Laurelle and her husband, Michael Baird, live and primarily teach in Sedona, Arizona. They operate three healing centers there; Peace Place the Reiki Center of Sedona, Crystal & Sound Healing Center, and Crystal Enlightenment on the Creek.
Hi, my name
is Laurelle Gaia (pronounced Lor-ell Guy-a).
I make my home
in Sedona, Arizona. This is a magical, mystical place. Sedona is
known around the world as a very sacred area, with many beautiful
red rock formations, petroglyphys, ancient ruins, and areas where
the earth has formed powerful accumulations of energy that many
believe to be healing. Each of these are called a vortex. The energy
here is very supportive of spiritual work. I enjoy the serenity,
the crystal clean air and the 320 plus days of annual sunshine.
When people ask why I decided to live here, all I can say is that
I followed my heart. I love to facilitate classes here because students
have an opportunity to study Reiki, plus explore Sedona. There is
something for everyone here, vortex tours, hikes, jeep tours, art
galleries, crystal shops, and the list goes on and on.
ago I founded the Infinite Light Healing Studies Center, Inc. Over
the years it has taken different forms, but has served as an umbrella
for my healing work, teaching, writing and for the development of
advanced healing techinques, including Reiki techniques, color healing,
and earth healing programs..
I have a soul
level knowing that all things are energy, even peace. I have seen
firsthand how prayer and Reiki can change the energy of a human
being so much that radical chemo therapy treatments have little
side effect. I have seen Reiki set a broken bone, and heal a burn
before my eyes. I don't just believe in the power of spiritual
energy to transform I know it to be so. I am convinced that
we can utilize what we have learned about Reiki for healing humans
and apply it to raising the vibration of the collective consciousness
and work together to co-create the promised "age of peace".
In my healing
practice I work with a variety of chronic illnesses, like chronic
fatigue, and fibromyalgia. I also work with survivors of multiple
types of abuse, adults and children. Many people come to me for
the simple aches and pains of everyday life, to relieve stress and
sometimes just to find a little serenity in a safe haven.
I also serve
the International Center for Reiki Training as the Director of Teacher
Licensing, assisting student teachers as they progress through our
program. It is a great honor to assist such wonderful healing spirits.
I learn so much working with this great group of people. As a licensed
teacher I travel extensively around the U.S. teaching classes about
26 times a year. I also teach in other countries when I am called
to do so.
In 1995 I felt
the need to organize a group of Reiki practitioners and teachers
from a variety of schools, to focus on promoting harmony in our
Reiki community. The day after I established that intent, a wonderful
woman, another Reiki Master from a different school, "poofed" into
my life. Together we co-founded our local healing group United in
Healing. The group has grown into a beautiful network of healing
practitioners who work together for community outreach and service
projects, and support one another on our personal healing paths.
When I found
Reiki, or Reiki found me, I had been diagnosed with clinical depression.
I owned an established computer graphic business, was a workaholic,
and a momaholic. I tried to be everything for everybody and left
nothing for myself. So to make a long story short, I became burned
out, or "hit the wall" as they say in the graphic biz.
me balance my energies again. When I first studied Reiki, I thought
I was learning it to be able to heal everyone else. Little did I
know that Reiki had other plans for me. The first two years with
Reiki I went through an intense cleansing process of repressed anger,
and emotions. Reiki helped me begin to understand who I am for the
first time in my adult life. I had allowed the world around me to
lead me into the "Land of Forgotten Purpose" for many years.
You see I really
knew at a very young age that this work is why I was called to the
planet at this time. When I was 8 years old I decided it was time
to become a responsible person, and of course responsible people
have a plan for their lives. So I began to wonder what I should
do with my life. Well "coincidentally" my grandmother had just given
me a Bible. She said, "Honey, if you ever have any questions about
life, all the answers are in this book". Well I thought this was
wonderful, I would just look myself up in this book and find out
what I would do when I grew up. Guess what, the book didn't even
have my name in it.
As I diligently
searched the Bible for the answer to my question I became mesmerized
by the stories of Jesus doing healing. I proudly announced to my
family that "When I grow up I am going to travel around the world,
and help heal people, and teach them that they can do this to".
Ooops...wrong thing to say. The response was, "That's very nice
honey, but you can't do that, only Jesus can." "Oh no" I said, "It
says right here (in John) these things I do you can do and even
greater." "I know that's what it says, but that's not what it means".
So for various
reasons, I allowed my inner knowing of my life's purpose to be blocked
when I was just 8 years old. But not before I had a little conversation
with God. I said "God, I really want to help people like Jesus did,
they say I can't, but the Bible says I can. So I guess if I am supposed
to do this you'll figure it out and show me someday".
was completely released and forgotten, but looking back, I was guided
from that moment on. I was guided through good times and tough times.
Sometimes I made the right choice, and sometimes I didn't. But somehow,
God helped me find my way to live the answer to the prayer of an
8 year old with a dream.
I wish you
peace and many blessings. As in the light of the Creator...We See