Here it is! Today is my 49th birthday. The first day of the last year of my 40s.And, things are good! Here are some of the things I’ve been doing since my 48th birthday:I’m working on completing my dissertation, with an eye on graduating in May.I have …
We’ve now lived in Gaithersburg, MD for six weeks. Partly, I’ve been feeling like I’m on an extended vacation from my home in Ohio. Part of me has been wondering when we’re going home. But not in a sad way. I love this house. There’s plenty of room for our family. It’s very nice to have enough bathrooms, too! I love the new neighborhood, all of the amazing variety of cultures here. I’m even starting to get around – a little – without the GPS app on my phone. People I’ve met have been nice and welcoming. The kids are all adjusting really well to their new schools, and made the Honor Roll their first quarter.
My husband has gotten off to a great start in his new position. It’s clearly the right decision for him, and for our family, to be here.
Although our house in University Heights hasn’t sold yet, it’s certainly ready for a family to move in and make it their new home.
Good things are happening with me, too. I’ve made a wonderful connection with Beatrice Ollier of The Center for Qi Gong, Meditation, Healing and Beyond, which it turns out, is about a mile from my house in a very thriving shopping district called The Kentlands. Being as open minded as she is, Beatrice has allowed me to teach Practical Reiki at her lovely studio, and even brought me two students. We’ve got a great symbiotic relationship – I’m helping her with her social media presence and marketing. She’s recommending me and letting me teach there. I’ve already taught a class there, and will teach another in January. We like each other a lot, too.
And the biggest news so far is that, finally, my new website has launched. ReikiAwakeningAcademy.com is completely redesigned from the bottom up, and looks totally new, modern, and different! We’re having a free online launch party tomorrow (Thursday) night at 9 pm EST. It’s a free class in Laughter Yoga, as well as festive giveaways and a party atmosphere. We figured, why not do something really fun, that includes learning, and celebrates the new site? I’d love to have a great big crowd, so please join us if you can make it! It’s online, so wherever you are, you can be there from any computer or digital device that goes online. Please come!
I’m going to Ohio on Friday, to teach and share a booth with my expo buddy, Ernie Betz, at The Victory of Light Expo in Cincinnati. I’m looking forward to being back there (it’s my seventh time). Though, in a way, it feels a little confusing to go from here (my home?) to there (my familiar Ohio territory), and then back here (home, Alice, home) again on Monday.
So, yeah, things are good, and I’m trying to get rooted in this new place, so that I can say or think “home” and my mind goes here, instead of Cleveland, Ohio. I know it takes time. But, I’m ready for that slightly confused part of me to officially move here too.
Ace VenturaThese past few weeks have been weird. As I sat here composing my post, I thought of a few metaphors for how I’ve been feeling.One is the moment when Alice steps into the looking glass, yet isn’t quite across yet. She is simultaneously in bot…
I’ve been thinking lately about the paradox of being. Doesn’t that sound philosophical?What I mean is that on the one hand, I’ve learned a lot about Reiki in the past five years or so. I’ve taught lots of people around the world, and aim to teach …
In the first novel and radio series, a group of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings demand to learn the Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything from the supercomputer, Deep Thought, specially built for this purpose. It takes Deep Thought 7½ million years to compute and check the answer, which turns out to be 42. The Ultimate Question itself is unknown. ~http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrases_from_The_Hitchhiker’s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy
Today is my birthday. I’m 42. According to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, 42 is the answer to the question of the meaning of life. In the series, the reader finds out that once the answer was discovered, a supercomputer was then developed to find out what the question is. That supercomputer is called Earth, and humans are part of the program. I think that’s a pretty spiritual concept, for all its sci-fi-ness. What’s the meaning of life? We’re here to discover it. Not alone, but collectively, through our interactions – a complex series of bopping in and out of each other’s fields, lives, events and stuff.
Well, I guess this is my year.
It’s also the fourth anniversary of the start of this blog. I’m so proud to have kept a record of my journey for this long, and pretty glad to be able to go back and remember what was going through my head at various times over the past four years. My Reiki journey began four years ago, and it continues today. Thank you all for being a part of it through reading, commenting, and sharing my posts.
