Great Goddess Interviews: Jilian McDermott 10/04/2011
What part of nature do you feel most connected to? Animals are my biggest connection, non-domesticated; they are intuitive creatures that can teach us a lot if we listen to the intuitive context/language. I have had certain animals or insects come to me(some continually) at certain points in my life, I see them as spiritual guides or signs.
What do you feel has been your greatest achievement so far in life? Graduating Nursing school from Arizona State. It took me 7 years to just get there, working 60 hours a week, being a single mom. I got accepted to an elite fellowship program that was accelerated, competitive and brutal. When all was said and done I thought "Holy (expletive) I made it, on my own, with my tribe supporting me all the way" A huge weight lifted off my shoulders knowing I could take care of us (my daughter and I) on our own; I was officially a grown-up, mmm no not really :)
Tell us one strange-ish fact about yourself... I had ghosts for friends when I was little, I didn't say they were ghosts, I just told my mom and my sister they were dead and they talked to me and we were friends. As an adult, I am extra sensitive to " energy shifts" in my surroundings, some people call it intuitive or just plain crazy (which ever is your preference). I dont talk about it much. Its something that those close to me know already because they can feel it & sometimes see it.
What do you feel is your current 'big life lesson'? You know, the one you keep having to learn over and over. Letting go...Letting go of the past, the future, my expectations,control, fears, worry, my pain, attachments.... Letting go of stuff, even negative stuff that has been with me for so long is scary and painful, even when I want to let go of it, it is still really hard to actually do it...for good.
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