Reiki has supported my life journey through health and other life challenges for close to two decades. My passion is supporting the well-being of others through private sessions and teaching.
The first time someone told me about Reiki and suggested I take a class, I thought, “Too weird!” My mind slammed shut, and I responded with an emphatic, “I have NO interest in anything like that.” I didn’t hear the word Reiki again until a few years later when a friend told me she had taken a wonderful class and how much difference it had made in her stress level, physical health, and sense of well-being.
“Oh,” I queried, “what kind of class?” Trusting her judgement and impressed with the benefits she reported, I was soon enrolled in a Level I Reiki class with Tom Tessereau, Executive Director of The Healing Arts Center in St. Louis. At one point during the class, I felt as if my heart had been blown open. My Reiki journey had begun, and my life and health would change dramatically as a result.
That was in 2000. I left my job with a non-profit and moved halfway across the country to Seattle, establishing a Reiki practice here in 2002. In 2004, I received Master training from William Rand, founder of the International Center for Reiki Training, and began teaching Reiki. In 2008 I became a Karuna Reiki® Master, also through Rand, and began teaching Karuna Reiki® as well. I have completed Jikiden Reiki Shoden and Okuden with Tadao Yamaguchi (2010), founder of the Jikiden Reiki Institute based in Kyoto, Japan and with Arjava Petter, vice representative of the Jikiden Reiki Institute.
The author of Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II, I blog at Sound Reiki and have written more than 60 articles about Reiki. I am also a former editor, contributor, and columnist for Reiki News Magazine (2004-2010).
A Labor of Love
Reiki is not only my full-time professional endeavor, but it is also a spiritual practice and a way of living. It is not just what I do, but who I strive to be. Reiki informs every aspect of my life as I daily strive to be an instrument of healing grace in every moment, through every thought, word, and deed.
Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II shares through step-by-step instruction and full-color photographs what I have learned from my teachers, my own research, and more than 15 years of giving hands-on Reiki sessions to clients experiencing a broad range of conditions. Learn more…
- Tadao Yammaguchi, The Jikiden Reiki Institute, Kyoto, Japan
- Frank Arjava Petter, The Jikiden Reiki Institute, Kyoto, Japan
- William Rand, The International Center for Reiki Training, Hana, Hawaii
- Tom Tessereau, Executive Director, Healing Arts Center, St. Louis, MO
- Wendy Bodin, Luminary Health Therapeutics, Albuquerque, NM
A professional member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP), I adhere to its Code of Ethics and standards of practice.