In 1994 I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the height of my management career. I received my first Reiki session in 2000 when I was in the throes of dealing with this illness. I already had a couple of surgeries by then with more to come. A few years later I had regular Reiki sessions that gave me relief from my symptoms. Truthfully, I really didn’t understand how it worked, but it did!
Another part of my path towards healing was to transition into a new career. I have always been passionate about animals, so I endeavored to earn a living caring for them. Just like that! Everything fell into place. In 2004 I became the owner of a pet sitting business: Peaceful Pets Pet Sitting. I was amazed that I could earn a living doing something so enjoyable and truly rewarding. Caring for animals continues to be a deeply rewarding and healing experience for me.
Even though I had many Reiki sessions for myself, it never occurred to me to become a practitioner until “Animal Reiki” came across my radar. My training began when I took a workshop taught by Kathleen Prasad, co-author of Animal Reiki: Using Energy to Heal the Animals in Your Life. I was hooked!
I received my Animal Reiki Teacher training from Kathleen Prasad. My lineage includes Usui Reiki Ryoho, Usui Shiki Ryoho, Unlimited Reiki, and Karuna Ki. I am honored beyond expression to be a practitioner and to teach the system of Reiki. Once again, animals led me to another level of healing and service. Because animals are the inspiration for my personal and professional Reiki practice, I look for ways that I can give back and help animals in need. I do this by volunteering my time offering Reiki to animals in sanctuaries, rescues, and shelters. I also teach the system of Reiki free of charge to the staff of these organizations as a SARA Practitioner – Teacher.
Reiki has been one of the most profound and self-empowering experiences of my life. I would like to honor and thank Usui Mikao for bringing the system of Reiki to us. I would like to also honor and thank my Reiki mentors, friends, and teachers: Kathleen Prasad, Patricia Squires, Jeni Prigmore, Laurie Filsinger, and Carla Stevens. Last but not least, all of the wonderful animals and people who have allowed me to offer Reiki and be a part of their process. They have all been great teachers!
Thank you so much for visiting Refreshing Reiki. It is my great honor and privilege to be of service to you.