Welcome to my website! I’m so glad you have found your way here, and I hope your visit will leave you inspired and encouraged on your spiritual journey.
I believe you and I are here for a reason, at a very auspicious moment in Earth’s evolution. We are present during a time of a great awakening, when humanity is moving out of its long sojourn through the illusion of separateness and awakening to the truth of our interconnectedness and interdependence with all Reality. It is an exciting—and sometimes challenging—moment to be alive!
I want to help you fulfill your purpose as someone who is here to participate and assist in this Great Turning. You will find plenty here in my blog, podcast, services, and books to support you—and I hope that you will allow me to stay in touch by joining my email list so that I can share with you the latest.
My Spiritual Orientation
My spiritual orientation has been deeply influenced by the wisdom of the Buddha, the Tao te Ching, Torah, depth psychology, and shamanism. Having been raised in the Christian church, it is the stories and teachings of Jesus that are most deeply “in my bones.” I continually seek to understand Jesus’s message through the lens of non-dual consciousness, recognizing that for centuries it has been misunderstood by a consciousness of separation, and I am greatly indebted to A Course in Miracles, and A Course of Love.
In my own spiritual life, I practice meditation, dreamwork, prayer, ritual, communing with nature, active imagination, shamanic journeying, creative expression, energy work, and journaling.
The Simple Things
The morning time is important for me, and I begin each day with journaling (thank you, Julia Cameron!) and meditation. Some of the many things that bring me joy are writing music, making pottery, tending my roof deck flowers, taking walks in the woods, and doing dream work with friends—oh, and coffee! I live with my spouse, Kip, in our Philadelphia home.
My spirituality is closely intertwined with nonviolent healing action in the world, and I have been actively involved in several peace and justice movements over the years. I have helped refugees fleeing the wars in Central America, served as a rape crisis counselor for the Rape Crisis Center of Marin County, CA, helped found a Habitat for Humanity chapter in Missouri, served on the board of an addiction recovery community in Philadelphia, and helped found the Philadelphia non-profit ArtWell. In 2004 I served a week in federal prison for engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience in response to the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.
If you want to know more about my personal story, let me recommend my memoir, Beyond Jesus: My Spiritual Odyssey. In it I talk about my conventional Christian upbringing in Colorado, my time in the Andes of Ecuador serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, the events that led me into the ministry as a Presbyterian pastor, and the spiritual awakening I experienced after the death of a dear friend—an experience that caused me to see Reality, Jesus, and Christianity very differently (and eventually resulted in me leaving my vocation in the institutional church)—and a whole lot more!
“Patricia is a superb writer who tells a human story with implications for the wellbeing of individuals as well as societies.
Hers is a clear and compassionate voice filled with energy, concern and intelligence.”
~Sheila Weinberg, author of Surprisingly Happy: An Atypical Religious Memoir
- BA in International Affairs and German, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (University of Colorado)
- BA in Music, cum laude (University of Colorado)
- MEd (University of Colorado)
- MDiv (San Francisco Theological Seminary)
- Certification Reiki III