Celebrating 19 Years Post-TBI

Today, May 19, 2017, marks the 19th anniversary of my life altering brain injury, and I am filled with gratitude.

Without that car “accident,” I would not be where I am today, would not be offering intuitive readings, Life Coaching, or teaching Reiki. I would not have explored Tarot or past lives, painted portal doors, learned Runes, explored telepathy, or embraced the enormous volume of energy flowing over, through and around my life. I would not have encountered so many amazing beings as I dead reckoned my way home.

Contrary to what my doctors pronounced, I not only regained the ability to read or write without immediate, debilitating migraine headaches, but I also managed to write three books, edit and help others write their own books, contribute chapters to several other books, get published in magazines, and create and maintain my own prolific blog. Contrary to my “permanent disability,” I have spent sixteen years helping hopeless, hopeful, exalted and downtrodden alike. I love my life, and I feel it refining and expanding into ever more clarity and joy.

For nearly two decades, minor symptoms lingered. I’ve lived such a magical life since that fateful day — a life of prayer, meditation, creativity, intention, service, and following my intuition and inner guidance above all else. Any remaining TBI “restrictions” highlighted my path for me, so I didn’t mind them.

Something shifted, though, during the equal or greater challenge of living in Goshen, Indiana, while healing and beautifying land even more traumatized and broken than my brain injury left me. As our time here draws to a close, I can honestly say that I consider myself forever transformed and completely recovered. My brain now functions better than it did pre-injury. I can’t explain how that happened, but it did.

Synchronously, today I had two back-to-back phone sessions with brain injured clients, which further underscored my awareness of how brilliantly injuries align with our soul’s growth. There are no accidents, only gateways and opportunities for authentic change. Over the years, I’ve worked with thousands of others dealing with neurological issues, medical mysteries, disability, migraines, terminal illness, sudden transitions, and bizarre spiritual experiences. Like the challenges so many of my clients face, my brain injury provided a perfect initiation to my line of work and way of life. It was one of the greatest challenges I’ve ever faced, and I wouldn’t exchange it for the world.

O, Great Mystery, thank you for welcoming me into Dark Nights of the Soul, so that I can see the stars. You have been good to me, and blessed me beyond what I dared imagine before I saw those stars. Awed and humbled, I remain. Yours.


27 responses to this post.

  1. So grateful for you and your amazing gifts! ❤

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  2. ❤


  3. Posted by manyhahama1955 on May 19, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    I am so glad you made it through the dark tunnel and out to the other side into the Light! I didn’t realize it had been so long ago. Congratulations! Your presence on Gaia at this time is truly needed…maybe why you stuck around. . Keep on loving, growing and learning. Peace be with you always!

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  4. Posted by Dawn Vierra on May 19, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    In celebration of Laura’s 19th anniversary of post TBI. Laura is one of so many that turned something so traumatic and devastating at the time into a thriving life. She listened, she felt and her heart/soul spoke its true desire Laura was my gifted Reiki teacher. I took Reiki 1, 2 and Master/teacher Certifications. She is such a well rounded individual and talented in so many ways. Love to you Laura.

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  5. Posted by seattle72 on May 19, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Beautiful. 💜

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  6. Bravo. You are an inspiration

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  7. Love you sweet Faery sis and your amazing journey that has led you to where you are today, to me, and to all you’ve guided. ❤😘

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  8. Posted by Vandana on May 19, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    I forgot to say– Congratulations on your anniversary!!! I knew I was forgetting something =)

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  9. Posted by Vandana on May 19, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    in the sense of I am so grateful that I can look to you for the wisdom of living a life inspired, with a sense of trust and of balance of honoring the mysticism right in the center of common sense =) Thank you!

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  10. Thank you, Sophia! Yes, maybe why I stuck around. Right before my injury I kept hearing, “Quit your job, do spiritual work. Become a landscaper and a poet.” Two out of three so far … 🙂 Peace!


