In 1982, I was Licensed by the state of New York as a Massage Therapist having studied at the prestigious Swedish Institute in New York City. Our course of study was one year and 700 plus hours. A State Licensing Exam was required. I have been a successful massage therapist for twenty seven years. In California I gleaned a certificate in Thai massage and took a number of week end classes in various places.
1983 I was initiated into Reiki I and Reiki II in New York City. When I came to work for Gabriel Cousens as his assistant, I renewed my vows, so to speak, and took the work for Reiki I and Reiki II once again. An interesting thing happened to me as I received the initiation for Reiki II. That night, during my sleep, it felt exactly as though my spine was being worked on. Re-arranged. So much clicking around. It was profound at the time. I spent about a year doing Reiki III with Victoria Jayne who was initiated as a Master by Gabriel.
Unlike many present standards for attaining Reiki Certification and Reiki Masters. It took me the better part of a year to fulfill all the obligations. It made a huge difference.
I am a twice Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor
I received Certifications in two places: The Muktananda SYDA Yoga Ashram in South Fallsburg, New York and the Shivananda Method at the Serenity Yoga Center on the Upper West Side of New York City. I taught at the latter for a number of years and it was my first experience tapping into ‘why I’m on the planet’. I adored Yoga. I still believe there is nothing like Yoga. I used to cry every single day when I was becoming an instructor. I was releasing. But ecstatic releasing. It was before I knew these experiences had names, such as : You are experiencing Kryias; You are experiencing Kundalini; and so on. I admonish you not to name things too much. It diminishes, when you put something in a box.
I was a wonderful Yoga instructor. I adore it to this day. I felt it washed and cleaned me. I felt it took my body apart and reassembled it closer to the person that I came on the planet to be. Yoga is an Evolved Science. Even when you do it minimally, it is beneficial. And that is, and continues to be, my experience.
So What’s an Ordained Essene? Actually Ordained Essene ‘Priestess’. I was proudly ordained by Gabriel Cousens, MD. ‘Priestess’ is not a term that relates to our present age. I prefer ‘healer’. The Essenes were the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls, they were the ‘therapeutae’ of their times, the healers. They go back far before Christ. They were likely raw fooders; they were non violent, absolutely; they were healers; and they made time for Creative work. They respected Angelic forces i.e. positive forces, forces of light. They created prayers to the Angel of the Water, the Sun, the Air, and so forth. Close to Nature.
In these modern times, there are religious organizations entitled ‘Essene’. One branch is bent more toward the Jewish persuasion, the other, Christian. Because Christ was an Essene. Christ was also a Jew. I do not embrace a ‘religion’. The Essenes were not a religion, as such.
I very much embrace the Essene ethic, however. The therapeutic, creative, non-violent, and dietary aspects of the Essenes. My relationship to the Essenes is that I honor them and identify with them. I am Spiritual and I am one of the therapeutae/healers. I am humbled by the identity. I am honored by the title. It is part of my heritage, as I see it. I bow before the Purity of ‘Intention’. It is an Identity and an Intention and a constant reminder of the distractions which surround us and how easy it is to drift so far away from this ‘Intention’. My deepest Nature, as it applies to you, my client, is as an Essene. With all the craziness and silliness, it is nevertheless all part of the ‘Stillness’ inside me. Still not perfect, and I get that the work is never done. I like that. It’s a relaxing concept. No need to ‘get somewhere.’
They respected Angelic forces i.e. positive forces, forces of Light. It is written that Essenes “…were very mindful of the names of the angels kept in their sacred writings.”
Essenes created Morning and Evening Communions. Prayers with the Angels: Angel of the Air, Angel of Life, Angel of Peace, Angel of Joy, Angel of Power, Angel of the Sun, Angel of Water, Angel of the Earth, Angel of Creative Work. I resonate with these Communions.
Google Edmund Bordeaux Szekely to find his beautifully translated Communions, also Gabriel Cousens.