At the relatively young age of 41 I was diagnosed with advanced cancer.
The profound healing I discovered was not about surviving physical
illness. It was about discovering a spiritual reality separate from and
much greater than the body. It was a bigger picture perspective of
healing - not just the cessation of symptoms, but the deep spiritual
healing that can come whether we leave this body or remain with a more expanded awareness.
Early in my journey I began writing a book, Dying Well to help navigate the journey ahead. It included 12 steps to dying well. After fully recovering, the book was published as Profound Healing. I had found that the steps to dying well were the same steps for living well.
While I see more clearly the underlying beauty and grandeur in all
aspects of life, I also see the greed and violence and immaturity that
threaten to overtake the collective health and longevity of our species
and our planet. For whatever duration we are here, we can choose to
express kindness and compassion for ourselves, others, and for all
life; as we focus on the beauty all around and within us, we come to a
place of deep inner healing and peace.
I currently live in Cambria, on the Central Coast of California. Phone consultations are offered and can include releasing tension, quieting the mind to connect with inner guidance and exploring steps toward healing of body, mind and spirit.
One hour: $95; one and a half hours: $140
What we dwell upon we tend to manifest. If we realized how powerful our thoughts are we would never think a negative thought.
My book, Profound Healing, The Power of Acceptance on the Path to
Wellness, is an account of my journey as I confronted a diagnosis of
advanced cancer more than 30 years ago. Turning down proposed radical
surgeries, I focused my attention on attempting to come to a place of
peace before dying. In the process I experienced complete healing and a
return to radiant health.
Subsequent reflections on physical, emotional and spiritual healing are
summarized into twelve self-help practices so that others may use these
insights as a source of hope, inspiration, and practical advice. The
story is offered as a resource for therapists and individuals
interested in personal growth and healing. I am grateful to Joseph
Chilton Pearce, who wrote the foreword, and to Wayne Dyer, Caroline
Myss, and Gerald Jampolsky, who endorsed it.
I have been a Wellness Counselor since 1993 and an instructor at the
Hypnotherapy Training Institute in Corte Madera, near San Francisco,
for 15 years. It was an unexpected honor to have Profound Healing
win an award for excellence in professional literature at an American
Council of Hypnotherapist Examiners conference in 2011.
As a founding member of the non-profit organization, Friends of Peace
Pilgrim, I am the compiler of Peace Pilgrim’s Wisdom, a collection of
365 of Peace’s thoughts on the attainment of inner and outer peace, and
co compiler of Peace Pilgrim, Her Life and Work. I met Peace in 1976,
when my prayer was to meet an individual who was actually living
the spiritual principles I believed in but didn’t seem possible to
achieve. Peace became my beloved mentor and friend.
What I learned is that we cannot know with our five senses that we are
more than our physical body or that there is more than the physical
universe. But we can know when we awaken to the divine nature within.
That is the beginning of a journey that opens us up and aligns us with
an amazing inner guidance and wisdom that is always there.
When we are born into this life we retain awareness of our spiritual
essence. Then the veil of forgetfulness sets in as we align with the
physical world. We take in all kinds of beliefs from our environment
and the authority figures around us that influence how we think and
what we feel. Around the age of seven these early trainings and beliefs
become automatic programs.
Becoming consciously aware of our patterns is the first step to
changing those that are not in alignment with our authentic self and
spirit. Then, like turning the channel or radio station, we can direct
our attention to an inner knowing and potential that allows us to find
and align with our purpose. We are all here on purpose, for a purpose.
Choosing and living good beliefs is the ultimate in conscious thinking.
Good beliefs are beliefs that empower us, inspire us, and motivate us
to learn, grow and express our authentic selves in the world. They are
always in alignment with the higher principles of compassion, truth and
peace. Whenever we uncover a belief that does not empower us we have an
opportunity to replace it with a belief that better serves our ongoing
growth and maturity.
With our rational minds we can reason and decide to change certain
patterns and behavior, but without changing subconscious misconceptions
and disempowering beliefs, deeply ingrained habit patterns can sabotage
As we learn to access our connection to that higher knowing within, we can uncover and uproot disempowering beliefs and gain confidence and direction from our own higher nature within, a source of intuition, inner guidance and wisdom, for the attainment of positive change and transformation.
- A means of livelihood which is useful to
society—something you enjoy doing.
things in your life—things that lift you up. It might be uplifting
music or inspirational words or the beauty of nature.
living habits—regular exercise, sunshine and fresh air, food that
nourishes the body, plenty of rest, and good thoughts. (Junk thoughts
will affect you even quicker than junk foods!)
- A path of service—something you do with an
outgoing motive to be of service, without thought of receiving
something in return.
- Time spent alone each day in meditation or