Who I Am
I am a mother, Grandmother, a woman who lives through Spirit walking the path of ministering to individuals who are seeking to awaken to their highest purpose and passion for living. As a seer and spiritualhealer, life coach and mentor, I offer guidance and support for individuals to realign their spirit and heart with their true nature and essence, which is love. Literally this means I’m able to help people deepen their connection to a core self or identity by clearing old patterns and paradigms by shifting their awareness out of their pain body and into their bliss body. By bliss body I refer to a grounded state of open awareness that allows them to live and respond to life with love, truth and authenticity.
I work in the world as an ordained nondenominational minister, intuitive healer, spiritual consultant, transformational coach and certified Kundalini yoga teacher. Like my mother and grandmother before me, I am a clairvoyant, clairsentient, and clairaudient. I have direct experiences of Spirit communicating with me, directing the formation of my life and the guidance I give to others.
In 1983 after years of study and practice with spiritual teachers from eastern and western traditions, I experienced a full Kundalini rising. As my awareness of this profound experience integrated through my body, my identity and expression in the world became that of a Spirit Walker. I began living my life fully connected to Spirit and the siddhis, (gifts of awareness acquired from birth, spiritual practice, and from God) opening my life as a healer and seer.
The authority upon which I draw to bring my life’s work to the world comes directly from Source and the breath of my parents.
After my Kundalini awakening experience I called my mother and told her about the experience and my understanding that I was to use my awareness to help others in the world. She responded by saying, “That is who you are; it is not what you do. It is also who I am. Don’t let anyone take it from you as they did me.” (Insert a link to a blog post that dives deeper into this story.)
My father was a man with traditional religious values and my work in the world often made him uncomfortable. It was hard for him to explain to people who I was, what I did. Yet, in the last months of my father’s life; I shared my spiritual journey as a seeker of God, healer, and medicine woman with him as well. When I finished speaking he looked at me and said, “I believe you. When I saw you for the first time, the nurse put you in my arms and said, ‘She talks to the angels’.” (Also, another link to a blog post that dives deeper into this story as well.)
Although I have received empowerments (Shaktipat) from other teachers over the years, these words, acknowledgements, blessings from my mother and father I hold as the real authorization and initiation into the spiritual lineage of my family.
My desire is to live connected to the core of my being within the flow of LIFE. As a conduit of Source, as a spiritual midwife I will serve as a guide and mentor utilizing the gifts of awareness that I inherited and have been blessed with since my birth; to support those who feel called to work with me as they begin to heal what has been broken within their hearts and spirit.
Cristhal has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Religious Studies from Holy Names College in Oakland, California and a Masters of Divinity (MD) from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. She has studied with Rev. Olga Luchakova (Russian scholar and mystic) and is certified to teach the Hridayam method of Kundalini Yoga. She received certification for yoga studies from: 3HO Kundalini Yoga 200 hours training (Yogi Bhajan) Vinyasa Krama Loyola Marymount University 200 hours, Yoga Philosophy, CIIS 200 Hours. My current personal studies include the Unconditional Presence Work and teachings of John Welwood, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Marharshi, Dr. John Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati), Swami Satyananda Saraswati, and Carlos Pomeda.
Prior to pursuing her BA and MD, Cristhal was Bay Area Director for Businesses for Social Responsibility (BSR). She has created social and educational programs for BSR, Social Investment Forum, California Institute of Integral Studies, The Kellogg Fellows, Holy Names College, and the Spirituality and Work Life Project.
In 1998 sisters Cristhal Bennett M.Div., founded Silver Light Guidance, a spiritual and healing consulting group. Cristhal has been a frequent presenter at national conferences and workshops and works with individual clients and organizations throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, Russia and the United Emirates.