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What the Core Principles of Reiki Can Teach Us About Self-Love

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 2/11/19 3:00 PM

Reiki is a Japanese therapeutic technique where the practitioner is believed to channel Universal energy in order to activate the natural healing process and restore well-being. It’s often used in conjunction with traditional treatments or additional healing modalities, such as massage therapy.

Mikao Usui, the originator of Reiki, considers the core principles the "secret of inviting happiness."  Each principle begins with the words “Just for today…” as a reminder to focus only on what we are capable of changing (our present thoughts and actions) and to release the past or future.

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Topics: Reiki, energy healing, Self-care, self love, Holistic Healing, healing arts

Rediscover and Redefine: Christine Iring Walks Her Path as The Wounded Healer

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 2/7/19 3:00 PM

Christine Iring, SWIHA graduate and founder of The Wounded Healer, believes wholeheartedly that anything is possible with the right mindset, people and surroundings.

She tells us: “Five years ago, I believe I hit my rock bottom due to divorce, selling my home short sale, and relocating for a job…yeah, many major life changes. That in itself took major adjustment, reflection, and ‘doing the work’,” Christine continues, “SWIHA took a better version of me and provided the tools I needed to create a business with awesome modalities, but more importantly discovering even more of myself, my purpose and enjoying the journey along the way!”

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Topics: Mind Body Wellness, Diploma Program, Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching

Elizabeth Hartigan Embodies Her Coaching Business, The Gratitude Girl

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/29/19 8:00 AM

SWIHA graduate Elizabeth Hartigan embodies the essence of her business, The Gratitude Girl! She specializes in helping women entrepreneurs grow their business and coaching them in order to get from where they are to where they want to be. She provides her clients inspiration, motivation, accountability, and ideas to move them forward.

Life coaching is about helping someone reach their optimum potential,” she explains, “it’s about providing balance and support while they take inspired actions. It’s being their biggest cheerleader and believing in them, and reminding them of who they truly are.”

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Topics: Life Coaching, national life coaching month, Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Great Graduates

Divinely Guided: Nicholas Stanley Found His Soul Purpose As a Spiritual Coach

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/28/19 8:00 AM

Nicholas Stanley believes he was guided to SWIHA by his “Angels, Ascended Masters, and loved ones”. In 2015, Nicholas was involved in a serious car accident in Long Island where he passed over into the light and came back into his body with a new awareness, mission and purpose.

“When I woke back up from not being responsive, I didn’t know who I was, where I was, or what I had been doing for the past few years. I felt a sudden switch in my mind, body and soul,” he explains.

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Topics: Life Coaching, national life coaching month, Reiki, yoga, Hypnotherapy, Diploma Program, Mind Body Wellness

Regina Bentley’s Lost ‘Dream Job’ Created a Better Reality Coaching Others!

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/27/19 8:00 AM

Regina Bentley is a student in SWIHA’s Mind-Body Wellness Practitioner diploma program who’s using her story as a big vision for her future as a holistic entrepreneur.

A few years ago, Regina was bullied out of what was, at the time, her dream job.

“My physical, mental, and financial health were shattered,” she says, “The resulting anxiety and depression were almost unbearable.  There were so many times I wished I had someone to help me make sense of what happened and point me in the direction of recovery from the trauma. The post-traumatic stress disorder made it impossible for me to continue working in the same field.  So, I spent months doing research and informational interviews to figure out what to do for my next career.”

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Topics: Life Coaching, national life coaching month, mind body wellness pracitioner, Reiki, yoga nidra, Great Graduates

April Sanchez Answered Her Heart’s Call and Became an Empowering Life Coach

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/22/19 8:00 AM

Serendipitously, April Sanchez found her calling while working in...a call center!

She tells us: “After being promoted to a team manager, I had a team of customer service agents that I conducted daily coaching and motivation with. I began to learn about a gift that I never realized I had. The performance of my team excelled and each of the individuals on my team grew, both professionally and personally.”

April wanted to continue to grow in her career and took positions that she thought she’d enjoy and be challenged by. However, she craved more one-on-one time coaching and motivating others than the positions provided and began to feel unmotivated and purposeless with the work she was doing.

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Topics: Life Coaching, national life coaching month, Reiki, Holistic wellness, Great Graduates

Rocio Castellanos Empowers and Inspires Others Through Coaching and Holistic Healing

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/21/19 8:00 AM

Rocio Castellanos spent twelve years working in the medical field, and loved that she was able to merge her passion for helping others in to her career. However, after a decade of that work, she began to feel as though there was something more she should be doing.

“I just didn’t know what it was,” Rocio explains, “I now realize this is when my spiritual awakening began taking place..., I followed my heart and intuition, and then came across an ad for SWIHA on one of my social media accounts. I looked into it, I ordered a class catalog and before I knew it I had an interview with one of the advisors!

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Topics: Life Coaching, national life coaching month, Great Graduates, Hypnotherapy, Reiki

Dark Night to Bright Light: Maribel Hernandez Inspires Change in Her Coaching Clients

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/18/19 8:00 AM

Four years ago, Maribel Hernandez was quickly climbing the corporate ladder at a large company and making great money. She knows that, for some, that is the ultimate goal. She explains to us, though: “I was miserable. My body was giving me signs that it was under too much stress. I was on edge. I wasn’t eating or sleeping well. I had been through a massive life-changing experience and had embarked on a ‘dark night of the soul’.”

During her search for health and happiness, Maribel was invited to a restorative yoga class and immediately fell in love with the practice. She began taking workshops and one-on-one yoga coaching to expand her knowledge and dedication to yoga.

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Topics: Life Coaching, national life coaching month, Reiki, Intuitive Angel Guide, yoga

Erin Murray Creates Heart-Centered Partnerships With Her Life Coaching Clients

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/17/19 8:00 AM

Erin Murray believes that her life’s purpose is to serve the greater good, and she’s devoted the last fifteen years of her life to an education in many realms of holistic healing including Metaphysical Science, Reiki, and Intuitive Guidance. Erin knew she wanted to add Life Coaching to her repertoire, so she began to research programs that aligned with her mission, and found Southwest Institute of Healing Arts!

“It was the BEST decision that I made,” she tells us, “and the online course was exactly what I had been looking for.”

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Topics: Life Coaching, national life coaching month, Reiki, Intuitive Guide, Intuitive Angel Guide, Online student

Reiki is for the Faithful . . . and the Fearless

Posted by KC Miller on 12/31/18 8:26 AM

'Come All Ye Faithful' is a classic Christmas carol from the 1600’s, and encapsulates the invitation offered by Reiki Master Mary Ritter to Christians drawn Reiki as a healing modality.

“Yes, you can be a Christian and practice the energy-modality known as Reiki!” affirms Mary, the mind behind Holy Reiki. 

Candidly Mary shares, “There was a time in my life I may have been worried about what those in my church thought about Reiki. Today, the practice of Reiki has brought me even closer to my Christian foundations. It is Christ that I call upon when I am providing a hands-on healing experience.”

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Topics: Holy Reiki, Reiki, Reiki for Christians, healing arts, SWIHA Staff

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