“I see myself as a midwife of the human spirit.”
Melanie Mulhall is an award winning writer and editor, as well as a spiritual mentor and shaman whose shamanic lineage can be traced back to Black Elk. Melanie describes herself as a midwife of the human spirit and activator of the possible who helps people open more fully into themselves as conscious human beings. Melanie holds an MA in human development counseling. In 2003, Melanie’s book, Living The Dream—A Guidebook For Job Seekers And Career Explorers, won a First Place EVVY Award in the Spiritual/Inspiration Category.
Q. What has been the most challenging part of your path?
A. During my apprenticeship, I occasionally questioned my own sanity thanks to the flood of changes I was experiencing. While driving home from Boulder one day, I received a powerful vision of having spent lifetimes with the shaman to whom I was apprenticed. Guidance like that often came at inconvenient times and I just had to embrace the messiness of the transformative process. It was harder on my husband who once asked, “When is this going to be over?” I replied, “It’s not. This is who I am.” As I healed, I relinquished control and allowed my destiny to unfold. Unfortunately, one reason people are drawn to the Law of Attraction is their desire to control, to manipulate the world into giving them what they want. There is so much more to it than that. It’s about jumping into the river of your purpose and letting it carry you. At age sixty, I feel better than ever—with the most important things I am to do yet to come.
Q. What advice would you give someone just starting his or her spiritual path?
A. No one is just starting. We are all spiritual pilgrims walking the same path and we’ve been on it a long time. As Sheldon Kopp advised, “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him!” That is, don’t seek the Buddha outside yourself. Become him by trusting what you know and strengthening your connection to God. Many believe that pursuing spiritual growth will make life easier when, in fact, life often initially gets more difficult as repressed parts of you surface for healing. Do not do this work to make things easy or to get something. Do it to become a clear vehicle for the divine. Over time, you do become happier as you learn to love yourself and stop wasting energy on denying who you are. Also, do things every day to recharge: meditate, spend time in nature and with positive people, read good books, and think loving thoughts.
For the rest of the interview, please check out the book, Seek The Lover Within: Lessons from 50 Spiritual Leaders.