A Special Prayer and Reiki Request for My Dad

Some of you know that my father, Steve Derbenwick, has been extremely ill for many years. In Summer 2011, an unrelated health emergency led to the discovery of a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma with a very high, very short mortality rate. Through an incredible combination of synchronicities, answered prayers, Reiki, major lifestyle changes, an experimental cancer drug, and miracles that led to a vast opening of his heart and spiritual awareness, my dad has outlived his expected time by over four years. He has also modeled one of the most powerful and generous healing experiences that I’ve ever witnessed — and in my line of work, I witness a lot of healing journeys.

My dad and I have had our ups and downs over the years, especially as my 1998 brain injury led me away from his beloved academia and into realms he did not understand or — initially — value. More than anyone else, I think my brain injury devastated him, as his intellectual daughter with a full scholarship and stipend towards a PhD in English Literature became “permanently disabled,” cashed out her IRA to pay for alternative treatments, gradually became a professional medical intuitive and energy healer, and then married a gypsy with unstable finances and a knack for poking familial wounds.

My dad and I had some rough years, but a strong, often painful, love always remained. I will be forever grateful for the additional time my dad and I received to heal our relationship. A combination of my completion of three books with excellent reviews, ongoing proof (to me and to my dad) that a lot of people really do value the unusual gifts I offer through my work — and especially, my 2010 divorce and resulting reclamation of my family — have all rebuilt bridges that my sudden TBI and its long aftermath nearly destroyed.

My relationship with David has also provided great understanding and massive respect for how much my dad did when we were growing up. Recognizing how much energy, responsibility and caregiver burnout David endures caring for his parents with my support has given me major insights into the level of service and sacrifice my dad offered his own mother for four decades, while raising three children and supporting my mom, who had her own health crises during my teenage years, followed by my disabling brain injury right before I turned 25. We had our differences, but wow. I get it now.

On my dad’s end, he read my books, and became one of my biggest fans again. A potentially near death experience in 2011 resulted in him changing the ways he expresses love, and what he calls “chemo brain” resulted in him finally understanding how I must have felt with my brain injury. Instead of a gulf between our experiences, I’ve become one of the few people he knows who totally gets what it’s like to go from the need for rational, logical proof to having regular mystical experiences, inspired action, and inner knowing. Seeing and honoring the many miracles in my dad’s life has shifted him into someone who lives from a place of wonder and gratitude — looking for and finding ways he can to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Shortly after my brain injury, I received a vision of my dad living from this incredibly inspiring space, but he has far exceeded that vision. I’m so proud to call him my father!

My dad’s health began a rapid decline right around this past Christmas, and if we had not already committed to attending David’s daughter’s college graduation and those extremely important and deeply healing festivities, we would have gone to Pennsylvania for the holidays. Instead, we planned a trip for early March, and it looked like that anticipation and some other exciting developments might buoy my dad’s health for awhile. He and my mom recently purchased a new home in a 55+ community, and I already planned to help them pack during our time there.

This morning I received word from my dad that his health has taken a major turn for the worse, and we’re not sure what to expect right now. Although bone broth had been a miracle cure for his declining platelets, his platelets have recently declined so much that he can no longer remain on the experimental drug he credits with keeping his cancer at bay. In the past, he has responded well to prayer and especially to Reiki, so if any of you feel led to send healing my dad’s way, I would deeply appreciate it. I would so love to see him again and have a good visit this March. I’ve seen my family numerous times since moving to Goshen, but David’s familial responsibilities have only allowed him a short visit with my parents when they came to Goshen in July 2013. It would mean a lot for us all to get together again, and my dad, the man of many miracles … well … it would be nice for him to have a little more time with those he loves.

Thank you to anyone who feels led to offer healing energy and prayers for my dad and our family at this time. I have a very different attitude towards healing, living, dying and death than most people, but yes, in case you wondered, I’m totally crying as I type. Mostly with gratitude. I love my dad, and I’m so grateful for all of the extra time we’ve had together, for all the healing, all the heartfelt conversations, the increased understanding, deep changes, growth of both of us, and for all the mutual support both ways. But I’d love to give him another hug in person, and I’d love to see him smile again.

