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My Story

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Emerging from the ‘womb’

My name is Michael Politano-Bowles. I have a BA in Religious Studies and Psychology, and a Masters of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology. I am a Spiritual Health Practitioner (Chaplain). I have worked in Critical Care, Medicine, Addictions, Mental/Urban Health, and Hospice. I received my certification as a Specialist in the field of Spiritual Health in April, 2018 through the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (www.spiritualcare.ca). On a less professional note, I love to garden, play banjo, explore the natural world, and go on road trips. Also, I am learning how to skateboard, which has been a very humbling experience! However, my passion is working with people. In particular, I love seeing others (or myself for that matter) come to know themselves better, face their fears and painful emotions, embrace the Spirit, encounter themselves in new ways, and begin to live differently, courageously. There may be no greater beauty than seeing real change in fellow humans.

My changes began when I was 19 and attending university in Guelph, Ontario. I was deeply lonely, depressed and had this tendency towards isolating myself even at social engagements. I remember one night I was sitting on the floor in my room in utter despair, when suddenly I felt a radiant and loving presence of pure light flow through me. I couldn't understand how in the moment of such darkness I could experience such an incredible moment of love. Within a few weeks I quit school and began my journey exploring myself and the world around me, inspired by this new found connection with Spirit. Though real, active relationship with the Teacher wouldn’t develop until much later, those first steps led me to hitchhike throughout North America for years exploring myself and my 'backyard'; to live at Dorje Denma Ling, a Shambhala Buddhist retreat centre in Nova Scotia; to walk the Camino de Santiago several times in both Spain and Portugal; to re-attend university with a passion for study; and those first steps motivated me to use my experience and education to help others rediscover Meaning, Worth, Light, and Belonging. I currently live and explore just outside Nelson, BC.