  11. Thanks and love to you, Dawn!

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  12. Thanks, seattle72. ❤


  13. Thank you, Bo!


  14. Thank you, T! Seems so long ago that we met, doesn’t it?! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  15. Thank you, Vandana. I am always happy to help others live an inspired life! The more people we have doing that, the more amazing our world becomes. 🙂


  16. Posted by Lisa-Jane on May 20, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I LOVE this, especially at a time when I am suffering some doubt about leaving my 24yr long IT career to build a healing practice from scratch because I believe completely in following the heart. So happy to hear from someone coming out of such potential adversity to create magic and happiness for yourself and a lot of other people. Keep walking your path angel x Lisa-Jane

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  17. Posted by Kieron on May 20, 2017 at 7:45 am

    “O, Great Mystery, thank you for welcoming me into Dark Nights of the Soul, so that I can see the stars. You have been good to me, and blessed me beyond what I dared imagine before I saw those stars. Awed and humbled, I remain. Yours.”

    Beautifully put! Having been through my own version of this transitory change in 2007-2010 (and going through another one now), I can say the outcome is worth it in the end, but oh, it’s tough when you’re in the thick of it. 😦 But I know intuitively that I would never be brought to these low points and just abandoned. It’s like hard aspects in one’s astrological chart, or pruning a plant or tree so that it can grow into beauty, or firing a vase in a kiln. It’s a fascinating paradox of pain transforming us into power.

    Thank you, again! 🙂


  18. Thank you, Lisa-Jane, I’m so glad this provided encouragement at the right time! xx


  19. Thank you, Laura. Your gifts are our blessings. Love. ❤

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  20. Thanks, Kieron. Yes, the pruning metaphor is apt, and I find it’s so difficult for me to do to trees. Having not done it this winter at the appropriate time, I’m now going to need to do it at a potentially more painful time so that the abundance of fruit doesn’t crack the pear tree branches again. Nature is so wise in Her lessons! We can hold more abundance when we are pruned well, and there is a point at which pruning helps the full development of fruit. I really enjoyed the book, “Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth.” It really is paradoxical how much adversity and challenge makes us grow and thrive. 🙂


  21. Thanks, Diana! Love to you, too ❤


  22. Posted by Linette on May 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I had no idea yesterday was that anniversary! I am intensely grateful to have had the opportunity to know this version of you. So. Much. Love.

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  23. Thank you! Big love, Linette

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  24. uh huh!! but then it IS! lol!! ❤


  25. Reblogged this on Illuminations Now!!.

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  26. Posted by CindyW on May 23, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Adding to all the many happy birthday wishes, Laura! (I’m sure there are many not online!) And this post is quite moving, because somehow I too am becoming aware of a mysterious shift – your transformation post-TBI has been a great inspiration, because in my caregiving and life, I see others on whom some people close to them have given up, because of a TBI, or stroke, or whatever, and I see it more as a giving up by the healers around them (as well as the person sometimes), because you didn’t give up, and these people shouldn’t either! Best wishes on your journey one day beyond Goshen (and also like idea of sending Reiki to future homeowners!)

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  27. Thank you, Cindy! It’s true about the healers or doctors just giving up and creating what Dr. Bruce Lipton calls “the nocebo effect.” Opposite of the placebo. My doctors were content to let me sit in a darkened room with an ice bag over my eyes, living on a pittance of disability and having no life whatsoever. I refused.

    The herbalist/craniosacral therapist/holistic vision expert I treated and trained with in Seattle told me, “Most people reach a comfortable state of disability and give up.” I guess for me, those states were NOT comfortable. Ditto the previous state of this house and land — healing it was not a lark or a whim. For me it was a vital necessity on a soul level. Having a picky soul, a visionary imagination, and enormous determination pay off. People need to dream bigger! You get what you’re willing to settle for … 🙂 Thanks for the well wishes and your kind heart.


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