I believe in Living Life as a Prayer.
All things I work my interfaith ministry and magic in are dedicated to:
Well-being for every Being. Compassion. Peace. Kindness. Respect. Honorableness. Understanding. Gratitude. Harmony. Abundance. Stewardship. Unity. Joy. Love.
And I seek to connect and collaborate with other spiritual leaders who resonate with this.
I believe that the spaces we are called to create together, whether in community or in our intimate relationships, need to be so safe and so sacred that they can hold all our fears along with all our joys. Here, our broken hearts are mended as they are loyally treated as sacrosanct. This is where our allegiance abides, knowing the road to peace is the way of peace and the path to prayer is the path of prayer. We covenant with each other and with that which we call Holy as we merge our hearts with our callings, loving our families and our neighbors as ourselves.
I am passionate about creating solutions that create happiness and well-being for all involved. I believe that the world would be a better place if everyone were treated equally well – really, truly, equally well. Consider for a moment just how wonderful that would be…a place where everyone has a real home, security, food, access to education, love, and enjoys the activities they do each day.
Consider with me this: There is a divine echo that whispers within every heart. Indeed, that every soul carries with it the echo of a intrinsic intimacy. An original echo that is brought fourth through time from original source. A primal source where we are all One. Where intimacy has no limit and love has no barrier. And we carry the essence of this original echo as a talisman of our divinity and a reminder of the vast belonging we are capable of. Because it is who we are. We Belong to each other.
Twinkle’s work is uniquely dedicated to the living experience one can have here on Earth. Yet her insights are inclusive of many paths of enlightenment and spirituality. Below are some notes about spiritual philosophies often spoken of at Twinkle’s Place by Twinkle and/or by those she collaborates with. As well, throughout this page there are a growing number of links to practitioners and spiritual leaders you may wish to know about.
The study of myths belonging to religious or cultural traditions.
The word Mythology itself is derived from the Greek word “mythos,” meaning story of people, and “logos” which means speech. We can draw upon ancient or modern day myths in our quest for truth and meaning in our lives.
- Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy that studies the ultimate nature of existence, reality, and experience without being bound to any one theological doctrine or dogma.
- Metaphysics, as a spiritual path, acknowledges and respects the beauty in ALL Life.
- Metaphysics , as a religion, is the study of, and search for, ultimate cause and meaning in the Universe. (such as that supported by IMM, Agape’s Religious Science, Unity and others)
- Metaphysics, as a science, is capable of inquiring beyond physical and human science.
Hay House Radio has been offering audio programs online featuring metaphysical authors for more than two decades.
Esoteric, or gnosis, practices often utilize such tools as Tarot and Oracle cards as the means of accessing information about past, present and future events and circumstances. It also includes hermetic studies such as ancient occult tradition encompassing alchemy, astrology, and theosophy. Theosophy means “Divine Wisdom” or “Ageless Wisdom.” Its teachings reflect traditions found in human cultures all over the world. Theosophists encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy, and science.; and investigate the unexplained laws of nature and powers latent in humans. In Boston there is a wonderful example of a full fledged Theosophical Society.
Are but a few…there are So many to choose from!!!
Mysticism is exploring (and experiencing) the Divine mysteries of our Universe.
According to Evelyn Underhill “mysticism is the art of union with Reality. The mystic is a person who has attained that union in a greater or lesser degree; or who aims at and believes in such attainment.”
Seth, as quoted by F. C. Happold in Mysticism, says that “It [mysticism] appears in connection with the endeavor of the human mind to grasp the Divine essence or the ultimate reality of things and to enjoy the blessedness of actual communion with the highest.”
Sam Berliner, III, says that “Mysticism is quite simply the frank acknowledgement that there is far more to existence than we know and can ever know.”
Locations to explore Mysticism:
Community of the Mystic Heart is a circle of interspiritual mystics and contemplatives. UU Mystics offer community to explore, experience and witness together as well as closed Facebook groups such as Tribal Mystics, The Kinship Community Network and its Heart Center forum .
Quantum theory is the theoretical basis of modern physics that explains the nature and behavior of matter and energy on the atomic and subatomic level; a theory of matter and energy based on the concept of quanta, especially quantum mechanics.. Theories include many-worlds theory, holographic realities, self-generated realities/consciousness creates realities, etc.
Resources include: Quantum Reality by Nick Herbert which details interpretations of quantum mechanics from some of the world’s most famous sources, as well as offers summaries of quantum properties literarily accessible to the layperson.
And Sean Carroll’s website has books and courses. His newest quantum mechanics book is called Something Deeply Hidden, is explores the Many Worlds theories, and the emergence of spacetime; He also has a podcast, Mindscape, where he interviews intriguing people.
