This is the first in a series of posts called About Dianna, which looks at my upbringing and life influences. You can find the series of posts below:
I was born in Salvador, in Bahia (Brazil), and spent my early childhood in Macau. By the age of ten, I had lived in three different countries, travelled to even more, spoken two different languages, experienced three different cultures (tasted the cuisines of them all), and experienced the energies of two different religions - Roman Catholicism, and Buddhism - both amid the backdrop of colourful Chinese folklore. I was born near the sea, lived by the sea in my early years, and in 2016, chose to live near the sea again. Where waves meet shore, and where ocean meets horizon, have always been portals between worlds for me.
My first memory is from the age of one when I was taken into a crystal cave filled with stalagmites and stalactites in Portugal - this would have been in 1979. At the centre of this cave lay Snow White, carved out of ice, in her coffin, having just bitten her apple. I can still remember the feel of the cave - the coolness on my skin.
Snow White would also be the first film I ever saw at the cinema at the age of three; apples and snakes would hold interesting meaning for my young self, too - the themes of my life were being laid out before me, to help me better understand my path: the search for hidden knowledge, transcendence through death, crystalline light, love conquering all, the real meaning of a kiss as the living breath, and spiritual transformation. (Many of us are shown our "themes" by Spirit in such ways, in the hopes the symbology will lead to a recognition of our life path.)
Was it the rich diversity of culture in my early years that made me empathic, sensitive, creative, imaginative? Was it nature or nurture that meant I could access my memories from such an early age, or that I dream-journeyed as a child, and conversed with my spirit guide before I knew what a spirit guide was? Whichever it was, my mind was wide open from before I could speak. I was always going to wander down an alternative life path, because I would always be a seeker of "more" than could be seen; of what I perceived to be "truth".
In my lifetime, I've had a variety of spiritual experiences involving various spiritual beings, those crossed over, fairies and fairy magick, dragons, and more. This inevitably led to studying and training in a variety of different spiritual modalities which included shamanism with Ivan McBeth, crystal healing with Suzanne Sedgeman, who was the first person to introduce me to the concept of Atlantis as an entity outside the words of Plato; flower and vibrational essences (Bach Remedies with Healingherbs Ltd and Indigo Essences with Ann Callaghan), and most recently, I have been working with angels (finally!). I'm also very much called, at this present time, to work with Atlantean crystal energies, guided by an Atlantean Priestess in the Otherworld, and combining these teachings with my natural shamanic pathway - all while I undertake receivership of the Munay-Ki Rites over the space of many months (now completed). It sounds like a lot, but all the modalities are connected - duality is a state of mind and life is a spiral in which we never stop learning.
As a young child, growing up in the multicultural way I did, I never knew division. All the differences I saw worked as a whole. Perhaps that was in part to do with my innate perception; or perhaps it was to do with the vague flashes of memory I have of what we call Atlantis, quite a few of my Native American past lives, a very interesting (and harrowing) one of an ancient Egyptian past life, and one or two of my starseed home. Every week, they are starting to feel less like separate lifetimes, and more like one ... long ... life. I'd like to help everyone realise that same kind of wholeness for themselves, whether through my writing, healing, channelling, or other, because it exists in a very real way. Oneness forms the basis for all I do.
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