Mysticism, mystery and spirituality have always interested me and from my early teens I was investigating different religions and spiritual traditions. What I found at the heart of them all are the foundations for healthy living: love, respect, compassion, integrity, forgiveness, truth, generosity, community and friendship.
However, I ultimately chose not to be aligned with any particular form of organised religion but to follow my deep spiritual core. When I first heard about the OneSpirit Foundation with its inclusive teachings and philosophy of 'many ways; one truth', my heart sang!
So in 2004, after a successful senior career in Human Resources and thirty-five years as a psychotherapist, I embarked on a two year deep-dive training with the OneSpirit seminary. It took me into a deeper understanding of different faiths, connected me more profoundly to my spirituality, and allowed me to create the ceremonies that I have been conducting since 2006.
This has also allowed me to utilise my other skills of professional speaking, writing, counselling and mentoring, for the benefit of those I have had the privilege to work with. Weddings, funerals and baby blessings all come with their own associated emotions and stress, so being able to help beyond just creating and conducting a ceremony has proved invaluable.
People often ask me "what do you do when you're "off-duty?" Well the answer is that I never consider myself to be "off-duty" because for me ministry is not a job. It's who I am and it flows through every encounter I have, whether that be a passing smile, a general conversation, when I'm shopping, when I'm grumpy - or when I'm enjoying the privilege of creating ceremonies for wonderful people. I love what I do and if I were a stick of rock you'd find the words people; authenticity; service, communication and unity stamped through it. (Yes, it would be a large stick of rock!)
Can I help you?
If you are thinking of getting married, renewing your vows, have recently welcomed a new arrival to your family or need to say goodbye to a loved one, then why not get in touch and we can arrange a time for a no obligation chat. I can also help if you are facing challenging times and need some support. After all, everyone needs a little help sometimes.
I look forward to knowing how I might serve you.
Wishing you abundant health, laughter and happiness.
Rev. Akasha Lonsdale-Deighton, OneSpirit Interfaith Minister and Ceremony Celebrant is also the author of the popular self-development book 'How to do Life' and the essential guest guide 'Do I Kneel or Do I Bow?: What you Need to Know when Attending Religious Occasions'. She is an inspiring and engaging speaker on a range of personal and spiritual development topics, and in 2010 she founded The Life Mastery Academy (TM). For many years she has been a regular media guest for local and national BBC Radio and TV, including with Aled Jones on his popular 'Good Morning Sunday' radio show.
Akasha holds membership of The Professional Speaking Association and The International Association of Stress Management (UK).
If you would like me to create and conduct a beautiful personalised ceremony for you, here's how to contact me to arrange a time for a no obligation chat to discuss your own unique occasion:
Fixed line: 01249 813188
Mobile: 07836 796215.
(+ 44 and delete the 0 if calling from outside the UK)
Why not pop over to the Simply Divine Ceremonies Facebook page where you'll find a selection of ideas to help with planning your special day.
A ceremony conducted by me would be perfect if you value working with an authentic professional who genuinely cares that you have the most appropriate ceremony for your needs.
Simply Divine Ceremonies are also ideal if :
You think of yourself as spiritual rather than religious.
You may have religious beliefs but your partner or family don't share those beliefs.