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Saturday, May 18, 2013


I have been so inspired by the following from Isabel Allende, that I just had to share it with you:

"I have lived with passion and in a hurry, trying to accomplish too many things. I never had time to think about my beliefs until my 28-year-old daughter Paula fell ill. She was in a coma for a year and I took care of her at home, until she died in my arms. Paralyzed and silent in her bed, my daughter Paula taught me a lesson that is now my mantra: You only have what you give…

The pain of losing my child was a cleansing experience. I had to throw overboard all excess baggage and keep only what is essential. Because of Paula, I don't cling to anything anymore. Now I like to give much more than to receive. I am happier when I love than when I am loved. I adore my husband, my son, my grandchildren, my mother, my dog, and frankly I don't know if they even like me. But who cares? Loving them is my joy.

Give, give, give—what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine. It is in giving that I feel the spirit of my daughter inside me, like a soft presence."

                                                                        ~Isabel Allende

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of eight novels, including, most recently, Zorro, Portrait in Sepia, and Daughter of Fortune. She has also written a collection of stories; three memoirs, including My Invented Country and Paula; and a trilogy of children's novels. Her books have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages and have become bestsellers across four continents. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Isabel Allende lives in California.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reik At The VA

If you are an experienced, dedicated, Reiki practitioner, I invite you to join us at the VA (SAVACHS-Southern AZ VA Health Care System). The Reiki Practitioner Program was established over a year ago to offer Reiki to veterans, guests, staff & volunteers, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons. Last month we provided more than 200 12-minute Reiki sessions. The VA is a very pleasant place to practice and gain clinical Reiki experience in interim, rehab, and transitional (hospice, palliative, respite) care.  Our Reiki services are highly valued by the supportive staff and the appreciative patients. 

Entrance into the program is open to those who have completed ART or Master level training, and also to active Level 2s who agree to take Level 3/ART within 6 months of acceptance.  Volunteers are expected to work a weekly 3 hour shift, and be available most of the year.  Seasonal residents will be considered as staffing permits.

The site for general info on volunteering at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) is the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Be aware that all VA volunteers need to complete an application, be interviewed, attend a one time Volunteer Orientation, and must successfully complete fingerprint and background checks, and have an initial TB test.  This process takes time, and must be completed prior to working with patients.

To learn more about becoming a Reiki volunteer, contact me for information at 520 730 1620, or  I look forward to talking with you about your service for the men and women who have given so much for our country. Your time will be well spent and the experience affecting.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Send Reiki, NOT Rounds

I stand with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly

Two years ago, a mentally ill young man shot Gabby Giffords in the head, killed six of her constituents, and wounded 12 others. Since that terrible day, America has seen 11 more mass shootings – but no response from Congress to prevent gun violence. After the massacre of 20 children and six of their teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary though, it’s clear: This time must be different.
Americans for Responsible Solutions will encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership by communicating directly with the constituents that elect them.
Join me today by signing up to demand responsible solutions to reduce gun violence. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Mitzvah over Money

"No, you can't always get what you want and if you try, 
sometime you just might find 
you get what you need."
                                                                                                                    ~The Stones 

Threw out the business plan. Revising expectations. I am choosing mitzvah over money.

"You can get everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want!" proclaimed Zig Ziglar, the recently departed guru of motivation-speak.  

Let's change that to read, “You will get everything in life you need, if you will just help other people.” 

Helping others is humbling, an experience easily realized using Reiki and the selfless practice of unconditional love. A sense of purpose, happiness, and the feeling of being part of a greater whole, all can be attained by giving to others. So Reiki On!  Anytime, Anywhere, Anyway...


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Learnin’ Reiki & Lovin’ It

Back to school and another chance to get it right.  As a teacher, the start of the school year was always a pivotal time for me, full of the potential in new beginnings, the anticipation of growth and development, and the excitement of shared learning. 

In truth, adventures in learning continue for a lifetime.  I now delight in watching my Reiki students embrace this calming, healing art, and experience the growth and change that come with practice.

The words of my advanced students speak for them:

Six-word Reiki Memoirs

No expectations. Always amazed and surprised.
Calm when answers are not there.
Feeling comfortable in the Reiki zone.
A totally awesome, self-gratifying experience.
Caramel energy flowing, vibrating my soul.
Always with me all the time.
Adventures in relaxing, resting, and restoring.
Exploring, self-discovery. Helping others heal.
I enjoy giving love through kindness.
Exploring unlimited possibilities, sharing intimate healing.

There is great joy in being a lifelong learner.  Learn Reiki, Do Reiki, Be Reiki!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cats LOVE Reiki

Give your favorite being the gift of Reiki comfort.  You can provide Reiki for those you love by taking Level 1 Reiki training. I have used Reiki on birds, rabbits, dogs, cats, and horses. They calm with Reiki in a way that is different from mere touch, petting, and even meds.  Reiki is especially important when dealing with recovery or end of life issues.

Learn to Reiki. 

You'll be so glad you did... 

Friday, April 27, 2012

Reiki, Horses, and Healing

I was excited to be able to give my Reiki students the opportunity to tour Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary and offer Reiki to the horses.  I knew that it would be a moving experience, but our visit proved to be so much more. Connections were made and hearts touched; it was transformative. 

Many of us have benefited from HRT and drug industry practices that condone cruelty. Mares used in the production of Premarin exhibit the same loss of spirit as victims of domestic violence.  Abuse is abuse is abuse… It is soul deadening.

At Equine Voices rescued horses receive loving care, are given freedom to move about and time to heal.  What powerful examples, these mares, of resilience, recovery, and renewal.

We all have an innate ability to heal. Reiki balances us and facilitates the body’s natural healing, while also serving as a catalyst for change on the emotional, mental, and spiritual levels.  Used daily, Reiki self-treatment offers the frequency of exposure that enhances our capacity to overcome what is hurtful and harmful.

Equine-assisted therapy is being used to help humans heal. My students and I were privileged to be able to use Reiki to help horses heal.