— ABOUT ME —
'FROM DIS-EASE INTO EASE'
I found my connection to Reiki and sound healing after battling with Graves’ Disease and Graves Opthalmopathy beginning in 2010. This Thyroid Eye Disease (TED) left me permanently cross-eyed with bulging eyes and a weakened immune system. Every disease requires a genetic predisposition, but it is up to you to activate or deactivate the gene depending on how you live, what you eat, the environment you surround yourself with, along with the key ingredient: stress. Stress is a major factor of all diseases, and the stresses of a corporate life as a fashion advertising Creative Director in New York City took its toll on me. My career was only setting the foundation for an imbalanced life filled with ‘dis-ease.' At the time my mother-in-law was suffering from Breast Cancer, my wife and I then struggling with our relationship and coping with family stresses, rising medical bills, all leading up to a tragic family loss with the death of my mother-on-law. This all debilitated our family which added to the stresses of our already failing marriage and then impending divorce. Layer in the inability to work as an Art Director with double vision, my wife who was incapable of working with all the stress, along with major debt, and all of this was the perfect storm for a disease to manifest.
After many months of tension, stress, pressure and friction, expanding and contracting, I imploded, running into the woods of Connecticut where we lived at the time, and screaming at the top of my lungs with despair for a life I was not sure how I created. A few weeks later waking up with my left eye not able to settle properly in its socket for just a few minutes. Then a few minutes grew into a few hours, then a few days, until my eyes were left permanently cross-eyed and bulging 4-5 mm out of my eye sockets. The stresses of my life were manifesting the inflammation of my vision. The irony that I could no longer see straight, working in a field that required vision to create beauty. I was left manically depressed, blow after blow, weakening my immune system and my resolve.
After many years of standard medical tests and treatments, leaving me penniless and still ‘dis-eased,' and putting my career as a fashion Creative Director in New York City on hold, I was broke and unable to continue with any medical treatments. Not only could I not afford any additional treatments, but I did not agree with the western medicine approach of removing my dysfunctioning Thyroid. Or tying knots in my eye muscles to bring them to a straighter condition, having to take radioactive iodine and hormone pills for the rest of my life to 're-balance' my immune and hormonal functions. Why does 're-balancing' in western medicine equate to 'taking out' and prescribing drugs? If we are imbalanced, was there a better way to create new balance?
MY JOURNEY INTO HEALING
It was by experimenting with an organic plant-based medicinal approach with my mother-in-law and her Cancer at the time, that educated our family on the importance of naturally building immunity through diet. The fuel you give your body is the fuel that nourishes your immune system. I grew up eating sugar, BBQ, pizza, burgers and hi fat, low nutrient Filipino food, with minimal vegetables and very little in the way of nutrients. My body, unknown to me over the years, was weakening through my eating habits, not strengthening. In our Western culture and the 80s-90s, we rarely thought of feeding yourself and your children to build immunity. Little did we know the burgers and fries with gravy at school were having such a damaging effect.
I continued by visiting several nutritionists, that helped me discover the best route was to begin with a potent enzyme cleanse, to detoxify my gut and rid myself of all parasites built up over the years that were weakening my immune system. Then moving on to a whole foods plant-based diet to cleanse my intestines and reduce the inflammation in my body that was enabling the disease. Out went the sugars, alcohol, preservatives, corn syrups, and all processed foods. In went the organic and natural whole-foods that fueled my immune system to grow stronger, better equipped for healing to begin on a cellular and psychological levels. After the first 5-6 weeks of the intense cleanse, ridding myself of parasites, I have never felt more clear, more awake, and more aligned. Imagine, removing the toxins in any system always cleanses its internals and improves functionality. We as humans are no different.
I was then introduced to traditional psychotherapy, to get through the stresses of the marriage and death in the family. I found a compassionate and nurturing Dr. that enabled me to discover the root causes of my lifelong pains. Growing up with poor diet was only the beginning to weakening my immune system. Having to deal with a Paranoid Schizophrenic father added to the internal stresses, that were all building up, waiting to implode. With the help of my Dr., I was enabled to dig into my unconscious, finding clarity within. And through her recommendation, I was introduced to the Japanese energy healing practice of Reiki. A practice that enabled me to further find stillness in my anxious and darkened heart, and find my connection to my inner light.
BALANCE THE BODY, TO CLEAR THE MIND AND ENABLE THE SOUL
Nutritious immune boosting foods paved the path for a cleaner, stronger body and clearer mind; therapy empowered my ability to remove the fog of my past tortured thoughts, allowing access to a positive perspective to take control of my present; then Reiki empowered me to strengthen my connection to the life force within me, awakening my inner connection to my heart, accessing the oneness of life by balancing my body, mind, and spirit; all healing me on psychological and cellular levels. This experience allowed me to feel a greater connection to my Self, enabling my consciousness to rise and awaken my soul.
Which then inspired me to share any wisdom I obtained with others in need that could benefit from my experience. Reiki brought me profound inner peace, allowing true healing to take place. With inner peace we can fluidly glide through life in a steady flow state and manifest connections to boundless inspirations, unlocking our true purpose in life. With inner peace we can heal ourselves, each other, and our planet.
I began my Reiki journey in the summer of 2015, receiving my Usui Reiki I and II, from Reiki Master of Masters, Libby Barnett, Wilton, New Hampshire. Since then I have continued under her compassionate and nurturing tutelage, receiving my Usui Reiki Master and Master Teacher certificates in early 2017.
I have also received my Usui / Holy Fire II Reiki Masters certificate from the International Center for Reiki Training under William Lee Rand in 2016. I believe in studying with as many Masters as one can. Learning from many allows one to find their own inner balance within Universal Life Force.
I continue to seek mentorship, guidance, knowledge and shared experiences from my peers within many global healing modalities. After all, we are all part of one human race, all connected to it all. Each modality is merely written in a differing language in a sea of united universal consciousness. Healing for any culture begins from your connection to your inner Self. Your heart is the transmitter and receiver for all of the energy around and within. Which ever name you give it, Universal Life Force, Biofield Energy, Ki, Qi, Ka, Prana, Barakah, or the Holy Ghost, it is all within us all.
FOUNDING REIKI LINEAGE:
Dr. Mikao Usui / Founder of Reiki
Dr. Chujiro Hayashi / Co-founder of Reiki
Ms. Hawayo Takata / Responsible for bringing Reiki to America in 1938
John Harvey Gray / Reiki Master
Libby Barnett / Reiki Master of Masters
Philip Attar / Reiki Master Teacher
SOUND HEALING LINEAGE
My sound healing studies are under the tutelage of Master Satya Brat Jaiwal, from India's International Academy of Sound Healing. I continue to study under his mentorship and guidance to further my understanding and connection to the healing properties of sound and vibration.