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Hi, I'm Lindy!
Born and brought up in Ayrshire, I now live in the Pictish village of Abernethy in Perthshire.
In 1992, and as a single mum of 2 children, I joined the Scottish Ambulance Service, as an Ambulance Care Assistant, working my way up to Ambulance Technician, then Paramedic, until in the late 90s I became Scotland’s first female Helicopter medic. In 2004, I decide to embark on a whole new adventure and so left my role in the Ambulance Service. After completing a 4 year Psychology degree at the University of Glasgow, followed by a Postgraduate qualification, I began my Coaching & Professional Speaking business.
In 2015, while working as a lecturer in Edinburgh College, I was asked by friends to conduct their beautiful forest wedding in Dumfries & Galloway and it was such a wonderful experience that I made the decision to retrain and become a full-time Celebrant, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I absolutely love it! And as they say in Scotland… “You can take the lassie out of Ayrshire but you can’t take Ayrshire out of the lassie” and so as you might have noticed, there’s a wee bit of Scottishness running through my work! In 2017, I began a 2-year ministry training programme with the Interfaith Foundation, and in July 2019, I was ordained as an Interfaith Minister (think spiritual rather than religious). In 2018 I was asked to offer training to people who also wanted to be Celebrants, and so Celebrant Training Scotland was born. To date I'm extremely proud to have trained over 50 practising Celebrants. When I’m not ministering, I enjoy spending time travelling around Scotland, walking in the beautiful Scottish hills, or spending time with my wee grandsons Lochie & Finlay.
One of the questions I'm most often asked in my work, is about my own faith and if I believe in God. And my answer is always the same, "That depends on how you define God." I certainly don't believe in a God who has form and sits on a cloud with a paper & pen making notes every time somebody makes a mistake. I don't believe in a vengeful God, or a God who would sit back and let children suffer, while promising the earth to those who worship him. I don't believe in a God who says it's wrong to love someone of the same gender. I don't believe in literal resurrections or virgin births. I don’t believe in the eternal fires of hell. I don’t believe any of the holy scriptures are divine. I don’t believe ministers, priests, imams, rabbi, or any other type of clergy are able to have any more of a direct relationship with God than any other person. In short, I don’t believe or support any of the harmful narrative that exists in organised religion, and has been the cause of so much pain & suffering in the world, and I think we should be doing everything we can to reclaim spirituality in it's purest sense.
Because I do believe in magic and mystery. I believe in parking angels & fairies, witches & wizards and I definitely believe in UFOs & Jedi Knights. I believe in something beyond this world that we don’t have words for, a feeling of something bigger than us that we just can’t explain, a presence that exists within and around us that we don’t have the language to describe, but that pulls us in and allows us to see the world, and humanity at its very best. And if you want to call it God, I’m okay with that. I also very much believe that spiritual support in Ceremony comes in many forms and I'm more than happy to sit with you, listen to you and help make sure your Ceremony is one filled with depth & meaning in a way that's right for you.
When I'm not conducting ceremonies, I spend most of my time with my 2 gorgeous grandsons, Lochie & Finlay :)
WHY I LOVE WHAT I DO
"Ritual & Ceremony in their due times kept the world under the sky and the stars in their courses. It was astonishing what Ceremony & Ritual could do."
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