sandra leader: artist & author
My earliest religious affiliation was the Presbyterian Church, where Jesus' message of love and redemption took root and grew to have a permanent place in my life.. In my mid-30s I had a series of personal crises that opened me to a profound and life-altering experience of Unity Consciousness. This grace-filled occurrence whetted a desire to understand what had transpired and to revisit such a transcendent place again. Later, to keep a promise to my husband to rear our daughter in Judaism, I immersed myself in the synagogue for over a decade. During this period, I was introduced to Religious Science, an interfaith teaching that seeks to reveal the Golden Thread of Truth that weaves through all religious and spiritual traditions.. I began a deep dive into this contemporary assimilation of ancient spiritual wisdom, which led to my becoming a Religious Science minister in 2007. I have served as associate minister at the Center for Spiritual Awakening in Pacific Grove for eight years. I have been meditating for over 25 years, a practice that has offered me the opportunity to revisit that initial transcendent experience quite naturally.. I have facilitated meditation and creativity workshops and retreats for 15 years.
A journalist for over 30 years, I have always pursued art as a sideline, and as my journalism career was winding down, my spiritual life began to unfold in a marked way, and I became a minister in the Church of Religious Science. Now my art and writing expresses my deep yearning for the sacred and my love for this beautiful Planet Earth and everything on it.
God arrives through an open window
Into an empty room.
Put all your furniture into storage
and throw away the key.
Arrange a few pillows on the floor
And sit, quietly.
Don't expect blaring trumpets
Or a grand entrance.
Just the subtlest of breezes
Can cause your heart
To burst into flames
One-on-one counseling, by phone or SKYPE, is available for those who are experiencing frustration or setbacks in their personal or spiritual lives, or for those who simply wish to have a dialogue from a spiritual perspective about their present experience. In addition to deep listening and heart-centered
responses that respect whatever place you are in, I offer spiritual mind treatment, a form of healing prayer that
shifts consciousness and helps remove obstacles by seeing the Divinity in everything.