BRINGERS OF THE HEART: ELVIRA’S STORY

Planting Seeds for a New Way of Being

“When you are working on yourself and you’re loving yourself, people resonate with that and pick up on it – they want some.” Elvira Luqman, Original Skin Care in Clovis, CA

A movement is happening and is being led by Bringers of the Heart, people who are planting seeds for more love and acceptance. Clients and beauty professionals alike are seeking more meaning and purpose in life. This presents an opportunity for estheticians who are feeling called to offer healing modalities in their practice. Beauty professionals are helping to create this new heart-based reality through their business.

Read stories of Transformative Esthetic students who bring more love and acceptance into the world through their lives and businesses. Linda’s student Elvira Luqman shares her Bringer of the Heart experience:

“A year ago I had hit rock bottom in my life. I had just gone through a terrible relapse with alcohol. My marriage was in shambles. My business was suffering. I was a mess and I had no idea how to get myself out of such a dark place.

I decided to try a Reiki treatment. It was an amazing and intense experience. Afterwards, I felt ten pounds lighter, as though a weight was lifted off my chest. I realized that I wasn't broken, just bruised. I wasn't a bad person, just making poor choices. I was sabotaging my life because I didn't think I was good enough. I wanted more of this feeling, so I sign-up for the [Transformative Esthetics with] Reiki 1 training.

Since this training my life has changed dramatically. I have over a year of sobriety. And I feel that I finally have the tools and the power to change my life and help people change their lives as well. I started rebranding my business, changing my service menu, making over my website, shifting towards holistic treatments and services. As I was making these changes with my business, I began to feel confident that I was doing the right thing. I also noticed, the more I stayed out of my head and into being of service, the more doors and opportunities opened for me.

My definition of success has definitely changed. I used to measure success only monetarily. I used to think that I wanted the sale, no matter what. So, I would undervalue my work. I felt I had to give a discount to get the person to come back. I never felt comfortable charging my price…because I didn’t value my worth. I now know that not all money is good money. If I lose a client, then that client is obviously not right for me.

Now I define success as having good and healthy relationships. The first relationship that changed was the relationship with myself. Next, was my relationship with my husband and son. I found that when you are not right with yourself it is hard to be right for yourself in other relationships.

In one year, my life and business have done a complete turn-around. I have rebuilt my personal and business relationships, I have more referrals, I have new clients and I could not be happier. With my clients, it is love all day long! They come in we hug; they have no problem paying full price. I have clients tell me ‘Wow! There’s something about you. You are glowing!’

There's nothing more gratifying, than to know that I've been given this beautiful gift and that I can share it and watch the magic happen with my clients. If your heart is calling out for change, it's time for a change. Linda Bertaut’s Reiki training is a great way to tap into your intuition, there is always room for growth!”

Melt away stress and worries in one of Elvira’s Reiki healing treatments at her spa located in the central California valley town of Clovis. I recommend you try her seasonal Strawberry Lemonade Facial. You will walk out glowing both inside and out!

Are you a Bringer of the Heart who is ready to embrace and use your healing abilities in your life and work? Gain the confidence to understand and integrate your unique healing abilities into a proven healing system in one of my 2-day Transformative Esthetics with Reiki Level 1 courses. Take the next class: July 22 and 23rd, 2017, in Concord, California OR September 17 and 18th in Torrance, CA.

Can’t join us in person? Register for the next Online Course starting Tuesday, June 13th, 2017: Transformative Esthetics with Reiki 1 webinar series and membership program.

BRINGERS OF THE HEART: LAURA’S STORY

Planting Seeds for a New Way of Being

“Don’t compare yourself to others. We all have our innate gifts that we give in our treatments. Just do the work and trust.”  Laura Edwards, Laura’s Skin Care and More, Fair Oaks, CA

A movement is happening and is being led by Bringers of the Heart, people who are planting seeds for more love and acceptance. Clients and beauty professionals alike are seeking more meaning and purpose in life. This presents an opportunity for estheticians who are feeling called to offer healing modalities in their practice. Beauty professionals are offering healing modalities to help create this new heart-based reality through their business.

