The pathway for me lay in spiritual healing, so I devoted myself to studying all of the typical “New Age” methods that were being provided at that time. Keep in mind this was 1994-ish, and so methods such as Reiki, Massage, Reflexology, etc. were all still newly emerging in North America as alternative healing modalities.
In my quest for healing, I studied herbalism, organic gardening and permaculture, crystal healing, Wicca, and candle magick. I became certified in Reiki and engaged in unsupervised shamanic journeys with plant medicines and psychotropic substances. I was on the cutting edge of “New Age” realization and I was searching for meaning, purpose, and GOD. My journey led me to Hawaii, Sandpoint, Idaho, Washington State, and North Carolina.
Ultimately I was searching for inner peace and I initially found it as a monk of the Ishaya Order.
In 1999 I took spiritual vows, devoting my life to spiritual realization, and received the name “Devi” which means “The Divine Mother Goddess, The Resplendent One, and the Goddess of True Knowledge”. I spent almost a decade teaching The Ishayas Ascension in North Carolina, Oregon, Iowa, and then back to Hawaii on the Island of Kauai.
I had gone from Detroit Stripper to Ishaya Monk. The next step along my path lay in becoming a Tibetan Buddhist Tantrika!