Dear Healers and Seekers,

I’m back from SAND (Science and Nonduality Conference) in San Jose, California! I’m a little tan and a lot inspired!

Such amazing workshops, lectures, and people were there! Over 1,000 attendees. Woah. My poster presentation went well and I even had the chance to show it to Rollin McCraty, head of HeartMath, Inc. (I fangirled a little – see the picture of us above!).

I wrote a lot of thoughts in my new notebook, picked up books and websites, and feel so amazed.

I also had the chance to meet and spend time with two of my long-time students and colleagues in person for the first time – Peta Morton (who just released her first book – stay tuned for when I’ll bring her to RAA for an interview), and Yancey Grantham (who is going to run the new Metaphysical Mastermind group with me). What fantastic people they are virtually and in real life!

Here’s something I wrote up that I was thinking about, just to give you a taste of the kind of brain-bursts that I had throughout the week:

Awareness Thoughts: An Oxymoron

Trying to be aware of awareness is like trying to see the eye seeing. Try to see your eye in the act of seeing, and you only get a picture image of the eye itself, but as you are seeing your eye, you’re only getting what the eye does, not what it’s actually doing.

As I was trying to understand awareness, my thoughts followed this progression:

  • I am aware that something is processing these ideas.
  • I think of the state of awareness that is happening. I’m thinking of the process of thinking itself.
  • I feel the awareness, or what I think awareness feels like, but that’s only me interpreting the experience of being aware and then getting a feeling about it.
  • The more that I am fully present, without judgement, or having feelings about the awareness, the more I am close to being actually aware.
  • Awareness itself is best as only being in the experience. Living it as the observer living through me.

What do you think about this?

Are you aware?

With love and open eyes,


Dear Healers and Seekers,

I’m so excited! After I got my Ph.D., I asked myself, “What does someone with a doctorate do with it?”

  • Teach – Check! I’m already teaching, and even teaching college as an adjunct professor at Montgomery College.
  • Write – Check! I’m writing new books and courses on an ongoing basis.
  • Speak – Yes! At conferences! Okay! I researched conferences and found SAND, the Science and Non Duality Conference, in the USA October 23-27, 2019 in San Jose, CA. I applied to be a presenter, and was selected to be a Poster Presenter and share my research. I made my reservations, and am excited to represent RAA with over 1,000 attendees, and 185 of them (including me) are Speakers.

Oh my. There are so many people going. And so many topics, all related to deep thinking topics about connectedness, the power of love and healing, quantum connections, and spirituality, all in one.

I had to create my poster for my presentation, and this was not a small, science fair poster. Oh, no. My board is 8 feet by 4 feet. I’ve never made something so large. I needed to print it on two sheets, well, I mean I needed to find a printer who could print and then ship it right to the conference center for me. It wasn’t cheap, but hey, I’m already in for registration, AirB&B, flights, rental cars, and food. So, what the heck, right? I need this so here we go.

Creating the poster was kind of terrifying. I’m great with talking. I can write. But this graphic design thing? My confidence wanes considerably. I found a template. I went through my dissertation, and after spending the whole day at it, I finished it and sent it off.

Would you like to see what my poster looks like? Look below!

Would you like to know what my experience will be like? I’m going to go live on the Reiki Awakening Academy Facebook page each day I’m there! Check the page here for my live updates (or to watch them afterward). I feel great knowing that I’m taking you with me in this way, and I can share the excitement of the conference with you while I’m there.

Most of all, I’m completely sure that I’ll be back with many new ideas to share with you – classes, posts, ebooks, books, knowledge and inspiration!

With love and excitement,


Click the links below to see my posters (which will be hung together, 1 on top, and 2 beneath).

SAND Poster Presentation 1

SAND Poster Presentation 2

Dear Healers and Seekers,

The first of five Reiki Principles, or Precepts, as they are sometimes called, is, “Just for today, I will avoid anger.”

