I’ve been an energy medicine practitioner for 15 years. As is the case for many, I was initially called to Reiki.
I had absolutely no awareness of Reiki at the time. And then it appeared, out of the blue, everywhere in my world – in conversations, on flyers, books at eye level in the local library. I sometimes say that Reiki stalked me until I finally paid attention. My first Reiki class felt like coming home.
It was a natural progression into the LightSong School of 21st Century Shamanism and Energy Medicine. Interestingly, Shamanism had also been tapping at my door through my formal education as an Applied Anthropologist. I studied Korean Shamanism while living in Seoul and had focused on Mexican folk medicine throughout my graduate studies. Little did I know that I would someday incorporate shamanic techniques into my own personal growth and professional life.
After a long and windy road training in the world of the unseen, I now know that this work is in my blood, my DNA, my ancestral lineages, my soul’s path.
It is what I was born to do.
As a student in the LightSong community, I’ve completed all of the introductory courses, a number of electives and the advanced training in Soul Retrieval, Compassionate Spirit Release and Curse Unraveling. I've assisted in the Levels 1, 2 and 3 courses. And, I've participated in a number of Karen Hefner's Firewalk Ceremonies, adding another layer of remembering and soul evolution, through one of the most beautiful and transformational ceremonies in existence. I've also had the honor of serving in the East and the Northwest directions during our summer Telepathic Practicums. Living on the magical, coastal land in unison - imbuing every breath with intention and communicating with all the living things (seen and unseen) and supporting questers, is phenomenal. An extraordinary immersion into the long forgotten capacities of humans.
I can honestly say that my first Practicum experience may have been the most amazing week of my entire life. (And, I have had the privilege of some truly outstanding life opportunities!) To feel so deeply connected, alive, and in my natural intuitive state for such an extended period of time, with others, in service, is a cherished gift.
While 1,000’s of epiphanies, journeys, class experiences, connections with teachers and fellow students and instruction have shaped the shamanic practitioner that I have become, truly the most impactful teachings emerged from the LightSong Level 3 course - The Universal Shaman. During these two year-long trainings, I began my relationships with The Winds of Change (the Air Element) and Ixtaca, the Spirit of Shamanism-Life Consciousness (who often appears to me as a wonderfully wise and brazen medicine women). Not only did the coursework and the relationships with the two Regalia Spirits stretch me and challenge me … and provide profound lessons in trust and the ability to merge deeply with universal consciousness … but they were clearly harbingers for today's planetary state, both the pandemic and the crisis of the human soul. These Regalia spirits chose me for my personal expansion and to guide my contributions to humanity.
I am the owner and practitioner of Almus Energy Medicine, where I blend Reiki, Core Shamanism and Plant Medicine (essential oils) in my individual sessions with clients. I also offer Reiki classes and a Reiki Practitioner Mentorship Program. Most recently, I birthed Plant Speak, a series of online courses for the doTERRA essential oils community. In a journey with the Plant Kingdom itself, I was guided to connect people to plants - plant essences to human essences. “Get them to talk to us. PLEASE, get them to talk to us”, said the Plant Kingdom. And so it is. I said yes. There is now a course in Plant Spirit Shamanism for the wildly diverse doTERRA community!
I grew up in Northern California, in a small agricultural community of 1,000 inhabitants, at the heart of the Sacramento Delta, land of the Plains Miwok people. After traversing the globe for nearly a decade, I took root in SW Portland, Oregon, land of Atfalati (Tualatin) peoples. It is here that I have resided with my family for the last 20 years. My ancestors come from Germany, the Philippine Islands, Scotland, England and some mystery lands. I feel the energies of the lands I currently walk, and those of my people, DEEP IN MY SOUL.
Like many of you reading this I'm sure, I am very aware of the bubbling up and reaching out of my bloodlines, the lands, and the poignant galactic messages at this time in history.
The earth and my ancestors have been speaking loudly these days. Change. All these energies, in their various forms, are pleading for change. It is time. Humanity and mother earth are at a precipice of change. It simply IS happening. There is no question.
And, so, today, as I walk this path with all of the other brilliant souls who have chosen to incarnate at this tumultuous and extraordinary time, I am moved to bring us together. To create community, To utilize our wondrous human gifts. To call on our spirit allies. To support, encourage, and inspire each other...as we vision and create our New Earth.
“Our planet needs a new human story today." - Alberto Villapoldo