|Nicknames:||"Gwyneth Potter McNeil", "Gwenna Potter Gowers"|
|Birthplace:||Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States|
|Occupation:||Stress Management Consultant, Certified Hypnotist and Trainer, Marketer, Reiki Master Instructor, Certified Hypnotist & Trainer|
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With accurate facts, we can learn more about ourselves, and where we connect in the larger world. Creating false impressions and fancifical families does nothing but harm to our spirits, even as it may boost our egos.
Despite my best intentions and efforts, I make mistakes here on the site from time to time. I figure we're all doing the best we can, and deserve one another's forgiveness. I request yours. I welcome feedback on goofs I may have made, because I appreciate the opportunity to make things right when I can. I also welcome requests for help. I do what I can, refer to Curators, and I don't hesitate to tell you when something is 'out of my league'.
About info found 'online': While our enthusiasm for 'finding family' is commendable, we must all stop and ask "How do I know whether what I have found online is true?" There is much genealogical misinformation online - much that has been copied from old books, from family legends, and from other sites, and that either cannot be proven to be true or that is outright incorrect. For this reason it is important to know how to determine whether a given item of family information is true.
I do my Geni work in patches, between major surgeries. I expect this will be the rule of thumb for a number of years. Sometimes I'm 'On' (hot and heavy with many hours, even days/weeks all in a row), and then sometimes I'm 'Off' . During the 'Off' times, I probably won't answer messages for weeks at a time.
I appreciate the fact that we are all connected, and have a place like Geni to find out more about ourselves and each other. I focus on finding validated bloodlines through possibly mythic connections. It's so nice to feel like we're connected to 'somebody special', but we're all special - whether we have a bloodline we can trace through the Famous people of history. But sometimes, tracing bloodlines through history, helps us know better who we are. That's why I do what I do.
Gwyneth McNeil --------------------------------------
A bit about me:
Birth Name: Gwenna Potter Legal name change April 15, 1993 (as a result of a spiritual experience):
Gwyneth Potter McNeil
A favorite quote (and how I experience my life...):
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
I have been interested in genealogy since I was young, - and making connections with my 'family'.
I remember meeting my great-grandmother, Elvina Roberts Rust, when I was 4 years old. She came to visit, and I remember feeling a bit nervous about this very old woman I'd never seen before. She put me right at ease when she un-wound the long braid from around her head and showed me how when it was all unwound, it touched the floor. We talked for awhile and my great-grandmother became my friend.
Other Personal Interests: Spirituality, Awakening, Life Learning, Hypnosis, Hypnosis Training, NLP, Reiki, Reiki Training, Breathwork, Life Coaching, Genealogy, Gardening, Outdoors, Nature, Peace, Harmony, Creating Beauty, Honesty & Fulfillment in relationship, Marketing, Internet Marketing, Personal Development, Dogs, Nutrition, Gourmet Cooking, Herbs, Medicinal Herbs, Outdoor Cooking, Camping, canoeing, sailing, Hiking, Back-packing, poetry, (both reading & writing), target-shooting, music that lifts my soul, a good movie, rich conversation, a good laugh.
Besides my traditional education (BA in psychology, Certificate in addiction counseling), I treasure the mentoring I've had from Zhen Ying Chang, James Mooney, Gurucharan Kalsa, and many others whom I consider Masters in their arts.