December 2012 ended one cycle and began another in the evolution of my colorful life. Once again I was working with my life partner and best friend, Russell Forsyth, only this time instead of healing old homes I ventured into the mystical work of helping people heal mind, body and spirit. Russell had been an intuitive Angel Therapist, energy healer, and spiritual counselor for many years but now it was my turn to be called into a higher level of service than ever before. It took me a while to find my place but the day that the 12 bowl chakra set of crystal alchemy bowls arrived at my door…I knew. When I ordered them for Russell it never occurred to me that it would be my calling to be a sound vibrational medicine woman.
The bowls, each infused with a particular gemstone, mineral or metal, called me to connect and play for the well being of all who came to listen. Their soft feminine tones and sweet energies play through me and send the magical and alchemical vibration out into the ether for healing.
In July of 2014, Gahana Bonnington, Native American flute player and myself on Alchemy bowls came together to play for our sisters in Hilde Girls with the intention of deepening the meditative and spiritual experience of the annual retreat we shared in the Texas hill country. Much to our amazement, Heartistry was born. Everyone was bathed in the magical, mystical sound waves in what we now call a Heartistry Soundbath.
I discovered my love for the Native American flute in the mid 90s when a dear friend gave me a cedar flute for my birthday. Spirit connected me with Virgie Ravenhawk in 2005, and she become my first native flute teacher! It was an honor to study with Virgie and learn much about Native American arts, crafts, and wisdom. Virgie and I attended the Mt Zion Flute Festival in 2008, and it was there that I met Gentle Thunder, one of the performers and an Award winning multi-instrumentalist. Through grace and good luck, she also became my teacher! GT reverently shared with me her native wisdom and musical artistry. Both of these special women have helped me to open my awareness within to allow a more universal story-song to be played through me. They helped me get out of my own way!
In 2010, I became a musical volunteer with Hospice Austin, and I was blessed to be able to share my flutes with patients and family members on a weekly basis. It was in this setting, a place of such raw vulnerability, that I truly learned how to play from my space deep on my heart.