Tell The World I’m Coming Home

If you’ve read Ki & Me blog posts, you might have a taste of what I’m passionately over-the-moon about—writing about self-discovery, awakening to the gift of life, and sharing the inner wisdom I’ve learned through my self-healing journey of coping with symptoms of social anxiety and PTSD agoraphobia.

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What I’ve learned over the years continues to lift the veil from over my eyes and to assist me in growing and evolving as an open-hearted, compassionate, and loving human and spiritual being—and I would love to share that with you.

I’ve always been enthralled with self-discovery. Each nugget of wisdom I’ve absorbed fuels my spiritual growth—from receiving my first healing crystal years ago (i.e., hematite) to today, where I’m focusing my intentions and energy on opening up a holistic coaching and therapeutic energy practice and working as a freelance writer. It is my life passion to share with you the self-healing techniques that continue to transform me from the core—and to support you in making positive, loving changes in your life.

Variety of Crystals and colors
My Healing Crystals

I am thrilled to say that I’m a student of the Awakened Academy’s Spiritual Life Coach Certification and Sacred Business Academy program, founded by Arielle Hecht and Michael Mackintosh. In their online work-at-your-own-pace training program, with students from all across the globe, I feel infinite support. Every single aspect of their holistically designed program resonates with my life passions. Arielle and Michael have developed their life-transforming Spiritual Life coaching program to help build, strengthen, and lovingly support all areas of your life, and the incredibly precious souls you’ll help guide and mentor.

Along with the Awakened Academy Spiritual Life Coach Certification program, I am working on Usui Japanese Reiki Master/Teacher Certification (I am currently certified in the 2nd degree) with Jesse Wicher, Crystal Reiki Master/Teacher certification with Lisa Powers, and am starting a Certified Crystal Reader (CCH) program with the incredible Krista Mitchell—the “Rock Whisperer” in April.

I am genuinely overflowing with joy that I encountered the opportunity to train alongside such knowledgeable and impactful holistic practitioners.

A miracle is a shift in perception. The moment that we choose to perceive our life with love, we can create miraculous change. - Gabrielle Bernstein

 “A miracle is a shift in perception. The moment that we choose to perceive our life with love, we can create miraculous change.”Gabrielle Bernstein

It took me years to acknowledge my genuine life passions and actively trust in the unknown to place them in the spotlight. When parental pressures (and my young and confused sense of self) led me away from pursuing my dream of being a counselor, I veered off into the Information Technology/Cybersecurity field. Cybersecurity is an important field. I helped organizations keep their information secure, but it wasn’t my life passion or the career field I ever desired to be in.

Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your heart and soul to it

After resigning from a high-paying salary in a career that wasn’t for me, I eventually came home to myself late last year—and I wouldn’t change a single thing. The most significant lessons I’ve learned in 2017 (and there were plenty) were to honor my limits, devote my energy towards my life passions, and to believe in myself.

The Cybersecurity knowledge I gained wasn’t wholly discarded; I found a way to continue sharing the vital information I’ve learned in the field and help others succeed in their business projects. And it involves one of my core passions—writing! By serving as a freelance writer, I help others write about a variety of topics, including Cybersecurity.

I’ve lived, laughed, loved, and cried for almost 29 years on this lovely planet of ours. According to the World Bank, the average life expectancy for someone in the U.S. is 78 years. That means that I have already lived 37% of that and have only 63% to go (let’s hope it’s more).

Life is short break the rules forgive quickly kiss slowly love truly Laugh uncontrollably & never regret anything that makes you smile

Life is short and sweet, and I will cherish every moment of the day to actively express my authentic self and work towards building my holistic coaching and energy healing business. For more soul-angst, check out my poem, Almost Losing My Self to the Wolf in Life’s Clothing

Before late 2017, my career decisions focused on how much money I could make to pay the bills and $100K of student debt while testing the limits of what I could handle to make it through the day. I credit the momentum of my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing that resulted, to my cat, Kuma, that passed away last July—and acupuncture. Through the grieving of a profound loss, I reflected on my life. And the acupuncture sessions released energy blockages and jumpstarted healing on many levels—it was a runaway recovery train. Through the painful upheavals and resulting emotional healing that took place, I discovered and claimed the ultimate holy grail—My Authentic Self.

“Through the painful upheavals and resulting emotional healing that took place, I discovered and claimed the ultimate holy grail—My Authentic Self.”

Rest in So Much Love Kuma (picture of white cat with gray spots)
Rest in So Much Love, Kuma

Every lesson, trial, tribulation, and tintinnabulation I experienced provided infinite inner wisdom that I am fortunate to share, with an open heart. It takes radical courage, trust, belief, and self-love to follow your life passions—who’s with me? When you take a willing leap of faith towards expressing your life passions—trusting that the “universe has your back”—you’ll witness an abundance of intention-supporting miracles in your life.

“It takes radical courage, trust, belief, and self-love to follow your life passions”

Believe you can and you're halfway there - Theodore Roosevelt

Now for the super joyous and fun stuff…

I’ve been planting “seeds”, and one of them is the blog you are reading, Ki & Me.

Ki & Me is another way of saying the “Universe & Me”. “Ki” is a Japanese word that means “universal life force energy” that flows naturally through all things. I created this blog to share my thoughts and experiences on the body, mind, and soul journey of growth and healing. And to share some of my own experiences recovering from PTSD anxiety and agoraphobic symptoms since 2008 (see my “I Met Fear, And It Rewired My Brain” post)—all to lay the groundwork for my future Spiritual and Life Coaching and Energy Therapy business.

