The following collection of healing stories from my blog, the Joy Report, chronicle, if you will, the healing journey I’ve taken, and I’m sure in many ways mirrors the parallel journey you’ve taken. And because the Universe is holographic, your clients’ healing journeys are also reflected here.

Browse freely, drink deeply, share and get inspired.

  1. The Great Recalibration of 2017: Tell Your Story - Today’s post is directed to the women and men who are freaking out right now. If you are walking around in a state of perpetual high alert, with a heavy under-layer of gloom, this one’s for you. A dear friend who is having trouble functioning in the aftermath of the collective trauma that was the…
  2. 5 Reality-Changing Ideas for 2017 - Dearest reader, I haven’t written in a while. Truth be told, I haven’t known what to say. It’s been a deep dive into fathomless places, places where words aren’t a good match for the feelings, where feelings are bottomless, too, with overtones of screech, howl and whine. Since the election, I, like you, have had…
  3. New Site, New Biz, New Season. Welcome! - Hola friends! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, and shazaam! It’s the Autumn Equinox. Last night packing to go away for the weekend, I kept hearing these crazy noises coming from outside the windows of the screen porch where my partner and I sleep, out at Camp. I finally called out, “What’s going…
  4. A Giant, Gaping Opportunity for Solo Spirit-Preneurs to – Gasp! – Organize -   This post is aimed at my local peeps, here in Maine. I know my readers are everywhere in the world. If this speaks to you, perhaps there are similar issues where you live, and you can extrapolate what I’m saying here to your area. Please comment below if you’d like to chime in on…
  5. When Help Doesn’t Help: How to Love Yourself Forward After Guidance Gone Bad - We all seek validation from time to time. This personal growth stuff is deep and hard. Sometimes we need someone who’s maybe a little taller or wider or deeper to help us see what’s ahead, help us locate in the forest or find ourselves in the galaxy. Definitely it helps if they’re calmer. Nowadays they…
  6. Message From Spirit: Love Is Doing - I received a message from Spirit the other day in a shamanic journey: “Love is doing whatever’s necessary in the moment to nudge someone into their own light.” I tried to edit this and have the sentence read, “Love is whatever’s necessary…” but it lost its guts the minute I took out the word “doing.”…
  7. How the Law of Attraction Helped Me Stop Wanting Things - Ever since I started reading metaphysical and channeled material I’ve been captivated by the idea that we create or co-create our own reality. One of the first pillars of the old world, objective reality, fell with hardly a sound when I first encountered that idea. For a couple of wild years in the early 80s…
  8. What’s Scaring You? - I spent the day feeling as if I were caught in the undertow, pulled upside down and flailing. I was so clear when I woke up. I gave myself the day to finally grab hold and tackle a few things, make some headway. I did do some things. I have to keep reminding myself of…
  9. How Loving Myself Forward Helps Me in Business -     I’m starting a guided mastermind group with live human beings who have signed up to join me in physical space. These people are working on a project or a business and themselves, and I’ve managed to convince them that I can help them. The group is starting tomorrow. Yesterday, just to refresh my…
  10. On Earth Day, Dancing and a Way to Live - You know when you decide you’re going to do something, and then the Universe just seems to line up so that you’ll do it? That happened recently with dance. I finally admitted that I will never exercise, but what I will do is dance. Shortly after that, a Qoya class started nearby, and a friend…
  11. Time to Fill the Well: Brief Whine, New Book Tiny Preview - This is pretty much what it comes down to some days. Start with a new document, a new blank document (They had to put that in there) and hit Choose (and that.) Shit. All I want to do is eat and then go to the movies. Maybe I’ve been pushing myself too hard. This blog…
  12. It’s Still Happiness - Here’s the scenario: My car mechanic, Randy, calls me at 11 a.m. I’m at work. “Your car’s all set. That right front caliper was completely frozen.” “Oh, okay,” I say, “Awesome!” I think, oil change and unsticking the caliper – 80 bucks. I finish at 12. I spend the afternoon doing my newsletter. We go…
  13. Welcome to the Spiral Dance - “Taurus: I seek myself through what I have….Scorpio: I seek myself through what I desire.” – Alan Oken in Complete Astrology The core, if you will, of the Heart of Money course I’m taking is a Sufi spiritual practice of focusing in the heart and asking for its wisdom directly. Without going into a lot…
