From the January issue of Echo Magazine
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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:
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