I now provide the following holistic, intuitive service offerings:

  • Long Distance & In-Person (near Buffalo, NY) Reiki Therapy Sessions

My holistic service offerings will evolve and grow in time. I have an immense passion to serve you as a Certified Spiritual and Life Coach and Reiki practicioner!

I am so thrilled to help you dive into self-discovery to achieve your highest and best goals and dreams!

Have a Soul-Overflowing Day,

Kelly Eley Reiki Logo with Flower

P.S. I’ve had this post drafted for weeks, waiting for the “right moment” to finish it and share it with you all. What I’ve come to realize is that every moment is the “right moment” to share. Whenever I confront the notion that I need to “know everything now” or “have completed my certifications” before I can share, I remind myself that the joy is in the journey, that everything I need to know will be revealed to me in each moment and not all at once. I will always be learning. Therefore, it’s never a more perfect time to open up my heart and share from deep within my heart and soul, with you all.

I realized that I don't have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect and beautiful journey of my life. - Kerry Washington

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I continue to steadfastly work towards manifesting my life passions of holistically supporting others who cope with symptoms of anxiety and agoraphobia—through Spiritual Life Coaching and healing energy therapies, such as relaxing and stress-reducing Japanese Reiki sessions. Any gifts from the universe help tremendously with the cost of my holistic training needed to obtain the expertise to open my Spiritual Life Coaching and Energy Therapy practice—making my dreams a rooted reality.

I am truly honored to be here now, to serve you all in light and so much love.

My 100th Birthday Speech

Before you get the wrong idea, I’m not 100 years old—I’m almost a prime 29.

At a local bookshop, I found a hidden gem called, The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose. Initially, upon looking at the cover, I thought, “Another self-help book? I already have more than I’d like to admit.” But I didn’t let the inner voice stop me. There was something about the book’s deep purple color and print, as well as the title, that spoke to what I wanted to achieve—to clearly define my life passions and consciously manifest them in reality.

The Passion Test, by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood, is a book I couldn’t put down. My soul hungered for the purple “word soup” to assist me in making progress towards my life goals. Before I encountered this book, I thought I was making headway, but I was missing something—a clear foundation.

Passion Led Us Here

The actual Passion Test involves writing down 10-20 things you are passionate about—things that when you are living your ideal life, you will actively be doing. What makes their approach unique, is the recommended process to rank your passions, resulting in the top 5.
Oprah’s magazine article, “4-Step Guide to Discovering Who You’re Meant to Be”, describes the ranking process best:

To narrow down the list, ask yourself, If I had to choose between the first activity and the second, which is more appealing to me? If you get stuck, close your eyes and envision a life in which the first activity plays a major role and the second doesn’t exist. Now envision a life in which the second activity plays a major role and the first doesn’t exist. Which image feels better? Once you have your answer, put your finger on the winner and compare that choice with the third activity.

Repeat this exercise all the way around the loop, moving your finger to the winning activity after each comparison; when you complete the loop, your finger will be on your number one passion. Write that activity at the top of a list, and draw an X over the activity in the loop. Now repeat this process four more times (always starting from the top), and each time, skip the X-ed out activities.”

– O Magazine, “4-Step Guide to Discovering Who You’re Meant to Be“, Sharing the exercise designed by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood of The Passion Test.

After taking The Passion Test, the authors guide you through “create your own reality” activities, such as crafting vision boards and writing your 100th birthday speech.

100th Birthday Speech Balloons

I wholeheartedly enjoyed writing my 100th birthday speech to myself! This writing activity is incredibly uplifting and improved my mood and outlook.

I recommend checking out the book and taking The Passion Test, but if you have a good idea of what your passions are, feel free to skip right to the vision board-ing and 100th birthday letter writing.

Self-gratitude can feel a little weird at first—like telling yourself “I love you” in the mirror (I learned that from another self-help book). But after you dive in the awkwardness, there is so much self-love that comes back to you; enough to warm a whole house with just your heart.

We can be accustomed to not congratulating ourselves as much as we should for our accomplishments and unique qualities. Our brains tend to focus on what we think we lack. There is so much magic when we work to retrain our minds to believe from our heart.

Here is an excerpt from what I wrote to myself for my 100th birthday, to get you started:

“Thank you all who have traveled here today to celebrate with Kelly on her 100th birthday. To be truthful Kelly, we are the ones who are truly thankful to be in your presence. Kelly has always shown unconditional love and kindness towards those you’ve encountered, striving to celebrate collectively in the gift of life. Kelly loved to write, ever since she was a little girl. She curated magazines, worked on a book about “life”, created lesson plans as a pretend teacher, and wrote creative stories. An early entrepreneur, she created a “mock business” at the age of 10 and filmed an advertisement for cat products, which included convincing testimonials from her favorite stuffed animals. Kelly inspires us all with her creative ideas and zest for life. Kelly stands tall in what she believes to be true, which is anything created out of love. She never wavers in the face of adversity or pays any attention to the “inner critic” that wants to test her dedication to her life passions. Being motivated to learn and share in positive self-awareness, Kelly has helped thousands of others to realize their life passions and self-healing power.”

I continued writing for about five more pages, which is way more than I imagined I could write for a 100th birthday speech! This writing exercise taught me that assumptions are usually incorrect. And what is correct, is that we are limitless in our potential to achieve anything we put our hearts and minds to!

We are limitless in our potential to achieve anything we put our hearts and minds to.

I would LOVE to hear about YOUR 100th birthday speech writing experience or any other activities that have helped you grow in self-love and appreciation.

Have you read The Passion Test? Do you have any inspiring book recommendations?


P.S. Who is ready to create a drinking game where you chug down your beverage of choice when you see or hear the word “passion” one more time?

Have a Soul-Full day,

Kelly Eley Reiki Logo with Flower