Hi, I'm Joanie ~ a life-long seeker on the road to self-knowledge and 'being here now'. Along the way, I've shunned difficult and dogmatic disciplines, that don't work for most of us.
To me, instant gratification is a good thing if what you want more than anything else is a fulfilled and peaceful heart. This doesn't have to be difficult. In my experience, the best teachings are clear, concise and immediately effective.
Back in 1967 when the Beatles' guru came to town, I was 15 years old. Maharishi's promise of 'bliss consciousness' led me to Transcendental Meditation, which produced such happy changes in my teenaged demeanour that my parents, impressed, took it up a month later.
On my way to India in '72, I was riding in a Volkswagen bus reading Siddhartha ~ Hermann Hesse's tale of one man's quest for enlightenment.
Like Siddhartha, I've been devoted to truth rather than to any particular guru. Eventually I left Maharishi's movement, but still meditated and taught the technique.
I was a good teacher, and everyone loved what TM did for them.
Yet meditation alone wasn't enough, I found, to provide me with lasting serenity throughout the rest of the day.
Many years later my travels took me to Peru, where I sat in ceremony with Shipibo shamans. The "plant spirits" revealed infinite realms of beauty, truth and possibility.
But I found the real missing link in Arizona, where I learned how to release my unhelpful thoughts and feelings—immediately, and on the spot as they happened.
This was a huge breakthrough.
So my life path has been to discover and teach spiritual practices that are powerfully transformative, without 'spiritual' moodmaking or affectation.
It's important work for all of us. 'Waking up' to the truth of ourselves is the best thing we can do for our troubled world, because peace and happiness are contagious. I will help you to launch your own awakening to the freedom that's already within you.
Besides having a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology, I am a long-time meditation instructor (TM), a certified Life Coach, a skilled Sedona Method facilitator, and a certified Tension and Trauma Release facilitator.
I can promise you the peace of mind, heart and spirit that you're longing for.