In 1979, a powerful voice came to me when I was unconscious. I had been hit over the head in my bed by a blow that nearly killed me. I was sound asleep on my side in my unlocked studio. Whoever entered to steal the $12 in my wallet, took one of my bar bells, and smashed my head when I stirred in my sleep.
I remember my near death experience hearing a voice that was very familiar, yet at the time I couldn’t identify who it was. Over and over I heard the voice tell me,
“Let yourself go… Just let yourself relax …
Just surrender… Go to a higher place…”
And then it would repeat, “Let yourself go….”
A few years later, Joan introduced herself to me as the first person to visit me in the hospital, when she found out I had a fatal head injury. She rushed over and was able to get to me before my parents arrived from Los Angeles. I didn’t recognize her at all. She turned out to be Reuho Yamada’s life coach, my Zen Shiatsu teacher’s friend and spiritual guide. That’s when I realized the voice I was hearing over and over, was the voice of my teacher, Reuho Yamada.
That near death experience transformed me from being an acupressure practitioner – to being able to expand and amplify what I had to teach. Due to this injury, I was incapacitated for four months, weak, dizzy, with blood in my eye, and depressed. I reached into my soul.
I realized that after being in private practice for seven years giving acupressure, this horrific, near death experience made it extremely difficult for me to practice. In asking the universe what my next step was, I vowed to amplify what I had to offer the world with the healing teachings I had been given. From then on, I rarely gave individual sessions; instead, I began to teach, develop the Acupressure Institute curriculum, write books, and produce instructional self-healing videos.