Just last weekend, I began my second year of my Interspiritual/Interfaith Ministry program at One Spirit Learning Alliance. In just 9 months, I will be an ordained minister. As I sat on the train, I pondered what this next year will bring! Further exploration of spiritual concepts, learning and designing ceremonies, worship services and spiritual practices and writing my vows of ministry.
Just a few years ago, I started a quest. I did not realize what I was looking for, and it wasn’t that I didn’t love my life, my friends or my family. I enjoyed my job, respected the organization I worked for and had wonderful co-workers.
Something was missing. Everything felt flat, my hobbies of arts and crafts no longer fed my soul. By pure chance, I stumbled upon an interspiritual community in Monroe, and my life changed. Suddenly, all the questions I had in my mind about the meaning of life, were questions I found others asking as well. In a community of like-minded, non-judgmental individuals I began an exploration and a journey to my own authentic nature.
That journey has brought me to ministry, to being a part of community and helping support others in that journey. While we can travel that road alone, once we put out that flag to the universe that says, “I am a seeker”, others will find us! The more we connect with our truth, speaking and acting from a place of authenticity, the more difficult it is to be out of alignment with our center.
Over the past several years I have had the opportunity to be in different communities and feel the sense of freedom that comes with being able to truly be authentic. The more authentic I act and speak, the more opportunities I find to be with others like me, truly finding my tribe.
As I walked into the One Spirit offices Saturday and was greeting faculty, staff and classmates, I felt at home. It is the same feeling I get leading the monthly Interspiritual Circle at Mountain View, the workshops I have created, or the ceremonies I lead. Creating community, another step towards home, to my center, to my true being.
A good friend reminds me that we are here to live life, to experience whatever may arise, to learn and to grow. To know we are not alone, that there are others, a community, that is rooted in love, has changed my life. As I craft my ministry vows to be taken in June, I keep coming back to finding my place in this world to help others find their place. By reconnecting with my joy through art, crystals, creativity, I seek to help others on their journey find their joy. To walk with others wherever this path may take them, whether smooth or bumpy, slow or fast, happy or sad, we are all here to walk with each other.
I am honored to offer my services at Mountain View, and to be a part of a community that honors many paths to well-being. What are you looking for in community? How can we be of service to each other as we journey home?
Lauri Ingram is a seeker of truth, motivated by her curiosity and desire to lead others on their own journeys of self-discovery. She understands that we all long to lead a fulfilled life, and that it is in the journey that we find fulfillment as we discover our personal truths.
As a trained mindfulness advocate in the workplace, Lauri discovered the vast benefits mindfulness has on easing anxiety by changing our relationship to emotions and thoughts. This discovery led her to become trained in other avenues of alternative and complementary healing, so that she could move beyond her corporate IT experience, to offer more sophisticated healing to others looking to explore who they are in a more spiritual sense.
Lauri received her BA from Albertus Magnus College and her MBA from the University of New Haven. She is certified as an Etheric Crystal Light Practitioner, Color Therapist, Usui Reiki Levels I and II, and as a Crystal Dreaming Practitioner, an advanced shamanic modality that uses past life regression to provide a profound opportunity to heal wounds and traumas, explore lives and lessons, ultimately connecting clients to their highest selves and to those beings that guide us. She is currently attending the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, and will be ordained as an Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister in June 2019. Lauri is co-founder of Etheric Elements, a provider of items for empowered living, and is the community manager for New Beginnings in Community, an Interfaith community located in Milford, CT, where she leads workshops and services.
Lauri believes that there is much to learn as we journey through life. It begins with openness, curiosity, and deep self-compassion. Lauri’s commitment is to using her life skills, experience, and training to create safe and sacred space for self-discovery, as she companions others along the way.
To learn more about Lauri’s upcoming workshops and offerings, check out her website www.visioningcrystals.com