Excerpted from an interview with Joni, host of Spiritual Aliveness
In 2005, I discovered I have healing hands. My friend quit dialysis and all medications without a doctor’s care. Within hours of stopping her medications, she became agitated, uncomfortable and unreasonable. I felt compelled to slowly move my hands about six inches above her body from head to foot. I repeated this until she calmed. My friend called the experience going to Nirvana, a higher state of consciousness where there is no suffering. At her request, I repeated the process once or twice daily until her death five days later.
My experience with my friend was so powerful I began studying energy healing. In 2007, I opened my business To soothe and to heal, now doing business as “Healing Energy Services,” and offered sessions to clients. The results were so astounding, I closed my Proposal Writing and Development business and became certified in the Healing Touch Program in 2008. In 2009, I completed Healing Touch for Animals Level 1, taught by the program founder Carol Komitor, and expanded my business to include treatment for animals and their people. This lead to coordinating the Healing Touch for Animals classes for four years and earning my certification. I volunteer with holistic veterinarian Dr Kim Martin every Monday evening and provide energy therapy for cats and dogs at Hawks Prairie Veterinary Hospital in Lacey WA.
Having experienced the power of Healing Touch, I explored other aspects of energy medicine. I earned my Reiki Master degree, studied Pranic Healing, Matrix Energetics®, Reconnective Healing®, The Reconnection®, ThetaHealing®, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and Access Consciousness®. Each method offers additional avenues for accessing the healing stream that flows around and through us. I learned and practice Transcendental Meditation. In 2015, I completed my hypnotherapist training and certification and now also offer client-centered hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis tools to my clients.
The ability to communicate with animals and other living and non-living aspects of our universe is rooted in personal philosophy. For me, and many others, the universe is conscious; therefore, everything within it is conscious, whether animate, inanimate, or man-made. I recognize there is much we don’t know or see, even though it is right beside us. There will always be more to learn about and from those that share this planet with us.
I experience animals as highly evolved, sentient beings whom I respect and learn from. I respect animals’ consciousness, feelings, and wisdom. I do not judge them based on my perspective of intelligence. I am not better, more capable, more evolved, or more spiritual than they are. There is much we do not know about the interior life of animals. I gain insight from my personal communications with animals. I participate in research studies on animal communication. I follow studies being done on the consciousness of animals, plants, bacteria, and cells. I practice meditation and Reiki and seek greater understanding of the divine and universal consciousness.
I reach out to animals in love, respect, and appreciation of who they are in this world. I offer them a heart to heart connection based in love rather than logic or judgment. Many levels of connection are possible—from the practical here and now to their life view, previous lives and how they see themselves in this world and the next. Our spiritual selves are beyond time and place and individual species. I connect with animals through the soul’s eternal spiritual essence.
In addition to my people and animal practice in Olympia WA and at a distance, I am a Certified Hypnotherapist, and Reiki and Healing Touch Comfort Therapist for Assured Hospice. I teach Animal and People Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki and Animal Communication at my office in Olympia WA. I am available to speak on energy healing and animals to groups of any size. My book, Choosing Energy Therapy: A Practical Guide to Healing Options for People and Animals, is available through this website and Amazon.
I volunteered with Kim Martin, DVM, at Hawks Prairie Veterinary Hospital in Lacey WA for many years. My Maltese/Lhasa Apso canine companion, Sophie and I retired from our volunteer work with Providence Hospital’s Animal Assisted Activities and Therapy program in 2018.
I am a member of the International Reiki Association, the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, and the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapists Association.