- from my book Why Are You Sick?
My journey began in 2007 when my mother told me I was supposed to be a healer - four years after she died. My husband and I went on a much needed vacation to Arizona. It was the first vacation we’d taken in nearly five years. We were burnt out, tired and I was feeling lost and looking to reconnect with my spiritual self. My mother had passed away a few years prior and I was still struggling with her loss and the journey that cancer took her and the rest of the family on. It was a journey I hadn’t signed up for, none of us did. If you have had cancer touch your life, then you know what I’m talking about. Cancer shakes you right down to your foundation. You begin to question your beliefs at least I did, and I was hard pressed to make sense of it all. So the trip to Arizona was also a trip to heal and to try and put some pieces back together.
...I was determined to find an intuitive, spiritual guide to help me get back on track. We searched all afternoon for anyone that might be able to provide psychic readings or insights but we were out of luck, they were either all booked or closed. We gave up and started heading back to the car when I saw a tiny sign in an upstairs window that read ‘Psychic’ and a little voice inside me said "Go on, give it a try". We walked up to the counter and asked if there was a psychic available to do readings that day. The stunning blonde woman at the counter apologized and said the regular person was on her lunch break. My heart sank as I felt my chance to reconnect with my mom slip away. Then she followed by saying, "Well I could give you a reading, I work with Angels, is that ok?". Is that ok?! My mother LOVED angels. She had little cherubs all over the house and frequently called me 'Her Little Angel'. "Yes", I said, "that would be great". It was only years later after reading many angel books by a woman named Doreen Virtue and attending one of her workshops that I recognized her as the same person who gave me a reading years before! I was able to confirm this by looking at the book she signed for me the day of the reading and verifying that yep - that was Doreen Virtue!
We proceeded to a back room where Doreen had me lie on a table and proceeded to do an energy clearing. She was able to quickly connect with my mom before I said anything. She described her in great detail, her loving energy, her smile and her favorite dog Dusty that was now with her in heaven. She even mentioned that my mom's little brother, Tommy, who died in Viet Nam, was with her. I was overcome by emotion and could feel my mom in the room with us. The room took on a new energy that felt warm, comforting and absolutely real.
Doreen proceeded with the reading conveying additional messages from my mom to other members of my family and reminded me to stay connected with them stressing the importance of family. My husband and I both walked back to our car more than a little stunned and with a great deal of peace. We spent the rest of the trip discussing the reading and how spot on it was for each of us. The only thing that didn't sit quite well was the 'Healer' aspect. That was such a foreign notion to me that I didn't really know how to interpret it and was frankly terrified at the aspect of trying something like that. How do you even start?
Being a healer was the furthest thing from my mind at the time and sounded crazy frankly. Back then I was waist deep in data, literally. I was a Market Researcher for some of the top high tech companies in Silicon Valley. My job was to find patterns out of millions and millions of records collected by these Internet sites in order to help aid marketers and product teams to build the best products and market them to the right audience. That was my life for nearly 15 years before everything turned upside down. We returned home from our trip and jumped back into the minutia of our daily lives. Work, eat, sleep with little else in between. A year went by and in that year I had moved to another company and began working more intensely than I ever had before. My commute was longer, the demands on my time were greater and I again began to feel empty and unfulfilled.
As the stress began to mount so did my health problems. When Sunday evening rolled around my stomach would revolt forcing me to spend some quality time with my toilet. I was losing sleep. I was exploding at my husband over little things like not taking out the trash or asking me a simple question. I was not spending any time with friends or family because I simply didn't have the energy and didn't have anything more to give. I was miserable.
It was at a point of sheer despair that I remembered a little reading I had where my mom told me I was supposed to be a healer. I re-read my notes from the reading and went to Google and typed, "animal healing". Kids and I are a bit like oil and water so I left that part out of the Google search.
What came up first was a book called Animal Reiki by Elizabeth Fulton and Kathleen Prasad. I had never heard of Reiki before and was skeptical but intrigued as well. I wentahead and bought the book online and it shipped later that week. When it arrived I felt a bit awkward even opening the pages. I had never really read anything 'New Agey' like this before. Was this going to change me into some flower child? Perish the thought!
I started reading the book and found myself unable to put it down. It was written in a way that was easy to understand peppered with stories that showed the significant impacts that Reiki had on animals. What struck me about Reiki was that it worked regardless of the practitioner. So I didn't have to be a super spiritual person who meditated 23 hours a day nor did I have to be tied to any specific religious or spiritual belief system. All the Reiki practitioner has to do is have the intention for Reiki to flow and then Reiki took over and did the rest. Reiki didn't require any long training period in fact you could learn it in a weekend.
I am a Usui Reiki Master and a Karuna Reiki® Master. I am also a Certified Angel Card Reader™, EFT Level 1 Practitioner, an International Center for Reiki Training Professional Member and hold a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley where I studied Sociology, Anthropology and Physics. Prior to my Reiki practice I worked for nearly two decades in market research and data strategy for such high-tech companies as Macromedia, Yahoo and Facebook. My husband Mark and I also run our comic book store in Milpitas called Black Cat Comics.
I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, love to play the drums, guitar, read/write horror fiction and run around with my kittens.
Per California State Law SB 577: Francie Soito is not a licensed physician. REIKI is a complement to 'healing arts services licensed by the State', i.e., it is a complement to more traditional western medicine provided by doctors, nurses and hospitals. As a complementary or alternative medicine, REIKI does not require licensing by the state of California.
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