Ministerial Services

Spiritual Guidance

Are you a spiritual seeker?  Looking for some guidance on your path, a renewal of your faith, inspiration, answers to spiritual questions, or assistance with discovering what your spiritual path is?  I offer Spiritual Counseling that supports you in making your own discoveries, to deepen your spiritual understanding, help you to grow, and bring peace of mind.  These are different than my psychotherapy services.  If your concerns are more focused on psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, or relationship issues, but you would like spirituality included in the process, please see my regular counseling page for information about counseling and psychotherapy.

45 minute Spiritual Guidance is available via Skype or in my office in Menlo Park, CA.  Spiritual Counseling/Guidance is offered for a sliding scale donation of $55-108

Prayer

If you have a prayer need in your life, feel free to send me an email, and I will pray for you and send you a response.  I primarily practice a style of prayer called “Affirmative Prayer”, as described by Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, which is empowering and transformative.  It recognizes the infinite love, presence, and power of the Divine that already is true in this moment, and affirms the highest good of all situations.  I find it very uplifting as well as compassionate and nurturing to pray in this way.  Contact me for your prayer requests.

Rites of Passage

I have a passion for rites of passage – consciously marking transitions and meaningful changes in our lives with intention and sacred community.  To some extent in our western culture, we have lost many of our rites of passage, which initiate us into the next phase of life. These special ceremonies (like a wedding, for example) reflect the importance of the change and prepare us for the new life ahead. I intend to bring back these sacred life passages to bring greater harmony and healing to our community.

As an Interfaith Minister, I embrace all spiritual paths and honor the truths common to them – love, truth, kindness, compassion, respect, and service, to name a few.  You may wish for a ceremony more traditional to your faith, or may be inspired by many spiritual paths and wish to incorporate them all in some meaningful way.  Or you may have your own unique understanding of the Sacred.  Together, you and I can create the ceremony that truly speaks to your heart and soul and the deeper meaning of the life event for you.

I serve the communities of Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Atherton, Woodside, Mountain View, San Carlos, and surrounding areas in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California.

Rites of Passage are currently offered by donation.

These are some of the Rites of Passage that I offer:

Birth/Baby Blessing

Birth is the beginning of beginnings – a very auspicious moment in one’s life.  Whether you would like to bless the baby shortly after its birth or more traditionally at the baby’s one year birthday, we can create a moving, joyful, and meaningful Baby Blessing ceremony unique to you and your child.  As a mother myself, this is something that brings me deep joy!

Coming of Age (for young women and men)

The academic occasion of a graduation; the Quinceanera in latina culture; the Bar and Bat Mitzvah of Jewish tradition; the Sacred Thread Ceremony in Hinduism; the initiation of the Native American Vision Quest – many cultures celebrate a coming of age ceremony for both young women and men.  Yet, in the United States and many other western countries, we have lost our rituals for initiating our children into adulthood.  As a result, we often see young adults feeling lost and without a sense of what it means to be a man or woman.  Our young people long to be fostered into adulthood by their wise and loving elders and to feel our support in their blossoming lives.

Design your own special Coming of Age Ceremony for your son or daughter.  We can draw from any spiritual traditions that speak to you, emphasize their unique qualities, gifts, and talents, and imbue them with strength and character to create a meaningful initiation into adulthood.

Weddings and Commitment Ceremonies

A Wedding is perhaps the most memorable ceremony in one’s life.  Your wedding should be uniquely yours and speak to the shared values and spiritual truths of each partner’s life.  It is a uniting of two paths into one new and powerful journey as a couple.

You can choose the rituals you would like to include, your spiritual influences, values and ethics that you both hold, and you can choose a traditional set of vows or I can assist you writing your own.  Imagine a ceremony that is as moving and meaningful, unique to your spiritual paths, as it is beautiful.

Mother Blessing Ceremony

There is nothing that compares to the transformation into Motherhood.  From the conception and pregnancy (or the long and transformative process of adoption or a surrogate) to labor and birth, this is a powerful initiation of nature.  We journey through this with our bodies, hearts, minds, and spirits, and emerge into a place of indescribable joy when we hold our baby in our arms for the first time and gaze into their eyes.  We are never the same.  And motherhood offers us growth and challenges we would never have experienced without that divine child in our lives.

Whether you prefer to have a Mother Blessing Ceremony in lieu of a Baby Shower or in addition to it, let’s create a ritual you will always remember and that will fill you with strength, courage, patience, wisdom, love, nurturance, and the support of other mothers in your community.

Fatherhood Ceremonies are also available!

Elder/Wisdom Keeper Blessing Ceremony

In American culture, there is barely an acknowledgement of the great passage into the “golden years”, other than announcing a “retirement”. Yet this may be the most important passage in our adult lives.  Our elders are a precious and deeply cherished part of our community – they carry the wisdom and experience that the younger members of the community need to succeed and find satisfaction, peace, and joy in life.

Mark this life passage with a special Elder Blessing ceremony, giving yourself or the elder in your life the respect and appreciation they deserve, and the inspiration to discover the many treasures that can be discovered when receiving the “Crown of Age.”

Memorial Service/Funeral

A memorial service is as much for the living as for the deceased.  Create a funeral that befits the character, values, and beliefs of the loved one who has passed, that also speaks to the needs for healing and closure for those they have left behind.  I honor all spiritual traditions and can create a service that truly honors your loved one.

House Blessing

When moving into a new home or remodeling your current one, a House Blessing cleanses any previous energy in the home and fills it with your intentions and the energy of Spirit.  You can dedicate your home to any qualities or experiences you wish to manifest in your life, and also create protection around it.  Together, we can create a custom-designed House Blessing that will fill your home with positive, healing, harmonious energy.

Other ceremonies, rituals, or rites of passage

Perhaps you have a special event or situation that you would like to create a meaningful rite of passage for.  Email me and we can discuss what your needs and interests are and create an experience that deeply fills your soul.

Donations

If you feel inspired to support my ministry, which includes my meditation groups, online and local classes, spiritual community gatherings, radio show, prayer services, and rites of passage, I gratefully accept heartfelt donations.