I first became interested in metaphysics in my early teens, I had noticed a book in a book store that covered many different metaphysical topics and spiritual growth. In one of the chapters the author tells a story from her life when someone told her if she wanted to grow spiritually all she needed to do was ask the Universe. She mentioned that you needed to consider the request carefully, because you would find yourself exploring your shadow and the light within you. As I had been reading the book several topics within the book resonated within me, so I asked the Universe to help/guide me in my spiritual growth.

Also in my early teens I had started doing yoga and meditating, during the second month of meditation I had my first kundalini experience, I had two more by the time I was 18.

Here is a poem that I wrote describing my awakening.

There was a time long ago…
That I sat breathing into a flower…
This flower I had been told would awaken me…
I breathed into them a golden energy…
This energy would cause the flowers to bloom…
As I watched my breath…
Breathing in and then out…
The lotuses one by one opened…
As each lotus blossomed into its own glory…
A fire rose within, helping the next in line to unfold…
And in time all seven were glowing…
Spinning with their spiritual fire…
Then the serpent energy flowed…
Through my crown it shot up into the light above…
I became blinded by the light, filled with ecstasy…
And then came pouring into me a glorious light…
It filled my body bathing every cell and atom inside of me…
And still the light continued to flow, overflowing and holding me…
In its embrace…
My mind disappeared…
In that moment I saw a glimpse of the vastness of who We are…
The connection, then was made stronger…
I have been burned by the fire divine…
There are no scars, only remembrances of who We are…
I remember it still, it haunts and comforts me to this day…
The Love that We are, goes on for eternity…

After I had my first kundalini experience, I perceived the world differently; from that moment I knew there were multiple ways of perceiving the world and ourselves. Over the next 30 years I made a point of learning to shut out the energy I had found, so I could be grounded in this life and world, because when I paid attention to the energy, I did not want to be here, I wanted to leave. During this time I had several mystical experiences, I was being shown something, I was being reminded. Many times I have felt a knocking and a message, ‘it is time to wake up’. Until I was 49 I always answered, ‘I have things to learn, it isn’t time for me to wake up’.

Over 5 years ago I left a marriage I was not happy with and my life was shaken up. Within months of separating from my ex I found Lyn, Amanda and David, I found myself a member of Temple Terra Incognita, exploring the kink lifestyle, polyamory and sacred sexuality. By the time I had known Lyn for 2 months we were performing long distance sex magick rituals, within a year of coming to Terra Incognita I found myself in my first group sex magick ritual, Amanda and David consider Lyn and I a part of the inner core of TI.

In April 2011, Lyn and I started Great Lakes Energy Exchange (GLEE), the purpose of GLEE is the study of energy and building community. We have people attending our monthly meetings from various parts of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. There are over 250 people in our online group and we have anywhere from 20 to 40 people coming to our meetings. We encourage the people who come to GLEE to be themselves and respect other peoples traditions and paths. Some of the classes we have had at GLEE have been conducted by a hedge witch, a prominent and nationally known vampire, a native American has conducted a land blessing for us, we have had Moksha rituals a combination of Reiki and Sex Magick, we teach energy basics; grounding and shielding, we have had sacred sex teachers teaching the basics of Tantra and we also teach sacred touch, these are but a few of the classes and teachings that have been presented and held at GLEE.