-by Claire Boyce | 03/02/2018 |
However, JoAnne's story is not about fear. It is about courage. Specifically, the courage that it takes to surrender and to trust in one's inner calling.
JoAnne’s sacred journey, from a career as a successful New York businesswoman, to becoming a Reiki master, channel, and intuitive, did not happen overnight. Indeed, it took years for her transformation to even begin to make sense to her—and is an ongoing process to this day. As JoAnne's friend and client, it has been amazing to witness her expanding expression of her intuitive gifts. Her work has had a profound impact on me, which inspired this article and interview.
The story of JoAnne’s transformation, which she shares in the forthcoming Q & A session, is intended to inspire confidence and faith in those of us undergoing (or resisting) similar transformations. She reminds us that healing, wholeness, and limitless creativity are possible, no matter what. No matter where we are starting, or how chaotic outer circumstances are. Healing is possible, no matter what.
Even with a loud inner-dialogue of self-criticism I was able to flourish in corporate life. It was 1997 when my awakening began, and up until that point I was not connected to spirituality, completely unplugged from the metaphysical world.
I was on a successful business path—and I loved it. I was very proud of my accomplishments, yet at the same time, I was afraid and anxious.
From the beginning of my life, I was in survival mentality and anxiety was a constant in my inner world but I hid it really well in my outer world.
I experienced a breaking down of old behaviors and beliefs, a stripping away to make space for my re-birth. My old-self was dying and the process lasted for a few years.
My old identity was disintegrating and I was frozen in fear of the unknown. I worked for a national health care company so I had every kind of medical test you could imagine, waiting to hear what was ‘wrong’ with me. The test results always came back normal.
The breaking down of my old self continued. Unexpectedly, a friend heard about what was going on with me and introduced me to Dr. Jack. This 83-year-old naturopath, nutritionist, and chiropractor was a blessing. I called him my Zen master.
Dr. Jack’s care and guidance drastically shifted my life. He introduced me to holistic medicine, organic food, and yoga. He encouraged me to engage in life in a way I never had: to be awake and mindful. I was in my 40s when my spiritual transformation started to unfold. My healing journey became my devotional practice.
After a few months, I returned to work. It became clear to me that I did not belong in the corporate setting any longer. Energetically I was shifting; my soul’s purpose was beginning to surface. The ‘awakened’ aspect of me was surfacing.
Eventually, I realized that emotionally, mentally, and physically, I couldn’t work at my job any longer. I took a leap of faith and left. I was making close to six figures so the decision to leave was significant. There was fear within me but something inside spoke louder, and I feel it was my soul that I paid attention to.
One of things that I began to experience was feeling energy and heat radiating from my hands. I asked my therapist “What’s wrong with me now?” This is when I was introduced to energy medicine, and I began to explore Reiki, and other modalities. That’s how I stepped into it, still having no idea what was unfolding.
It took years to understand what was happening, to heal the feelings of not being good enough, to learn to look inside of myself instead of outside for fulfillment and happiness.
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