“Finding an ordinary language for incorporating spirituality into our everyday lives
has been our common pursuit for over 40 years.”
We were two very different women - young mothers from diverse backgrounds
and cultures - living in conservative south-western Ontario.
We soon realized that we shared similar curiosities, questions and events
that extended beyond our daily lives. We both experienced a dramatic,
spiritual shift, once we recognized that the common interests
we shared were uncommon in the early 1980s.
We had come together by coincidence and we started to examine collaboratively,
the information on spirituality that we had both stumbled upon independently.
Uncharted Corners of Consciousness is the culmination of this wonderful partnership that started with weekly explorations and studies - and search for deeper meaning. This book is a collection of teachings, readings and experiences, which allows the reader to discover, as we have, stimulating areas outside of conventional thinking.
I am a Mother, a Wife, an Advocate, a Teacher, and now, … an Author.
I was raised on the Canadian Prairies.
In my 20s, education and romance beckoned me to Eastern Canada,
where I studied social work, married and started our family.
I have dedicated much of my career to improving my community
and empowering those less fortunate.
As a Civic Leader, whether in my role as a Community Board Member, Mental Health Advocate, or National Block Parent Co-Chair,
my impetus has always been to identify and fill gaps in community needs.
My conventional studies and work experiences shifted dramatically once
I was immersed into holistic healing modalities: Energy Work, Trager, Human Dynamics, Meditation and Stress Management shifted and impacted my career.
It was here that I met my writing partner Gerbrig Berman, and we have
been working together ever since. After studying Gerbrig’s transmitted materials for 20 years, and own weekly explorations into metaphysical spirituality, we realized it was time to write a book.
From a deep immersion into the Personality level of everyday life,
our work together refocused us on the Trans-Personal dimensions of life.
We began to explore the cobwebs of our Uncharted Corners.
From Coffee to Contemplation, our sessions were structured, inspired
and meditative – allowing us to discharge, reflect, and record
our transmitted information.
I am about to launch my second book Magnificent Mimi, a series for children.
I lives in London, ON, with my husband Bob and we share in the joy
of our 3 children, their spouses and 7 grandchildren.
Shelly's and my awarenesses impinged on, and informed, many of our actions.
I was born in Indonesia during WWII, and spent my youth in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp, (in what was then called the Dutch East Indies.)
After being liberated in 1945, my family moved back to the Netherlands. This was a very difficult period for us: my brother and I stayed in Holland
for school, and my parents had to return to Indonesia for work.
We were the 'No Childhood’ children; separated, again, from
our parents for another 10 years.
I studied nursing, with additional training in psychology and palliative care, and moved to Israel in 1962. It was on the Oncology ward at Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital, where I first realized I had special diagnostic talents
that were accessed from an intuitive place.
These insights expanded my awareness, making me more effective with my patients. At the time, I had no words to properly describe this process.
When in doubt as to how to proceed in a difficult / unique case or diagnosis,
I entered a meditative state and recorded the doodle-like drawings (with explanatory texts) that I received on to paper.
Today, I would be called a Medical Intuitive.
I returned to Holland, married and immigrated to Canada.
I met Shelly Siskind when we settled in Ontario and I started working
at the London Psychiatric Hospital.
For so long, these doodles and writings were my private form of
self-evaluation – notes to myself about the inner and deeper dimensions
I was discovering and exploring. As an intensely private and quiet person,
I didn't easily - or willingly - share my feelings or challenges.
My bond with Shelly was special, trusting and supportive.
From the safety of this unique friendship, I was finally able to share
my ‘little notes’ / ‘drawings’ for the very first time.
When I showed these ‘readings’ to Shelly, she immediately recognized
that the information I had accessed was not just patient specific,
but had universal relevance. Shelly (and others) appreciated the accuracy and implications of my abilities, and consulted me as a diagnostic resource for their own health issues.
Shelly then introduced me to doctors at LHSC University Hospital.
I was assigned to their Pain Clinic, where I could continue to utilize
my special diagnostic talents. While helpful and accurate, my abilities were not readily acceptable to the medical / scientific mainstream at that time.
These ‘writings’ required further study and exploration, and soon became the focus of our weekly meetings - forming the basis for this book.
I have just written my 2nd book: At Least You Weren’t Cold -
about my experiences during WWII, my ‘childhood’, my survival,
and my gratitude and appreciation for being able to record
and share my personal history and journey.
This manuscript is now being edited, and will be published in 2020.
Canada has been my home for over 50 years.
I live in London, Ontario with my husband Harvey,
where we raised our two children and now enjoy our five grandchildren.
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