I pulled one of Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of Avalon Oracle Cards “for my dad” this morning and picked:

“#9 The Eagle:

spirit, integrity, connection to the angelic realm

When the Eagle appears, it is a true signal of your connection to the angelic realm. With the angels’ help and guidance, you can soar above life to see the larger vista. The Eagle helps you make your choices accordingly, with integrity.

When you pray to your angels, they will always answer, for they patiently wait for you to call upon them for assistance. The angels reside beside you, always hoping to aid humankind in finding peace and manifesting abundance and prosperity.

The Eagle asks you to remember to soar high above life and look at the big picture. Don’t get too caught up in the tiny, unimportant aspects of life. The spiritual world is the real one — your physical life is the dream.

When the Eagle appears, it’s also a signal for prayer. It’s time for a moment of conscious contact with the Divine. Remember that you’re always protected and Divinely directed if you follow the guidance of Spirit as it appears in the form of the Eagle.”

Thank you.

I love you, Dad!

 

 

50 responses to this post.

  1. I am happy and honored to share Reiki blessings for your father and family, Laura. Love you much, sweet siStar ❤

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  2. Thanks and so much love, Denise!

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  3. Thank you, Ella! Amazing song, too. Much love and gratitude.

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  4. Posted by laura on February 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Prayers sent and love to you as well ❤

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  5. Thanks and love!

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  6. Posted by Nikkoale on February 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    ❤ Prayers here!

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  7. sending reiki love, healing, and peace for your dad, family and you. such a beautiful and deepening journey you’ve been on with your dad. i love you! ❤

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  8. Posted by James G on February 18, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Although I don’t know Reiki, I have been to an ancient mystery school. I will be sending loving, comforting and healing thoughts to you and your family. As the ancients did I will be sending them from my heart. Much love Laura.

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  9. I will be sending him some reiki, prayer, and angelic blessings! Hope he feels better very soon!

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  10. Thank you, Tania! I love you, too, sweet friend. ❤

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  11. Thank you, James! Much love to you, too!

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  12. Thank you, Elena!

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  13. ❤ Nikkoale

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  14. Of course, Laura. Prayers coming. Also, know that the Eagle is there for you too. It is about your dad, but also you and your dad – the relationship and what the next few weeks hold. Love and prayers for him and love and prayers for your beautiful heart.
    Compassionately,
    Mary

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  15. Posted by Adelina Ruczka on February 18, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Reiki and Violet Flame healing sent for Steve Derbenwick with Love and Light Adelina

    2016-02-18 16:03 GMT+02:00 Laura Brunos Blog :

    > laurabruno posted: “Some of you know that my father, Steve Derbenwick, has > been extremely ill for many years. In Summer 2011, an unrelated health > emergency led to the discovery of a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma > with a very high, very short mortality rate. Through an i” >

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  16. Posted by Sky on February 18, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    FA, UR, and AR, go out to your Dad! Thank you for reaching out and letting us join in sending you and your dad healing energies and blessings and also holding you both in mind for being able to have that March visit with each other as planned..

    I lost my dad a year ago on the 25th. I’ve been thinking of my Dad a lot as the one year anniversary of his passing approaches. So it was with tears that I read your post about you and your Dad today. It sounds like you both learned how to “dream a new dream” in regards to the brain changes you both experienced. I share your joy that your dad got to see you become a published author. Three times!

    I hope you and your dad can have that one more time together that my dad and I didn’t get to have.

    Three hearts for you and your Dad! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  17. Posted by Mitch Mattraw on February 18, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Sending Reiki healing and prayer’s, much love to him and your family!

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  18. Thank you, Mary! Yes, Eagle has always been a strong guide of mine since the time of my brain injury. Thank you for your kindness, compassion and prayers.

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  19. Thank you, Adelina! I appreciate you sharing this with others, too. Love and light to you, as well!

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  20. Thank you so much, Sky! Big hugs and love to you as you remember your own Dad, too.