Read stories of Transformative Esthetic students who bring more love and acceptance into the world through their lives and businesses. Linda’s student Laura Edwards shares her Bringer of the Heart experience:

"I have always been sheepish and shy about saying that I’m a healer. And now, with having learned Transformative Esthetics with Reiki 1 and 2, I have the clarity and confidence to say that I am a healer. If I had any advice for other healers in the beauty industry, it would be “Don’t compare yourself to others. We all have our innate gifts that we give in our treatments. Just do the work and trust.”

When I do the Reiki treatment, I feel so in awe—the only expectation I have is that I know my clients are going to be 100% balanced. The experience is different from client to client, and I feel joyful and excited to hear about what their experience was. I joke that it’s like magic, but no, it’s intentional, vibrational energy healing work. It’s beautiful.

Since learning to practice Reiki, I have added Reiki to my business, with great success. My clients rebook for it. They are talking about the benefits of this treatment. They’re buying gift certificates for friends. That is a measure of success for me. Clients are seeing the difference, they’re feeling the difference, and they want more, and I’m happy to give.

On a personal level, since taking the class I feel more confident in my gift, in my abilities as an esthetician. I feel as though it has helped me be clear about what my path is, which is to do healing work. I used to sit on my feelings because confrontation wouldn’t be something I would be comfortable doing. Even if it’s just a very simple no, I don’t want to make them mad, I don’t want to lose love. Now I don’t worry about losing love because I’m also loving myself by speaking my truth and my peace, and being compassionate. And knowing that it’s okay if there’s love lost—it just means it wasn’t there in the beginning. I don’t worry about that anymore.  

Linda is the most amazing and gifted Reiki Master. I had training 8 years ago that fell flat with me. I had taken it with a practitioner who taught it in a massage therapy school. I didn’t know what to do with it. I felt flabbergasted by it—how do I incorporate it? Linda’s teaching was different—it resonated with me at such a gut level. It was like “Yes, yes, this is what I wanted.”  The way that she teaches Reiki to practice it in an esthetic practice was key.  But, still, her teaching is so much more. She gave us tangibles, she gave us very particular movements and treatments, and additional information, like the meridian dance, the Chakra personalities. It was so rich and so full, I tell everyone about her."

Melt away stress and worries in one of Laura’s Reiki healing treatments at her spa located in Fair Oaks, CA next to Sacramento. You will walk out glowing both inside and out!

Are you a Bringer of the Heart who is ready to embrace and use your healing abilities in your life and work? Gain the confidence to understand and integrate your unique healing abilities into a proven healing system in one of my 2-day Transformative Esthetics with Reiki Level 1 courses. Take the next class: July 22 and 23rd, 2017, in Concord, California OR September 17 and 18th in Torrance, CA.

Can’t join us in person? Register for the next Online Course starting Tuesday, June 13th, 2017: Transformative Esthetics with Reiki 1 webinar series and membership program.

BRINGERS OF THE HEART: AMY’S STORY

Planting Seeds for a New Way of Being

“Become the best at what you really love.” Amy Wall, Love Amy Signature Skin Care, Mendocino CA

A movement is happening and is being led by Bringers of the Heart, people who are planting seeds for more love and acceptance. Clients and beauty professionals alike are seeking more meaning and purpose in life. This presents an opportunity for estheticians who are feeling called to offer healing modalities in their practice. Beauty professionals are helping to create this new heart-based reality through their business.

Read stories of Transformative Esthetic students who bring more love and acceptance into the world through their lives and businesses. Linda’s student Amy Wall shares her Bringer of the Heart experience:

“A year ago, I was at a real crossroads with my business brand and the type of work I was doing. As Mendocino Beauty, I offered facials, waxing and make-up, like everyone else. So what made me stand out…nothing. I wanted to shift away from this focus on outer appearance, on anti-aging in order to look younger.

Since taking my Transformative Esthetics certification and practicing Reiki on myself I’m feeling more confident doing what my heart is telling me. I’m more authentic with my clients. I encourage clients to love themselves from the inside-out. My most important intention is that they find the sparkle in their own eyes when they look in the mirror. I create rituals rather than a regimen and skin care becomes self-love.

I do Reiki, almost every morning on myself, as I'm waking up. The biggest thing I've realized is just how sensitive I am. That I have a gift. Reiki has taught me that it starts with me, that I am the example and have to be practicing it myself. I love the formula for a prayer that I learned in Linda’s class. I pre-pave my day where I visualize how I want the day to go and I put all of that in the prayer. I give thanks in advance for the day and being of service to my clients.

