I’m no stranger to transformation. My life has been a series of deaths and re-births. I love what the Sufi Saint & poet Rabia wrote - “I died a thousand times before I died.” Yes. Me too. Sometimes at the cellular level…other times, it was a portion of my ego dissipating, or old habits and mindsets that were no longer serving my highest development. Do I have it all figured out? Of course not. As one of my dearest clients says, “It’s a process.” But I do know I’ve devoted my life to climbing the mountain of Truth/Self-discovery/Cosmic Mysteries, and if you, too, feel called to forge a path up that beautiful mountain, I would be honored to be your guide.
I come from a hard-working family in Chicago, and I’ve held on to my Midwestern roots even though I’ve come a long way from home. I’ve lived coast to coast in the States, as well as in Europe & Morocco, and have traveled to nearly forty countries. Not only has this exposure shaped me into an adaptable, open-minded, human being with tons of empathy, but because I've encountered such a wide range of relationships, customs, and beliefs in both my personal & professional lives, I've seen which truths hold steady for individuals regardless of culture, status, or creed - and this allows me to provide those I’m counseling with a wealth of resources and wisdom gained from lived experiences. I feel as if I've crammed at least ten lifetimes worth of living into this life so far! Not to mention, I'm an old, old soul.
My background in Spiritual Guidance & Counseling evolved over years of intensive shamanic work & one-on-one mentorships with intuitive therapists, accomplished spiritual teachers, and indigenous medicine men & women who shared their ancient, healing modalities with me. Two of my initial teachers were Caroline Myss and Andrew Harvey, both of whom helped awaken the healer inside me. Further down the road, I encountered my sacred medicine guides, whose continued presence in my life is most beloved. I am also grateful for my relationships with the Yawanawa family/tribe of Amazonian Brazil, and with the dear Sufi mystic who I studied under in France and credit with first activating my qalb - the innermost heart.
I've formally studied at New York University, in Aix-en-Provence France, and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I received my graduate degree. Upon graduation, I was invited to teach in the UNLV Honors College where I am currently an Associate Professor teaching multi-disciplinary seminars.
Existence Awes Me
As a little girl, I remember wondering why I'd been sent down to Earth and asking questions like, “Where did we come from before we were in this world?” and “What if there had never been anything at all? There wouldn’t even be darkness, because even darkness couldn’t exist.” I would lay in bed at night trying to imagine nothing. The impossibility of the thought made me shudder. I once left a notebook in the kitchen for my mom to find; it was filled with inquiries about God, suffering, the Universe, & the unfathomable emptiness. Perhaps even more surprising: it was also filled with answers that I'd received from a mysterious presence in the stars - a presence that spoke with me telepathically and guided me (it continues to do so today!) My mom was a bit worried about the contents of the notebook but eventually helped me type up the conversations on our old typewriter.
My curiosity and desire to understand 'how things really are' has propelled me through a life of experimentation, adventure, and meditative contemplation. I’ve always felt things deeply, at a soulful level, and asked questions about reality to myself & others. Those questions often lead the people around me to reflect & feel more deeply, too. This has been my natural state for as long as I can remember. I hold very few beliefs. Rather, I identify with the path of a mystic - requiring direct, felt, known experiences with the Divine. As part of my work on this path, I’ve been blessed with magical, humbling, indescribably beautiful (sometimes terrifying) spiritual awakenings. I’ve also struggled through my share of dark nights of the soul; the dawn is always worth the night, & the revelations received are pure, energizing, nourishing nectar for the spirit.
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Top of page the Universe , Jaclyn on the Isle of Skye, waterfall in Oregon. First row: Buddhist monks pre-chant, Jaclyn with Yawanawa in Brazil, The jewel at the center of the universe (artist unknown). Second row: snowy retreat, desert sunset, happy friend in Brazil. Third row: offerings at the altar, my favorite temple, with Thay Kozen & friends. Fourth row: peacock feather sand art + candles for ceremony, girl on swing in cosmos (artist unknown), home healing space. Fifth row: happy couple post-ceremony, Buddha statue with plants, Brazilian sacred medicine ceremony. Sixth row: floating through the stars (artist unknown), midnight mountain hike + mini ritual with Samantha, Jaclyn after meditation ceremony, the Big Island photo by Robert Farthing. Bottom row: three images from a Sound Bath and Hape Meditation in my home