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Newsfront - April 27, 2007

What a trip: From hell to healing

Christian Scientists hosting speaker on spiritual approach to relationships

by Jordan M. Doronila

Ginny Luedeman sought answers on her acid trip as her mind suffered a raging chimera in the 1960s.

"I was in a panic. The whole room was spinning," she said. "My little boy was in the room. He was screaming. I was negligent. There was a lot of music. It was such an insane period of time."

During her overdose on LSD, Luedeman opened the Bible and came across the writing: "Thou shall not commit adultery."

And she closed it.

"There must be some message from God," she recalled thinking. "I'm not alone here. I realized there is some presence in this existence other than me. I said, 'If you will help me, I will do anything you want me to do.' I kept listening to new ideas."

After reading the biblical citation three times, her acid trip suddenly stopped, Luedeman said.

"It felt like love," she said, when the frenzy quelled. "It was a wonderful feeling of love."

She heard about Mary Baker Eddy from the mother of her boyfriend at the time and delved into her writings regarding Christian Science, which is the study and practice of the universal and practical system of spiritual, prayer-based healing.

"I didn't have much vocabulary," Luedeman said. "I was reading, and I got ideas about life and I began to apply these thoughts to myself."

"I started changing," she added. "I was stepping out of a dark place and into a place that was brighter."

Now, more than 40 years later, she works in Oregon as a Christian Science healer, writing informative articles about spiritual issues and sharing her perspectives, derived from her life challenges. She plans to share her insights in Danville next week in a lecture entitled "Plain Talk about Love and Sexuality: A Spiritual Approach that Improves Relationships."

The talk is sponsored by the Christian Science Church in Danville. Luedeman said she wants to share what she learned from her life so others can make better choices.

"Ginny is an interesting person," said Mary Kuhl, the event organizer. "She heals people and goes around lecturing."

Luedeman will talk about the spiritual view of love and where sexuality fits in this context, and the power of forgiveness. She will also share her perspective on how practical spirituality makes relationships better, how to find a lasting sense of love and how to overcome loneliness and fear.

Luedeman - originally from the state of Washington - moved approximately 16 to 20 times up and down the coast. She said this was due to her unstable family life, especially living with her alcoholic father. In the 1960s, she was a hard rock singer whose group, the Morning Glory, played in a concert with the Grateful Dead.

She joined the rock scene because it was her way of surviving, she said. Also, at 17, she had a little boy.

"It seemed it was wonderful and it was pretty horrific," Luedeman said about the rock scene. "There was so much going on in the drug scene. It was a form of insanity without much structure."

She signed a $25,000 deal to record music with her band, and she recalled signing many autographs.

"I thought it was too much," she said. "There was a feeling of being on slippery ground."

Luedeman said she knew musical giants Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

"He was crashing mentally and physically," she added. "He would break his guitars. I watched so many people crash."

She said the rock scene contains a huge mixture of brilliance and sexual promiscuity.

"You've got to keep the stuff that's good and redeemable and you've got to wipe out the (things that are destructive) in our society," she said.

Despite her troubles during her youth, her belief in God and Christian Science transformed her into a whole and healthier spiritual being, she said.

She has been married for 37 years, and her family includes six children, none with the same two biological parents.

For more than 30 years, she has been in the full-time healing practice of Christian Science. She has given talks across the country, and she has seen the power of divine love in the lives of many people.

"I'm struggling on how we can make a difference," she said.

"We've got to get back to unity," she said. "We've got to find solutions and progress, instead of tearing apart the planet."

The free event will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 4, at the Veterans Memorial Building on Hartz Avenue. For more information, call Mary Kuhl at 683-1519 or visit Luedeman's Web site at www.ginnyl.com.

Contact Jordan M. Doronila

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