My inspiration to pursue Reiki arose from my genuine interest in helping others. From an early age I found that people would gravitate to me and share their concerns as they were navigating their life’s challenges. Feeling a natural pull toward the world of healing, I began to explore various modalities in my early 20's, and by age 25, I had completed certification in reflexology, aromatherapy, and herbalism. My career path, though, took a different turn and I entered the corporate world of financial services. While this may seem completely unrelated to my interests in healing arts, I learned valuable skills in connecting with people and developing insights into human nature.
It was there that Reiki found me and where everything started to come together. Out of the blue, a co-worker asked me if I had any experience with Reiki. Our conversation led me to re-connect with a practitioner I knew and I began to experience Reiki in a way that I had never imagined. I felt like I was breathing for the first time in a long time. I had been physically and emotionally stretched by daily life stresses, so worn by the strain of the working world that I had lost contact with my inner self. Slowly Reiki came to help me find the answers. I'm happy with the work that I’ve done over the past 21 years. I appreciate the experiences and the lessons which I’ve learned and I’m grateful for having gained a deep respect for the importance of inner peace. I can now focus on helping others to forge their own path - everything having come full circle.
Over the last 4 years, I have completed training with Christine Jefferies, Carolyn Musial and William Lee Rand and earned certification as a Usui/Holy Fire II ART/Master and Holy Fire II Karuna® Master. As Reiki is an evolving energy, I plan on continuing to take classes for years to come as I pursue it's healing benefits. I follow a strong code of ethics, and am a member of the International Centre for Reiki Training.
To complement my Reiki training, I recently completed a girls mentorship program, where I learned about leading girls coming-of-age circles, and also qualified as a meditation facilitator. I look forward to integrating these modalities in the evolution of Solace Journey.
My supportive family nourishes my inner curiosity and with their help, I find deep love for the endless web that we weave together and the interconnection of all things. And with that, I fall in love with the earth a little bit more each day.
If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. - Thich Nhat Hanh
The Japanese word Reiki is made up of two words - Rei, which means "universal spirit wisdom or higher power' and Ki, which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually a combination of the two. It was first discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui at the beginning of the 1900's and has evolved over time to become a way of life. The practice of Reiki really begins with a commitment to improve ourselves in every aspect of our lives, which applies to those who are Reiki practitioners and those who receive the benefits of Reiki energy.
The form of Reiki which I practice is a combination of Usui Reiki and a more contemporary Reiki called Holy Fire. In this context, the word 'Holy' does not refer to the more commonly religious use, but rather to its original form, relating to something being made whole. My experience with this energy has certainly been that. And it seems to be a gentle energy that works deeply and continuously.