I changed my business name to Love Amy, Signature Skin Care and started specializing in just one type of facial, Ageless Radiance. Radiance comes from the inside; a light that shines from within you. Once I shifted to beautiful-aging I became known as being the best in the area. All the top clients started coming to me in droves and then I won The Skin Games, Esthetician of the Year Award.

Because I now know who I am and what I am offering, I am charging what I am worth and not giving out discounts. I honor myself by putting myself first. If I’m not able to pay my bills, by giving deals away, then that’s out of integrity. I am more accepting of the person that I am. Each day I am able to be more in the present. I am calmer, less critical of myself and therefore I am less critical of other people. My client relationships have improved because they walk out of their facial with something they didn’t expect…a healing. My clients really love me and I love them.

Become the best at what you really love. Have integrity by being true to yourself. Don’t be afraid to express what is in your heart. There is so much opportunity to be a healer. Reiki has helped me tune into the subtleties of energy and realize that there is so much magic in the world.”

Learn about the transformative options Amy has created for her clients at her new website.

Are you a Bringer of the Heart who is ready to embrace and use your healing abilities in your life and work? Gain the confidence to understand and integrate your unique healing abilities into a proven healing system in one of my 2-day Transformative Esthetics with Reiki Level 1 courses. Take the next class: July 22 and 23rd, 2017, in Concord, California OR September 17 and 18th in Torrance, CA.

Can’t join us in person? Register for the next Online Course starting Tuesday, June 13th, 2017: Transformative Esthetics with Reiki 1 webinar series and membership program.

BRINGERS OF THE HEART

Planting Seeds for a New Way of Being

A movement is happening. It is stirring from within the heart and calling people forth on a new path. Because this shift is subtle, many don’t quite know what is occurring. They just know that it is. No longer is it satisfying to go through the motions as though everything is okay. No longer is it fulfilling to do work where the main, or only goal is to make money. As you go through your day doing all the right things, you might be noticing that something is missing.  

The underlying cause of this dissatisfaction, is that we have been taught to not be ourselves in order to fit in, to get benefits, or simply to survive. Many of our social belief-sets that we learned as a child, do not resonate with our true essence and who we are now. Stress, anxiety and even depression are symptoms of not being true to yourself. They are signs of an out-of-balance state in one or more of the physical, mental, emotional or spirit bodies.

This shift is being led by Bringers of the Heart, people who are planting seeds for more love and acceptance. With an air of encouragement and knowing, you feel safe and even healed, in their presence. Clients and beauty professionals alike are seeking more meaning and purpose in life. This presents an opportunity for estheticians who are feeling called to offer healing modalities in their practice. Many beauty professionals are helping to create this new heart-based reality through their business.

Read stories of Transformative Esthetic students who bring more love and acceptance into the world through their lives and businesses. 

 

Chakralicious People – Betsy’s story

Betsy Brown

Betsy at Age 13

Linda at 14 years old

Linda at age 14

Betsy and I celebrating our 50th birthdays together with our candy necklaces...

Friends till the end...

Celebrating our 55th birthdays together

Betsy is one of those friends whose friendship transcends time and space. I know that on some level, I have always known her. Our actual years together were brief, but our friendship continues through the distance that separates us geographically. There is something about childhood friends who knew you when…

I met Betsy at the age of 12 during the summer of 1969 at a babysitting class, two months before entering the 7th grade. Betsy lived down the sidewalk from me in a townhouse community called Hallcraft in southeast Denver, Colorado. Some of my favorite and worst memories took place at Hallcraft.

The community was brand new, complete with an Olympic sized pool, the most incredible playground and a clubhouse with pool tables and ping pong. The playground included a magical pumpkin coach for pretend get-aways before the strike of midnight, two rocket slides; one with a control wheel on the top floor for take-off, and then there was a huge above the ground maze of tunnels and slides at the center of the playground which was perfect for playing hide-and-seek or tag. It was an idyllic place for kids to grow up.

