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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Dr. Eric Williams Memorial Lecture
THE ERIC WILLIAMS CONTRIBUTION TO
CARIBBEAN HISTORY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY
Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tickets can be collected from the Reception Desk, Ground Floor, Central Bank
on Wednesday 11th June, 2014
from 8:00 a.m.
The lecture will be streamed live on www.central-bank.org.tt
For more information, call 625-2601/4835 Ext 250
Saturday 14th June, 2014
Central Bank Auditorium
St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain
Professor Franklin W. Knight
Director, Center for Africana Studies
Johns Hopkins University
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One night "drained by anguish" and
unable to see the larger view of her
future, she begged of the "no one in
particular: I need help; please help me."
A voice answered with the words, "I
am your angel, and I m with you."
"I felt comforted knowing that I was
not alone," she says, explaining that
the encounter with her "personal angel"
encouraged her to investigate a spiritual
world she had always felt existed but
was unsure how to find.
She also sought the help of friends
in finding a counsellor, but did not
explain why she wanted one.
"They thought I needed to speak
about the separation," she says. But
somehow one of her friends suggested
just the kind of counsellor that
Chisholm was looking for, a spiritual
counsellor, who says Chisholm "had
the gift to connect her with spiritual
guides." Advising on everything from
the colours she should wear to how to
arrange her desk to feel inspired,
Chisholm s "spirit guides" encouraged
her most of all to love herself.
"The information I received over 15
months from the three sessions with
my spiritual guides allowed me to know
and accept myself completely through
the perspective of love," writes
Chisholm. She was able to write the
first draft of Spirit Love in four months,
just before her house was sold and her
marriage ended and her husband
returned to Scotland.
She had helped in his environmental
inspection company, but that had been
ten years before.
"I was 54 and looking for a job," she
Having sold their home and split the
proceeds, Chisholm bought a condo,
which she shared with her younger son,
but found she could not afford it. She
spent the next two years moving
between the homes of friends and
places she would rent, but inevitably
be unable to afford. Her only income
was from part-time jobs doing every-
thing from working in a doctor s office
and bookstore to selling wine retail.
She took community college courses
for those out of work and in need of
retraining and was supported by her
son Michael, who would attend her
small graduation ceremonies.
But, says Chisholm, the guidance
she received from her spirit guides had
become central to her life. The rituals
of meditation, asking her guides for
assistance (which now comes in the
form of inspiration), thanking them
and saying a prayer before bed, became
the regulating principles of her life.
"I didn t like to be regulated,"
she says, "but the whole process
made me more aware of loving
myself and others."
This eventually led to reconcil-
iation with her husband. One of
her sons suggested she should go
to Tobago for a while, and she
stayed there for four months,
swimming twice a day and allow-
ing herself to heal. While there
she sent her husband an e-mail
on his birthday, which over-
whelmed him with its love and
warmth. He had returned to
Canada himself some months
before and they began speaking
every weekend on her return.
Eventually they started going out
"I didn t give an ultimatum,"
says Chisholm, "but I asked him
what he was doing." Her husband
said he wanted her back. She
moved into his apartment and
although life continued to be
tough, they kept love as focus,
When one of her husband s
small, high-risk investments paid
off, Chisholm was able to look
again to her book Spirit Love and
was eventually able to self-publish
using the publish-by-demand
model. She was only able to pub-
lish ten copies initially for family
and friends, but set up a Web site
Chisholm says that the most
important thing for others who
feel unable to pursue their dreams
to know is that they are not alone.
"We are all afraid that we are
alone. It s about loving yourself.
I would tell people to find out who
they are and to do the thing that
person wants to do."
Chisholm s life speaks volumes
for that perspective. Her newfound
love for herself not only means
that she was able to start and
complete Spirit Love, but that she
gained the support of others, like
her brother, who has bought
copies of her book and distributes
them to people to whom he feels
it will make a difference.
In Trinidad with her husband,
Chisholm says, "We are having an
She is finding inspiration for
her new project---a collection of
children s books---in the "music
and happiness" around her. She
has sent a copy of her book to RIK
and has left one at the National
Library, where she has been asked
to submit a biography.
She has also set up a small pub-
lishing company, The Write Milieu,
through which she will publish
her other books and, she hopes,
the work of others.
"I want to be a lightning rod,"
she says enthusiastically, "ema-
nating love and doing always those
things I am inspired to do."
Chisholm encouraged to love herself
"The information I received
over 15 months from the
three sessions with my
spiritual guides allowed me
to know and accept myself
completely through the
perspective of love."
--- Joan Chisholm
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