I’ve been told that since I was able to toddle around I seemed to know if someone wasn’t feeling well and would put my hands on them to, “make better.” I suppose this was the first sign of the intuition and empathy that has been a major part of my life. However, with the clarity of hindsight, it took me perhaps too long to understand this ‘knowledge’ for my own benefit. Therefore, I followed a winding road through education, training as a physiotherapist, working in research, then as a PA in publishing and marketing, returning to university, becoming a Mum, an English, TESOL and Creative Writing teacher, and then working with EMAS. This journey also involved physical moves around the country (and a few emotional earthquakes) until we finally settled in Devon over 20 years ago.
Along the way I discovered Meditation, an essential part of my life for over 30 years now. With the birth of my son, in 1987, my interest in alternative medicine and complementary therapies widened and grew through the need to help him overcome extreme ADHD and dyslexia. Then other problems, affecting people and animals close to me, led this search in various directions. Along the way I discovered Reiki (or Reiki found me, as it so often seems to do) and I felt that a core part of me had ‘come home’; it was more a reawakening than learning something new. In time, I became a Usui Reiki Master-Teacher and then, in 2005, also a Karuna Reiki® Master-Teacher.
I mentioned intuition; I’ve actually had psychic and mediumistic abilities all of my life. As a child I thought everyone was like me which caused some misunderstandings but, perhaps fortunately, most things were attributed to imagination. I didn't really understand until much later, and learning to interpret such ‘knowledge’ is ongoing. In respect of my own life, as so many with such abilities find, it is more difficult to ‘see’ for yourself; whether consciously or not we can’t completely divorce a desired outcome from the facts. My abilities include being very empathic (definitely not always a blessing), and as a Medium I'm clairvoyant (see spirit), clairsentient (feel spirit), clairalient (smell things associated with spirit) and sometimes clairaudient (hear spirit). Although I use a variety of "tools" to aid psychic connection, my favourites are Rice Reading and Animal Cards.
When I was 6 years old, during a family holiday in Cornwall, I found an amazing rock of Quartz crystals in a cave. So began my fascination with crystals. I eventually took this forward to gain a formal Certificate in Crystal Healing, and am now studying for an Advanced qualification.
After so many career changes it took a leap of faith to be where I am now. However, in 2007, yet more changes within the Service employing me were the final straw and I left. With no real preparation I launched my own business, doing full-time what had been just a wonderful hobby. Despite the lack of financial wealth, I now have a job I love and endless pleasure in helping others. Of course there are days when I panic about paying bills etc, but (so far anyway) something turns up to help us scrape by.