As I sat in the last row of the hotel conference room at the Mount Charleston Inn (because- as usual- I was late, plus I always like to sit in the back for an easy escape route), I looked around the room at the people gathered for our week-long spiritual retreat with Gary Spivey, “World Renowned Psychic”. The room was lined with long tables one behind the other, facing forward with a pen and pad of paper marking each chair. I looked at my fellow conference attendees and was surprised at how many were here to learn how to “see with your spiritual eyes”.
This week we were to discover how to connect and talk directly with God and our Angels, receive “spiritual gifts” and learn how overcome dark energy attacks. If I didn’t know then what I know now, I would expect the attendees of our conference to be spiritual hippies who belong to online groups titled, “Sacred Heart of The Eternal Crystal” and forward emails with spiritual paintings of mother earth holding a rose quartz crystal… and there’s nothing wrong with any of that. However, with the exception of one, my fellow conference attendees were anything but frankincense-burning New Age hippies- they were just ordinary people from a diverse background who have seen and experienced things that not everyone is open to, who understood that there is something more, and that a church is not always the best way to find spirituality and connect with GOD.
One man was a marketing executive from City Center Las Vegas, a nerdy and pleasant type who wore jeans and a LL Bean fleece hoodie, and who probably lamented for an hour that morning on whether or not he was wearing the right outfit.
Rachel, the former bank manager turned clothing line designer wore cowgirl boots with jeans in a complimentary style that made her appear much younger than her years. She was the proud business owner of “Rodeo Ho Clothing” where she travels from rodeo to rodeo selling t-shirts with sayings like, “Save A Bull, Ride A Cowboy” and “8 Minutes Aint Enough”, and business card read “Rachel McManus Head Honch-Ho”. Rachel was genuinely kind and real, and always showed interest in what others had to say.
Todd… and when he talked about the love he had at home everyone could feel the warmth, and only proves that GOD does not reward good people with money, rather with love.
The trendy Range Rover-driving pregnant mom was an adorable Asian girl living in Anthem Country Club with her venture capitalist Irish husband. Now, what would this girl be doing at a spiritual conference, I wondered. Shouldn’t she be shopping for Bellisimio baby bedding and pre-ordering the newest (stroller)? Man, I was about to find out that I was very wrong about that girl.
One woman was a medical billing clerk from UMC Hospital who looked like she could be anyone’s favorite aunt, who might sew decorative lace and frills onto a t-shirt for a Christmas present.
If anything, these people validated that I wasn’t crazy for being at a spiritual re was merely a collection of people who understoood there was something more, and that spirituality didn’t necessarily come in the way of sitting in church and following rules, but rather than just cutting through the red type and middle-men and speaking directly with God. The girl with the barrettes was a very slender young and obnoxiou insecure girl from Texas who accompanied Gary’s publicist as his date. Each day she wore Bebe business suits , but no matter what her attire was she parted her short blond hair each day down the middle and secured each side with a Goody barrette that matched her outfits. You probably remember Goody barrets as a child- plastic and pastel-colored with either flowers or animals like squirrels and bunnies. Each day it seemed like such an odd combination to match a $300 outfit with $1.99 dime-store barrettes. I sent Thyra into a fit of laughter one day when while getting dressed and fighting with my hairstyle said, “I wonder if that girl would let me borrow a barrette.”
And then there was Travis, Gary’s ridiculously cute personal assistant. The night before, Travis and I had sat at the hotel bar while he used his 23-year old charm and pretty-boy smile to flirt with me. Amused, I assured him that he was too cute for his own good. The fact is that even I was young, I wasn’t attracted to younger guys. My whole life I had always liked older men and can even remember fantasizing about Bruce Wilis in “Moonlighting” when I was fourteen.
The Scientologist refer to it as “finding your core trauma”. On day two of our week of spiritual awakening, Gary performed what he called going back to
Gary, who has an open mind for any religion as someone who believes in God and spirituality, but not necessarily someone who always adheres to the rules and restritictions men have placed upon our spirituality and the laws of heaven under the guise of “religion”. A Scientologist friend of Gary’s asked him to engage in a church practice called “finding your core trauma” where scientologists find by holding probe… it’s basically a verify scientific approach to a spiritual idea. Gary, being so cool said, “sure”
So, today Gary was helping our group find and heal our core traumas using his spiritual gifts rather than electrical probes and a keyboard. He started in the front row and in just a few seconds was able to recite some unexpected incident in each attendees life that created a core trauma upon which hundreds or even thousands of traumas have build upon. “Oh this is going to be good”, I thought, as I wondered what my core trauma was. There were so many traumas to choose from, which one could be my core? The drama in me began to mount. Each person wept, as Gary…. The lady
The only person who didn’t cry was the marketing, “when you were three, your parents moved your bed”… apparently, his grandparents and when they died. They discussed the incident and the man talked about how his grandparents. Then Gary suggested that he go ahead and take a walk to think about it. Later on, the man described walking to his room and breaking down in tears before reaching his room where he then went on to cry for a while.
