This article is presented as a further illustration of what I explored in The Backstory. I’ve long had a powerful drive for advanced education. I thought I’d picked it up from my educated parents, for whom it was like a mantra. But it turned out to be born of trauma, not dharma. It was passed down my father’s line and also inherited by my mother.
This conflicted with my personal karma and dharma, which has not been to follow traditional paths (even though I tap into their value).
The current planetary cycles triggered the drive again. It surprised me how strongly I responded. Only this time I could go into the feel of the drive and wind it down. As I mentioned on Backstory, it brought major family insights and compassion.
With that clear, the perspective shifted. To honour my father’s line, a PhD is still a resolution. But because of my work, I now recognize a spiritual approach is more appropriate.
A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) was originally a religious degree and why they still wear those priestly robes at graduation ceremonies.
I’ve found a seminary that likes my work and allows for independent research. Essentially, I leveraged the research I published in Our Natural Potential into a dissertation for a double-major PhD. I should graduate this summer.
To my surprise, I’m also working on a second doctoral dissertation for a Doctor of Divinity. This one is on the topic of my SAND18 talk but framed as the Layers of Divinity. I plan to convert that into a book later.
Getting a seminary PhD includes ordination. This is feeling like a sideways way of nature steering me where I’m not looking, similar to how I ended up in the Masters program a decade ago.
What form this will flow into remains to be seen. But this unexpected shift is fascinating to watch and has unfolded rapidly.
Years of inner changes are rising to the surface of life.
I’ve also lost over 65 lb. in recent months through keto. Even the appearance itself is changing. 🙂
Of course, your mileage will vary but it illustrates how things can shift when we clear old blocks.
Update: I posted photos here.