Bernadette Glass - A Shining Light in Human Services
NAME: Bernadette Glass
LOCATION: Northern NSW, Australia
Presenter, Human Services Extraordinaire.
As a child I used to holiday with my grandparents on their farm. It was here in their adoration that I learnt that I was special, I held something within me that was treasured because they saw something in me that I began to feel for myself. It was on the farm that I first experienced the beauty and wonder of nature.
I developed acute observation of people and details of nature that never failed in the confirmation of my earlier engagement with the wonders of the world.
I was also raised in a religious way; an indoctrination that told me God was all loving and that I was made in this image, but cross him in a venial or a mortal way and you will be punished accordingly. I learnt to follow the rules. I was desperate for acceptance and recognition, and to avoid being punished. I was traumatised by the contradictions with what I knew and felt within. I have never lost my absolute knowing of and equality with all beings but I sure was confused and contorted by the Church’s teachings that basically told me that my existence depended on the approval of others.
My sense of humour relates to life, and connecting deeply to the unspoken truth that is recognised in a momentary constellation of connection, a pun or a reflection of an earlier conversation. I love ‘joining the dots’, observing the flow, and enjoy the lightness of life.
I have worked for 35 years in the health and human services, family services and homelessness.
I love connecting with people, appreciating their strengths, understanding their pain and supporting them to take responsibility to feel and to know we are not our issues! I love this. I have learnt not to take on others’ issues as a burden to myself but to know others for the same divine being that I know myself to be. It is
I am a presenter in human services organisations and get to support practitioners to first appreciate their own strengths before they can connect with those of others. This opportunity confirms for me that all we need is to be met and to be confirmed for whom we really are; warm loving beings.
I am constantly being taught to take responsibility for myself, that my hurts can run the show if not recognised, accepted and offered healing from my ever-loving soul. My imperfections reveal themselves on a daily basis, however I have learnt to befriend them, to be kind to myself and to deeply nurture my inner being, my innermost where the true love that I am can be truly felt.
The farm of my childhood where my grandparents confirmed my preciousness and where I understood myself as absolutely connected to all of nature, has become the field of life where I know that I belong. I come from love and nothing less and it is my joy to bring this truth to all I meet by just being myself.