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When I was 17, I lost a good friend to cancer.  It was so painful to watch him suffer and lose his future, and to experience our entire community in pain.  Needless to say, it was incredibly overwhelming for my highly sensitive teenage mind and heart.

And yet, there was also incredible clarity, joy & beauty during this time.  It was a deeply spiritual experience although I didn't recognize it as such at the time. 

Some of my favorite teenage memories are of hanging out with our group of friends all day in his hospital room.  Or remembering how he let me physically support him as he walked the hospital hallways after a major surgery.  Not to mention those marathons of bad TV, where I became well acquainted with characters like Beevus and Butthead and Ren and Stimpy.

When he died, I couldn't understand why his doctors never introduced “energy” into his treatment plan.  It was obvious to me that there was this other, spiritual path to healing that I assumed everyone was aware of.  

It was a hard lesson about the extreme disconnection between our spirituality and our actual lives. It left me angry and confused and, out of spite, I shielded myself from the energy world that I loved so much.  

I threw myself into a career in science and engineering, where I could let my analytical mind run the show. 

Flash forward 10 years when I was walking out of a yoga class and I saw this quote on a bulletin board:

"It doesn't matter how fast you're going if you're moving in the wrong direction."

It felt like someone had slapped me in the face.

I was 27 and living a very busy life.  I had a successful career as an engineer, demonstrated by the fact that I had a coveted window cubicle in the massive office and was one of the youngest stockholders in the company.  I also traveled extensively for my job and got to have fun adventures, all on the company’s dime.

I was married to my college sweetheart.  We had just finished building a custom house and were ready to start a family.  We were killing it at adulting.

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In reality, though, I was exhausted, unmotivated and plagued with chronic & often unexplainable symptoms like feet pain, infertility, and insomnia.

I was struggling to get through my day-to-day life.  From the outside, my life looked great, but something was off and I couldn't pinpoint why I was feeling this way.  There was no logical reason.

But, I was convinced that I could “muscle through” just about anything if I just kept moving forward with unyielding effort.

I threw myself into self-improvement programs, jumping from one to another. I tried juicing, essential oils, therapy, acupuncture, chiropractors, flower essences, meditation, crystals, mantras, antidepressants, tapping, and a few other things I’m embarrassed to admit. 

But this quote in the yoga studio made me pause. I looked around and it was like I was seeing clearly for the first time.  Having just stepped out of class, I was both exhausted and exhilarated; I felt good in my body, I was breathing fully, my bare feet were on the ground.  And I saw the truth of the path that I was on.

I didn’t like what I saw.  It looked like a shiny but empty shell. 

And I didn't just see it.  I felt it.  I knew it.  In that moment, I realized that I was looking to the outside world for acceptance, joy, validation, and direction when I could find all that and more on the inside

I closed my eyes and made a commitment to myself to find my way back to the energy world that I loved so much in my youth.

My commitment was solidified not 15 minutes later, when I saw my fellow young-professional-yogis standing in line at the pharmacy to get their various prescriptions for anxiety and depression.  It seemed like I wasn’t the only one seeking relief from my “soul ache”.

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I jumped right in and immediately found my way to energy programs like Reiki and Intuition Medicine®. 

It felt like my entire being took a big sigh of relief when I re-opened that door to the energy world.

I realized quickly, though, that the intensity of my spiritual urgency only got me so far. Connecting my energy & life experiences turned out to be more complicated than I anticipated.

The biggest challenge I faced right away was that there are SO MANY programs out there.  I went from overwhelmed to frustrated to paralyzed because I didn’t know where to start or how to learn quickly and efficiently.

Many of the energy programs out there are beautiful. Many of them are not. I once had high hopes for a program that ended up being in some guy’s barn in the middle of nowhere. I literally ran away from that one, convinced I was about to be murdered.  I didn’t ask for money back either.

But, because of my science and engineering background, I gravitated toward the evidence-based programs. I toiled to narrow down my wish list of energy programs to those that were based in science. Then I systematically tested them, and mindfully added to the list over time as new programs emerged.

Altogether, I’ve experienced more than thirty programs over the last twenty years.  

One of my biggest lessons from that extensive studying is that practice matters more than knowledge.  I set out to validate all of the things that I learned.  My experiences were incredible and sometimes unbelievable.

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I still can’t help but to be amazed every time I see results from my energy work.

One experience that I will never forget was when we bought our house.  Less than 4 hours after I finished some deep inner work around the energetic resistance blocking us from buying a house, the opportunity to buy our dream home dropped in my lap.  We purchased it below the asking price with no competition, which was a miracle in the cut-throat San Francisco housing market.

I've healed my chronic symptoms, was able to have two beautiful children, and use energy daily to find parking spots, coordinate my children’s schedules, and have smooth travel experiences.  I’ve found it’s these little things that really make life so much easier and more fulfilling.

But best of all, I feel more peaceful and relaxed.  I still have my messy moments, but the recovery time is much shorter. 

I’ve also had the honor of watching my clients create their own miracles with their energy.  I’ve witnessed them heal from dis-ease, discover their purpose, heal relationships, and find dream homes of their own.

After working with clients individually, I realized that these skills could be taught to anyone.  So, I put together my list of "Spiritual Shortcuts": energy practices that I have found to be the most impactful and efficient for living on my spiritual path. 

I know it’s possible to create our life experiences with our energy.  

And this work opens up the space and time for us to truly live our life’s purpose, which is when the ease and fulfillment come flooding into our lives with less physical, emotional, and mental effort.

But I also know that figuring out how to do all of this efficiently can be daunting.  And I am nothing short of shocked at how much it can cost these days.

One of my missions in life is to break down all of my energy knowledge and experience into a simple and easy-to-understand format that anyone can implement, and to provide a supportive, inclusive, and fun community where we can grow together. 

If I can save people the time, money, frustration, and loneliness that it took me to tap into the power of my energy, then I will consider part of my life’s mission complete.

I have learned so many helpful nuggets for living a life rooted in energy, from creating better health and relationships to hacking the brain to quickly create lasting energy habits.  I love to share these with other curious energy explorers in the "Spiritual Shortcuts" Program.


I hope you join us!  All are welcome.  No experience is necessary.

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