Big Changes and Some New Classes

First, I want to assure everyone that things feel very much in tune and blessed — in fact, so heavily synchronized that even Stephen and I are shaking our heads: the big news is that Stephen and I have decided to file for divorce and actually did so on New Year’s Eve 2009. We’ve just been awaiting the right time to make a public announcement. Synchronicity upon synchronicity has said that today is that longed for “right time.”

Our relationship has always been primarily based on friendship and healing rather than the full spectrum of marriage. He helped me heal from my brain injury, and I helped him move through his horrendous ordeal with Lyme Disease. We both feel so grateful for each other’s help and support. Once he healed last year, though, we were forced to take a good look at our relationship and what we both wanted from a marriage. After nearly 12 months of discussion, we found that there is still a great deal of love between us, but we have not been in love for a very, very long time. Some key compatibilities are missing, and we both want more. We’ve compromised for years due to health, but we recognize that the degree and nature of these compromises results in neither of us being able to live fully as ourselves.

Our decision is mutual and we’re both excited about moving on with our lives. We will stay friends and will still cross refer to each other, but I will be relocating back to the Chicago area by our lease end on July 1, potentially much sooner.

With Stephen well and only a limited time of geographical proximity, he and I have decided to offer some classes together before I move. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the compatibilities we do have as teachers, along with the complementary bits of knowledge we offer, the next classes would be a really good chance to tap into that. Please see details below regarding the weekend of February 20th and 21st in the SF Bay Area.

Perhaps one of your last chances to take classes from both of us at the same time, same place! Before Stephen got sick, we used to co-teach all our Reiki classes, and in honor of that, we’re offering a combined Reiki Level 1 and 2 Class on February 20th from 10-6 in Santa Rosa. Class size is limited to 10 students, and because there are two teachers, cost is $400 if prepaid by January 31; $450 afterwards. Stephen taught me Reiki in 2002, and he brings his own slant from having studied with Buddhist monks in Vietnam. If you have already studied Reiki with me, but not with both of us, we will offer a $100 discount on this class for you. It’s sure to be different than any we teach individually.

More fun on Sunday, February 21st: Intuition and Essence Workshop, SF Bay Area location TBA: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Laura will teach how to awaken and enhance your own intuition with a focus on Medical Intuitive and Soul Messages; Stephen will teach on Essence and the Seven Qualities of Essence. Cost is $333 if prepaid by January 31st; $383 afterwards. To register for either class, please click here.
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Hope to see you there!

* A little update: things have synchronized so fast since posting this that we will no longer be offering these classes. I am moving to Chicago by mid-February, possibly sooner.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by D. Lynn on January 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    The “not in love” speech is quite common..”I love you, but I am not IN love with you is the escape clause given….perhaps it is simply boredom with the routine of each other..having given and received the “not in love” speech I now feel that it is not about “love” at all, but a need we humans have for constant challenge and change. Most couples I know are divorced, the others having affairs…a real downer frankly…. Best wishes to you both.



  2. Posted by laurabruno on January 20, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Thanks for your well wishes and sorry you find this a downer. I agree that divorce can be disillusioning, but we really are quite thrilled about our next phases of life. This isn’t just a public line; we are joyfully anticipating the other’s fulfillment. Personally, I relish the way synchronicities and love ebb and flow in people’s lives. It makes me feel alive and intimately connected to something larger and more enduring than anything in the temporal world. Wishing you some sparkles of happiness and inspiration. Many Blessings and Much Love, Laura



  3. Posted by giacintavosika,LMP,RMT on January 20, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Dear Laura, Thank you so much for sharing what for many is difficult and challenging news. You have done so with eloquence and grace showing that even seemingly difficult situations can be shared with love, care, compassion and non judgement. Having known both you and Stephen for a very long time I know that this was not an easy decision and not one you came by lightly. It seems as though you are honoring your past together by moving forward with hope and promise and sharing these with those around you. I thank you for the true and selfless love you’ve shown each other and in turn have shared with me and so many others. Blessings, good fortune, peace, love and good health to you both. Giacinta



  4. Honey, I wish u both the most love in the world. Soulmates, sacred contracts and love take all forms. Your sacred contract with Stephen was a great one, helping you both rediscover wellness out of illness that often is crippling. What a gift of love you will both remember. I see gratitude in your eyes and a burning heart ready to move on with your new life. Blissings, you are amazing. Love to you both xxx



  5. Posted by laurabruno on January 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks, Giacinta and Shazzie! Love to you both …



  6. […] February 3, 2010 at 4:22 pm (Healing Stories, Intuition) Tags: Chicago, Evanston, Labyrinth, Laura Bruno, Mendocino, Shana Dean, Sonoma County, Spiritual Journey, Stephen Bruno, Synchronicity Those of you who read my Sonoma County Moving Story, know that Stephen and I arrived in our current home through a series of synchronicities that caught our attention in a big way. Although people always consider me “very Sonoma County,” I have felt strongly since moving back to California that we were here more for Stephen than for me, especially in this little 1111 house. I have been receiving so many concerned emails that I thought I should make a public announcement regarding some unusual aspects of our divorce. […]



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