About Bending River Energy Healing

All healing is really self-healing. This kind of healing is a journey of discovery, integration, and learning how to receive the many unexpected gifts presented along the way.

My role is to listen deeply, guide, keep you grounded, and occasionally — to step in to assist energetically. Our work together is an equal partnership, through and through.

The only real goal behind my work is for you to re-discover your wholeness. As this happens, you naturally learn how to shift your energy, get unstuck, and back into the flow of your life’s purpose.

Why Is It Called Bending River Energy Healing?

Over the years, I have referred to it as energy balancing, spiritual healing, or coaching. Some time ago, I transitioned from a more hands-on to a hands-off approach. From there, my work became more verbal, with dialogue sometimes used to facilitate the shifts we’re looking for.

You can read more below about the training and influences that have contributed to this work. As the work has evolved and taken shape, it made sense to give it a name that both resonates with me deeply and reflects the nature of the practice. This is how Bending River came to be.

For me, the name brings to mind many healing related ideas:

  • We moving into the Age of Aquarius.
  • Water is a well known conduit for emotional and spiritual information.
  • A bending river is a wonderful analogy for how our life energy moves through the physical terrain of time and space.
  • The energy work you do today will have many untold benefits downstream, just as the river bring life to the all of the lands and inhabitants within its reach.

Gently Down the Stream

Many spiritual practices embrace the notion that development is similar to climbing a mountain.

What is revealed if instead we consider an alternative view? What if the top of the mountain is where we start out in life? What if the real journey is one of trans-formative travel down the mountain –  through unexpected twists and turns — gaining empathy, wisdom, and compassion while giving life, light, and hope to others as we travel?

Then, perhaps, we reach our destination, returning to Source itself, an ocean of consciousness. If it is in our deeper evolution’s interests, then perhaps we get carried back to the top for another journey down the mountain.

Either way, I truly see life as a gift. My work is to practice that awareness every day, one way or another, filled with as much acceptance, gratitude, and appreciation as I can channel.

Influences, Education, & Training

While this way of being is coming very naturally to me now, this has not always been the case. 

I was born and raised in a small, blue-collar, midwestern town. I’m grateful for this beginning because it has given me a grounded and pragmatic approach to my studies and work. While my curiosity may be endless, I always come back to the question: does it work?

Below are some of the relevant educational experiences and influences I bring to my practice.

Certified Practice Group Leader

As a Spring Forest Qigong practitioner, I embrace the goal of helping to bring health and wellness to as many people across the globe as possible and fulfilling Founder Master Chunyi Lin’s vision of “a healer in every home and a world without pain and suffering.”

Spring Forest Qigong has pursued this goal since 1995 with two main paths: Teaching people how to heal themselves, and teaching people how to heal others.

I am currently a Certified Practice Group Leader, having completed Practice Group Leader training, Spring Forest Qigong Level 1 for Health, and Spring Forest Qigong Level 2 Qigong for Healing.

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®

The Grief Recovery Certification Training provides the tools needed to effectively help grievers recover from loss as well as an opportunity for personal healing. The program was developed by someone who was going through loss himself so this is not just a theory, but also a method that has worked for millions of people continuously over the past 35 years. More information available at The Grief Recovery Institute website here: https://www.griefrecoverymethod.com

Certified Professional Coach Training

The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) Provides Comprehensive Coach Training Programs That Fully Prepare Each Participant to Succeed in Their Industry – and in Their Own Objectives. I am currently working towards certification as a Professional Coach (expected completion in summer of 2015) through the iPEC coach training program. The iPEC training program is accredited by the International Coaches Federation (ICF).

>> More information here: http://www.ipeccoaching.com/

Integrative Chakra Therapy®

I completed Integrative Chakra Therapy (formerly called Spiritual Healers Training) with Dr. Richard Jelusich in 2014. This training is comprised of 18 levels spread out over nearly two years of study and supervised practice.

Of all of the training I have had to date, working with Dr. Jelusich and my fellow healers in this class has had the most profound effects on my life and my work. Additionally, I have really found a great deal of alignment and resonance with one of Dr. Jelusich’s teachers, Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama, the founder of the California Institute for Human Science (among many, many other accomplishments). I will continue to study the works of each of these men for a long time to come.

More information is available at Dr. Jelusich’s website Light News – http://lightnews.org.

Read more about Integrative Chakra Therapy here: https://lightnews.org/what-is-integrative-chakra-therapy/

Reiki Master Teacher

I received all four levels of Reiki certification from Bernadette Doran at EQUILIBRIUM Energy + Education, in Chicago, Illinois.  My Reiki journey began in late 2011. I received my Master Teacher certification in early 2014.

More information available here: http://equilibrium-e3.com/reiki.php

New Paradigm Multi-Dimensional Transformation

While I do not offer this directly as a service, the training and experience has had a big effect on my work and evolution. The training itself is very hard to put into words, so I’ll borrow from the NPMDT website:

The essence of New Paradigm Multi-Dimensional Transformation is love without conditions and respect for all life forms. We recognize the Divine energy that created the entire universe with all life forms and that we are an intrinsic part of that same Creation.

One’s experience with this training will depend on where they are at on their path, and what their instructor brings into the process. I feel fortunate to have trained with Terrie Curry while she was located in the Chicago area. I completed both the Basic Master and the 13D Master classes in 2012. Shamballa On!

More information available here: http://www.new-paradigm-mdt.org

Bachelor of Arts, Kent State

Even though it was oh so long ago, I am re-integrating all of my life’s experiences more and more as my path becomes clearer. I’m pleased to be recalling and weaving into my work a great many things I learned at Kent while majoring in Psychology and Philosophy. For example, I first encountered the channeled work called A Course in Miracles in a philosophy class. Another formative experiences was time spent working with the topic of Death and Dying in the experimental college.