I was halfway through my first year of naturopathic studies when I decided to form an LLC and begin practicing as a natural health educator--combining nutritional counseling, teaching, esthetics, and bodywork skills. While reading from a massage textbook I was inspired by a man's experience at a resort health spa. After consuming healthy nutrient-dense meals, receiving massage, and learning the importance of self-care--coupled with an environment that encouraged rest and relaxation--he then had, for the first time, a whole "new vision" of how his life could be. He talked about his hectic lifestyle as a businessman and after entering a place that allowed his pace to slow down and relax, it was then that he had the realization of another way to live more harmoniously--free from the rat race wheel he had been running in autopilot.
It took three years after enrolling in my first year that I graduated--earning the title of natural health educator. Becoming a naturopath is a life-changing experience--one must simply begin and allow the changes to occur. The depth of healing one experiences allows for deeper healing to occur in others as they are ready and willing.
When I was little, I was drawn into the realm of spirit and healing. At the age of six, I was introduced to The Library of Health, a family heirloom comprised of 20 books from doctors around the world filled with plants, anatomy, and homeopathy. It was nature cure at its finest before drug cure took over. My mother, wanting to preserve the book's integrity, put it away for safekeeping.
I was seven when I fell into a forest during a ski-lift accident--physically unharmed--this is when my mother told me I had a guardian angel. Pondering life and the ultimate question "What am I? Who am I? Why am I here", I then came across a book on palmistry. I was eight years old when I learned the fundamentals of palmistry. I've never been trained in hypnosis, but when I was in elementary, I had a birthday sleepover and ended up hypnotizing a very shy girl. There was no way she could have made up the stuff she was saying, and she became very emotional as if I had invaded her privacy. I, being me, just went along with it, as if I had done it before...
A series of events lead me to where I am now. I am just like you. We all have a story to tell. It's how we tell our story that shapes our past and forecasts the light or lack thereof, for our future endeavors. It is purely energetic. Our thoughts, memories, and intentions create the filter through which we perceive and experience the world we live in. Through the alchemy within we can tap into the formless--from which all things come through a holographic nature and change the charge the particle holds or at least our perceptual lens of how we view it.
Vipassana meditation has taught me how to practice equanimity. It is a daily practice. I still have my moments of cravings and aversions. It is part of being human. It really is true that we create our own suffering. We can choose to be happy, peaceful, and liberated. Every day we can start fresh and new.
There are ways to cleanse and purify the mind, body, and spirit. You can start with an assessment of your environment. Becoming present and aware of exposure to toxins and making changes so as to not cause further harm. When you know better, you will do better.
The next step is cleansing and building. Paying attention to the foods you consume and how they make you feel. Are they live foods full of enzymes, minerals, and vitamins or dead processed and/or overcooked, stale foods?
It's all about creating balance. That is what I am here to do. To help others along their path as I am able.