ISMWM offers membership access to both virtual recorded lessons and live video sessions.
We're committed to providing fun & productive ways to enrich your life like learning about the extensive history of natural energy healing therapies and techniques from around the globe.
Learn your way anytime, any place.
“If your energy could be turned into electricity, it would light up the whole world.”
- Nikola Tesla
STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
We, at Innocence Smith Metaphysical Wellness Ministry and the Sacred Femme Temple, believe that we are all seeking and discovering our own personal truth in our own unique way.
We value all the viewpoints of our ministers, priestesses, and congregation, however varied and controversial they might be.
We believe in religious freedom, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others and is within the law.
We welcome any who seek the truth, wisdom, and joyful acceptance.
We use teaching material from a variety of sources as wisdom is found in many places and people hear it in different ways.
It is the mission of Innocence Smith Metaphysical Wellness Ministry to provide a structure within which interested persons can ethically practice energy-based approaches to healing so that their spiritual consciousness and that of those they serve may be enhanced.
The Ministry and its ministers/priestesses strive to serve as conscientious facilitators who realize and appreciate that actual healing and spiritual growth spring from the Spiritual Source.
As for pastoral doctrine, the non-denominational creed of the SFT outlines the Ministry's belief in spiritual growth and development through the healing service of harmonizing and balancing the human energy field, always acknowledging that healing derives from the Spiritual Source. Far from exclusionary, the creed of the SFT may easily embrace followers of any or no religious doctrine even as SFT ministers/priestesses themselves may belong to and attend any church or religious institution of their choice.
Our mission will be accomplished to the degree that we:
~ assist all interested persons to locate training and continuing education in energy-based healing modalities.
~ demonstrate proficiency in one or more energy-based approaches to healing and agree with and pledge to support the Code of Ethics of the Ministry.
~ serve as a spiritual and professional resource for our Ministers and Priestesses to aid in their healing ministries.
~ offer support and encouragement to our minister and priestess practitioners.
~ that spiritual growth and development is our shared purpose in life.
~ that harmony and balance in the human energy field support spiritual growth and development.
~ that energy-based approaches to healing establish and maintain balance in the human energy field making spiritual growth and development more likely to occur.
~ that spiritual ministers or priestesses trained in energy-based approaches to healing may facilitate spiritual growth through healing service.
~ that the purpose of our Ministry is to provide a matrix within which our ministers and priestesses may serve as facilitators of the healing process, thereby supporting spiritual growth and development.
~ that all healing comes from the Spiritual Source, that is, through and not from the healing minister or priestess.
The Right to Privacy. Clients receiving service from holistic or integral practitioners, including Healing Ministers or Priestesses, have a right to privacy. That means you and I, all of us who seek help from complementary health-care providers, have a right to confidentiality.
The fact that you are receiving health-supportive service is a private matter. The information you reveal in the course of your sessions is also personal, private, and nobody's business but your own. If you want to tell a friend or family member about it, it's your news to share. But your practitioner must keep your confidence.
The Importance of Privacy. Why is privacy important? So that you, as a client, feel safe enough with your practitioner to allow yourself to heal and grow. People functioning in a self-protection mode do not grow and develop to their inherent potential. People who feel safe are naturally empowered to grow and develop to their full capacity.
Consequently, if Healing Ministers, Priestesses, and other holistic caregivers want their clients to heal and become the fully functional individuals that their potential promises, it is essential that they honor their clients' trust and keep their confidence. As completely as possible.
Confidentiality and the Law. Because confidentiality is not a legal mandate in most helping professions, there are legal limits to confidentiality. As a consumer of health-care services, you need to be aware of those limits.
There are exceptions, of course. Confidences shared between patient and medical doctor, client, and legal counsel, and parishioner and priest, are privileged in most jurisdictions. “Priv-“ means private” and “leg-“ means legal or by law. Therefore, privileged communication is “not subject to disclosure in a court of law” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).
