Gifts All Year Round

Yesterday I was running around Manhattan in full holiday shopping mode. As I exited the subway at 59th and Lex, all of a sudden I remembered what happened in that exact spot years ago. I was stressed out that day and preoccupied (can’t remember why), and just as I reached the top of the subway steps, I saw Emma Thompson smiling right in front of me, arms wide, ready for a hug. Yes, that Emma Thompson. In that split second I thought, “Oh my God, it’s Emma Thompson! Oh my God, she’s going to hug me!” Just then, Emma went to hug the person right behind me—a teenage girl I assumed was her daughter. I found the whole event hilarious—that Emma seemed to be coming right for me, that for a moment I

Who's The Master?

In 2015 when I became a certified Reiki master (before it ever occurred to me to do animal communication), my first paying client found me. Shelly lived upstate, had three senior cats, and asked me to do distance Reiki sessions for them on a regular basis. To my surprise and slight confusion, during the distance Reiki sessions, I began to receive messages from the cats. During Barney’s session, I heard the sentence, “I like plants.” When sending Reiki to Betty, I knew that she rarely purred but she purred during our distance sessions. And Snowflake showed me an image of a blue collar when I sent Reiki to him. It took me a while to get up the courage to tell Shelly what I was receiving, but w

Honoring the Search

When my brother returned from a trip to China this year, he described his visit with a colleague to the Luohan Temple in downtown Chongqing. Nestled among skyscrapers, the 1,000 year old temple is both a place of worship and a tourist attraction, with several shops on site. After exploring the temple, John visited all the shops in search of a bracelet as a memento for his experience at the Buddhist site. He didn’t know exactly what he was looking for, but knew he wasn’t having luck finding it. Before leaving, John decided to check one more place again, and there in that last shop, he recognized what he wanted—a brown beaded bracelet that he purchased and promptly put on his wrist. Just as Jo

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