I am currently in the Advanced Happiness Training with Dr. Aymee Coget at Happiness for HumanKind where I am studying to become a Happiness Coach. One of my first assignments was to write an essay on why I’d be the best Happiness Coach. I am sharing it with you all because it encapsulates so much of my spiritual journey, reiki path, and the new chapter before me of stepping into happiness coaching. I’ve decided to post this today, May 2nd, in honor of my mother who would have been celebrating her 68th birthday; she gave me this life and the gift of reiki knowledge for which I will be forever grateful. I hope you enjoy learning more about me and perhaps even feel called to work with me at some point in your journey. I will be posting more from this training so be sure to keep an eye out and follow me on social media!
*Many blessings to you all*
I feel that I will be the best happiness coach for a myriad of reasons. I possess a unique skill set derived from a diverse professional, educational and spiritual background, I’ve achieved sustainable happiness, and quite simply yet importantly, I tend to walk through life with a loving, equanimous temperament. Perhaps it’s best to paint this picture as a retrospective into my personal journey with healing and happiness (as the two go hand-in-hand) just to show how aligned I am to hold space for others’ healing and happiness journeys.
Ever since I was a child, I’ve been characterized as having a rare, ubiquitous sweetness. People have often been attracted to my energy and commented on how they felt better after being in my presence. I fundamentally believe in my heightened ability to love unconditionally and without judgment as being the main underlying reason why. I grew up with parents who loved deeply and showed their affection openly and often. However, imbalances in my family life inevitably presented themselves early on, and I learned how to be the “white flag” in my family’s dynamic. As a result, I naturally began to harness many conflict resolution skills out of necessity for keeping the peace while building my resiliency in order to be the light that was greatly needed amidst the chaos. I correspondingly started to develop awareness of my innate ability to be helpful which eventually lead to feeling my calling to live a life in service to others.
The first conscious decision to walk this path was to get a degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) in an effort to make waves in cancer research. After two and half years in the BME program at Boston University, my mother passed on from her 15-year on-and-off battle with metastatic breast cancer. This major loss took a serious toll on my life; I became acutely depressed and took a leave of absence from school. During my healing through the grief process with intensive psychotherapy, I unearthed that I only was studying BME in hopes of one day curing my mother. After that opportunity was taken from me, I was left with the question: now what? I decided to switch gears academically and finish my degree in another science sector, Biological Anthropology. I had always been fascinated with humans- their biology, behaviors, cultures, languages, history and evolution. I was grateful to still be able to complete my undergraduate degree in eight semesters, however, I had zero interest in starting a career as an anthropologist. The next twists and turns in my professional life brought me to administrative roles supporting families, companies and non-profit organizations in fields spanning finance, healthcare, labor unions, childcare, insurance and tech. I kept pushing for new roles that helped others and offered me more external happiness; I’d ultimately reach a breaking point in each as I knew deep down I was without fulfillment at the heart level because I felt misaligned with my purpose (whatever that was).
During the decade of my 20s, I lived in three countries, took on a dozen different jobs and embarked on my spiritual path. My mother’s passing incited a fire to understand more about the non-physical world, and, to my lifelong benefit, my sisters and I were gifted a session with a world-renowned medium and Reiki Master, Karen Noe, in order to connect with my mom in her afterlife. The incontrovertible evidence of my mom’s continued existence that came from that first session opened my mind and heart to the multiverse, and I started learning about metaphysics, meditation and yoga. I had already been introduced to reiki as a child when my mother was learning different modalities of healing to supplement her traditional, Western cancer treatment. She taught me the basics of energy work and gifted me with the awareness of a holistic approach to life in the understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection.
From an early age into my college years, I’d do reiki on myself, friends and close family members. Reiki was always there for me in the background and while living in Australia, I received intuition during a meditation to begin proper training and move to San Francisco where it is pervasive and widely accepted. My intuition (and research) then led me to learn from a San Francisco Reiki Master, Anna Dorian, who attuned me in the first and second levels of Usui Reiki. I volunteered at her clinic, Vibrant Reiki, which afforded me the competence to work with the general public. After years of both house calls and working out of my home, I received intuition to learn the final levels of Usui Reiki through mastership with another teacher. Thanks to a wonderfully serendipitous chain of events, I was presented with my master teacher and happiness coach, Dr. Aymee Coget. I eventually quit the corporate world and began a comprehensive, holistic “Happiness Makeover” program with her that incorporates positive psychology classes, leadership skills and tools, happiness science research, a body detox, reiki healing sessions, and reiki attunements. The impact was unlike anything I had ever experienced. For the first time in my life, I was sustainably happy (by ways of connecting with my inner heart happiness as well as all that was greater than myself), living fully in the present, and experiencing an upward spiral while being aligned with my meaning, authenticity, purpose and strengths. I felt more alive and “plugged in” than ever before, and rapid changes ensued. I became a Reiki Master in 2017, opened my first Usui Reiki healing and teaching studio in 2018, and began the Advanced Happiness Training with Dr. Aymee in 2019 to learn how to administer the Happiness Makeover program. As one of my mentors quips, “There’s one thing better than being happy. It’s sharing happiness.”
Now that I’ve laid out a general mapping of the stepping stones that brought me to this role, one can see how it is accompanied by an array of experiences, people, and major life edits. I’ve worn many hats as they say, and to me, this is one of the greatest ways in which I can be of service as a happiness coach… because I can relate. I see a piece of me in every single person I encounter. Furthermore, I feel confident that all the paths brought me to the necessary junctures so that I could interact with the appropriate people/groups as well as learn the essential skills and lessons needed along the way. They got me to a place where I finally took charge of my own happiness and, once harnessed on a sustainable level, I could then connect those dots to see that I was meant to help others do the same. I’ve learned the importance and grace in releasing low vibration energy and attachments in my life. I’ve developed the ability to communicate with people from all walks of life as well as open my energetic body to receive divine intuition to guide me and others. The blessing of reiki has been with me practically my whole life, and I know just how powerful it can be to support people especially when other methods systematically fail them. I understand that we are all reflections of each other and different iterations of consciousness; I can see the way I am you and that we are all connected in universal consciousness. I’ve literally been preparing myself for this role since before I reincarnated into the Earth school again. I am the best happiness coach because I know the difference between “I am Jessie” and “Jessie, I am”. Would you like to know, too? I am here for you and You.