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Living Large: How Deena Gregory Left Behind a World of Luxury for the Call of the Great Outdoors

Posted by Alexandra Comeaux on 2/16/18 11:12 AM

Deena Gregory has always been a “seeker”—a woman with a self-described “natural curiosity about self and spirit” who in quiet moments often found herself gazing upward at the night sky with a deep sense of awe. Yet, after years of looking to institutions—from organized religion to the halls of academia—for the answers that could only be found within, Deena got caught in a spiritual drought, convinced that there was nothing else bigger “out there” than the humdrum of everyday human life.

“With a new reliance on my own thinking came what the Buddha referred to as ‘Dukkha,’ or suffering,” she explains. “I have always been hailed as a ‘critical thinker.’ Now I laugh and say, ‘Yes, as soon as I start thinking, things get critical!’”

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Topics: Life Coaching, Toe Reading, Intuition, Meditation, Hypnotherapy, Holistic wellness, yoga, soul coaching, NLP, Camping, Single Mother Yoga, Online student, Transpersonal Psychology

Sole to Soul: How Saori Mayumi is Using Toe Reading to Transform Lives in Japan

Posted by Tim Barber on 2/2/18 1:29 PM

When the student is ready… a book may just jump off the shelf and change her view on the world! 

That’s exactly what happened for Saori Mayumi— one of the most successful Toe Readers and Toe Reading Teachers in Japan. Toe Reading wasn’t something Saori was looking for at all; in fact, as is often the case when the Universe has unexpected plans for you, Toe Reading seemed to find her!

Saori was at a bookstore when she just happened to see a copy of KC Miller’s Toe Reading – Are You Walking Your Destined Path? that had been translated in to Japanese. Remembering the moment when she first picked up the book, Saori says, “I didn’t mean to read it, yet it was there, right in front of my eyes! There was also a leaflet announcing that KC was going to have a special seminar in Japan. I read the book and went to see her at the seminar. There was no doubt in my mind that Toe Reading would be a big part of my destiny!”

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Topics: Toe Reading, Reflexology, cancer, soul coaching, National Toe Reading Month, Japan, Toe Reader

Metaphors and Messages: Jewel Blackfeather’s Life Coaching Story

Posted by Tim Barber on 11/17/17 9:59 AM

Jewel Blackfeather always knew she was intuitive, although she didn’t fully acknowledge it until she became a Life Coach. In fact, during the first 20-hour weekend of her Life Coaching program at SWIHA, Jewel felt intuitively called to volunteer as the demo client for a fear-related exercise being led by master instructor Richard Seaman in front of a room of nearly fifty people. While there was a part of her that didn’t want to be put in spotlight, there was also a part of her that knew she was being compelled to step up and face her fears!


A Lion Among Wolves

And face her fears she did! During the demonstration, Richard asked her a series of potent, probing questions–which is one of the most powerful skills a Life Coach learns–that caused her to stop and look at what was stopping her. Once she shared a bit of her story, Richard used yet another incredible coaching tool–Transformational Listening–to weave a metaphoric visualization based on what she had shared:

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Topics: Life Coaching, Toe Reading, Reflexology, Reiki, Hypnotherapy, clinical hypnotherapy, soul coaching, guided imagery, transformational listening

Shashirekha Banavar: Seeker, Toe Reader, and Holistic Nutrition Superstar!

Posted by KC Miller on 10/27/17 2:00 PM

SWIHA graduate Shashirekha Banavar, affectionately called “Shashi” by friends and family, is described by those who know and love her as sophisticated, sassy, shy at first, sensitive, and super committed to whole food cuisine. Shashi lives in India, where for the past 30 years she has served as a lawyer and a consumer activist, written a book entitled Shashi’s Recipes – Authentic South Indian Vegetarian Dishes, and received the President’s Guide Award for top performing Girl Guides (similar to the Girl Scouts in the United States) from the President of India. Shashi is a superstar by many standards, although she will blush hearing it said!

As one of the first students to graduate from the online 750-hour Holistic Nutrition Wellness Practitioner diplomas, Shashi actually flew to Tempe, Arizona, to attend the September 2017 Gifts and Graces event, where she was recognized as being a one of SWIHA’s Great Graduates!  She easily gets the award for traveling the furthest to attend graduation on campus!