And, for friends in the Santa Barbara area UUSB has a Quantum Consciousness Affinity Group that meets regularly. https://www.ussb.org/community-life/upcoming-events/
Earth-centered religion or nature worship is a system of religion based on the veneration of natural phenomena. It covers any religion that worships or reveres the Earth or Nature. It can also include the worship of Fertility Gods and Goddesses, such as the various forms of goddess worship or matriarchal religion (more details about such sacred feminine practices below). Some find a connection between earth-worship and the Gaia hypothesis. Earth religions are also formulated to allow one to utilize the knowledge of preserving the earth.
Many on “Earth-Based” paths call themselves Pagans, or Witches, or Wicca, Shamans, etc.
Starhawk is a well know witch who teaches everything from Earth Activist training in permaculture to goddess-rituals to women’s empowerment. She is a renoun author and filmmaker. She is the founder of the Reclaiming: a Community of People, a Tradition of Witchcraft, and a 501(c)3 non-profit religious organization.
Suu Feathers shamanic healing helps journeyers in awakening and re-membering the body-sacred, the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual body united. By listening to and following the guidance of the ancestors, the elementals, and the spirits of the land and place, she says we can live the calling of our heart and soul.
Emiliano Campobello is an artist and shamanic flute player in the native tradition performing in ceremonies and rituals
Rita Rivera Fox offers retreats, private counseling and insights in the Toltec Tradition.
The (CUUPS) is an organization dedicated to networking Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists (which can seem like an oxymoron but they make it work as challenging as this may be), educating people about Paganism, promoting interfaith dialogue, developing Pagan liturgies and theologies, and supporting Pagan-identified UU religious professionals.
Tara Brach, Pema Chödrön (https://pemachodronfoundation.org/), and Thich Nhat Hanh each have created platforms to explore their subjective/personal relationship with the Buddhist path. We refer to their deeper more unconditional messages often.
Kate Braestrup is in a class all her own when it comes to practical spirituality. We adore her work!
Goddess and the Sacred Feminine
Many of us are called to the sacred feminine, and specific Deities, either in reverence or as Muses. The Goddess Show interviews spiritual leaders helping seekers connect with the feminine divine. And there are several worthwhile curriculums for individuals and groups to utilize to become more familiar with various traditions.
Elizabeth Fisher‘s “Rise Up & Call Her Name: A Woman-honoring Journey Into Global Earth-based Spiritualities” Curriculum. This multicultural and multimedia course has been experienced by thousands around the world. Many have been profoundly moved by its exciting exploration of sacred narratives that honor the cross cultural female divine, as well as the many diverse and creative activities included. (NOTE: Liz is one of Twinkle’s friends and Twinkle and her friend Bozena Smith have taught this curriculum together).
Rev. Shirley Ranck’s “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven” is a woman honoring adult Religious Education curriculum. More than Goddess 101, this workshop series examines important elements of today’s women’s lives; personal, interpersonal and societal. It examines how our culture has been influenced by Judeo Christian values. The primary question raised is: How would your life have been different if, when growing up, the divine had been imaged as female? Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and beliefs, creating trust and strong bonds of friendship.
Rev. Joanne Giannino “Meetings at the Moon” is an opportunity for mothers and daughters to hear and tell sacred stories, create sacred artifacts, sing and dance together and to share a new relatedness based on our developing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves.
Melinda Perrin‘s Goddess Gatherings include thirteen sessions for a year of study in a circle of friends.
To purchase any of the above and for additional Goddess curriculum, visit the UU Women and Religion site.
Kiana Love is a Healer whose Be Wild Woman healing program guides you into the wild magic of your heart to connect with the intuitive instinctive feminine.
Serpentessa is a snake-priestess who skillfully facilitates interactions and emotional journey with her Boa Constrictors in a hands-on encounter to create the results you want in your life.
Classes, Covens, and more…
Molly Remer of Brigid’s Grove has several courses and products.
ALisa Starkweather offers Priestess Path initiation program.
Emma Restall Orr‘s Druid teachings are accessible and inspirational.
New England Covens of Witches offers list for those wishing to learn the Traditional Craft and become members.
Covenant of Hekate offers membership to those share passion for the torch-bearing Goddess of the crossroads, the night, and magic.
The Sanctuary of Hekate Soteira is by invitation only and runs rituals in Glastonbury, Somerset. It is a ritual group dedicated to Hekate as the Saviour as she is seen in the Chaldean Oracles, but also throughout her long history.
Minerva Gatherings for spiritual renewal – in person and online.