I’ve been interested in Eastern Philosophy since my undergraduate days at the University of Toronto and started my Reiki training in Switzerland in 2013. This journey led me to complete my shamanic training in tradition of the the Q’ero shamans of Peru, in the UK in 2016. Then I completed my Reiki Master training in the UK in 2017.
I have had my share of trauma to work with and heal from, and perhaps this site is also part of my journey. After a series of traumatic events occurred in 2017, I wanted to seek outside guidance when I remembered one thing: “I am a shaman.”
I proceeded to go on a shamanic journey, in which I connected with Guanyin (觀世音菩薩, 观世音菩萨), a bodhisattva who is also known as the Goddess of Mercy. I was asked to share my healing skills and go on pilgrimages related to Guanyin. So I embarked on my pre-planned holiday to Osaka, Japan, with a new intention and found myself on the 1300th anniversary of the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage (西国三十三所). On this trip, I reached five of the 33 Buddhist temples dedicated to Kannon (or Guanyin) and set the intention of returning to reach some of the other ones.
I then went on another pre-planned holiday to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, where I visited Mount Kinabalu. It and the surrounding area is protected as Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site, and I found the forest to be very powerful and healing. I later learned that Mount Kinabalu is a spiritually significant site. In fact, many believe that the name of the mountain comes from “Chinese Widow”, dedicated to a woman who died on top of the mountain after many years of waiting for her husband to return from China.
As a social researcher and activist with a PhD from Durham University, in the UK, I have an awareness of the oppression of the feminine and am excited that more and more of us are remembering our connection to the Divine Feminine. That is not to diminish the role of the Divine Masculine, which is much different from the toxic masculinity in our cultures – there must be balance between Yin and Yang.
I hope some of you will find comfort and inspiration from my experiences visiting various spiritual sites, especially those connected with Guanyin, and beautiful forests, which are part of our great Pachamama. I also hope that I can use my healing tools to be of service to some of you.