Mary Blake was born in the Bible Belt, where miracles stopped dead at the end of Revelations and Jesus was the only one who could heal, period. What was she supposed to do when an errant bolt of lightning shot down our living room wall and activated her latent healing ability? Like most of you who were drawn to this book, she spent way too much time trying to fit into society’s version of normal and denying her true nature. In her little town people who didn’t fit in or chafed against the status quo were either ridiculed or pitied. They were weird—the misfits, dreamers, malcontents, wishful thinkers or rebels.
Most of us waste way too much energy pretending everything’s okay when it’s really not. Our intuition and inner knowing tells us one thing and our parents, teachers and friends say the exact opposite. Our creativity, unique talent and gifts are crammed into a mold of conformity. When our true nature peeks through, we’re told to stop daydreaming and memorize those multiplication tables and dates.
We’re told exactly how life is and will always be: “Some are stuck with bad luck; it’s God’s Will, or fate; life is a struggle and then you die.” We weird ones live with doubt, denial and rationalization. It’s better than wondering if we’re crazy, but not nearly as good as knowing we’re okay. No one ever suggested that society hadn’t caught up with us yet.
Mary learned the hard way that she was weird. Somehow she knew to keep secret things, like the strangers who popped up now and then out of nowhere, or the odd-looking creatures that attended her tea parties. At three, the fire that burned down their tent activated karmic survival guilt from the 12th century. Of course, back then reincarnation and karma were unheard of in southern Illinois.
Along the way, most of us experience odd events—impulses, attractions/aversions, déjà vu, chills, premonitions, warnings or hunches. The lucky ones eventually encounter kindred spirits. Sometimes a book or a course will strike a chord and inspire a hunger to seek knowledge beyond what traditional education and conventional wisdom have to offer. Often it takes a crisis, a disaster or a “wake-up call from God” to open our minds and hearts to the search for greater truths, deeper meaning, higher standards and goals.
At 15, Mary got her first wake-up call. A single lightning bolt out of a cloudless sky ripped down the living room wall three feet from her. Her grandfather, who was in the kitchen, was paralyzed for several minutes. It lifted her brother’s bed one and a half feet off the floor, tore one-third of the shingles off the roof, and filled the house with black smoke. Mary, being the closest, received the greatest impact.
The healings began three weeks later. At first it felt weirder than usual, but she convinced herself they were ordinary massages. That theory got her through half a lifetime. Eventually evidence became so overwhelming it coalesced into an unavoidable truth. In 1969 her yoga teacher told her one of her massages “fixed his back.” He’d suffered excruciating pain from WWII shrapnel wounds for over twenty years. Nine years later a spontaneous cure of her own lung cancer by a fellow healer forced her to accept that God-given talent and dedicate her life to using it to help others.
Once the commitment was made, new doors opened; the pace accelerated. A universe of esoteric knowledge flooded my consciousness. Mary travelled to London in 1979 and attended 29 lectures by world famous experts at the Mind Body Spirit Festival. She was amazed at the outstanding talent “other people” had developed. One of the lecturers told her a massive shock often activated ESP abilities. The mystery of those first massages was solved. It took a bolt of lighting to set her on the path to her destiny—not so weird after all!
English healers accepted her and insisted they’d never encountered such powerful healing energy. It was hard to believe, since they had so much more experience than she had. A psychic at the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain predicted Mary would develop a completely new technique for healing on a spiritual level and then would go on to do even greater work. She relegated her predictions to well-meaning flattery.
Back in New York, Mary found herself gravitating toward a spiritually-oriented community. In her determination to be a better instrument of Divine Purpose, she attended many classes, lectures and workshops. Her new friends had a whole different vocabulary—tarot, astrology, karma. They introduced her to Alexander Murray, a gifted New York channel. She joined his classes and later interned with him. Those classes were a veritable crash course in metaphysical knowledge. Mary had spent half a lifetime in denial, insisting she was an intellectual, a mother, a writer and a singer… not a healer. It took a series of spiritual breakthroughs to prepare her for the journey ahead. This, then, is how her Spirit-training began.