We spent all day at the pool in the summer

We had the best playground

Within the clubhouse was a large entertainment area where parties and dances where held. I remember dancing in my favorite hip-hugger, bell bottom pants with large daisies at one of the dances where boys lined up on one side and girls on the other. We all did variations of the same dances…over and over again. That night it was the German Cha-Cha and an updated version of the watusi. It was a fun time.

The Clubhouse was our home away from home

Betsy and I hung out together at school and at Hallcraft. Together we played and experimented, testing the grounds of what it was to be an adolescent. We protected each other during times when we did things that were questionable. And we are lucky to be alive, because some of the things we did could have ended differently. Yet, we live on to tell the stories of our impetuous youth.

It was the same year that problems started to surface at home. My mom was unhappy and no matter what I did to cheer her up it didn’t last. She slept through most of the day and I would be on my own to take care of myself. We didn’t have a name for this then but I now know it was clinical depression.

Betsy was my confidant and knew the stress I was under. So on the night of August 20th in 1970, Betsy wasn’t surprised when I called her with the news my mother had committed suicide. How could the place with such wonderful memories of my childhood also hold the memory of the worst day of my life? It has always been a dichotomy.

Betsy was the one who came over to stay and offer emotional support that night. What I remember to this day is that Betsy was there for me and she remains a constant friend…. for this I am grateful.

I recently saw Betsy during a layover in Denver on our way to a trade show in Florida. She shared with me her concerns about how her mother’s Alzheimer’s was getting worse and that her mom seemed frailer each time she visited her. The holidays came and went. Then early this year I received a message from Betsy that her mom had passed. She was ninety-four. Knowing how I was haunted with the incompletion from my mother’s sudden death, Betsy, made sure that she was with her mother, holding her until she took her last breath.

The letter she sent was so beautiful that I asked her permission to share it in its entirety…Read the following words of a daughter’s love and commitment to her mother.

Hi you, I got your voice mail last night. I had been spending a great deal of time with my mom since November when I realized that she was going downhill much faster than I suspected. I started going there after work most evenings, in addition to my usual Saturday visit, to spend time and see if I could get her to eat. I knew the changes I was seeing were signs of approaching death, and I just didn't know how long it would be.

I had communicated to my sisters that she was declining, and my older sister came for a visit in November, and then again in January for my mom's birthday - she made it to 94! While my sister was here, my mom brightened a bit and we had a decent visit and birthday celebration. My niece and her family arrived a couple of days after my sister left, and visited for four days.

My mom was in really great shape for their visit, so they have some great pictures, videos and lasting memories. Every time one of these periods of brightness would come on, I'd always wonder if it was like a light bulb - getting brighter just before it burns out. I think that was the case here, as literally the evening of the day my niece and her family went home, mom slid back. She was tired, didn't want to eat, and didn’t know me again.

By Saturday, I was pretty sure it wouldn't be much longer. I talked to the medical staff at the nursing home about hospice services and signed the papers. Hospice began coming in two to three times per week to check her out and make suggestions for her comfort. Tuesday morning, the hospice nurse came by again to check her out, and when she pulled back the bed covers, she found the skin on mom's legs was extremely mottled. That was certainly not the case on Monday night, as I saw for myself when the duty nurse and I were checking out the source of her pain.

The hospice nurse called me right away at work, and told me I should come. So, I was able to be with her, holding her, telling her I love her, that we all love her, and that everything was going to be fine. She wasn't really communicating verbally by the time I got there, but I got in her face a few times to make sure she knew I was there and that I wasn't going to leave her. Thus, when I asked her if she knew I was with her, she nodded; when I asked her if she knew that everything was going to be fine, she nodded.

It was really the best kind of death anyone could ever hope for. I will just miss her so much. She wasn't really much like my old mom anymore, but I loved this mom just as much. You would just gape at the number of nursing home employees who heard what was going on and came by her room to say good-bye, cry, and pay their respects, all after she passed, of course.

They were very unobtrusive while she was in the process, only stopping by to see if I needed anything. They're a great group of people. Thank you, my friend, for being with me in spirit, as I know you are! Love and hugs, Betsy

Betsy and her mom

Betsy represents the grace available within us all….I am so honored to have her as my friend. Her patience, kindness and loving ways have carried her through life with a grace that is comforting to be around. She has shown me how patience is a virtue.

My lifetime friend gets recognition for being a Chakralicious Person sharing her love and light so gracefully. Thank you Betsy!