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Reeta Balwinder Hernes, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Ceremonial Healer

Digital Healing Practice

June 2012 I was at the peak of my life. I graduated with my doctorate in Clinical Psychology, won an award for my doctoral research, gained admission into my first place postdoctoral internship, and got engaged. Life was damn beautiful. And by fall of 2012, things began to come apart at the seams. The next three years were the complete destruction of all that I had defined my existence by and it felt like a slow, painful bleed out of all that I had worked for, cherished, and depended upon.

2013 to 2016 I lovingly refer to as my ‘Shit show’ years (and for those versed in astrology, this was my Saturn return period). Wave after wave of loss kept pounding me; losing my father to cancer, losing family members after revealing my sexual abuse history, losing my dream job, losing my marriage, and losing bits of my heart and sanity all along the way.

By the end of 2016, I had reached the pinnacle of the dark night of the soul and had to face the misery that was staring back at me every time I caught a glimpse of my own reflection. The magical combination of plant medicine, my first experience with psychedelics, and the meeting of just the right people reignited the breath within my spirit and my psychic blood began to flow again.

I went through a spiritual death that I had not willingly consented to, but that my higher self knew was the medicine I needed to come to life once more. I chose to be fully awake to my rebirth and do exactly as I was called to do from within. I spent the first half of 2017 selling most of my belongings, closing my private practice and turning it digital, finalizing my divorce, and deconstructing every bit of the life that I had carefully designed. I dove headfirst into the anguish, the grief, and the fear; all prickly companions that tucked me into bed every night.

IMG_3758And on July 4th, 2017, I boarded a plane with a one way ticket. I have been wandering this beautiful world ever since. I’ve wandered in many moments of heartache and I’ve also wandered in even more moments of wholeness. It took many moons and a lot of patience to learn to move as my spirit tells me to, to seek out the experiences that will feed my soul and starve out all the fear, second-guessing, and internal judgment.

I’ve made companions in every country I’ve visited and with every person that I’ve come across, I’ve seen a spark light within them at the idea of doing what I’m doing. I don’t want to inspire people to live life in the exact way that I’m living it; I want to inspire everyone to live as their spirit tells them to. I want to inspire everyone to make the voice of their spirit louder than the voice of society and live fully and ecstatically aligned. And I want to be a part of this soulful journey for as many as will allow me to wander with them.

 

Bachelors of Science in Psychology – University of California, Davis. USA

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – John F. Kennedy University. USA

Telemental Health Professional – Center for Credentialing and Education. USA

Certified Angel Oracle Card Practitioner with Dr. Doreen Virtue – Hay House. USA

Certified Angel Tarot Card Practitioner with Radleigh Valentine – Omega Institute. USA

Past Life Regression Therapy Training with Dr. Brian Weiss – Omega Institute. USA

Shamanic Breathwork Practitioner and Ordained Shamanic Minister with Dr. Linda Star Wolf – Venus Rising Institute. Indonesia & USA

Reiki Shoden – Vibrant Reiki. USA

Reiki Okuden – Vibrant Reiki. USA

Reiki Shinpiden – Reiki Master – Vibrant Reiki. USA

Soul Retrieval Certification – Centre of Excellence. USA