I joined Beliefnet because I believe in the power of prayer, miracles, and how a shift in attitude can shift the perception to create a different outcome, not only for myself but for other people. I am a portrait artist and writer who wanted to connect with other like-minded people - that is, common interests regarding beliefs, values, etc. At this time I'm not looking for a serious romantic relationship; I would like to grow spiritually and take my creative expression to a new broader level within myself. I want to be peaceful and live a peaceful life. My beliefs tend to be more new age spirituality than religious. I've had a lifetime of paranormal experiences and come from a Ukranian family background consisting of mystics and sages who had visions and contacts with the other side. Both my children have dreams and psychic visions. I have practiced astrology and taught metaphysics since 1976. The paranormal seems to be my path and I love studying the ancient Sanskrit teachings and philosophical wisdom-traditions of Egypt and the far East.