ABOUT THE COLLEGE
Formally inaugurated in 2000, Obsidian College for Healing and Integrated Medicine in Berkshire represents the fruition of over 30 years work by healer/counsellor Lee Everett and husband John Alkin.
Set in over an acre of tranquil gardens, the College has for years been Lee and Johns base from which they have offered one-to-one consultations to individual clients and development groups founded in meditation. With its inauguration as a teaching college affiliated to the Institute of Complementary Medicine, with an advisory board of specialists in the worlds of both complementary and conventional medicine, Obsidian is now able to offer accredited qualifications to those seeking to work within the field of healing/counselling and other forms of complementary medicine, as well as continuing to welcome individuals who simply wish to further their own personal spiritual development.
WHAT WE DO
In a recent article on spiritual intelligence in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)*, Brian McMullen wrote of the importance of introducing intuition and compassion into conventional medicine, quoting Paracelsus observation that the true ground of medicine is love. He continued: Spirituality is an essential component of a holistic approach to life and work... We all have access to the power of intuition, although we rarely exploit the potential; [and] intuition has an important role in medical diagnosis.Intuition and spirituality have long been aspects of many disciplines under the complementary medicine umbrella but there now is a growing desire to see these elements integrated into Western (allopathic) medicine.
As a College for Healing and Integrated Medicine, Obsidian is dedicated to the pursuit of such spiritual intelligence, offering courses and development groups which further the inner skills required by practitioners in both the complementary and conventional medical fields.
*Spiritual Intelligence by Brian McMullen, BMJ February 2003
FOUNDERS AND ADVISORY BOARD
- John Alkin
Dr Sarah Brewer
- Lucinda Ellery
- Hazel du Preez
- Esther McVey
- Elinor Malcolm
- Dr Sara Riley
- Professor Andre Tylee
- Melanie Luckes
BIOGRAPHY OF LEE EVERETT
For over thirty years Lee has been motivated by a deep-seated desire to help people. She has come a long way from the blind faith of her youth to the healing and development groups that she runs today. Over the years, thousands of people have benefited from her healing and wisdom.
Early on, the general public were mostly aware of Lee for her short career as a pop singer and her high profile relationships with Billy Fury and Kenny Everett. But more and more frequently she began to attract media attention for her work in complementary approaches to physical and spiritual health. At that time she was naturally criticised, vilified and humiliated by a mocking press, but she was undeterred. Today, mainstream newspapers and magazines are swamped with articles, features and pull-out sections covering all the subjects that Lee had been pilloried for.
She was a pioneer. In 1982 she opened her first centre in Bayswater, where she taught meditation, gave healing and began here work with development groups. At the same time, she toured the country giving demonstrations and holding forums. Very often she faced hostile crowds organised by fundamentalist Christian groups and at times even had the local police clear mobs from the foyers of the venues she was due to speak in. A far cry from todays more accepting climate.
Lees groups are formed from a complete cross section of people in all walks of life, who are looking for a balance between their physical, mental and spiritual selves. Some people find that balance and move on to live more complete lives; others stay on to pursue their own interests in complementary therapies and become practitioners in specialist fields of their choosing. They also include more enlightened members of the medical profession, who feel that a more holistic approach to healing is the way of the future. These groups allow people with an inner spiritual life, who are perhaps for whatever reason uncomfortable with an orthodox approach, to find meaningful ways to express their spirituality.
These are just a few observations made by some members of her groups:
...the group empowers us to have a deeper knowing and understanding of our physical and spiritual lives and how the two should be balanced...
...gives you a peace and a quiet that with a bit of practice you can draw on in any situation...
...I have quietened beyond belief. It is a deep inner calm, which is achieved gradually, and with that inner quietness you are able to handle life in a different way. Your problems dont just disappear, but the way you handle them and the way you handle people changes.
...She is a clear channel for universal energy which is passed on to others to heal physical, emotional and spiritual problems.
In 2000, Lee began work on the foundation of Obsidian College, a lifelong ambition to integrate aspects of complementary therapies with conventional medicine. In 2002, the college was affiliated to the Institute of Complementary Medicine. In the short time since it has been established, Obsidian College has seen a dramatic increase in enrolments and its success is borne out by the testimonials of the students themselves. * Read Full Testimonials - *Read Brief Testimonials
BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN ALKIN
John Alkin joined the White Eagle Lodge in Kensington in the mid 60s where he learned the basics of meditation and healing. Later he attended Theo Gimbals colour healing seminars at his Hygea Studios in the Cotswolds.
In 1980 he began working with Lee Everett and in 1982 helped co-found her House of Spirit in Bayswater, London. In 1985 John married Lee. Having helped established the House of Spirits reputation as a centre of excellence for meditation and spiritual development groups, he accompanied her on nationwide tours of lectures and seminars.
In 1994 Lee and John moved to Berkshire where the seeds of Obsidian College began to take root. He now runs Obsidians mens groups and is Co-Director of Obsidian College.
The intrinsic properties of the numerous forms of Obsidian include the reflection of one's flaws and the promotion of a clear picture of the changes which are necessary to eliminate the flaws. The energies of Obsidian produce very blunt answers, focusing one's inner vision and stimulating a picture of the required course of action.
Obsidian is an excellent grounding stone and provides for a connection from the base of the spine to the heart of the Earth. It is an excellent protective stone, stabilizing internal and external energies and gently protecting one from that which could bring physical and/or emotional harm.
It provides a shield against negativity, transforming negative vibrations within an environment. Carrying or wearing Obsidian further disperses those unloving thoughts which arise from within the self or are directed towards one's physical form.
In healing, it provides both the healer and the subject with clarity with respect to both the cause and the amelioration of the dis-ease.
( Love Is In The Earth. Earth-Love Publishing 1995.)