Where Do You Go To In the Darkness of the Year?

Where Do You Go To In the Darkness of the Year?

Where do you go to in the "darkness" of the year? Do you spend time in reflection and in the gathering of your soul? Do you prepare for the coming of the Light?

If you'd like some ideas on how to approach this time of year with intention, I offer you five ways to honor the turning of the wheel from darkness to light.

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I went for a long walk last evening, reflecting on a recent Reiki session with a client that brought me back to AWE. I was Awed to be present with my client's opening to the re-membering of Love and Joy within her - to the knowing that her life was well lived and beautiful. I was Awed to be Witness to her journey of great healing. I was Awed to be called to this work.

And, as I walked on and on through the blowing wind, I heard the message - "Stay grounded. You have important work to do here. Be Here". And, as I continued my walk, I recommitted to walking this path of witness, of traveler, of navigator, of remembering, and AWE.


How often do we allow ourselves to be in AWE - to sit with it and let it seep into our heart, muscles, and bones.

I was awestruck and grateful to be able to feel this feeling - to be alive - to be here - to be fully present - to be of service.

This morning I had the privilege of opening a beautiful book by the lovely Rachel Awes in her presence. Yes. Today, I met with Awe 💓✨. The page that opened for me? "You Belong Here".

Synchronicity Divine. AWE.

Be The Bow

Be The Bow

Mothering is hard, good work. We know this and mostly, we embrace this. But, what do we do when we have done everything possible to guide our children, and instead of the path we believe is right for them, they choose another. What about the other times when we try to keep them safe and sheltered from harm, and still, harm comes. 

If, and when the good work you do in loving and mothering your children becomes the hard work you struggle with, and becomes the hard times you feel like you have failed your most precious of life's gifts  -  What. Then what? 

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You Nailed It!

You Nailed It!

Sometimes our business writing doesn't always reflect who we are and what we can bring to the table. It's easy to get caught up in the need to sound professional while missing the point of true communication that can be heard, felt, and understood. Earlier this week, a small business owner contacted about editing a proposal she was sending to one of her most important clients. Here’s what she said:

“Hi Jo Ann, can you take a crack at this? It doesn’t have the intended feel yet, what are your thoughts?”

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Often in the practice of Reiki, the work of the practice releases you from a thought, a belief, a feeling, a way of being – that has been acting as a “veil” over the Truth of who you are and who you know, deep within, you are called to be. This veil may be solid, opaque, or sheer. Its outward appearance may even appear beautiful.

Yet, it’s still a veil.

I’ve lived beneath some pretty heavy veils – some I had chosen for myself and others lain over me that I failed to have the courage or strength to lift off on my own. And, maybe you never truly uncover all of the veils that layer over you. Maybe it is only in our final transition from this world that our final veil is ever lifted. I do know that as you release your veils, layer by layer, you become lighter – more translucent. In this lifting, our lives take on a greater brightness and lightness. We feel a coming Home.

One of the benefits of the aging process is that you get tired of the veils. As you continue to live beneath your veils, they become Heavier. And. Heavier.  – perhaps suffocating. They take great effort to keep up, and their presence, over time, can take great tolls.

In my own experience there have been places and points, where a tiredness came seeping into my muscles and bones from the constant upkeep and weight of the veils. With time, an illness came knocking on my door. I began to feel my body and spirit atrophy in a kind of slow suffocation. I had taken tiny peeks beneath my veils – even lifted some and allowed the pain to rise up, out, and be free. But there were still some I recognized. To say they made me uncomfortable is a stretch. I knew I needed support to unveil them and be free. 

At some point, YOU JUST WANT TO BE FREE.

“Lifting our veils” reminds me of bundling up my children when they were young and sending them outside to play on a sunny, Spring day when the snow first begins to melt. The temperature is hovering around a still cool, 40ish degrees and the blue sky day is so inviting!

So, you struggle – despite their resistance - to put on their extra layers – that snow or mud pants – that jacket and hat – those boots – maybe even some mittens. And, before you can get the baby bundled – the door has flown open and, they’re off!  Cause Darn it! It’s time to play and it’s sunny and it’s Spring!


As you finish bundling the baby, your eye is off the escapees for what seems like seconds. And you head out the door with baby. Then, you see WHAT?!  Whoa, you see a hat just a few feet outside the door and another one atop some lingering snow - jackets in the bush – the boots kicked clear across the yard (to opposite sides!) and, you may even catch them struggling to release themselves from the confining feeling of that shirt and pants (I’ve found my kids busy in the sand/snow/mud box down to their skivvies). They just want to be released – feel that freedom – experience the world unencumbered. You feel their Brilliant energy. It fills you! They are reveling in their element – feeling One with the world. 

They have had their literal unveiling.

And, isn't this what we all want?

I found Reiki in my search for help with my own “unveiling”.

I knew there was a Truth hidden somewhere deep inside – a Truth of who I Am, Was, and Could be Again. There was a faint remembering – a whisper in the night of who I’d covered up long ago. And, I knew to uncover this Truth and These Truths would be a healing for me as no medicine could be.

And so began a consistent holistic practice of awareness and care. One of the most important pieces to this practice was the loving, compassionate practice of Reiki. As a daily practice of encounter with Divine Life Force Energy – I was brought, time and again, into deep places – peeling off the layers of veils with a Loving Compassion that felt nourishing and true.

Through continued practice, I began to know again that feeling of being One with myself and One with the world. Veils have lifted. I recognize myself again.

This is one of the reasons I practice Reiki with myself and with others. This is why I teach Reiki. This beautiful healing modality lifts the veils that cover up our Divine Life Force – and reunite us with the Truth of who we are and who we are meant to be.

We are loved. We are worthy. We are both human and Divine. We can be healed.

If you’d like support to lift your veils, consider Holistic Coaching with Reiki. I’d be honored to work with you and support you in your journey to freedom. Send me a quick message and we'll set up a free Clarity Call where to can talk about how working together will help you Move Forward into Freedom.

You can also find me on facebook: www.facebook.com/prismhcc/

This very moment is the perfect teacher...

“…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away. They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.” 
― Pema Chödrön