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  21. Thank you, Mitch! Much love

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  22. Sending all love from snowy Scotland. Such a powerful journey you and your father have been on, as always an inspiration to us all, but this is your time to receive and what deepest heartfelt wishes I can offer are yours. These past few weeks saw me coming to terms with the inevitability of my own mother’s passing at some point, but I what I wish for you now is the healing that allows you to spend the treasured time with your father that you hope for xxxx

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  23. Posted by Barbara on February 18, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Sending powerful peaceful loving vibrations across the grid to you and to your Dad. You have expanded the love for all Dad’s, and for that I am very grateful to you both. Barbara

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  24. Thank you so much, Susie! I appreciate your sharing and well wishes. Sending some your way, too! xxxx

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  25. Thank you, Barbara! What a sweet observation, and I appreciate the powerful, peaceful, loving vibrations across the grid.

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  26. […] « A Special Prayer and Reiki Request for My Dad […]

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  27. Reiki healing sent! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  28. Posted by Deanna D. on February 18, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    What a beautiful full circle journey you and your father have experienced. Sending healing prayers that it may continue on this plane.

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  29. Dear Laura, I would be so honored to do reiki for your Dad and for the whole situation. I will add him to my list beginning tonight. So much love and connection radiated from your post. I would love for you to have the opportunity to see your Dad and he spend time with you all again. My heart embraces all of you.

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  30. […] Laura speaks so poignantly of her father’s healing path and the amazing closeness and understanding that has blossomed from this.  You can read her post if you wish https://laurabruno.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/a-special-prayer-and-reiki-request-for-my-dad/ […]

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  31. Lighting a candle and sending Reiki healing to Steve Derbenwick. Peace and love to you Laura.

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  32. Namaste Laura,

    You are such a guiding light and beacon for us in the world, it is an honour to be of service for your family, and specifically your Dad, at this time.

    In the midst of reading this post I was so cheered to read your update that your Dad was sounding more energized than you had expected.

    Thank you for sharing such a touching story of your Dad and his heart’s opening and embracing of the qualities that shine so brightly in you. The Well Wishers Group joins the many in prayer and healing thoughts.

    Will note too, that our beloved cat Michi joins in as well. As soon as I lit a candle for your Dad and chimed the Tibetan finger symbols she ran in to join me and lay down to receive the Reiki-like waves of the chime’s vibrations.

    May the healing vibrations reach your family in peace, light and love, in remarkable waves and ways.

    Om and prem,
    Sri Devi

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  33. Posted by Maggie on February 19, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Sending you, your dear Dad, and your family, much much love ❤ ❤ ❤

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  34. Thanks, Allison!

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  35. Thank you, Deanna!

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  36. Thank you, Dawn for all your love and healing.

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  37. Thank you, Doreen! Peace and love to you, as well.

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  38. Namaste, Sri Devi! This gave me chills when I read it last night, and I felt the chime and the light of the candle, the waves of healing vibrations. What a beautiful and powerful image you shared to describe the wonderful healing and love sent by you and Michi! Thank you also for sharing this with the Well Wishers Group. So appreciated! Love, peace and blessings,
    Laura

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  39. Thank you so much, Maggie! Much love to you, too!

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  40. Posted by witchesbrew on February 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    All of the good vibes! If you need anything, don’t hesitate to reach out. – Ariadne

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  41. Thanks so much, Ariadne!

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  42. Yes, definitely Laura, I’ll add my prayer juju to the others here. Love, Jamie

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  43. Thanks so much, Jamie!

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  44. Posted by Leslie Calk on February 20, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Love and healing thoughts to your Dad. I see you in his happy embrace in March…

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  45. Thank you, Leslie. I talked with him again yesterday, and he said how he is “really, really looking forward to” my visit. He read everyone’s comments and was so touched, and he printed out this post to read each day to strengthen him. Thank you again to everyone sending so much love and healing!

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  46. […] dad was really struggling before I wrote last week’s post requesting prayers and Reiki, but my parents both said they could sense all the prayers coming their way once he got re-upped on […]

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  47. […] his stories to help inspire others to participate in a prayer week at my mom’s church. My post last week describes some of my dad’s transition from total skeptic to open-hearted mystic, but it doesn’t capture the depth of feeling he has for being able to give back to those […]

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