It is time for a little shameless self-promotion. As I explore my own giftedness, I invite you to explore your own!
There comes a time in every self-employed, professional’s journey when we must wave the flag of our own greatness, or our businesses would never get off the ground, and those that could benefit from the sharing of our gifts would never have the opportunity to enjoy those gifts. Today is one of those days. The invitation for me today to wave the flag of my own magnificence brings to mind the words of one of my teachers, Julie Tallard Johnson, “You each have your own unique medicine and there are people out there just waiting to receive it.” It is to those folks that I pen today’s blog.
As you probably already know, I am a trained, professional Spiritual Director and Reiki Master Practitioner and see clients in person, via Skype and over the phone for these services. What you might not know are the things about my education, training and background that make me unique in the field of holistic healing, personal growth and transformation:
- I was raised Catholic, attended Catholic schools, studied Catholic/Christian theology and spirituality for seven years and worked professionally in the Catholic Church for 10 years. As such, I bring a sensitivity to issues related to being raised Catholic. Many of my clients are men and women who have been raised Catholic and are trying to find their own truth in the midst of what they were taught. Some clients are trying to recover from the guilt and fearful images of the Divine that sometimes come with being raised in this tradition.
- As part of my studies in Catholic/Christian spirituality, I learned ancient spiritual tools and practices not readily accessible to most Catholics or Christians. These traditions have been carefully guarded by monastic communities and have been part of the Christian tradition for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, but not shared with the average Joe or Jill in the pew. When practiced diligently, these tools help to facilitate profound spiritual growth, healing and transformation. The focus of my work has been to make these tools available to EVERYONE!
- Along with my studies in Catholicism, I have studied and enjoyed the practices of many other traditions: Buddhism, Paganism, Wicca, Hinduism, Yoga, Zen, etc. Exploring and learning from these traditions has taught me to look for the places of connection between all the world religions and spiritual traditions, something I have brought into my own practice and have incorporated into my writings, my curriculum development, my program facilitation and retreat work.
- In addition to studying and practicing Reiki, I have studied Chi Qong and Chinese Medicine. Knowledge and experience in these fields of energy medicine have enhanced the work I do as a Spiritual Director and teacher. All of the classes I teach incorporate this knowledge and experience.
- Oh yea, and I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Iowa and 10+ years of corporate experience in sales, management and marketing.
So, there’s my professional resume in a nutshell. This is for your knowledge and if you know any of those people just waiting for the “medicine” that I have to offer, I invite you to share this blog and website with them. I also invite you to take some time today to reflect on the education and experiences that have contributed to your own unique medicine. How has this made you special and unique? When was the last time you took the time to wave the flag of your own unique magnificence?
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