The unexpected trauma came from the trendy pregnant mom. She was from , and was married to a wealthy and the were expecting their first child. She seemed like the type whose greatest trauma might be that she missed the Nordstrom one-day sale last week. Was I ever wrong about her. was . The obnocious girl with the barrettes,
Then it was Thyra’s turn. “When you were young your family went on a trip and you felt that you didn’t have the right place in the car, or you felt that you just didn’t have your place.” Thyra looked confused and couldn’t figure out what he was referring to, but I knew instantly. “It was the trip to San Francicso, I said. I wasn’t on this trip with Thyra, and don’t know how I knew what he was talking about when Thyra couldn’t remember. This is one of those times that I was able to tap into that spiritual channel, to help Gary because otherwise I wouldn’t have know what she was talking about. Thyra, my best friend and cousin, our sisters are mothers. Thyra has an older brother and a younger brother and my aunt in her younger days experienced everything… a “free spirit” from living on Hate-Ash in San Francisco, to traveling with her musician boyfriend through France living in south of France, to What resulted in Aunt Peggy’s “free spirited” life when she finally settled down was my cousin, Bruce, who is also some type of biracial but looks caucasian, then Thyra who looks like a prettier version of Alicia Keys, and the evil younger brother, Levi, who with blond hair and blue eyes looks like he could fit in with Arian nation. Thyra may have felt out of place her whole life because she is bi-racial. She’s the one in the family photo and that sisters-in-laws have to “explain” her to their families, etc. I think that trip to San Francisco when she was about eight may have been the first time that she felt that she didn’t have a “place” Thyra cried, and I cried again with her. I cried because of the guilt I felt of knowing that Thyra chose this life, with this family, to be with me in this life. There’s one thing I know for sure and that’s I’ve not been through a lifetime on this planet without her- whether we’ve been mother and daughter, sisters or best friends, Thyra and I have always weathered the storm of a life hear together.
Now, it was my turn, and I was ready. The excitement mixed in with the drama building up in me I was ready for this life-changing revelation that was going to explain what event has caused all the chaosI was ready to talk about my traumas and cry with everyone else. “Let’s get on with it”, I thought. I couldn’t wait to everyone to share in my trauma drama.
Gary walked over to me and looked at me with that peaceful smile . Gary always has a sparkle in his eye. Even Harrison Ford has nothing on Gary Spivey in the eye-sparkle department- where Harrison’s sparkle comes from carefuly placed lighting and technicians who know how to capture that Hans-Solo magic, Gary’s sparkle comes from within and from somewhere very few people in this world have seen. Spiritual paintings that do the best job possible portraying a place where colors in this world can’t begin to describe, is the where that beautiful white-gold mixed with Bahama-ocean blue that seems to shine that you can feel right down into your toes when he looks at you with his clever smile from right below is bushy eyebrows
Gary then spoke, “When you were an infant, your father was holding you while you were crying and you wouldn’t stop. So he put you down and walked away. He walked away for good. You came into this life specifically to have a relationship with your dad- you two are a lot alike. But he walked away.” I thought about what he said and let that realization soak in. But- I didn’t cry. In fact, I didn’t feel anything.
After a minute of silence, Gary suggested I “take a walk” to think about it too. There was an akward silence as I left the room and caught a glimpse of Travis’ face and he had a sympathetic and concerned look to say, “I’m so sorry”. I appreciated the sentiment, but honestly did not feel anything.
I walked outside and sat by the pond looked up at the beautiful mountains- nothing. I thought about what Gary had said. I chose this life to be with my dad. But he left. I tried to feel the impact of that abandonment along with the tragedy that my Dad passed away just two years ago and we never had any type of real relationship. The fact that we were indeed so much alike, only furthered the tragedy. as a way to get myself to cry. But, still there were no tears. “Oh my God, is there something wrong with me? Only fueling my internal drama I questioned.
I gave up and headed back to the meeting room to join the rest of the weeping and healed friends, but thought it might be too soon- I didn’t want everyone else to know how cold I was. So I entered the ladies room to “freshen up” (waste some time) by washing my hands and checking my makeup in the mirror. Just then the hospital billing clerk entered, “Are you okay?” she asked as she gave me a big sympathetic and well-meaning hug. Maybe a hug was what I needed to get the tears flowing- but still- nothing.
There were no tears for this girl who had just discovered the primary event for which all of The fact is, that growing up I always felt a coldness from within and inability to feel anything when it came to my father. When I was ten as I walked through the living room just arriving home from school on my way to my bedroom, my mom informed that he was in a terrible car accident and almost died. She later scolded me for responding with a quick smile and a “okay” as my response. What did she really expect? At ten, I didn’t know my father from the man who just soled me a pack of bubblegum a the 7-Eleven store. How was I supposed to process that information? But what my mom taught me was that there was something wrong with me. I was wrong for not feeling Perhaps she wanted me to break down into tears upon hearing my father was hurt. But the fact is, my mind immediately went to the fact that my younger half-sister was in the car, with my step-mom and what it must have been like as a young girl to be sitting in the back seat of a car with your mother and father both in the front seats. I had never and would never know what that felt like. In the short ten years of my life I had already been through three marriages and a half-dozen boyfriends with my mom… the idea of being together as a family in a car was as far from my life as living in a palace in Agrabah with my pet tiger, Rhaga.
And to this day, I still haven’t wept over still nothing about my core trauma, which means one of only two things to me. It means that either I haven’t really confronted and dealt with my life’s “core trauma” and it’s still bottled up inside me waiting to come out with a waterfall of tears. Or, perhaps Because of Connor, my perspective of trauma I’ve experienced with Connor and those two delicate years far surpasses any pain my father’s absence in my life could have caused and in perspectively