Why I became a Reiki Master
Why did I become a Reiki Master and Reiki Teacher? Would you believe me if I told you that I had perfect strangers tell me that I was a hands on healer? I wondered what a healer was, let alone a hands on healer. As near as I could figure out it had to do with energy therapy or energy healing and something called Reiki. For the life of me I could not understand why someone who knew nothing about me would tell me to become a Reiki Master. I didn’t even know what Reiki was at that time. But here is my story…..
I am the youngest of seven children and most of my family lives within 9 miles of me. A few years ago, while on a vacation to Sedona, Arizona I had a perfect stranger tell me that they could feel the positive energy flowing off of me and they asked if I was a hands on healer or a Reiki Master. Not knowing that much about Reiki at the time, I told them, “no” and started to slowly move away. 🙂
A year later while standing in line at the grocery store, it happened again. I believe I had the same reaction and started to move towards the express lane.
Being a slow learner to realize that fate was talking to me, I had to wait another 2 years until I again returned to Sedona for a vacation. This time TWO people in the same day told me that I have incredible positive energy and told me I should be a Reiki Master.
Apparently, I couldn’t ignore it anymore. I came home, and that is where my “awakening” began.
After spending 27 years of living in the “Corporate World” being a Computer Programmer and then an IT Project Manager, it was a little strange for me to move out of the world of pure logic and move toward Energy Work.
However, once I took that first step, I felt that I have found my life’s purpose. I would say that it has been a gift to be able to share so much wonderful energy with people that I have been privileged to give treatments to.
I know that every time I give a Reiki treatment I feel I get as much out of it as my client does. It is a wonderful feeling that is like having energy but being incredibly relaxed at the same time. I call it “Reiki Xanax”.
Being a Reiki Master is a long way from where my career started. My education is in Business/Management and Computer Technology. I have a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, a Masters Degree in International Business and a MBA.
But even with all of that education, I have grown and learned the most from being a Certified Reiki Master and Teacher. I am always amazed at what life has to teach me.
You NEVER know what path life will take you down!
How I became an Animal Communicator
As a small child, I always thought that I knew what animals were thinking and feeling. However, everyone always told me that it was just my imagination. After I heard that phrase enough, I guess I believed that it was just my imagination too and I “shut out the ability” to talk to animals. It stayed that way for about 45 years.
Then after I became a Reiki Master and Teacher, my intuition really started to increase. I realized that when giving Reiki to people and animals, I would sometimes receive messages. Information that I do not know how I got, but it was always accurate. It didn’t always happen and I couldn’t control it.
THEN MY WHOLE LIFE CHANGED! I traveled to Bozeman, Montana to visit the Montana Grizzly Encounter, which is a Grizzly Bear Rescue Sanctuary. They rescue Grizzly Bears that have been in bad captive situations. I went to the sanctuary to give the Grizzly Bears Reiki. While I was there, the owner of the sanctuary assumed that if I could do Reiki, I could also talk to animals. I told her that sometimes I got messages and sometimes I didn’t, but I would tell her if I got any information from the bears.
I was led to the first bear, named Lucy, who was 18 months old. As I began to give her Reiki, I began to get images in my head and I just “knew” a bunch of information (which I am not sure how I got). All information was relayed to Ami (who is the director/owner) of the sanctuary and she validated all information. By the time I got to the 3rd bear, a handsome 7 foot, 900 bear named Brutus, things really amped up.
Watch the video above and get all the rest of the info. I created the video to go along with the monthly article that I write for Star Nations Magazine, but it tells my story of becoming an Animal Communicator.
What is an Animal Communicator?
Whenever I tell people that I am an Animal Communicator, I am usually presented with 3 common reactions. The most common of the three reactions is, “I need you to talk to my pet!!” The second most common reaction is, “What is that? Is that like a Pet Psychic?” Which is then followed by, “I need you to talk to my pet!!” And the third most common reaction is the “eye roll” or some sort of sound of disbelief.
Well all of those reactions are certainly understandable. I myself was the biggest skeptic of it all for awhile, so I understand when people think it is odd that I talk to animals. It is odd. But it is the coolest thing ever!! I am completely blessed to have this gift and I am doing my best to share it with the world, now that I have come out of the “kennel closet” and am no longer afraid to tell people that yes, I really can truly talk to animals (both past and present).
I want to address the problem of calling myself an Animal Communicator. People just don’t really understand what that means. Most people, when asked, think that I study how animals interact or communicate with each other. However, if I tell them that I am a Pet Psychic, then they tend to get a better feel for what I do.
Think of me as a Foreign Language Translator that translates Human to Animal and vice versa. You ask me to tell your pet something or ask your pet a question and I talk to them in a language that they understand. I then get the answer from your pet and interpret it for you.
I highly recommend that you go to myFAQ Page get more information.
Leslie's Star Wars Commentary
Although Leslie takes Reiki very seriously, she does have a “goofy” side to her personality. She believes that we cannot take ourselves too seriously, and we have to laugh as much as possible. So with a light heart and a quick smile, we submit to you Leslie’s philosophy on Star Wars and how it relates to Reiki.
George Lucas, if you are reading this….give Leslie a “jingle”, will you? You have MUCH to discuss! 😉
You can ask almost any one of Leslie’s Reiki students, or anyone that she has had a lengthy conversation regarding Reiki, and they will most likely know two things about Leslie.
First, that Leslie believes that Jedi Masters and Reiki Masters walk a parallel path. Many similarities, there are.
Second, whenever Leslie is trying to explain Reiki Energy to someone who is unfamiliar with Reiki, she uses the analogy of “The Force” from Star Wars. Leslie is convinced that George Lucas was describing Reiki Energy when he told Yoda to say, “My ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. The force surrounds us and binds us”.
So here (for your enjoyment) are some more of her favorite quotes from Yoda, Jedi Master. 😉
1. “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”
2. “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”
3. “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”
4. “My ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. The force surrounds us and binds us.”
5. “Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side of the force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.”
6. “Always in motion is the future.”
7. “You will know (the good from the bad) when you are calm, at peace. Passive.”
8. “Meditate on this, I will.”
9. “Luminous beings are we.”
10. “Feel the Force around you.”
Reiki with Leslie is fantastic! I’ve been trading sessions with Leslie for the last year and I swear every session with her is better than the last. She is a very gifted and intuitive healer. Every session leaves me feeling more whole and totally rested and relaxed.
Leslie is open, honest and engaged in all of her client’s healing processes. I recommend her constantly (in fact, my Dad is one of her regular clients).
As a teacher, Leslie brings great respect and knowledge for Reiki and its traditions as well as an awesome sense of humor that makes every class I teach with her more enjoyable.
Reiki Master & Teacher
Owner of Soothe Your Soul