Hi, I’m Christobel and the face of Phosphorescence Healing Arts. A love of nature and my own life experiences have led me to believe our world suffers greatly from a problem of disconnection with self and surroundings. I believe the planetary crisis we find ourselves in will only be solved if we mend this fundamental issue. Many have lost sight of the possibility of great joy, great meaning in the beauty that surrounds us. Many yearn for the sacred but don’t know how to encourage it to flourish in their lives.
The wonderful thing about the dark is that it is in darkness we can best see subtle light. From the slightest glimmer we can regain and grow those connections with the sacred self and surroundings... it can be joyful, and it is a lifelong journey.
I have long resonated with the belief that certain truths bubble up into any system worth its salt. I fell in love with the idea and practicality of Core Shamanism which draws from this same premise. The recognition that our world is alive with spirit - that there are some near universal understandings about what that means and how to work respectfully with the spirit world. Core Shamanic healing practices allow me to work specifically with the individual needs of clients, regardless of personal belief or culture. I find it is a beautiful and fun way to support clients in their healing and increasing their own power. (For more information about Shamanic Healing and for a definition of Core Shamanism, see my What is Shamanic Healing? page.)
Throughout this website, I'll refer to shamanic practices and shamanic healing. This is due to the need for a common understanding that the work I do involves asking the benevolent spirits to offer assistance in reducing suffering in our world through their compassionate healing and wisdom. Out of my great gratitude and respect for the indigenous shamans of the world who have graciously offered their teachings so people like me may rekindle practices long underground in our western culture, I do not call myself a shaman. I call myself a witch as this best acknowledges my own cultural lineage of people who worked with the spirit world. However, I understand the word "witch" packs a bit of a punch! So as not to constantly be jarring you, I'll say "shamanic practitioner" when referring to this work.
Please know there are centuries of misunderstanding of what being a witch means. (Just look to Disney and the writers of the likes of "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" for some downright backwards information.) For me, being a witch means to think, speak and act with the best integrity I can muster. It means to be an advocate for our beloved Mother Earth: the oceans, nature, trees, animals, clouds and even the wee bugs. It means to create mindfully, with intent to harm none (and if possible, for the good of all). In my day job, this means working for the betterment of our planet in the building construction industry as an engineer and sustainability consultant, striving to make better, greener, healthier homes and buildings. After hours, it means picking up my drum, singing, creating ritual and sacred objects, and attempting to walk a path of mediation and advocacy between the spirit and natural world, and our human existence.
My structured training in the healing arts has been varied, but my practice draws primarily from my instruction and initiations with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS) and locally in an eclectic Wiccan tradition with Thirteenth House Mystery School. Through the FSS, I am a graduate of Michael Harner’s Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive™ and Three-Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing™. I am Guest Faculty with the FSS and teach Basic and Advanced weekend workshops in Victoria, BC. I have been blessed to have wonderful teachers who have offered me wisdom and a variety of perspectives based on their experiences, research, and practice.
I am born, raised and still live, work and play in Victoria, British Columbia within the traditional territories of the Tseycum, Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. Returning to the beaches of my childhood I recognize the same trees and rocks who still reside there. I offer my deepest respect and gratitude to the Indigenous peoples who, for millennia, have stewarded these lands, waters, and relationship with the local spirits. It humbles me to know there are people who know these the rocks by name, and whose Elders can tell their stories. Thank you. And, if I may acknowledge any Lekwungen speaking readers in your own tongue: háy̓sxʷ q̓ə.