When my birthday’s coming, I tend to assess my life from as objective a viewpoint as I can. I think a lot of people do this around birthday time. It’s a pretty weird experience. Objectively speaking, over the last four years, I’ve centered my career more and more around sharing and teaching Reiki.
So from an outside perspective, I:
- claim and truly believe that an invisible energy flows through me upon request
- feel warm, soothing tingles, relief from discomfort, and emotional calm when I direct this energy towards myself
- claim and truly believe that I can offer this invisible energy to anyone, anywhere in the world
- demonstrate, discuss, and teach others how to work with this invisible energy
- volunteer and get paid for offering this energy to others, who report that it helps them
- have a great husband and four fascinating and adorable kids with lots of quality family time
- work, shop, clean, do laundry, pick up from school, make dinner
- run an academy, which I started, and manage the business side of things along with teaching
- wrote a book and promote it
- to drop a few or ten pounds
- to take more time for myself for meditation, exercise (see above), and relaxing
- to dance more, sing more, play the piano more
- to attract 1,000+ more students to my school
- to have all the money my family needs to not worry about having the money we need (see above)
- Good health
- Family nearby (my parents, my grandma, aunt and uncle who we have dinner with weekly)
- My wonderful supportive husband and our kids who amaze us daily
- My students who express gratitude, enthusiasm and love for their learning
- My staff, colleagues and friends who make the Academy possible (Connie, Yancey, Amber especially)
- My friends who help me keep things in perspective
- The opportunity to follow this path, which as crazy as it feels sometimes when I try to see it from the outside, is exactly what I feel aligned with doing in every way possible.
- noticing angels at work in my life
- sensing and responding to guidance
- learning new tools and techniques to strengthen my intuition
- ways to build and grow a business that’s successful and thriving
- making the most of these gifts – the grounded and the superhero stuff – in gratitude and humility
This has been a very eventful summer!
I wrote a book about Reiki. Over 100 copies have been sold in the first month.
Now I’ve launched the next step in my practice – a school of intuitive development, The Reiki Awakening Academy. It felt right – to make more classes available to more people, in an organized way. The pieces lined up – my teachers, colleagues, and students showed up ready to help others learn. I know it will grow – I look forward to selecting more teachers and offering more classes to those who are looking for learning and support.
I’ve been told that this is a time of great change – an awakening, not only for me (Reiki Awakening!), but around the planet, people are becoming aware of their intuition and powers for healing. They are seeking answers, methods, and information about how to harness, nurture, and use these abilities to help others and themselves. A consciousness is rising – I think I feel it too.
This journey I’ve been on since I started this blog seems to reflect this change. I hope that my school can become a resource for those seeking guidance, learning, and support. I’m offering what I have learned, and as I learn more, I will offer more. I’m also bringing on board those who have passion to do the same.
And now I’ve inherited a new title. I’m the founder, the leader, the head teacher, the big cheese of this school. I tried on all of those (well not the cheese – that’s a joke), to see if they felt right. I guess, in order to express in business terms my role in the process, that I have become an Executive Director. Funny how businesslike and a little stuffy it sounds. Funny how I picture an Executive Director sitting in a suit behind a big desk in a large office with a door. And funny how that image doesn’t really fit me here in my t-shirt and jeans shorts, typing on my laptop in its docking station in my basement.
But it’s what I am I guess!
I am organizing and posting all classes, setting up the virtual classroom for my teachers, training the teachers on how to conduct their classes, taking registration, keeping track of students, rosters, enrollment, payroll, answering emails, teaching a large number of classes and programs myself (it’s my passion and my true calling!), and recruiting students. So I guess that title fits.
But I still feel like the person who started this blog, amazed at the tingles in my hands, dying to find others to share this amazement with.
Well, the universe has promoted me. Thank you, Universe! I am so glad to be here. I look forward to the next steps.
Come on over and have a look. Try a class. Choose a program that will help you become who you are too. We’re here to help.