However, counselors, therapists, and many other personal service providers are required by law to report to authorities when they have reason to believe that a client presents a serious danger to themselves or another. The same legal requirement holds when a minor child and, in some jurisdictions, a senior person, is being abused or may be abused. For that reason, it is fair, respectful, and very important that your Healing Minister or Priestess and other professional helpers inform you of the legal limits to confidentiality before obtaining any personal information from you or providing you with service.
You may find that some alternative health practitioners hesitate, or simply forget, to outline the legal limits to confidentiality. Some feel that speaking of such limits will raise your “caution quotient,” making you less likely to open up and share your concerns. Fortunately, that does not happen.
In fact, informing you in a clear, straightforward fashion of the legal limits to confidentiality is more likely to have a paradoxical or opposite effect. It will impress you positively. When practitioners outline the limits to privacy, you know that they value safety above all and they will not knowingly allow harm to you or anyone else if they can prevent it.
Confidentiality and Ethics. It may be argued that communication between Healing Ministers and Priestesses of Innocence Smith Metaphysical Ministry and the Sacred Femme Temple and their clients or congregants is privileged under the law which protects parishioner-priestess confidences. In some jurisdictions, that may indeed be the case.
For that reason, in the SFT, the issue of confidentiality is defined in the Ministry Code of Ethics as an ethical principle. The ethical principle of confidentiality follows the spirit and intent of the law which requires reporting in case of danger to a client or others.
The Code of Ethics confidentiality principle for Innocence Smith Metaphysical Wellness Healing Ministry is this:
Confidentiality: Healing ministers and priestesses must keep confidential all information about clients obtained in the course of ministerial, priestess, and healing service. They are responsible for informing clients of any legal limits to confidentiality prior to obtaining personal information or providing service. Personal information is shared with others only with the client's written consent or in, in rare circumstances, where there is clear and imminent danger to the individual or other persons.
It is the responsibility of all Healing Ministers and Priestesses of the SFT to provide their clients with a copy of the Ministry's Code of Ethics which includes that exact statement and/or the Ministry “Client Information - Code of Ethics” handout which contains the following confidentiality statements:
Confidentiality: As a healing minister or priestess,
~ I must keep confidential all information that I obtain about you as my client, including all notes and documents, unless release is compelled by court order or necessary for your safety.
~ I must inform you of any legal limits to confidentiality before obtaining personal information or providing service to you.
But a printed privacy statement provided by your Healing Minister or another health-care provider may not always be clear or informative enough. Talking with you and answering your questions about confidentiality are also important so that you understand exactly how secret your secrets are with your professional helper.
Secrets and Safety - the Bottom Line. A hallmark of professional practice in personal service is “The Confidentiality Ethic.” The ethic of confidentiality provides you, the client, with a level of privacy and safety that supports positive change as you work with your Healing Minister or other integral practitioners.
Client confidentiality guarantees that your secrets are safe…as long as they pose no clear and present danger to yourself or others. But when they do pose a serious danger, whether to yourself or to someone else, your secret is no longer a secret.
You will find answers to our most frequently asked questions below. If you have a specific question that is not addressed below, please click here to send us a brief message. Thank you.
Q: How can I make a booking (e.g, by phone calls, texts, or emails)?
A: For new and existing clients bookings take place via text or email.
Q: How long does Innocence take to reply?
A: Innocence is very busy and therefore will try her hardest to reply to you within 48hrs. However, if you don’t hear back within 48hrs, please gently contact her again.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: There is a strict 48 hrs notice for cancellations and/or change of appointment. In the absence of a 48 hr notice, the clients will be charged the full fee of the appointment. However, distance healing for the session will be carried out in full for the amount paid.
Q: What is a text session?
A: Text sessions (emails/messages) are for “urgent” situations where clients cannot talk to Innocence by telephone or via a clinic/in-person session. If your situation isn’t urgent then please request a telephone/clinic session so that you can discuss things with Theia properly by telephone or in-person.
