My physical, mental, and emotional health is better than it’s ever been, and I spend every day engaged in work that is my passion.
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 now teach Karuna Reiki® as well. I completed Jikiden Reiki Shoden and Okuden levels in 2010 with Tadao Yamaguchi, founder of the Jikiden Reiki Institute based in Kyoto, Japan.
A former editor, contributor, and columnist for Reiki News Magazine, I am the author of Reiki, A Guide for the Practice of Levels I and II, and more than 60 articles about Reiki.
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 am. 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 a decade of giving hands-on Reiki sessions to clients experiencing a broad range of conditions.
- 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 their Code of Ethics and standards of practice.