When I was a little girl growing up in “the woods” in upstate New York I just thought everyone could talk to the plants and animals and trees. People were not so easy for me, I was an anxious child and because my friends were not seen by others, or they talked to me in my head I felt confused by school and play, I was no doubt a serious secretive child and very young I decided it was my job to help my family, the neighbors or any of the poor animals in distress and steer clear of most humans. I had heard or felt my parents distress of “not enough money” and I felt I had to help. In fact I was so anxious to earn money that as a young girl around eight, I would walk down the road to the neighbors to ask if they would hire me to clean their house or make a cake and much to my amazement they hired me, I was a regular little cottage industry, I would take orders for packets of flower and vegetable seeds and int he fall I would bother the neighbors with greeting cards.
And part of my secret life was my connection with animals, they understood me, I understood them, we were a family, especially my beautiful dog Laddie, a Collie, who was given to us because he was the runt of the litter and not expected to live very long. Laddie thrived and when he was strong enough he followed the three of us kids everywhere, exploring in the woods just past the swamp next door or down to the canal where we would try to fish with a stick with a string attached to a hook with a wiggly worm. Laddie would keep us on our toes finding grass and water snakes and when he found one he would pounce, and shake it to death and the great hunter would stand over his now dead catch and look around as if to say “I just saved your life did you notice?” Of course we always praised him for his hard work.
None of this was known by me, rarely do children understand anything beyond their own experience. I was fortunate when we moved to “the woods” when I was five, to become friends with a neighbor girl where I always felt welcomed and spent a lot of my growing up time at their beautiful home. I loved my mom and Dad naturally but I did my best to isolate myself from my younger sister and brother and my parents.
got married, and had four children in the span of seven years. After her divorce and raising her four children on her own, she attended Syracuse University to earn a degree in social work while working at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, New York.
After several years in New York State, Barbara was ready for a new start, and subsequently moved with two of her four children to California. Her children are now grown and have families of their own. Barbara is very proud of her family.
After a traumatic near-death experience in 1979, Barbara began her own personal journey toward healing. During that very first Reiki I Class in 1983, she experienced a sense of aliveness that she had lost after the attack. In fact, looking back, she realized Reiki had opened her up to a whole new world of healing. She began her journey with renewed inspiration and insight and now helps others who are recovering from old childhood wounds and present day trauma.
Barbara became a Reiki Master, studying with some of the most prominent Reiki Masters in the west. In Japan, Reiki Master means Sensei or Teacher but it is also a term used to show respect and honor to those who have gone before you. She continued working with other healing modalities and became a Certified Massage Therapist in 1993. Being with animals is a passion of Barbara. After developing her own intuitive abilities with animals, she further studied with Penelope Smith, a world known Animal Communicator in 1996. Today, Barbara has a successful practice in Nevada City, California and has taught a variety of classes in cities across the US.