About Me

From a young age, I had a yearning to connect to the Unknown.  I felt sure that there was more to life than what I saw with my eyes.  I searched as a child, going alone to all the neighborhood churches.  I went to bible study with my grandmother when I saw her during the summers.  In my teens, I went astray – falling for spirits of a different sort – ones that would ultimately bring me to my knees.  In my early 20’s I worshipped the God of Reason.  I chased money, intellectual pursuits, relationships, jobs; none of which brought me true and lasting fulfillment.  In my late 20’s I was so disenchanted that I decided a drastic new approach to life was called for if I were to go on.  I chose to look at life as if God were everything.  This was a turning point in my life and I was overcome with how drastically life began to change on all levels.  I gloss over this, yet this was a seismic change in the way I perceived the world and it took a lot of struggle and heartache in order to get to this point.  Instead of always looking to see where religious people were wrong, I began to look for where they were right.  What followed was a succession of adventures through many faith traditions.

 

The next major turning point in my life came with death being an advisor.  In a 5 year span I lost my beloved animals (2 dogs and 2 cats); my grandmother, who meant the world to me; my father and mother, who passed within 3 months of each other.  Needless to say, I was completely devastated and my grief spiraled out of control.  I was in such despair I thought I may have to be hospitalized.  The more I thought about it, the more the grief grew.  Through a miraculous chain of events which included chance meetings, long forgotten and never read books gifted to me, prayer and meditation; I died.  A new me was born – one I hardly recognized.  I thought differently, I saw the world differently and I saw people differently than I had before.  In short – I loved.  The walls and veneers I had always built up before due to pain were blown down and I was one big marshmallow.    My adventures continued through different faith traditions learning something new in each.  What has emerged out of this journey is a deep and diverse training that encompasses spiritual direction, shamanic energy medicine, and end of life doula services.

 

Aside from spending time with family, I am an avid reader, writer, painter, meditator, animal lover, and tree hugger.

 

 

Training, Certifications & Associations

Spiritual Guidance Training Institute - Interfaith & Interspiritual Spiritual Direction

 

INELDA End of Life Doula Training

Gateway to Shamanism

The Four Winds Society Light Body School – Shamanic Energy Medicine

Gaia Wisdom School - Medicine Wheel & Meditation

Associations:

 

Shamans Without Borders

 

Spiritual Directors International Association

 

International End of Life Doula Association

National End of Life Doula Association

 

Dying Consciously Volunteer

Contact Me

2014 Electric Rd. #235

Roanoke, VA 24018

robincfr@cornflowerilluminations.com

Tel: 540-537-7544

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