A LITTLE ABOUT ME
This “meeting me” writeup is long-ish on purpose. Before you allow yourself to be spiritually vulnerable – whether a client seeking spiritual assistance or a student seeking spiritual learning – you should know who you’re working with and feel comfortable with that person. Your helper for the next step you are taking should be compassionate, understanding, experienced, empowered, and should have worked through and healed many of their own conflicts so they can be better prepared to help you through yours. A long line of certifications is important but doesn’t matter as much as an authentic spiritual healer and teacher truly concerned with your well being. I hope you will find something about me or my life that speaks to your own soul.
I won’t start at the very beginning and bore you! Where I’d like to start is when my life changed dramatically after a big, unexpected spiritual event slapped me in the face and launched me on a quest for understanding. There was no explaining this experience away – and so began my multi-layered, many-faceted spiritual path of self-discovery, exploration, and transformation that is still continuing today.
I am blessed to teach what I love – spirituality, shamanism, and consciousness work – but I want you to know that I consider myself a student and always will. It is important to walk this world with a student's mind and child's eyes so we do not miss out on the beauty of life and never become so seemingly accomplished that we stop learning new things. I am humbled by all that has happened to me (even the seemingly “bad” things) and that God has blessed me with this life, the tools to find clarity and understanding, and this interesting, wonderful, winding path I'm on.
Thankfully, I have an unceasing love of learning, expanding, and growing. If it piques my interest, I go on a journey of research and exploration to uncover my own personal truths and then take those truths and live by them – developing, molding, and enhancing my personal spiritual path, beliefs, and understanding. After my unexpected spiritual event, I began a quest for understanding. During the many paths of this quest, I came across the work of Michael Harner, his first book, The Way of the Shaman, and soon thereafter took his introductory shamanism workshop with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies which used drumming to enter a theta brain wave state of altered consciousness. I made amazing discoveries and, after this experience, I knew I had been blessed with tools that would guide me to understanding and direction in my life.
Around the same time, I also began reading Robert Monroe’s first book, Journeys Out of the Body. His experiences and findings inspired me to take the next leap forward by attending The Monroe Institute’s Gateway Voyage program which introduced me to Hemi-Sync technology to enter a theta brain wave state of altered consciousness. I found both the drumming of shamanism and the binaural beats of Hemi-Sync helped me to find answers and receive guidance. Both programs were absolutely life changing for me.
Michael and Robert’s work brought me synchronistically to the resources I needed to make sense of all that happened to me that one day – and all of the seemingly inexplicable incidents that have happened since. There have been many! Their work let me know I was not alone, that strange and wonderful things happen to many of us that help draw us closer to what we are here in this world to accomplish.
I have spent years studying with the FSS, gaining understanding and experience in shamanic practices, personal power retrieval, counseling, and healing methods. At the same time, I continued taking advanced programs with TMI – exploring consciousness, further shaping and developing my perception, and learning to better understand my reality. Unknowingly, I was being prepared to become a teacher for both organizations. Fast forward a bit – I am now a teacher with the FSS and an Outreach Trainer for TMI – teaching students the same work that changed my own life. I am a living example of the power of learning, experiencing, and moving forward (even when you're afraid) to find out who and what you can be in this life.
In addition to FSS and TMI, I have also studied the Pachakuti mesa traditions and sacred living teachings offered by Peruvian shaman, don Oscar Miro-Quesada. I traveled to Nepal for a student immersion into Nepalese shamanic culture guided by teacher and shaman, Bhola Banstola. Years ago, after leaving the Catholic church due to an unfortunate experience, I began studying with Christian-mystic authors and teachers and returned to the roots of my Christian upbringing with
different eyes, ears, and heart. My faith, combined with my shamanic and consciousness practices, has created a beautiful combination of inner peace, harmony, joy, and an understanding of working within the light of God's love and compassion to heal others and reveal the mystical heart of spirituality. I have also tapped into a bit of Buddhism thought concepts and have incorporated all of my learnings into my own personal nondogmatic spiritual practice. All are welcome with me, your religion does not matter, as I believe everyone is on their own personal spiritual path of exploration and knowing – whether they realize it or not – and no human has God's mind to preach the exact truth you should be living.
I wrote a book – Creative Meditation and Manifestation: Using Your 21 Innate Powers to Create Your Life – an interactive, motivational workbook on identifying and applying one’s personal powers. Less than one year after writing a book that was intended to empower others to live joyfully and overcome obstacles in their lives, my home (as well as 2,500 others) and healing practice burned to the ground in an uncontrolled wildfire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It was devastating not only for my family – but to our entire community.
I have held the hands of friends who suffered from clinical depression, mental illness, family deaths, and losses greater than my own. I have experienced the pain, fear, and loneliness of miscarriage, physical abuse, divorce, family deaths, loss of beloved pets, infidelity, and medical situations. I have come to terms and healed from childhood abuses like bullying, shaming, exclusion, and teen-related angst. I have been on the receiving end of what some might call the “smaller losses” — but can be larger than life: loss of youth, vision, friendships, jobs, freedoms. But the wildfire loss and the effect on my family and community really threw me for a loop — a loop where I no longer recognized myself or my new reality.
I was challenged to live even more powerfully everything I had written about in my book. I felt like I was being watched under a spotlight for proving the concepts of the book worked (if we have the willingness, strength, and endurance to change our lives) at a time when I didn't think I could live what I wrote. It was not easy and I went through many ups and downs with grief, depression, and loss over almost losing my family as we escaped through the burning mountain side. This experience changed my life in countless ways – as all traumatic experiences change us – and I was guided to write a book about healing from grief, depression, and loss using ancestral spiritual methods. These are the same methods I used to heal from my own trauma. The writing has been a painful labor of love that I hope will help others whose hearts are in pain for whatever reason – big or seemingly small. Watch for it in January of 2020.
You can read my credentials HERE. In addition to my writing, teaching, and shamanic work, I am trained in the ancient art of henna, incorporating spiritual, sometimes hidden themes into my work. And – so very close to my heart and soul – I am a mixed media artist and mixed metal jewelry designer – with all of my creations having a basis and grounding in spirituality, connecting with God, and soul healing.
Prior to all of this? I was in the corporate marketing world, sitting in a cubicle, knowing there had to be more. I left that world and worked for a bookstore, owned my own online book business, and then opened a bookstore/coffee house with my husband. Books, writing, meaningful quotes – all are loves of mine. I went on to establish an indie publishing company where I produced vintage lifestyle books and worked with my company until my spiritual event when everything I thought I knew came crashing to the ground and forced me to see the world through new eyes.
Left for last, but absolutely the most important, I have been married for many blessed years to my soul mate and best friend, Stewart. I am the mother of three wonderful children and three fur babies. I have a circle of long-time friends who I adore, one of whom is my mom. I could not have accomplished half of the things in my life without the support and encouragement of both her and Stew. When I am not teaching, writing, hennaing, or creating, I’m hiking, meditating, reading, or studying new ideas and philosophies on six of my favorite topics – mystic Christianity, shamanism, spirituality, alternative healing, consciousness, and preternatural concepts and theories.
Whew! That was a mouth full. Wherever your path takes you, I intent for you a joyful existence filled with love, learning, and discovery.