Lainie Smith Writes About Her Journey to Self Discovery

Lainie SmithOver the past two years, my life has changed drastically.  My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in her life about a year and a half ago.  The news was shocking and scary to say the least.

My mother is my rock, my best friend, my everything.  When she overcame remission and was cancer-free the first time around, we thought we would never have to encounter that horror ever again.

Unfortunately we were wrong.  She would have a rough road ahead of her, but I would never leave her side and we would come out on top together as a family.  It was a long road, but she is now cancer free after a double mastectomy and we are currently working on getting her back to a happy lifestyle.  The mental and physical destruction that can come from cancer is overwhelming.

I have been working since the age of 16, always trying to help bring in money for the family.  As a single mother, my mom had to raise and feed both my brother and I all on her own.  From a young age, I was very independent and knew exactly what money meant and how badly we needed it.  I have always worked odd jobs to help with bills, but had a hard time finding my passion.

When my mother became sick for the second time, I think I finally found my calling – to care and offer healing services to others.  From the darkness, there came a bit of light.  I want nothing more than to keep her happy and healthy.

I began reading about Eastern medicine and fell in love with all those philosophies, especially Ancient Chinese pressure points.  This is what pushed me to pursue a license in Massage Therapy.  I found the Holistic Massage Training Institute and immediately fell in love.  I knew from the day mom became sick that I wanted to become a healer and a light worker.  I wanted to help her as much as I can, along with also laying the groundwork to help others.

I am just beginning my journey into the healing world.  I have never been so excited and so eager to learn and absorb everything I possibly can about the profession.  I see myself learning anything and everything I can over the next 10 years.  I will earn my license as a Massage Therapist in December 2014 and I don’t plan on stopping there.  I also plan to become a yoga teacher, medication counselor, and a master in many healing arts such as Reiki, Thai Massage, Eastern medicine and so on.  My continued education will never cease as long as I am able to learn.

Ten years from now I see myself owning my own private practice in the healing arts.  I hope to create a sanctuary where anyone can escape the harsh ways of the world to find a place of comfort, tranquility, and inner calm.  My oasis will offer massage treatment, Reiki energy healing, mediation guidance, and much more.  I want to provide a safe place for anyone to come to when they need time for themselves, a time to reflect, and a time to give themselves the love that they deserve.  I also plan to offer open workshops to the public for stress management, meditation, and yoga.

It all started with helping my mom find her way back to happiness.  Over the past six months I have helped her see that it will all be okay and that life will go on.  I have introduced her to yoga and meditation and I have never seen her become more happy and at ease with herself.  Helping her realize this path has been my greatest accomplishment so far in life and I cannot wait to help others discover this path as well.

I know what it’s like to feel truly helpless, like life is a horrible ride that will end in my demise.  I have come so far from that, and today I am a completely different person.  I know what I was meant to do here on this Earth: to heal and to offer help wherever it is needed.  I want to give back as much as I can and to help those in need of guidance and the healing power of touch.

I may not be able to predict the future, but I know what I want out of life and I know what I would like to do with my abilities – help others.  I also know that I will do everything in my power to ensure my personal success.  My journey has just begun and I cannot wait to see where it leads me. I have never been more intrigued, excited, and ready for the future.

Neal Lyons is a founding member and volunteer contributor at the MTSI Institute, an information based portal dedicated to guiding and assisting aspiring massage therapists establish a successful career in massage. Neal is a published author and has collaborated on several mobile applications that serve the massage profession. You can view his published work on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and on Google+

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