Usui/ Holy Fire® III Reiki Master
Growing up, I struggled with OCD, anxiety, and depression from a young age. I tried years of medication and therapy (the traditional Western approach) without much success. I knew there had to be another way, and so I began to explore more “unconventional” methods of health and healing in my early 20s. It was during this time that I first encountered Reiki. I continued to explore other healing modalities and delved deeper into my spiritual journey which, at age 22, led me to profound healing in a way that traditional solutions had not. Healing is a lifelong journey, and this experience was truly just the beginning.
After graduating University in 2014, I immediately moved to New York City and dove right into the corporate grind, adopting a “work hard, play hard” mentality like those around me. While I still engaged in my passion for wellness and explored spirituality through yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and research, my career always took precedence.
After five plus years of working in the advertising industry, the stress, long hours, and lack of work/life balance had taken its toll. Over the years, my anxiety had returned and brought with it numerous physical ailments. I saw various specialists, underwent surgical procedures, and landed in the ER on more than one occasion. Each time – the results came back “inconclusive” and “likely the result of prolonged stress”. My body was screaming for me to pay attention. The lack of formal diagnosis reaffirmed what I knew to be true: the solution would not come from treating the symptoms, because the symptoms stemmed from a deep energetic and spiritual imbalance.
By Summer of 2020, I could no longer deny that I was not on the correct path and had not been for some time. If I were to continue, I would only move further out of alignment with what I knew my soul was calling me to do: prioritize my health and be of service to others on their healing journey. In Fall of 2020, I took a leap of faith and quit my job, leaving behind the career I’d worked so hard to build. I then spent the next 6 months focusing solely on my spiritual practice, coming back to myself and deeply healing my mind and body after overextending both for so many years.
It was during this phase of my journey that I rediscovered Reiki. Looking to further heal myself and hoping for some clarity, I booked a Reiki session with a practitioner who happens to be an old friend. It was wonderfully relaxing and provided me a sense of peace while activating my inner guidance. Something had clicked, and I knew I needed to delve deeper.
With a desire to equip myself with the lifelong ability to tap into this healing energy, for myself and especially to help others; I soon completed certification to become a Usui/Holy Fire® III Level I & II Reiki Practitioner. Seeking to further my training and deepen my connection, in Fall of 2021 I became a certified Usui/Holy Fire® III/New Earth Reiki Master.
Through Reiki I have found continued healing within myself, and have seen it help my clients in profound ways. If I can share the gift that is Reiki and the knowledge I’ve gained through my life experiences in order to help even one person find peace and clarity within themselves, I know I’ve chosen the right path.