I settle myself into a big, padded chair. The air is pleasingly scented. Soft music is playing. The lovingly restored 1912 Hudson train depot, is now Kim's home. Kim is Smith Valley's fitness teacher, yoga instructor, and E.M.S. coordinator for our Volunteer Fire Department. She is also a healer. When she walks in, she's wearing jeans. She's also in her stocking feet. You certainly couldn't mistake her for a mystic, although the spiritual tools she uses are the same as used by mystics around the world. Her manner is disarmingly cheerful.
I jump right in and ask her about her path to becoming a healer. "I was in the born again movement when I lived in Georgia. My mother was on the path of Mary Baker Eddy, and from where she left off, I am moving forward. My approach to people is very individual. From the church, I studied how Jesus worked. He met people where they were," she says.
"What is the connection between the mind and the body?" I ask. "In some of my work, I use the Emotional Freedom Technique. The premise of E.F.T. is that 90 percent of physical pain has an emotional basis. As I pass my hands over the body, I've learned how to feel different levels of heat; hot, warm, cold or void, which indicates there is a problem. In any field that involves pain, the problem may be in one place, and the pain in another place. Intuition is a large part of what I do," she explains.
Becoming quite sincere, she says, "When people come to me, they have to experience healing, because my great and grand desire is to help people heal. It's in me. It's one of the things God has put me on earth to do. But as a healer, you must detach yourself from the result. (She quotes, "Your faith has made you whole"). I had someone come to me. He brought a laundry list of things that were wrong. I said, read this book, give it a try, it may resolve some issues without spending a lot of money. He came back and said, 'It's nice, but it's too much work.' We have been trained to take a pill. It takes energy for people to take a step forward," she says.
"Kim, I've noticed you never condemn people," I say. "My approach to people is very individual. In my life, I have been judged very harshly and unfairly. I told God, I vow I will not judge, but accept it. I've had people say, 'why is it I feel so comfortable telling you things I would never tell anyone?' It's from a vow that I really put in my heart. When you understand from the heart, not just intellectually, it is very humbling. We all have a path before us, and everything we experience gives us the opportunity to expand our spiritual nature. Every person is a teacher," she says.
Kim's energy is boundless. Just being with her leaves me feeling restored. Smiling quietly she says, "In 1995 when I came here, I had the feeling there was going to be a healing center, a sanctuary in this valley. Ron, I am going to be a part of that. In fact, you are sitting in the welcome center of that retreat right now." We part, and I leave, walking on air.
Ron Walker lives in Smith Valley. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.