Text sessions are for a minimum of 30-minutes. Please note that longer texts, messages, and emails will be charged for more than 30-minutes, depending on the length of the message and how long it takes Innocence to read and reply.
Free texts are strictly for bookings and payments only.
If you don’t want to receive a text session then please only use texts for bookings and payments, otherwise, Innocence’s fees will apply as a text session (if you share your insights, thoughts, feelings, emotions, dreams, feedbacks, questions, life events or life experiences, etc).
Text sessions are recommended for urgent situations only, please.
Having said all this, Innocence loves to hear your insights, thoughts, feelings, emotions, dreams, feedbacks, questions, events, and life experiences. Therefore, please take note of them all and share them with her when you next have your telephone or in-person session together.
ISMWM is a soul-centered space dedicated to helping humans just like you find trust, safety, and resilience within.
Healing is a transformative process that takes place in the space of compassionate self-love and surrender.
The only thing that is required for the healing to begin is our willingness to Relax our bodies, Release the false belief that we can control anything outside of our own reality, and our essential biorhythms will naturally Restore themselves.
1. Why would anyone already legally qualified to practice medicine or psychology or some other therapy also want to be licensed as a healing minister/priestess such as the case with Innocence Smith Metaphysical Wellness Ministry with healing energy?
Practitioners of integrity who already belong to a professional organization with a governing body and Code of Ethics may not need the Sacred Femme Temple ~ except to fulfill their spiritual calling. For them, the Temple provides a way to do that, along with a collegial community to nurture their own spiritual growth and development.
2. You say that Innocence Smith Metaphysical Wellness Ministry and the Sacred Femme Temple is a ministry without walls. How can it be a real ministry if it has no temple building?
A ministry is a community of people who share certain spiritual or religious beliefs. The building where such people meet and conduct religious services is also called a temple. In recent times, most church communities have had temple buildings for their functions. Although a temple can easily exist without a building, a temple building is meaningless without its congregation of believers. A temple building without its believers is like a sea shell without its occupant.
Not all early spiritual movements based their ministry in buildings set aside for religious purposes. Did the early spiritual believers have a temple or formal buildings? Did the priestesses have a temple building? No, their temple was in the countryside and in community and city gathering places. Their temples had no walls.
3. How did you get a temple charter for a ministry without walls?
There is no legal requirement that a temple or ministry have a designated ministry building in order to become chartered or registered as a corporation. The Sacred Femme Temple is incorporated in the United States. The reasons we incorporated (chartered) the Sacred Femme Temple were (1) to register and protect the name and (2) to make it possible for the organization to do business in the community an accountable manner. These mundane but necessary matters really have nothing to do with the spiritual purpose and function of the ministry or the temple.
4. Is Innocence Smith Metaphysical Wellness Ministry or the Sacred Femme Temple restricted for those who choose to connect to Source through the Christian faith?
No. Innocence Smith Metaphysical Wellness Ministry is truly non-denominational. By that, we mean not allied with any specific religious group or organization. Both Innocence Smith Metaphysical Wellness Ministry and the Sacred Femme Temple endorses the principle of freedom of religion and holds that religion is any activity leading to spiritual growth and development. We have no wish to limit the beliefs or spiritual practice of our ministers/priestesses. Since the Sacred Femme Temple is a ministry without the traditional building ~ walls, pews, pulpit, organ and choir, song, and ceremony ~ many healing ministers/priestesses may still want to attend and participate in activities in other spiritual or religious organizations.
5. If Innocence Smith Metaphysical Wellness Ministry and the Sacred Femme Temple have no ministry buildings for meetings, how can the members get together for services?
Since members of the Temple are a community in Spirit, they may gather spiritually as well as physically. No matter where they happen to be, ministry and temple members can set aside a special time everyday or evening for spiritual practice with other congregants. Some people who have done this report that they can actually feel the presence of other members as they join together to manifest spiritual enlightenment and connection to source. Of course, Temple ministers/priestesses and members who live in the same area may choose to meet regularly, whether at the same place every time or at different places over time.
