Looking back on my life in hindsight, I can see the Empath in me was always present. I was practically born a vegetarian, my family forever baffled regarding what to feed me, besides sugar. As a child I was so hyper-sensitive, I would cry at the drop of a hat. In the 6th grade I won an award from Ted Kennedy, for a project I coined “Solution for Pollution” that recommended recycling, a practically unknown concept at the time. I was a dancer in NYC in my 20s, and it wasn’t my technique that got me jobs, but my ability to express and convey my emotions through the art of dance that opened doors for me. But then Spirit came in and provided me with a chronic illness, Graves Disease, that forced me to change my direction, and walk a path of self-discovery and eventual healing, through raw food fasting, polarity therapy, reiki, philosophical counseling, and yoga and meditation practices.
I became a licensed massage therapist, eventually having a successful private practice in the Hamptons for the rich and famous. I studied with some of the most well known yoga teachers of my generation, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Dharma Mittra, and Rodney Yee, and I finally received my teaching certification through Sivananda in India. I travelled to Nepal and trekked for a month to Everest Basecamp. I practiced Zen Buddhism through Zazen, with my dear friends, 2 Zen Buddhist monks from Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji Rinzai Monastery. And I was always experimenting with diet and nutrition as a means of healing, until I finally got certified in Applied Vegetarian Nutrition.
I asked for a teacher and he appeared. We became partners, and he motivated me to return to school to study Sociology and eventually get a Post Graduate Certificate in Death and Dying. Together we founded two non-profit foundations, created various yoga centers, developed projects for at-risk kids, death row inmates, the elderly, and cancer patients, as well as conducting monthly retreats and coursework for our Sangha. We adopted our son from Ethiopia and moved from New York to Barcelona to have quality of life for our family, and that’s when the Spiritual Emergence(y)s (SE) began. I had 7 experiences in total over a 10 year period and though they were amazing life transforming experiences on the spiritual plane, on the earth plane they caused years of numbing through medication with tremendous growing pains and suffering as they ended my marriage and my work as I knew it.
Suddenly I was a single mom in a foreign country, forced to leave my home and my work, and with no real source of income. Two years later, having dug deep into my soul for strength and wisdom, and inspired by an Awakened Leadership Mastery Program with Dabney Alix, founder of Shades of Awakening, and clearly guided by Spirit, I developed The Vibra Healing System for Empaths, combining the modalities of whole food nutrition, chakra balancing, yoga, meditation, coaching, Bach Flower Remedies, Shamanic teachings, grounding in nature, and art therapy into a healing system for Empaths and people integrating SE. These were all of the tools I had used in my own recovery process. They guided me to heal my body, mind, soul, and my connection to Spirit, revealing the purpose and meaning of my life and helping me to arrive at compassion, acceptance, contentment, and unconditional love for myself, leading me to my current process of applying that to all that is.
And so here I am in the present, still living in Barcelona, sharing my life with my best friend – my son, honored and humbled to be
co-directing Shades of Awakening, returning to work summers in the Hamptons, and to hopefully develop a support system for people to integrate SE here in Spain.