“Live your life from your heart.
Share from your heart and your story will touch and heal people’s souls.”
~ Melody Beattie ~
I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and grew up in a time when children played outside in the summer until it was dark out and we were called in for dinner. I had an uneventful childhood until I reached the age of twelve when I experienced a traumatic and life changing event. That event changed my outlook on life, although at the time I didn’t realize it. I still remained hopeful and optimistic although I suffered from severe bouts of depression.
During my childhood, more often than not, a dog or cat would inevitably follow me home from school. For some reason animals seemed to attach themselves to me and I would bring them home, begging my mother to let me keep them. She would relent and the dog or cat would stay until my poor mother had had enough when she would take the animal to an animal shelter. I’ve had a dog or a cat all throughout my life. When my husband and I lived on an acerage for the first ten years of our marriage, we had two or three cats and two or three dogs. I’ve always had an animal connection and do to this day. Today, I share a home not only with my husband, but with three dogs and three parrots, three of which are rescues.
All through childhood and adolescence I felt somewhat apart from the crowd. I never seemed to find my niche often spending time alone. I would often cry for no apparent reason and would feel the hurt of others deep in my soul. I could feel other’s pain and would often carry that pain around with me which would ultimately lead to depression. As I grew older these feelings lessened being caught up in the rhythm of life, but I still suffered from depression and anxiety which would often lead to days in bed.
In my late twenties I married my husband, my soul mate, and we set up house, living happily by ourselves and our menagerie of animals. A year into our marriage I became pregnant, however that pregnancy ended up being a tubal pregnancy and I lost what would have been our first born. I was despondent and spent six weeks hiding out at home. After that time, I put on a brave face and returned to work. My husband and I tried, unsuccessfully, for ten years to have children but it didn’t happen for us.
In 2000 my husband was offered a position at a company in Wisconsin and so we made the move from Canada. This was an exciting move for us and we relished the change even though we were leaving our family and friends behind. Happy with the move, I set about making a home for us in our new country. As I wasn’t allowed to work while waiting for our Green Cards to be processed, I settled nicely into semi-retirement. This allowed me time to experience the freedom of planning my days around home-making, gardening, reading or just plain lounging about. I made new friends and enjoyed my life.
Then it hit me – I was going to be turning 50! I lived half of my 48th year and most of my 49th year dreading the fact that I was going to be 50. I went into a deep depression and struggled with what to do with the rest of my life. Then something wonderful happened. I was out gardening one day and an inner voice said to me “you know what to do”. I shook off the voice and didn’t give it much more thought. Then, little by little, things started to change. I became aware of my soul’s cry for a new spirituality. I followed that cry to a new way of seeing the world and I became excited by all the possibilities. I also came to realize after several conversations with friends that I am empathic, which means that I recognize and share feelings like happiness or sadness that are being experienced by another sentient being. I now realize why I cried for no apparent reason when I was a child and why I just had to bring that dog or cat home with me! Then as a way to improve my meditation and visualization techniques, I was guided to look into Reiki.
I can’t even begin to describe everything that is happening since taking my first Reiki class in January of 2011. On a physical level the lower back and sciatic pain I’ve experienced most of my adult life is gone. The depression and anxiety I struggled with every day has lifted and a feeling of well-being has taken its place. I’m more relaxed and less prone to anger. I sleep deeply and soundly. I am able to ground myself and control the feelings of empathy in a way that does not harm me. And best of all I’m excited about my life!!
It is that excitement and sense of well-being that I want to share with you. I want you to know that you can have balance, health, well-being, vitality and empowerment in your own life. I want you to be excited about your life!
I have received training and practice in Usui Shiki Ryoho – The Usui System of Natural Healing and Karuna Reiki® a system developed by William Rand and The International Center for Reiki Training. I am a certified Usui Reiki Master Teacher and a Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher. I am an EMF Balancing Technique® Practitioner and a graduate of the Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy receiving my certification in Crystal Healing. I am also certified in Holistic Aromatherapy and just recently received my certification as an Angel Card Reader with Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine.
Currently I am enrolled in the Reiki Blessings Academy working towards my Bachelors Degree in Spiritual Healing. This winter I will be under the tutelage of Arline Rowden in the Awakening Your Light Body course. I’ll be making my annual pilgrimage to Sedona, AR in June to take Reiki Crystal Healing with Laurelle Shanti Gaia of the Infinite Light Healing Studies Center. And in 2014 I will be making a pilgrimage with a friend of the Camino de Santiago de Compostella from southern France to Santiago, Spain – a 500 mile, 30 day walking pilgrimage that I have been called to do. I am always growing, always expanding and always looking for ways to improve my life and the lives of my family, friends and clients.
I deeply enjoy all of these healing modalities and delight in bringing them to my family, friends and clients. I plan on continuing my education in varying modalities and am excited by the possibilities!
“Imagine your life the way you want it to be . . . look for what you want to see.”
Sending you Love and remember to Live in the Light!
William L. Rand
Laurelle Shanti Gaia ~ Michael Arthur Baird
~ Usui Shiki Ryoho Lineage ~
Dr. Mikao Usui
Dr. Chujiro Hayashi
Rick & Emma Ferguson
Margarette L. Shelton
Kathleen Ann Milner (Prior to Terra Mai Reiki)
Arline E. Rowden