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Full Moon Update: Leveling Up

Happy September, dear friends!


This month always feels the freshest to me, and more like the start of a new year than January. Today is also the Full Moon in Pisces. Pisces is the last sign in the zodiac and is ruled by Neptune and Jupiter; the former represents the dissolution of the self into the universal ocean of Oneness, while Jupiter guides us toward relationship with our Higher Self. So this full moon marks a time of completion and of shedding whatever holds us back so we can step into the next chapter of our evolution as spiritual beings. What might be calling you up right now? I'm being called to let go of my ego/fear attachment to money, and lean into faith that my needs will be and always are met by Spirit.


Chadwick Bozeman’s death was a blow to so many, for so many reasons. And it hit me harder than expected. Not only was he an incredible actor and human, he was also a fellow cancer survivor who didn’t let his illness get in the way of doing the work he was here to do, and serving the world through his gifts.


In 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer while in previews for a show in my adopted hometown of Sacramento, and a week after my lumpectomy I booked an Off-Broadway show that ended up running for seven months, including a pretty grueling rehearsal and preview schedule around which I scheduled my treatments and self-care regimens. I was exhausted much of time, but also lifted up by the joy of getting to do what I love with an amazing group of humans every night.


Opening night bows.


In 2017 and again in 2019 when the cancer returned, I had to reach out to my community for financial support and people came through with astonishing generosity. There’s no way I could pay back everyone who helped. I kept telling myself I'd pay it forward somehow -- eventually. Once my savings got a little stronger. Once I felt secure enough. The only issue with that is that my feeling of security (or the lack of it) has nothing to do with money and everything to do with trust. Trust that the Universe has my back. Which I believe pretty absolutely...most of the time! The loss of Chadwick Bozeman reminded me that today’s the only day to take action, so I put in calls and began the process of volunteering as a Reiki practitioner at two amazing organizations that support cancer survivors: Gilda’s Club NYC and Mary’s Place By The Sea. Both places gave me a place to rest and let my shoulders drop when I needed it most, and it’s an honor to be able to return some measure of kindness to their communities.


I have a commitment to provide support to cancer survivors in my practice as well. If you’re on a cancer journey or know someone who is, please let them know that they can receive a distance Reiki session with me, as a gift to support them on their journey.


What are you shedding this Pisces full moon, so that you can level up in your spiritual evolution? Is there one step you can take toward the Infinite Intelligence that is always with you, for you?

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