That’s a great idea. There are so many people going around angry right now – especially with election campaigns and hearings ramping up. It’s like being in a pot that’s getting ready to boil. The anger, outrage, controversy, and emotional angst swirling around our country is palpable. It’s all over social media, the news, and discussions pretty much everywhere you go. How are you going to avoid this anger, and avoid getting swept up in it?

It takes determination. I will avoid anger doesn’t mean I will never get angry. But, if you are looking to avoid anger, you can recognize that you’re feeling angry and decide to release it.

How to do this? Start by examining the anger. “Hmm, I’m feeling angry about XYZ.” Looking at a feeling objectively already starts to deflate its intensity. Go farther next. Ask yourself, “Where is this anger coming from? What am I REALLY angry about?” Chances are, it’s about feeling a loss of your power. Most anger is actually a fear of losing power or control. Powerlessness can be frightening.

The next step is to ask yourself if there is something that can be done about the situation that you’re angry about. This doesn’t mean revenge. This means something constructive that you can do to help yourself feel more empowered. Sometimes, just releasing the anger by focusing on gratitude is all you need to do, and it helps. It helps because it is impossible to feel angry and grateful at the same time. So, if you switch your focus to gratitude, you’ll find your anger dissipating.

If there is something constructive to do, you can do it. This means something that won’t hurt anyone, but will actually make the situation better. You’ll feel empowered then, and not angry.

If there is nothing you can do about the situation (someone you love was fired, someone got a dire diagnosis, etc.), then you can hand it off to your spiritual team. That means, whatever your spiritual connection is, give it to them. For me, that’s my Guides and Angels. They’re the team to which that I hand off my issues that I can’t change. And, I tell them, “Take this (problem) and please solve it for the highest and best of all concerned. When there’s something for me to do, please show me.” Then, I release it, and I immediately feel better.

Going around angry is bad for the energy, and will be reflected in the health of the body as well, if it’s not dealt with. Anger leads to a lot of needless violence in this world. Changing the anger in our country, in our community, in our families, begins with our own resolve to do so in ourselves.

The Reiki Precepts are inspiring and can make powerful change in your life.

The full list is:

Just for Today

I will avoid anger.

I will avoid worry.

I will do my work honestly.

I will be grateful for my blessings.

I will be kind to all.

The Reiki Precepts, or Reiki Principles as they’re sometimes called, are not commandments, nor are they mandatory in Reiki practice. They are ideals, ethical statements. But, wow. Just try this. Focus on one each day, or all of them. Your life will be better for it.

With love,


Dear Healers and Seekers,

Throughout my ongoing studies, the deeper I get into studying healing and consciousness, whatever the source (EFT training, reading Lynne McTaggart’s books, or watching videos about various healing modalities), one theme keeps coming back repeatedly. That theme is that we are all connected.

A friend who does a type of physical therapy showed me that if I hold my left arm strong, and then he wiggles his left arm with me watching, I can not hold my left arm strong again for a few minutes.

Donna Eden demonstrates if someone holds his arm strong, and then she wiggles her hand under his arm near the side of his body (in his aura), his arm loses strength.

In a class I took with Lynne McTaggart, she emphasized that if we, as practitioners, are thinking that our client is really sick, can’t get well, or we are feeling pity towards the client, it will weaken the healing session for that client.

All three of these examples are showing how much influence we have on one another, whether consciously or not.

Today, people are very agitated by the media. There is so much mistrust, negativity, and divisiveness going on, it can feel like trying to swim through thick soup just to be around people.

But, something else I learned is that the strongest energy sways the others. So, that applies to gratitude, compassion, and love too. It means that if I stay grounded, and rooted firmly in gratitude, those around me are going to shift to my vibration, rather than bringing mine down.

You can do the same. Make gratitude a daily practice – not just words, but in your emotions. Feel grateful, even for the little things like flush toilets, hot coffee, and cozy sweatshirts. We’re dang lucky, actually, in thousands of ways. Keep that feeling flowing, and you (and all of us) can become the source of energetic change. And that has an impact.

With love,