My family originated in Europe and my parents have always been devout Catholics. My first nine years of education were spent at a Catholic school, which stood adjacent to our parish church. The parish priests would spend time with the students on a regular basis answering their questions regarding life’s mysteries.
It was during these question periods that I noticed the answers given by the priests were either too vague or evasive and, in many cases, contradictory to the day-to-day activities of the clergy. As I matured, I became more and more disillusioned and, in my late teens, I left the church and its practices.
My evolution into spirituality began when I met my wife in 1982, and my striving has never stopped. In 1993, I was introduced to Higher Self Yoga and to my teacher, Nanette Hucknall.
Over the last 21 years, I have learned acceptanceto accept others for who they truly are, to accept their positive and not so positive qualities, and to accept the challenges that others need to go through as part of their evolution. As a result, I have learned to develop more compassion for others as they move along their own path.
In addition, I continue to learn about other religions, about other cultures, and about other beliefs ultimately realizing that most of the participants share the same aspirations.
Coming from a technical and scientific education, I have embraced HSY because it encourages me to use my heart and not just my mind in my day-to-day interaction with life and humanity. For me, HSY is a “teaching of living ethics,” as described by Ralph Houston, Nanette’s spiritual teacher. It facilitates the broadening of my consciousness while at the same time showing me the way to plausible answers to the many questions I have about life, answers the church continues to deny, or is unable to give to its parishioners.
I am grateful for the guidance, the wisdom, and the support that I receive on this, my chosen path.