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ABOUT BONNIE SMITH
I returned to Andrea’s home for my first Reiki Session the following week. She brought me into the old barn, the same place where she sold her herbs. I believe her table was an old door with blankets on it, nothing fancy here. My healing on a mental, physical, emotional and spiritual journey began. This is what I had been searching for. I found that inner peace that I had been looking for all my life.
In 1998, I was ready to take on the responsibility of a Reiki practitioner. Andrea introduced me to Ellen who became my initiating Reiki Master for Level 1 and Level 2. Ellen always told her students: “ To Trust Reiki “ and to “Let Reiki Teach You”.
I was on the right path now and my inner peace turned into excitement. I was truly on the path of my Soul’s Journey.
My interest continued to grow and over the years I have become a Reiki Master in the Usui, Karuna®, Gendai Ho, Seichim, and Sacred Flame methods of healing energies. In the year 2002, I became a board director for the Canadian Reiki Association and in 2004 was appointed President of our Association. We are an association that provides our members with a national voice; encourages high educational standards; promotes ethical practices and teaching; and also assists the public with referrals to Registered Practitioners and Teachers. I expanded my interests and obtained a Level 2 certificate in Therapeutic Touch. Then with the Ontario College of Reflexology, in 2002, I became certified as a Foot Reflexologist Practitioner. In 2004, I earned my certification as a Teacher with the College. Finally in 2005, I became certified as a Hand Reflexologist Practitioner.
It was in November 2007 at the Toronto Whole Life Expo where I had a conversation with two members of the Canadian Reiki Association. They mentioned the Bio Mat and they were using it in their practice. My curiosity was tweaked and I made note to do a Google search when the show was over. Shortly after this conversation I was surprised to see an Amethyst Bio Mat Booth at the Whole Life Expo. Distributors were demonstrating the mat to the public but I had only a few moments to listen to some of the healing benefits of the mat. It was the next day when I really needed to experience the mat for myself. I was exhausted and dehydrated from the long hours at the show. What an experience it was. In a very short period of time I felt totally different. It felt like someone flipped a switch from off to on. It was that dramatic for me. I ordered my mat the next day along with the distributorship package and I have not looked back or regretted my decision. I am thrilled that I can include the Amethyst Bio Mat for all treatments I perform at Soul’s Journey.
My journey continues…
ABOUT BONNIE SMITH
Reiki was a new beginning for me. I was changing and I finally found that comfort zone that I had been searching for. I was making new friends in this area, whom like myself were discovering that there was so much more to learn. It was an exciting new path to be travelling on at this time in our lives. A friend commented once that “Some of us may be Reiki Master’s but we will always be students“. I could not have agreed more with that thought.
It came to pass that my strongest desire was to create a business with my new talents and to be able to share my energy and knowledge with others.
Like giving birth, I had to give it a name. The task was not as easy as I thought it might be. I started to reflect back on what brought me to this point in my life. My lowest point was facing the challenges of breast cancer in 1990. Then came the highest points of my life in the years 2002, 2004, and 2007, when my daughter gave birth to my grandchildren. The path has had many curves and been unpredictable but what a journey it has been. You learn to listen, to trust, and to have faith in your soul for it will always guide you. There it was – Soul’s Journey.
I had to have a face for Soul’s Journey. It would be a logo that was created with the thoughts of my past. Having met Marlies who does wonderful stained glass works of art, we set out to take the logo a step further and create a panel of stained glass for the business.
From my readings, Dr. Usui’s brothers erected a Torri (or gateway) at his gravesite. I chose this Torri, symbolically as a starting place to begin my business, and then I chose the root charkra colour of red with hopes to always stay grounded. As the sun comes up each day to represent new beginnings, I thought this would represent the new future of S.J. and the direction where I was heading. The golden yellow glass for the sun represented the solar plexus chakra as well as a healing colour. The chakra also covers a wide spectrum of meanings, but for myself it represents identity and selfhood.
Next we chose some beautiful beveled pieces of clear glass to circle this image. I felt it represented a ring of infinity, so that my journey would have a long life.
Outside of this, Marlies was able to cut the glass in such a way that it represented the petals of a lotus flower. As these petals protect the chakras so to they would protect Soul’s Journey.
Finally, there is the indigo that frames the piece. This is the colour for the brow chakra representing the spirit and intuition of the soul. May the spirit of Soul’s Journey always be there and never lose insight.