My journey has taken me on various paths, but one thing that has stayed a constant in my life is my passion for education. Even now, while I am not in school, I am continuously studying books, documentaries and observing my surroundings to learn more about my reality.
As for my formal education, I graduated with a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley with a focus in art history and I have an M.S. degree in Metaphysics from The American Institute of Holistic Theology. With regards to Reiki, I have been trained in the Master Teaching Levels of Usui Shiki Ryoho, Komyo, and Lightarian modalities by Anna Dorian. I have completed the
16-month Shamanism course with Greg “Wilder” Harper. I have received the 9 Munay-Ki Rites from Linda Garcia. I have begun the journey of taking various weekend courses with the Core Shamanism School that Michael Harner founded. Additionally, I have taken a plethora of one-day, weekend, and longer series courses with many other teachers. And at this stage in the game, I have also learned to listen to my Guides, or as they are more commonly called these days, Helping Spirits, since they are my primary teachers in all things.
Now that that's all out of the way, here's what I am up to these days. I am a Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner, Intuition Development Teacher, Philosopher, Organic Food/Green Living Advocate and a writer-at-large, writing as much as possible in my daily life. As a philosopher with an accessible style, I am passionate about sharing with others everything I have learned through my studies as well as from my personal observations. I like to integrate laughter as much as I can in my teaching, my writing, and my life in general, because without laughter, life wouldn't be much fun. And while I consider my work to be a pleasure, I also enjoy meditation, history, taking long walks, art, dance, yoga, traveling, learning about the ancestors on my family tree, and a vast array of metaphysical studies.
To back up a bit, I have to admit that I wasn't always interested in Spirituality, but it seems that my path was destined for the world of the metaphysical. The signs were always there, I just wasn't interested in paying attention.
That being said, I have been intuitive and highly empathic my entire life, having memories of this since infancy. My first mystical experience was at the age of six, but even before that event, I could see things "inter-dimensionally" that other people could not. However, six seemed to be an important year for me on many levels. For one thing, after spending two months at home for various ailments, I began dabbling in the kitchen, mixing concoctions to find alternative ways to heal. The roots for my interest in holistic healing were beginning to form even at this early age.
At the age of twelve when my intuitive skills were becoming more obvious, it was advised by my family to not tell anyone, so that I would not be labeled as a "freak." It was the 70's and this sort of thing simply was not discussed unless you were living in the "woo-woo world"—and I was nowhere near woo-woo. I tested the waters by talking about my gifts to some children I babysat, only to find that my once regular source of income would end on that day. After this experience, I went deeply into the proverbial closet, never sharing my abilities with anyone.
As a teenager, however, I secretly utilized thoughts and energy for healing as well as for manifesting things I desired. I had a keen understanding of the law of attraction decades before the term "Law of Attraction" had been coined. Around the same time, I began to self-diagnose. Allopathic doctors initially would argue with my prognoses, but in the end, they would find that I was always right.
Professionally, I spent years in retail and the corporate arena. In other words, I was nowhere near the Spiritual Arena. In fact, I was completely on the other side of the spectrum from Spirituality. If anyone brought up anything about God or anything resembling the Metaphysical world, I would practically run away and bury my head in the sand.
I. Was. Not. Interested. Period.
But the Universe has a funny way of making one come around when the time is right.
Eventually, I felt stuck in the status quo, but even so, I didn’t want to budge. However, the Universe had other plans for me. If I wasn’t going to make the change, then the change was going to be made for me anyway. Since I didn't want to listen to the gentle nudge that was being offered, I instead had a complete and total shakedown in my life in order for me the change.
Long story short—I made the change. My life turned topsy-turvy-upside-down-cake-roller-coaster-ride-crazy, but I did it, and through this chaos, sprung forth my Spiritual Awakening.
And I didn’t just gingerly open the Spiritual door. Au contraire! Instead, I swung it open as hard as I could and stepped onto the Spiritual Super Highway. Full speed ahead! I've been on this ride ever since. Sometimes the ride slows down to a calm, and sometimes the ride is spinning at its fullest capacity, but either way, I am still here. And the rest, as they say, is history.
So, I've learned a few things along the way and one of the most important things is that I love facilitating groups. Teaching classes brings a deep sense of joy to my heart. It is a part of my Soul’s life contract to share what I know. And I am grateful to all who have allowed me to manifest this heart-centered dream of mine.
If you are called to jump on this bandwagon with me, I would be happy to work with you too. Thank you for visiting my page. I hope to see you soon.
In the meantime, Peace & Blessings to you,