My work draws from my education and experiences in the healing arts and sciences in both formal and informal settings. I believe in an integrated approach to wellness, where our spiritual nature is embodied in our terrestrial lives and our lives, in turn, are inspired quite literally by our innate grounding in Divinity.
My academic background includes a Ph.D. in psychology and a certificate in Jungian (archetypal/depth) psychology from Saybrook University in San Francisco, Master degrees in physical therapy and exercise physiology from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and California State University in Northridge, respectively, as well as a B.S. in exercise science from the University of Oregon.
My work began in university research and clinical work in medicine and the exercise sciences, and in the mainstream medical discipline of physical therapy, where I worked from an integrative perspective. I have also taught courses in the exercise sciences, anatomy and physiology, combined gross anatomy and subtle body, and meditation.
I am specifically trained in traditional and contemporary Reiki, Five Element and Ayurvedic Theory/Medicine, the medicine of Nature and Plant Spirits, indigenous, Eastern healing/medicine, energy medicines, and meditation techniques.
I have a strong interest in cross-cultural spiritual and consciousness scholarship, and a great affection for poetry and language as a means for approaching the transcendent, sacred, and ineffable. I consider myself a lifelong learner and feel that learning and education is meant to be a continual process that enhances and expands us in every aspect of our being.
My approach to my work and education is holistic and is informed by and grounded in my own spiritual practice as well as studies in Vedic, Shakti, Buddhist, indigenous/shamanic, and contemplative wisdom/mystical traditions of all the major world traditions, such as the mystical Judeo-Christian and Sufi traditions. My main focus is on the inner, esoteric aspects of the various traditions, how the principles of Yoga and Mysticism are already contained in each tradition, and how they all converge in the same point.
Indigenous societies and worldwide inner-mystical teachings have long recognized the sacred and living nature of the entire Universe, with Mother Earth and all beings as an integral part, whereas Western cultures have learned to deny the spiritual qualities of the Natural World and the more feminine aspects of our existence, such as intuition, holism, and interdependence.
This attitude is apparent in our relationships with ourselves and others, and it is prevalent in our current healthcare system with its exaggerated reliance on the scientific paradigm and its denial of emotional, spiritual, and creative processes as essential to our well-being. Our spiritual nature is not separate from our human nature, our psyche, or our physical experiences. My work with others has grown out of that conviction.
In my own life I seek what the Persian poet and Sufi mystic, Rumi, called “the pilgrimage to the place of the wise, [where one finds] escape from the flame of separateness,” and in doing so I attempt to remain present to those places in my heart that have been broken open and, as worldwide spiritual traditions teach, clear the path to realizing the transformative presence of Divine love and grace within myself, others, and the entire Earth and Cosmos.