I was thrilled to ask this alchemical question of Martha Beck on a MommyMuse interview: How can somebody who has been extremely skeptical about religion and superstition, who believes there is a scientific explanation for everything, speak openly about her mystical experiences? Here is what Martha had to say:
Mommy Muse Poll
Who is one of the most potent, life-changing teachers you have had the pleasure of experiencing in your life?
Gifts from my heart to yours: I’m dreaming up exciting behind-the-scene changes on The Alchemist’s Heart, complete with our new weekly rhythm. We will be enjoying Musical Mondays, Teaching Tuesdays, Wondering Wednesdays, Top Talent Thursdays and Feel-It-Work Fridays ~ a pattern of powerful modes of sharing!
Today’s Wondering Wednesday question is this:
Who is one of the most potent, life-changing teachers you have had the pleasure of experiencing in your life, and what made them so very special?
I’ll share mine and encourage you to share one (or more – because the Universe is abundant!) of yours:
Top honors go to Dr. David Madsen from my teen years at Seattle University. He was an irreverent genius at a Jesuit university who made Latin, Greco-Roman architecture and the joys of critical thinking come alive. He smoked so much his shirt armpits were stained yellow, made inappropriate comments (think Hugh Laurie playing House, M.D.), was proud of “breaking” 4.0 students (although he didn’t crack me), and had an infectious enthusiasm for life. My pig-tailed, 16 year old Sophomore self was utterly delighted to be respected and taken seriously on the basis of my thinking skills, not my age. His out-of-the box teaching inspires (puts the breath of life into) my avocation. I am tickled to see he’s still teaching and am concocting a letter of gratitude to share the difference he’s made in one life…and everyone I’ve worked with. Have you had a teacher who rocked your world in the best possible ways? Consider letting them know – there has GOT to be something supremely satisfying to have that gift of knowledge a quarter of a century later.