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Topics: Vegetarian, Sound Healing, Toe Reading, Holisitc Nutrition, holistic entrepreneur, Holistic Healing, Nutrition Coaching, Hypnotherapy, chakra, Intuitive Guide, intuitive guidance, South Indian Cuisine, hospitality, chakras, Nutrition Coach, Singing Bowl, intro to gong

Blessing, Not Impressing: The Beautiful Oddity of Michael Sclafani

Posted by Tim Barber on 9/29/17 2:00 PM

Michael Sclafani had always known he was into the mystical arts. While growing up in New York and attending Catholic school from pre-school through seventh grade, this passion always made him feel like an outsider. “I liked going to church and singing in the hallways, and I was also the kid with the Ouija board out at recess,” he says. “I always felt a sense of Magic.” His first real entrance into the world of the mystical was when one of his mom’s friends left her tarot deck at their house when he was 10 years old.

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Topics: Toe Reading, Crystals, Tarot, Mind Body Transformational Psychology, Intuitive Guide, energy healer, intuitive guidance, tarot cards, chakra cleansing, angel reading, soul reading, intuitive readings, card readings

Nereyda Varias: Listening to the Universe Through Integrative Healing

Posted by Fox Emm on 9/15/17 4:00 PM

Nereyda Varias was a passionate seeker of wellness who wanted to share her gifts with the world and expand her knowledge. Before enrolling in the Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner program, she dreamt of learning the skills, scripture, and wisdom utilized by great sages, mystics, and scholars. She felt that she was meant for greater things and that helping others was her path. Nereyda knew she would be part of something bigger that would help to aid the world. “I knew deep within I was a part of a movement to aid our world and all of its brilliant divine human and non-human beings upon it— to be a catalyst of transcendence and evolution,” she shares.

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Topics: Sound Healing, aromatherapy, Toe Reading, Floral Essences, flower essences, Guided meditation, Holistic Healing, Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Intuitive Guide, Restorative Yoga, Holistic Healer, integrative healing, integrative healing arts practitioner, hero's journey, spiritual ministry, crystal therapy, intuitive guidance

Micah Lunassential: Using Life Coaching and Bodywork to Heal the Wounds of Trauma

Posted by Tim Barber on 7/28/17 4:20 PM

When Micah Lunassential speaks, she immediately commands your attention. Warm, kind, smart, and engaging, she brings experience, understanding, and enlightenment to people with her successful YouTube channel Ms.Micah. With a focus on love and relationships this channel embraces the discussion of uncomfortable topics that so often hold us back, like fear, forgiveness, addiction, and trauma.

Micah grew up knowing trauma, having PTSD as a child from a serious accident and later getting complex PTSD from abuse as an adult. These experiences dramatically affected her view on love and on herself. After years of feeling hopeless and being trapped in a victim mentality, Micah went to a Holistic Gathering at SWIHA in October of 2012 where she had a Toe Reading that would change her life.

“I was being mentored by the then Director of the Psychology department at Ottawa University for a class I was taking entitled Trauma Psychology,” Micah shared. “The Toe Reading reminded me of what I was avoiding because I was trapped in a victim mentality. True healing was learning to feel safe in the body after trauma or domestic violence.”

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Topics: transformational, Life Coaching, Toe Reading, cranial unwinding, Bodywork, Psychology, Trauma, PTSD, sacred therapy

Getting Comfortable In the Uncomfortable: The Healing Work of Toe Reading

Posted by Ravynn Rohner on 3/27/17 10:48 AM

Taylor Grace is one of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts’ inspired Toe Readers who remembers watching KC Miller do this healing work: “My first Toe Reading was by KC Miller. Watching her work through other people was an amazing experience. She helped me with quite a few things on my personal journey, and it’s the inspiration people get with her that inspires us.” Taylor found a connection to Reiki back in 1996, and then attended one of SWIHA’s Gifts and Graces for the first time, eleven years later in 2007. She knew she wanted to become a student, and so the program she initially signed up for was Life Coaching, then found herself on our conscious college community in the Mind-Body Wellness Practitioner program, in which she studied Hypnotherapy, more Reiki, and Toe Reading. She reflected on the Toe Reading classes: “I remember noticing how respectful of an art it was, yet the truth in it was mind-twisting. It made me feel uncomfortable! You get to know yourself really well when you study healing. This is a process.”

