. Among them my favorite, spiritual ones are Frank DeMarco and Michael Grosso who have respectively recently released Rita’s World: A View from the Non-Physical and A Man Who Could Fly: St. Joseph of Copertino and the Mystery of Levitation. Both books are similar to attending advanced spiritual classes. I strongly recommend them.
This article could hardly scratch the surface of the teachers and authors of Central Virginia. I urge you to attend some of their classes I have mentioned, read some of the books and find other teachers for yourself. If you enjoyed this article, please let me know. I will gladly do a follow up with other spiritual teachers in the area, as well as healers, psychics or authors. Your suggestions are welcomed. Remember the rest of what these teachers responded that was left out of this article is posted on Echo’s Facebook page:
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Bio: Michael Peter Langevin was the publisher/ editor for twenty-seven years of Magical Blend Magazine. He has authored three books: Secrets of the Ancient Incas, and Secrets of the Amazon Shamans, Spiritual Business. His and his wife Sofia’s company LangevinAxelsson Marketing specializes in Social Media Marketing and Public Relations Consulting. Their logo is “Let us help the world know you better.” To contact Michael email: LangevinAxelssonMarketing@gmail.com

Enhance Your Holiday Season With Rituals By Michael Peter Langevin (This was just released in Echo Magazine)

It is the holiday season. We just shared Thanksgiving and soon it will be Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice and New Year. Have you ever looked closely at how you celebrate your holidays and why? What rituals do you follow in these holiday times?
Rituals are a feature of all known human societies. They are commonly often defined as religious. But if you go to your best friend’s house every New Year, drink and dance with all your friends and sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ at midnight, then this is a ritual too. Rituals can be defined as a sequence of activities involving known and expected gestures, words, and objects, being performed according to set sequence. Rituals are often prescribed by the traditions of a religion, belief-system, community, and families, and as characterized by formalism, traditionalism, sacral symbolism, and performance. However, rituals is not only about what you are used to from relations with your childhood religion, or long term habits with family and friends. They are also personal habits, conscious or unconsciously executed.
Many people who grew up with family rituals around the holidays and then moved far away for work and are alone around the holidays, often get very depressed, because their rituals are no longer there, and the loss of family and the familiar have all the more impact. For others, the holiday season, with all its joys and meetings, induces stress and impossibly long to-do lists.
But whether you believe it or not, you are to a large part in charge of how the holidays will turn out. A great place to start is taking a step back and observe your personal rituals in your daily life. This gives you insights and the beginning of the power to change and improve them so they serve you best.
Do you always drive the same way to work? Do you always get up have a cup of coffee, shower, dress and head out to work? Do you sit in front of TV after dinner for hours, or do Facebook? Life habits become rituals and often make us mindless, rather than enhance our lives.
I have lived and traveled frequently in Latin America, especially in Peru and Mexico. Things I took for granted from my life in the USA were not how things were done there. And partaking of Shamanic rituals in the Yucatan or the Amazon Jungles is very different from religious rituals I knew here in the USA. These experiences made me more aware of the impact rituals have in our lives, and how much they can differ from place to place.
One Mexican shaman once told me that many shamans perform rituals exactly as they are taught. I have decided that for me, originality, spontaneity and creativity are more important than old traditions. I believe spirit wants us to be authentic and clear in our intent and desired outcome.
I have tried to bring this back into to my everyday life. If I am washing the dishes and my intent beyond getting them clean, is to be performing a ritual act of washing away all the aspects of my life which do not serve me, then the simple act of washing dishes becomes a powerful ritual.
If I am working in the garden and beyond working to nurture the growth of healthy food I see myself nurturing the growth of all the healthy aspects of my life, then I have made that work into a powerful ritual.
In the same way, if you go into a challenging situation and make a ritual of it by saying ‘I will do great. I want to achieve my best possible outcome’, and in addition to this see a picture in your mind of what it will feel like when you have achieved your hoped for outcome, then you just increased your odds algebraically. Try it. Ritual can be a new kind of mind games or self-mind control.
I try to live my whole life as ritual and I love it. As an example, me and my wife Sofia, take time to create magic rituals after dinner a few nights a week, turning off all technological communications, and giving ourselves permission to open up to the spirit world. We sit in a comfortable place and co-create a magical environment where we then call in spirit and request insights or assistance with aspects of our lives, or the lives of people we wish to assist. Through these evenings we get much knowledge and energy that we can use for all kinds of things in our daily life. As the year changes, we adapt these evenings. Winter is a time to focus on hope and light. Spring is the time of renewal and so forth. Rituals require that we keep making it real, such as remembering to be thankful and say a prayer to whatever spiritual beings you feel most aligned with during harvest season.
If you look at how you choose to celebrate your holidays of this season, then you can start seeing that your personal rituals serve to empower or entrap and depress you.
Around the holiday season it takes major efforts to stay a bit removed from your rituals and even more to alter them. Maybe instead of buying expensive presents you could give people a written promise to share a time with them, like fishing with your son, or massage your partner. Maybe you always wanted to stay at home and cook your own Christmas dinner. Let people know that is your plan this year. Just decide to do something different. Instead of what stresses you out and depletes you. Cut your to do list in half, and decide to enjoy yourself with your own homemade holiday rituals this year.
You can make ritual your tool to use when you want and how you choose. It has been used by all religious and spiritual teachings throughout history because it works. However most of us do not realize that any individual or group can reclaim ritual as their own personal tool, their own way of enriching their lives.

Michael Peter Langevin was the publisher/ editor for twenty-seven years of Magical Blend Magazine. He has authored three books: Secrets of the Ancient Incas, and Secrets of the Amazon Shamans (Career Press) Spiritual Business, (Hampton Roads). His company Langevin Marketing specializes in Social Media Marketing and Public Relations Consulting. Their logo is: “Let us help the world know you better..” To contact Michael email:Langevinmarketing@gmail.com

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