  14. Sequel to Surrender - A friend suggested that the experience I wrote about in last week’s blog post amounted to a deep surrender, one of those moments of “I give up” that becomes “Here, take this” and transforms as I allows something greater to take over. And transform it did, as the next day a breakthrough arrived at my…
  15. The Quickening - Yesterday I found myself yearning for a wordless place, a beautiful place where I could just be. I was tired of defining, concluding, reaching, yearning, improving, examining and, yes, growing. I fell into a deep sleep after I came home from work, and when I woke up, my head was empty. I couldn’t remember anything.…
  16. Do You Need a New Definition of Success? (If not forever, then for a while?) - Call us flitters, hummingbirds, butterflies, recovering failures, neurotics, highly sensitive, multiply talented under-achievers, people with low self esteem, poor self confidence, people who are not measuring up, people who feel they should be doing something else – Call us what you will, that long, straight, steep path to success is not ours. Not only is…
  17. Expressing My Hummingbird Nature - Third in a series on Mind-Body Healing In the first post, I am confronted with my doctor’s prognosis and hear The Magic Words that galvanize my resolve to heal. In Part 2, I am guided From Outer Space to Eden in a Single Morning in my journey of understanding the roots of my thyroid disease. “THYROID PROBLEMS: Humiliation.…
  18. Mind Body Healing: From Outer Space to Eden in a Single Morning - Astrological Coincidences Bring Me Back I’m driving home from my endocrinology appointment, a 90-minute trip. I’m ragged from poor sleep the night before, worrying about my thyroid appointment, and I’m beginning to melt into actual fatigue as the relief of not having cancer seeps into my tired bones.  I’ve planned to do some shopping on…
  19. The Magic Words - Wednesday morning 9 a.m. The endocrinologist is a clear-eyed, soft-spoken man who feels my thyroid gland almost apologetically. His fingers dance on my neck at the base in the hollow between my collar bones. “Thyroid feels normal,” he mutters. I think, “Those are the tendons of my sternocleidomastoid muscle, aren’t they?” but say nothing. He…
  20. Holiday Miracles: You Can’t Make Them Happen - I count myself as a peaceful realist when it comes to the winter holidays. I don’t expect miracles. I try not to expect anything. I try to stay in the moment. Once in a while I remember that life is a miracle, but mostly I’m grooving on the fact that I’m relatively unburdened by actual problems…
  21. What is a Miracle? - What is a miracle? Something impossible, But our view of what is possible is as a speck in an ocean, a droplet evaporating, a moment forgotten. What is a miracle? Something that amazes, But wonder is constantly resolving into having, holding and letting go. What is a miracle? It’s grace, the softening that finds a way…
  22. What Are You Willing To Receive? - What are you willing to receive? That’s a shift in consciousness from what we’re used to. I always talk about manifesting this, manifesting that, creating this, creating that. But recently I’ve come to realize that shifting to receiving is a way of shifting from doing to being. Who am I willing to be, and what…
  23. Time For a New Story - “I can only say this is a time of awakening for all of us. And we cannot wake up to a new dream until we fully let go of our old dreams and old stories….As we enter the solstice and the end of another year this might be a time for you to reflect on…
  24. Is This Love? -   The working title of this post, up until right before publication, was Hit and Run. I received a communication through this website via the handy contact form on the Saturday after I published my last post. It was from the high school friend mentioned in that post. You know, the one who I said…
  25. Maybe You’ve Been There, Too - (3 minute read) There’s a story that’s big right now where I live, a story that’s stirring me in ways I didn’t expect that it would. The much-respected principal of the local high school was accused by a student of soliciting sex from her. The investigations and hearing seemed to go on forever. On Monday,…
  26. Dowsing With My Butt (On Writing a Novel by the Seat of My Pants) - (2 minute read) My mind is quietly being blown. I am about 11,500 words into the novel I am writing for National Novel Writing Month. I kind of fooled myself into doing this. I waited until the last minute, didn’t tell anyone, and didn’t think about the commitment I was making, pulling a sort of…
  27. Bigger, Bolder Plans Than Mine - It seems clear from this vantage point that the falling apart of things planned for this fall created the space for what needed to happen to happen. Another way of saying this is, “Thank God I am not teaching umpteen writing classes!” It also seems clear that my plans for myself are often the paler,…