6. What does the cotton boll logo represent?
The logo of Innocence Smith Metaphysical Wellness Ministry features an open cotton boll to represent purity, resilience, comfort, and connection. Cotton reminds us of the infinite unity and exquisite complexity of all that we are within the Oneness of All That Is. Metaphorically speaking, the boll does for the cotton seeds as we strive to do for those who dedicate their lives to the advocacy comforting those in need and crafting of organic-based medicines and healing. The paths to enlightenment are right to conduct, right contemplation, right effort, right faith, right occupation, right resolve, right self-awareness, and right speech.
7. How can you ordain and license spiritual ministers and priestesses?
"Ordain" is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as investing "with ministerial or priestess authority...." Ordination then, is the act or ceremony by which one becomes invested with ministerial authority, i.e., is authorized by the ministry to function as a clergy person.
At Innocence Smith Metaphysical Wellness Ministry and the Sacred Femme Temple, we believe that ordination is between the minister/priestess and their Spiritual Source, whatever the minister/priestess conceives that to be. The Temple is prepared to authorize ordination for persons who demonstrate capability and suitability for the healing ministry. The Ordination Certificate and/or ID card are the license to practice as a healing minister or priestess.
8. Are people paying their $150 US just for a piece of paper and an ID card stating they are ordained?
There probably are people who would pay that amount for those two documents, but they could find cheaper ordination documents if documents were their main objective. (By the way, the annual ordination renewal offering, a mere $25.00, is definitely a bargain in comparison to most yearly professional license renewals!)
As we see it, here's what the initial, one-time-only, $150 US pays for in practical terms:
~ Ordination as a healing minister/priestess in…
~ a professionally and ethically operated organization
~ that has a published purpose and Code of Ethics
~ that supplies a Minister's/Priestess's Handbook studying and applying the ethical code
~ that provides a license for ministerial practice in healing service
~ that encourages personal, professional, and spiritual development
~ that responds to questions and welcomes feedback
~ that provides spiritually-oriented support and consultation
~ that assists ministers/priestesses to find appropriate training opportunities
~ that assists ministers/priestesses to find needed resources (books, websites, etc.)
~ that facilitates communication and consultation among its ministers/priestesses
~ that provides a Spring and Fall Newsletter supporting professional practice in Healing Ministry.
In less concrete terms, their offering is an investment in:
~ Who They Really Are and...
~ How they want to be Who They Really Are in this life.
9. How does the Ministry/Temple use the money from ordination and renewal fees?
Operating expenses of the Temple are kept to a bare minimum, with the Directors/officers providing both office necessities and administrative service without pay. Income from ministers'/priestess's ordination offerings is used primarily for compassionate outreach. The primary foci of current Ministry outreach are material and economic assistance to disadvantaged urban populations as well as financial support for approved organizations that provide medical health services in underserviced areas globally (e.g., Doctors Without Borders). As the Temple grows and develops, it may one day provide a reasonable income for the time and effort invested by those who operate the Temple. However, that time has not yet come.
10. What kind of ordination ceremony does the Ministry/Temple have?
The Sacred Femme Temple does not organize or administer/priestess an ordination ceremony for its new ministers or priestesses. Since our ministers/priestesses reside in communities all across North America, their ministers'/priestess's identification cards and ordination certificates must be sent to them by mail. Any local ritual or celebration of ordination is therefore up to the minister/priestess. That may be anything from private prayerful moments to the joy of going shopping for just the right certificate frame to the celebration with friends and family. For some, it will be all three and more.
11. The Code of Ethics of your church seems to have a lot of restrictions on it. Can't ministers and priestesses of the Ministry be trusted to do good healing work without so many rules and regulations?
