Hello. My name is Nancy Norman.
Deep down I’ve always dreamed of being a writer. While I’ve often received encouragement to write (from my Mom, sister, teachers and friends), I have pursued a career in social work. In my mid 30’s, I went to graduate school, earned an MSW and am now in private practice as a psychotherapist. I love what I do and feel lucky that I have fulfilling work. And yet, I also long to be more creative and honor this desire to write.
For me, there is often an interface between writing and spirituality. I’d like to say a word or two about spirituality. I had the privilege of growing up in Colombia, South America, because my parents are Southern Baptist missionaries. I followed in the tradition in which I was raised until I was 26. In that life changing year, I met the first real love of my life, and she was a woman. I agonized over how my Christian faith collided and conflicted with my sexuality. I can say now, many years later, that crisis was a gift. It forced me to examine and challenge everything I held as “the truth.”
Spirituality needs to be approached with humility and openness. I submit that there are many ways to connect to God, the Buddha, Allah, Yahweh, the Holy Spirit, Jehovah, your Higher Power, Jesus, the Source, the Universe, the Matrix, to name a few (take a listen to Concrete Blonde’s song, “I Call it Love”). I find it freeing to accept that there is no way any one person can fully comprehend such an indescribable Entity. Still, as humans, we endeavor to connect to this Energy and are compelled to understand our relationship and connection to this Force as best we can.
I am also drawn to the possibility of the meaning in words, nature and events of synchronicity. I am inspired by Dianne Skafte’s definition of the oracle as described in her book, Listening to the Oracle: The Ancient Art of Finding Guidance in the Signs and Symbols All Around Us. On page 3 she writes:
Dictionary descriptions provide a starting point for identifying our subject, but they leave out the most important element from a psychological viewpoint--the experience of receiving an oracle. Since we can only begin to know oracles through our contact with them, let us frame a definition that speaks to this relationship.
To receive an oracle is to receive guidance, knowledge, or illumination from a mysterious source beyond the personal self.
This is the framework from which I intend to write. Please take only what you find useful, leave the rest, and happy reading.
With much affection,
Nancy (aka, NN)