Flowers and Stars Holistic Healing Arts

an interview with grace

This interview was done by a Boston University student, Megan Gunther.

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COULD YOU BRIEFLY DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW YOU GOT INTERESTED IN THIS FIELD? DID YOU THINK THIS IS WHAT YOU WOULD BE DOING WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?

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I am an energy healer, astrologer and flower essence practitioner, to keep things brief 🙂 I also teach all of these things to my students and clients. I have done many trainings in alternative health and weave these into my work as needed.  I got interested in this field when I was in my early twenties.  At that time I was working in the mental health field as a group home manager, and I took on a job to help care for a good friend's two daughters while she was undergoing treatment for brain cancer.  While nannying for her, I kept hearing about this wonderful alternative healing modality that she was receiving in conjunction with western medicine, called "Jin Shin Jyutsu."  She said she was receiving immense benefits from it and she bought me my first energy healing session for Christmas.  When I received my session I was blown away by how good I felt, and how much the practitioner understood my needs without my telling her much about what they were.  This session started me on a path where I wasn't satisfied with western medicine alone.  I didn't like seeing many of my clients in the group home only get partially better, or sometimes worse from psychiatric medication.  So eventually, I decided to leave the field to pursue healing arts in a more focused way.  I also wanted to heal myself from the accumulated stress I picked up when I became a group home manager.  It sent me on a journey that I have not turned back from.  When I was younger I did not think I would be doing this.  I always knew I was here to help, but I didn't really have a conception of alternative health.  I always thought I would write books that would help others.  I still am working on several pieces alongside my practice that I do hope to get out in the world over the next couple of years.

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WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR CLIENTS GET OUT OF YOUR SESSIONS AND CLASSES WITH THEM?

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I really hope my clients feel more empowered to live the life that they dream of living, in complete health.  I am passionate about seeing other healers succeed in this field, because I know it is possible.  I also love to see people understand more about their true potential and what I would call their Divine nature.  In other words, I like to see people understand their infinite potential to do, create, and be whatever they can dream up.  That is really the most fun for me. I also love unraveling health issues that western medicine hasn't found ways to treat through natural remedies, and balancing the energy in the body.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR JOB?

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My favorite part of my job is seeing people heal, and get better.  I think my second favorite part of the job is teaching people skills to understand and empower themselves. The two often go hand in hand.

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WHAT IS A FOND, INTERESTING, OR INSIGHTFUL MEMORY YOU HAVE FROM WORKING WITH A CLIENT OR CLIENTS ON THE JOB?

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One of my favorite memories of working with a client, was a young lady who came to me who was having trouble seeing due to blurry vision and also was having trouble walking from place to place.  She was in quite a bit of pain everyday as well due to an undiagnosed condition that her doctors could not figure out.  Through regular treatments I saw her improve vastly, to the point where she was able to walk without impairment and her blurry vision went away.  She also realized that she wanted to change colleges and majors altogether and began to study healing work after her first session. It was one of the most rapid and dramatic improvements of health that I saw in my practice.  She now can walk freely and does not have vision difficulties all from energy work!

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ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WANTING TO PURSUE A JOB IN ENERGY WORK OR A SIMILAR FIELD?

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My advice to someone wanting to pursue this field is believe in yourself that you can achieve success in this field.  Do not listen to any naysayers.  When I first began in this field many people suggested I study massage because it was more well-known.  I wasnt interested in massage however, and committed to this idea that one day I would be doing this work full-time.  It only took me about 3 1/2 years to get there, and I feel very grateful that I stuck with it.  Also, set goals and intentions for what you want to create in your life, and it will happen.

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HEARD YOU RECENTLY MOVED FROM 12 OAK GROWTH AND RENEWAL CENTER IN BEVERLY TO 222 COMMUNITY WELLNESS CENTER IN GLOUCESTER. WHAT DOES THIS MOVE MEAN FOR YOUR PRACTICE? (MORE OPPORTUNITIES, MORE SPACE OR MORE CLIENTS FOR EXAMPLE?)

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I moved my practice to 222 Community Wellness Center mostly because I outgrew the classroom space at 12 Oak Growth and Renewal Center.  At 222, there is a very large yoga room where I can host bigger classes , and spread out.  I also feel more equipped to run children's classes at this space, due to the open room where they can run around and be silly.  My treatment room can also double as a smaller classroom for more intimate classes, so I feel I have a lot of flexibility here.

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ANYTHING NEW OR EXCITING COMING UP FOR YOU WORK WISE? (EX. NEW CLASSES OR PURSUING ANYTHING NEW)

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I am very excited to be running a goals oriented support group for women in business this winter.  I love supporting healers to help them build their practices, as well as artists and entrepreneurs. I feel women have business practices that are helpful to the larger community and I feel women can really make a difference in today's world and economy with this inclusive ethic. So I am excited to support these women as they dream up what they want to create and I offer a space to help them be accountable (of course in a light and fun-spirited way.)  I also am excited to have learned a new flower essence treatment for Lyme disease which has been very effective.  I am excited to now offer this treatment out of my office.

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WHAT IS A HOBBY YOU HAVE OUTSIDE OF WORK? WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

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A hobby I have outside of work is that I really enjoy spending time in nature- going for walks, rollerblading, or discovering new places outdoors makes me happy.  I also love to write.  I write poetry, children's stories, and fiction.

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WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL OR SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO EITHER IN WORK OR IN LIFE IN GENERAL?

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A role model who I look up to, but is no longer living, is Paramahansa Yogananda.  He was a guru who brought yoga teachings from India to the West and penned the now famous book: "Autobiography of a Yogi."  I look up to him because of the spiritual strength he demonstrated throughout his life, and how he never gave up on sharing his vision with the world.  He also penned many other spiritual books which I love reading and digesting his inspirational materials.

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IF YOU COULD SHARE ONE IMPORTANT MESSAGE WITH THE WORLD WHAT WOULD IT BE?

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Hmm... If I could share one important message with the world, it would be this: You can heal anything in your life, and overcome any obstacle .  Don't accept anything less than total healing, fulfillment, and joy in your life.  If you can't seem to get there alone, find others who belive in you as well, and can help you.  Basically, know that our obstacles are only as big as our minds create them to be. Everything is made of energy, and energy can change in the blink of an eye.  All we need to do is believe and open to these new realities we hope to create.