Yes, we believe that our ministers/priestesses can be trusted to conduct their healing services responsibly and effectively. The Code of Ethics is designed to support and enhance responsible, effective healing service, not to unduly restrict or hinder it. The Code is a pro-active document provided to assure that no harm comes to the recipient of healing service, the minister/priestess offering service, and the Temple. The Code is also designed to maximize the likelihood of the highest good from the healing interaction.
What is most significant is this: Spiritual healers who are ordained by the Sacred Femme Temple have clear and constructive ethical guidelines that protect and enhance their healing practice. This is particularly important since large numbers of people are being trained in various energy modalities without any obligation to follow a code of ethics. These non-licensed individuals do not have the ethical and legal advantages provided by the Code endorsed by our ministers or priestesses.
In the end, though, we cannot be the conscience of our ministers/priestesses. If they manage to become ordained with us for nefarious purposes, then they will have to face their own conscience, the community, and their Maker. Meanwhile, if we hear of complaints, the Temple Board is prepared to take action immediately.
12. Section IV of the ministry's Code of Ethics, states: "Healing ministers/priestesses shall not solicit clients or induce other persons to do so on their behalf, " but earlier in the section, you imply that advertising is an acceptable practice. Isn't advertising an attempt to "solicit clients?"
Like other healthcare practitioners, healing ministers/priestesses need ways to publicize their services, seek referrals, and build an active practice. The issue here focuses on the ethics of seeking referrals vs. soliciting clients. The words "solicit" and "induce" suggest persuasion, pressure, or other exertion of influence in order to serve one’s own interests. There are many ways a healing minister/priestess can effectively inform the public of who they are as practitioners, what services they offer, and thereby welcome referrals, without soliciting clients or inducing others to produce clients for their practice.
13. The words Reverend, Minister or Priestess placed before Jane Doe's name may mean that a good percentage of the public places immediate trust.
It is sad, but paradoxically true, that the abuse history of clergy which has been exposed by the media in recent years will have disabused many persons of such immediate trust.
14. What protection does the public have?
Excellent question. We ourselves ask, what protection has the public had from abuse by clergy, some of whom are no doubt still offending, and almost all of whom have no criminal record at all? There is a sordid history of abuse conducted by clergy persons while their religious organizations turned a blind eye, deliberately avoided reporting to authorities, and systematically covered tracks.
We have considered doing a criminal record check. However, many persons who have committed crimes have no record because they have never been caught. Others have no criminal record because the harm they do is not considered "criminal." People have often been harmed when placing their trust in governments, corporations, and professionals of various disciplines.
From the Sacred Femme Temple, the public has the protection offered by (1) the minister's/priestess's certification to abide by the ethical code of the Ministry, (2) the fact that the Code is published and available to those who have access to the Ministry website, (3) the minister's/priestess's duty to provide a copy of the Code of Ethics, including Temple contact information, to each individual for whom she or he provides healing service, (4) the clear and stated intention of the Temple to suspend or withdraw ordination in case of misconduct, (5) the clear and stated intention of the Temple to notify authorities of suspected criminal behavior, (6) the minister's/priestess's own conscience, and (7) the Love of the Creator.
15. You seem to have a strong focus on training for your ministers/priestesses. Aren't spiritual healers "born," not trained?
At Innocence Smith Metaphysical Wellness Ministry and the Sacred Femme Temple, we believe that all people have the potential to help themselves and others heal. They can do this by learning to recognize and balance disturbances in the human energy field. Although some people are "born" with the knowledge of that potential and how to use it, others connect with their natural healing potential through training and/or apprenticing with an advanced teacher-practitioner. Fortunately, there are many advanced practitioners in the field of energy healing who offer specialized training to those interested in self-healing and healing service to others.
There is no legal requirement for training in order to be ordained in the Sacred Femme Temple. However, by encouraging training, we are taking a real step forward. Except for the professional organizations which require extensive ongoing training (and expensive fees), there is no particular inducement for spiritually-based healers to undertake continuing education, much less learn and grow in community with other healers.
©Innocence Smith Metaphysical Wellness Ministry 2020