Reiki has been one of the great loves of my life. It is a gift that keeps giving and giving. I am continually surprised by the power of reiki and how it has evolved and changed me. I have only been practicing for about six years, but I can tell you, I am not at all the same person I was when I started.

My spiritual journey began back in 2012 when I signed up for my first yoga class at Half Moon Yoga in Franklin, TN. My teacher was Robbie Michelle Short, and she cracked open my entire world and showered bits of spirituality over me like drops of honey. Every class was delicious and left me wanting more and more of this wonderment. In each class she shared her divine wisdom and revealed glimpses of knowledge that I could not turn away from. My body and mind were finally connecting, and I learned to turn my attention inward. This is when I became a seeker. My thirst for spiritual knowledge was awakened and I could not quench that thirst. It is with me today and always will be. It is another gift that keeps on giving. It prepared me for the greatest challenges of my life, which included a leukemia diagnosis in 2015, and has stayed with me and guided me through every twist and turn.

I have learned that we all have cracks, but the cracks are where the light comes in.

And it is through those cracks that we evolve and grow. And what a beautiful gift it is to be able to evolve from life lessons.

Evolution of the soul can be brutal, but I would not change it for anything.

I used many of the things I learned in the beginning of my spiritual journey to help me survive the trauma I went through on my cancer experience. During that time I put into practice things that surprised me at how powerful they were. I learned firsthand the power of our thoughts and intention setting. Things that translated to actual physical results for me. I was very sick when I first started chemotherapy and I decided to see if my mind could have any power over that. I tried getting my thoughts aligned with wellness and healing and I meditated on how I was going to feel during treatment. From then on, for five more rounds of chemotherapy, I never got sick again. Shortly after this life-changing experience I really wanted to explore using these types of techniques to help others as well. But I wasn’t yet sure about how that was going to manifest.

A year later I met Kirem and little did I know it then, but she would once again crack open my mind to the another level and become my soul sister. Together we have explored and traveled down many spiritual paths. Her guidance and spirit of generosity have been one of the most precious gifts I have ever received in my life. Together we have accomplished some awesome feats, including the first ever Lightwork Awards show and this incredible publication, the New Earth Almanac. But before we teamed up for those things, she taught me REIKI. And it has been through reiki that I have learned again to go inward to develop and trust my intuition. Through these years I have listened and learned, seeking knowledge and studying. But reiki is more than just learning and knowing, it is doing. So for me, this was a leap of faith. I can learn things all day long…but putting them into practice, especially for the healing of others, was another step entirely.

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