I’m also back from the wilderness in the sense that my trip has resulted in a massive inner shift for me. I was speaking at a landmark conference, the first ever to be held at the new Hope Hospital and, as Mark Wentworth, the director, said when he welcomed us all: 'How fitting that the Spiritual Crisis Network conference should be the first.'
Now, after the conference, that feels more like treading water, that I was waiting for something to happen and that something was the conference. It was a powerful coming together of people from all over the world; the USA, Canada, Switzerland, Bosnia, Poland, Hungary and, of course, the UK. The director of the newly formed Grof Foundation, Kenneth Sloan was there, as was Ted Esser, the director of the re-birthed American Spiritual Emergence Network (SEN) – re-birthed in that the new Grof Foundation has taken it under its wing and is now actively supporting it. And that was just the audience! You can see the line up of speakers here.
I confess I was slightly dreading speaking simply because I was last on, at the end of a very packed and tight day’s schedule. Somehow I had to keep my energy levels up and look after myself well enough all day long to give a potentially flagging and tired audience my best. The reality, though, was that everyone was so inspired by the whole day that it couldn’t have been easier. My personal triumph was that I did a really good job of looking after myself, going off to lie on the grass in the sun whenever I needed a break.
It’s too soon to say how the impact of the day will unfold for us all, the other speakers, the participants, the conference organiser, the wonderful Katie Mottram, and the hospital team. All I know at this stage is that it will be huge. For us all. And when I land, you’ll be hearing more from me...