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Topics: holistic practitioner, transformational, Life Coaching, holistic, Toe Reading, SWIHA, Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Gifts and Graces, healing arts, seeker, National Toe Reading Month, conscious college community

Soul-Seeing, Soul Capsules, & Sole Reading

Posted by Sandy Flores on 3/20/17 10:08 AM

The gift of Toe Reading is helping a soul see that it is always whole and always honored. The body, in the wonder of its creation, holds our stories and ‘our issues in its tissues’. Toe Reading is for everyone, even when the physical toes are absent- from birth, illness, or injury. There are times we all feel like we are limited physically, mentally, or emotionally- and Toe Reading, through its language and energy of LOVE, reminds us that we are always whole. A Toe Reader helps the soul- stories be expressed, and they hold space as any changes are acknowledged and embraced. Through their caring observance and questions, the reader helps shift the perception of limitations into the awareness that YOU are UNLIMITED!

A soul capsule can be created to honor the essence, wholeness, and dreams of a person. As I reflected on how to best describe a soul capsule, the image and metaphor of a cocoon came to mind. Consider the life of a caterpillar. It goes along inch by inch and day by day living what it considers a fairly normal life. Some days are easier than others, but there seem to be enough leaves to eat and twigs to climb. Occasionally life feels like its all uphill, but the caterpillar inches along. One day the winds of change blow in and life no longer feels the same. Whether it arrives slowly or comes in an instant, change enters the caterpillar’s life. The caterpillar wraps itself in a cocoon and begins the inward journey. Surrounded by darkness, confusion, and uncertainty, the caterpillar barely recognizes itself.

Within the cocoon is the caterpillar in all of its wholeness—who it was, who it is, and the seed of light for who it will become. The quest is for the caterpillar to see and understand that it is always whole, even in the midst of change. It must find the will to emerge, changed, yet returning to fullness…whole.

Sometimes the nudge to emerge is helped by an outside source, but wiggling and stretching and opening must come from inside. With every move forward, light appears. The more the caterpillar opens and tries, the more light appears. Then in perfect time, when the changes are embraced and transformed, a butterfly emerges. As it basks in the light that is ever-present and in the light of its being, the butterfly’s wings dry. The caterpillar is free to be who it was always born to be; a butterfly! The caterpillar can fly!!!

Soul capsules can be created from Toe Reading or Life Coaching sessions. They would help in honoring change and transformation personally, as well as honoring lost loved ones, or lost dreams that can be hard to let go of. It is a way of saying this mattered, this person or situation is SEEN and honored or blessed before moving forward in a new way.

Similar to a time capsule, an actual box or container can be decorated and personalized. Others may prefer to write a story about their life’s journey or record an audio or video. A beautiful way to honor a soul’s journey would be to create and hold a ceremony for the soul and their capsule. The soul capsule can include favorite photos of special times and activities or those that capture the feeling of being at one’s best and the most themselves. Handwritten stories, notes, or poems can be placed into the capsule. Memorabilia or keepsakes could be included. It is really up to the creativity of the coach and the client. It can also include expressions of the hard emotions, such as anger, grief, sadness, regret, vulnerability, feeling ‘less than’, and change. This is simply the journey of a soul, even during times of change. Be sure to add the new dreams and the unlimited life goals as they grow, stretch, and return to fullness with wings to fly…Soar!!! Shine!

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Topics: Toe Reading, soul-seeing, sole

Blown Away by Toe Reading – Set On My Destined Path

Posted by Nancy Newman on 3/17/17 8:00 AM

Several years ago, I first discovered toe reading at a Celebrate Your Life conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I had flown to Arizona a day early to take an all-day workshop from James Van Praagh, a clairvoyant, spiritual medium, and New York Times bestselling author of Talking to Heaven.

While autographing my book, he told me that I should get a toe reading and that I should do it that day while the lines weren’t very long because tomorrow the lines would probably be a three hour wait!  To be honest, I silently rolled my eyes and thought, “Good lord.  Toe Reading?  What will they think of next?”  Little did I know that one little decision would affect my whole life!

I got my first toe reading and was blown away.  In 10 minutes, the Toe Reader revealed to me more about myself than my family would have been able to!  Being a natural skeptic, I thought that maybe she was just psychic, or a good guesser.  So I went to a Celebrate Your Life in Chicago and received another toe reading.  With the same result, I was beginning to think that it would be difficult to have two good guessers in a row.  Not to be deterred, since I still was not convinced, I went to yet another Celebrate Your Life conference, and this time my reader was Barney Cannon.  He was so accurate that I decided right there I had to find out more about this.  So I rearranged my conference schedule so that I could attend the short workshop from KC Miller, the author of Toe Reading: Are You Walking Your Destined Path.

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Topics: Life Coaching, holistic, Toe Reading, Mind Body Wellness, Great Graduate, SWIHA, soul coaching

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