In her early years, Sandy was very aware of the aliveness of the world around her. She gravitated toward trees and sunny spots, listening and counting the different bird sounds she would hear, being certain the birds were communicating with her. Sandy often had an awareness of things that were going to happen before they happened, and, at that time, she thought everyone had this extra sense. Life continued on, and the clutteredness and busyness got in the way, so Sandy paid little attention to those senses that she was aware of as a child. However, the past 20 years opened up a deeper listening for her, and reconnected Sandy with the inner knowings that she was aware of as a child. Bit by bit she has been guided in trainings to enhance these awarenesses so she can share them with others.
Several years ago, Sandy received her spiritual direction certification, and also graduated from seminary. She is a spiritual director supervisor, and helps to train others in becoming spiritual directors at the Summer Institute for Spiritual Formation program through Eastern Mennonite Seminary. She is also a certified health coach, trained through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Sandy is a certified Reiki practitioner, having received training in Usui Reiki system Level I and II. She has also received some energy medicine training from Fernand Poulin (WhiteWinds Institute) and Annmarie Early (Soul Song Institute). Sandy is currently in a program with Annmarie Early (Soul Song Institute) and Annie Browning (Awake the Soul), who have collaborated to create “A Common Awakening.” This program is called the Living in the Divine Union program.
Sandy’s faith is deeply important to her, and she listens to where God continues to guide her. She has a passion for walking with others in pain and confusion toward health and healing. She has had her own experience in the past with depression and anxiety, and knows what it is like to be in that space. We are created with many emotions, and we often have to ride the waves of life, facing the turmoil and confusion that often come with it. It is helpful to have support from others as we navigate and learn to ride these waves.
Sandy is grateful that God has invited her to use her intuitive gifts and deep listening to companion others in the journey. Sandy is available to meet with persons in spiritual companioning and/or Reiki sessions. Sometimes she may integrate the two, when sensing that is what the body/soul is calling for.
Josh was always aware of the closeness of God. As his faith grew and developed, so did this intimacy. However, throughout his adolescent years, he wrestled with an anxiety that impaired his faith, putting it into a tight box. Faith no longer was about being close to God, but about trying to learn all the answers through studying and trying to paint a picture of God in a purely intellectual sense. After years of anxiety, Josh found himself guided to seek relief in a more unconventional way. This way was integrative energetic medicine. After one session it became clear that this was the way to help people. Healing can occur in this space that goes far beyond the mind.
After this session, Josh began to do programming from “A Common Awakening” with Annmarie Early (Soul Song Institute) and Annie Browning (Awake the Soul), completing their 6 month intensive Living in Divine Union Leadership Program. Through this work, Josh’s faith began to open up once again. His spirituality became deeply experiential, freed from the mind’s control. Josh then sought out training in an energetic field of study. He received his certification in the Usui Reiki system Level I and II, and later received his Holy Fire® III Master Practitioner Training (Reiki Master Training). Reiki came naturally and instantly felt like home. As Josh practiced, he noticed the ease of holding presence while providing Reiki, and how that shifts the entire landscape of the room.
Josh’s passion lies in providing a space where clients may gain perspective into the intimate presence of the Divine and the spiritual support all around, as they open into the fullness of what they are. In session, Josh holds a presence that invites the support around us to step in and do its work in a space of complete openness. In this space, things have the potential to truly shift. The exact way things shift is unique to each individual, and always for their greatest and highest good.
He loves using his energy healing training and intuition to work with those who wish to explore spirituality in a new way and grow in their relationship with the Universe/Divine. He desires to walk with people on their healing journey as their awareness opens and as they relate to the world differently, while releasing anything holding them back.
Josh is currently continuing his training as a student of psychology, while on an accelerated track for his Masters in Counseling. He is also actively participating in “A Common Awakening’s" Our Awakening Masterclass.