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I’ve been a Washington Capitals fan since 2005, and have decided to jump headfirst into the Caps’ blogosphere.  Not that I expect to be any good at it–I just need my own little corner of the Web to write stuff that I can’t say on the Caps message boards.

My approach to the game is more of a spiritual one.  I know that’s going to make for a very peculiar mix–hockey and religion?  Huh?–but to me, you can’t check God at the door when you walk into the rink.  Show me a scary-looking injury at a hockey game, and I’ll show you a couple thousand people praying all at once.

My spiritual background is complex: I was raised a Southern Baptist, moved over to an evangelical church in Baltimore, and have not yet found a spiritual home in DC.  I have a very strong connection with angels, and have been trained as a spiritual healer.  That puts me in no-man’s land: I’m not exactly comfortable in a metaphysics/new age setting, but I know I’d better not discuss my healing skills at a mainstream Christian church.

So all I can really do is write about it…and maybe, just maybe, try to find some higher truth in the sport I’ve come to love so much.

Thanks for stopping by, and be blessed.





1. Hip - December 28, 2007

I’m wondering in general about how you define your idea of Divine and what you mean when you say “healing skills.” I’m just curious as these seem to be central themes for you but I don’t know what you mean.


2. CapitalSpirit - December 28, 2007

My idea of the Divine? In a word, that’s God. I think it was in 1 John–I don’t have a Bible at my fingertips–where we read that God is Light; and in Him is no darkness at all. God is Love, and love is patient, kind, and so on as in 1 Corinthians 13.

But God is also that tough-as-nails desert Deity who sentenced His people to 40 years of wandering in the desert for doubting Him. He’s also that fire-and-brimstone God who wiped Sodom and Gomorrah off the map, and turned Lot’s wife to salt for looking back at the destruction.

I was raised a Southern Baptist, and I consider myself a Christian–just a curious one who’s not afraid to look at other faith traditions.

As for my healing skills–you have to put me on that, eh?–I’m a Level II Reconnective healer. The story on how I ended up getting involved with that is a blog post unto itself, and I’m not going there unless I know it’ll get more than one reader. Their website, if you’re interested, is http://www.thereconnection.com. I don’t have a listing on there: they charge for that, and right now, I don’t have office space to practice in. Working on that, though.

That answer your question?

3. Hip - December 28, 2007

To an extent. I’m just curious as to what your personal spirituality is, but I’ll have to keep reading and ask for clarification as needed.

As for your healing skills – I wish you would turn that into a post sometime. I will graduate from allopathic medical school in a few months and I think it is to our detriment that we don’t learn more (at least be introduced to) alternative medicine. I strongly believe in the power of the mind and if prayer, meditation, acupuncture or whatever is able to stimulate a particular patient in a particular way, the evidence of that benefit is already out there.

4. CapitalSpirit - December 28, 2007

We’ll see about that. For now, though, my next project is going to be predictions for January, and that takes a while to type up. I never even finished the one for December–got the cards out, ran the reading, took my own impressions, but never got to finish sharing what I got. Will try to avoid the same for this next one.

5. stormybalance - March 5, 2008

Your spiritual beliefs intrigue me. Have you considered a Unitarian church? You do make good points about spirituality and sports. I never looked at it that way. Though, do you think that people pray for the players to heal for selfish reasons (he’s a great player, I want my team to go all the way) or for the players’ well-being?

6. CapitalSpirit - March 5, 2008

Unitarian, no–I’m still technically without a church home right now, and what I learn I usually end up learning through experience.

I believe humans have a hard-wired need to want to belong to something bigger than themselves, and sports and Spirit both speak to that in different ways. There’s a post to be written in that idea somewhere, just not right this minute.

As for fans praying for healing–particularly after a scary-looking hit–you’ll often hear rinks get quiet when it’s a visiting player who ends up getting hurt. It’s been a while since I heard an injured visitor getting booed on his way off the ice–hockey fans are generally a bit more classy than that nowadays. So while there are lots of Capitals fans who wish they were in the building for last Monday night’s 10-2 Boston massacre, I’d be willing to bet you dollars to donuts that there are a whole lot of Sabres fans who wish they hadn’t seen that horrifying skate to Richard Zednik’s neck. I don’t want to see anyone get severely injured at a game I’m attending, and that even includes Sidney Crosby.

So to answer your question a bit more directly, I think that while there’s undoubtedly some selfishness in those prayers, there is also some genuine consideration for the player’s well-being–even if it’s someone from the visiting team.

7. Kin Robles - December 28, 2008

This is one unique blend for a blog. I can’t say that I’ve ever thought of my spiritual journey while attending a game at the Shark Tank. Nor did salvation ever cross my mind in the old days when I found great pleasure anytime Bobby Clarke took it on the nose when playing my then favorite California Golden Seals.

On judgement day the Lord will surely cast out evil faster than the Hanson Brothers could dispatch their own brand of justice.

Keep up the good work Spirit. I like the approach.


8. CapitalSpirit - December 28, 2008

Kin, thanks for stopping by.

I’ve probably said it before, but it bears saying one more time: show me something bad happening at a hockey game, and I’ll show you about 20,000 people in prayer.

As for the men on the ice, I’m sure the prospect of answering the bell from Donald Brashear could make anyone “get religion” in a hurry. Despite how routine the players make it look, it can be a dangerous sport. So I wouldn’t be too surprised to find at least five guys in any given dressing room praying before a game.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you back here in the future.–CS

9. Marty - November 22, 2010

Hi I saw you at the Flyers/Caps game in DC.

CapitalSpirit - November 22, 2010

Thanks for stopping by. That game was one I’d just as soon not experience again: too close, too many power plays for both teams, and a disappointing finish. While it was quite something to be a part of a near-playoff din from the fans, I’d quite frankly have preferred a blowout. Dream on, I guess.

Somewhere, in some medical school, there’s a cardiology student who’s going to be getting a lot of business from me in the future. These nail-biters are eventually going to add up.–CS

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