By Steve Clayton
I am excited to be part of the Clayhut Healing Centre with my wife, Kim Hutchinson. Years ago when I dreamed of being the next great Canadian writer I was asked to describe myself in seven words. My flippant response was to quip, ‘just take the seven deadly sins’. Sounded funny in my head but as life was to show me with no uncertainty what sounded funny or good in my head was not necessarily so. Often, more often than I care to admit, it was just the opposite. To save face, I came up with the reply; ‘Eternal restlessness blundering through a finite world’, as a self imposed description. Excellent I thought. Describes not just me but the plight of the whole human race. The questioner was impressed. My ego was more than satisfied. I did not realize that my satisfied ego was the main reason my writing career was floundering; I didn’t actually have a writing career but my ego had many excuses for this which I accepted unconditionally.
The years passed as they are want to do, and although I had glimpses of a much greater existence around us, I found the usual distractions to keep my mind distracted and my spirit asleep. Luckily for me, my guiding spirits (angels if you will) did not give up on me and their messages were slowly working their magic on me. My ego resisted subtly and it wasn’t until Kim introduced me first to Reiki and then to the writings of Eckhart Tolle and finally to Stephen Barrett’s Chios Healing that I began to wake up on a truly spiritual level. Then I had my ‘eagle’ communication which led me into the world of Shamanism, specifically through the wonderful writing of Tom Cowan. It was here I first encounter the idea of Animism: ( here I will quote Tom Cowan and hope his words speak to you as they spoke to me) “Animism : the ancient world view of our ancestors that all created things; humans, animals, plants, landscapes, elements and seasons have an intelligent, communicative life force or spirit.”
These words coupled with the three elements introduced to me by my wonderful wife struck a chord somewhere deep within me and for the first time I could honestly say I no longer felt restless; I was not blundering down some meaningless egoic path. I was reunited with my creator and the glory of creation all around me and my small part within. A part which I hope to share through this space with all who are interested as we live out our life’s journeys on this beautiful oasis we call our home; the earth.