As far back as I can recall -- I think I was four years old -- I saw energy. It didn't seem strange; in fact, it felt quite natural. Its visual presence provided comfort and companionship. It reminded me that I was not alone in my everyday conventional life but part of a greater reality that was beneficent, unbounded and true.
I come from a family with generations of sensitive people. Two of my grandparents worked as healers in the Christian Science tradition. I grew up around many adults who felt connected to the Divine. After working as a journalist for many years, I began studying energy healing techniques and spiritual traditions from around the world. I wanted to help people understand energy and healing with the same precision and measurability of journalistic science. I have lived in the United States, Dubai, Nepal, Kazakhstan and India. I was born in Berkeley, California.
My formal healing studies began at the age of 23 when I joined the Diamond Heart Training of the Ridhwan School in Berkeley, California. This work transformed my daily life, and it profoundly influences my own work with clients. I am truly grateful for the 15 years I spent in this inner work school and for the deep realizations of the school’s founder, Hameed Ali.
To better understand the physiology and anatomy of the human body, I completed a California state approved massage therapy and healing arts certification from the Diamond Light School in Marin County, California. Vajra Matusow, the school’s director, masterfully gave me tremendous knowledge and helped me refine and appreciate my energy healing capacities. From Healing Touch International, an organization started by U.S. nurses to share techniques and understanding about energy work, I learned the importance of being able to clearly talk with clients about the energy field and the healing process.