On a personal note, I was in a serious mid-life crisis in my early forties that involved addictive behavior, declining health and relationship problems. I had no idea how to cope with these overwhelming issues. My first surprise came after swimming with dolphins during a family vacation in the Florida Keys. Suddenly, I found myself reading books on Native American tradition, alternative healing and spirituality.
My quest led me to a workshop presented by Barbara Brennan, author of Hands of Light. She weaved through the aisles with her enormous energetic presence waving an Eagle feather and stopping to speak to attendees sitting in meditation. Never had I experienced such a force. The next step was her 4-year healing science training at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing held in Long Island then. Now, the Barbara Brennan School of Healing is in Boca Raton, Florida. Growing up Irish Catholic, the idea of therapy would only be considered if you were going to jump off the Ben Franklin Bridge. And, even then, you might consider a tall beer or old fashion drink first to regain your composure.
Core Energetic Therapy provided healing insight into my own being, ego structure, weaknesses and strengths. Barbara felt, and rightly so, that if you were going to be working on clients in the healing arts, you also needed to work on yourself. Graduating at age 50 in 1994, I found out this was just the beginning.
Next, I pursued studies in the 3-year training with Jason Shulman at A Society of Souls School. Jason is the most creative teacher and healer I’ve ever had the privilege of studying under. Mini trainings in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Advanced Hypnotherapy, Reiki Mastership and CranioSacral Therapy interspersed these longer school programs.
An option to continuing to work on my own personal development was discovered with the Diamond Heart Training in Colorado and from there, I have found my way to the current path in the exciting 4-year certification training in Energy Medicine with award-winning author of the book by the same name, Donna Eden held in Phoenix.
What an exciting ride the past 20 years have been – not always easy – but never dull!