In November of 2014, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. It was the beginning of a roller coaster ride that included physical struggles, emotional angst, the rekindling of old relationships, the building of stronger bonds with family, friends and new acquaintances. It also included 12 months of biologic infusions, 6 months of chemotherapy and 6 weeks of radiation. In the process, I lost feeling in my hands and feet; my tear ducts scarred shut requiring stents; I lost my hair and nails - and those were just the "not-to-disgusting" side effects. I started writing a blog called The Last Cancer Blog. It was a way for me to work out, in words, what was going on in my head, and many people were kind enough to "play along" as I struggled to find grace and gratitude during a time when I'd much prefer to cry and whine. I promised myself that once I made it through treatment, I would come out of it a kinder, gentler version of myself and committed to continuing my own healing and to helping others.
I've always been a bit of a spiritual seeker, or what my mother might call a "nut job". I started throwing tarot in college, began meditating in my thirties, studied the Law of Attraction and the works of Esther Hicks (Abraham), dabbled in astrology and fell in love with the Enneagram. I sought out Eastern therapies, and the counsel of shamanic healers and intuitives for three decades. I attended workshops by Wayne Dyer, Eckert Tolle and a certified course on Jon-Kabat Zinn's Mindfulness. My bookshelf is a library of wonders from Thomas Merton, the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Bill Wilson, Marianna Williamson, Gary Zukav, Bernie Siegel, Brian Weiss, Carolyn Myss and others. I learned EFT, yoga (it's a practice!), and above all else, never underestimated the power of prayer and the magical gift of intuition. And after all of that, it wasn't until I discovered Reiki that I realized my quest for all things spiritual was not an accident. It wasn't until I began to practice it, on myself and others, that I realized just how powerful we are as spiritual/human beings.
My intention for this blog, and for my Reiki practice, is to search out wisdom, harness and share energy for the greatest good of my clients and the planet. When it comes to writing, you'll find I may be a little unfiltered, and bad at finding typos.
I hope you'll consider joining me in this discovery...