Grand Opening

January 27 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm


Co-Creators of Sacred Pathways Sarasota

Grand Opening Celebration

The Short Version:

Dedication and speaker at noon followed by free chair massage, Reiki, readings, and snacks. Meet our bodyworkers, healers, and yogi. Giveaways and closing at 4:00pm. Parking available.

The Long Version:

The co-creators of Sacred Pathways Sarasota, Kelly and John Stewart, invite you to attend the grand opening celebration of a new facility dedicated to helping others find a path to healing and wholeness through Lightwork. Below is a schedule of events and a listing of Lightworkers available to give you an experience to remember for free. Throughout, Kelly and John will be on-hand to answer questions, share experiences, entertain you, and explain future plans. Snacks and giveaways provided.


11:00 AM – Pre-Show – Meet our Yogi

  • Jiwan Shakti , mantra musician and Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, will grace us with his original rendition of the Aquarian Sadhana.

12:00 PM – Dedication and Keynote Speaker

  • Kelly J. Stewart  of StarLightworker Healing & Massage is a licensed massage therapist, Shamanic Energy Medicine practitioner, and a Reiki Master Teacher.
  • Dr. Janet Warfield – Consciousness educator and Author of SHIFT Change Your Words, Change Your World will share her perspective on words and how they affect our lives.

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Mingle, experience, and share

Free chair massage, skin care samples, Reiki healings and readings.

  • Nikki Campbell, Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Practitioner
  • Wendy Futch, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant
  • Nanci Perrin, Reiki Angel
  • Gerlinde Townsley, Reiki Angel
  • Patti Spencer, Reiki Angel
  • Heather Swift, a highly intuitive reader, healer, and medium from Northern California, will help you come home to yourself.
  • Merissa Lovett joined by her sister Kirsten Lovett provide practical solutions with their unique combination of intuition and divination tools.

 4:00 PM – Closing and final giveaways


January 27
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Sacred Pathways Sarasota
2831 Ringling Blvd B-108
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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Radio Interview – All Business Media – What I do.

I had the pleasure of being interviewed for the All Business Media Radio show. It was fun and exciting to step outside my comfort zone and talk about what I do. You can listen in here. I announced the birth of Sacred Pathways Sarasota at the end. The birth is happening now!!


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Dreams Come True, so Dream BIG!

Dreams really do come true when we hold the vision long enough. I am pleased to announce that I finally found a new home for my growing healing practice. It is located at the Ringling Professional Center located at 2831 Ringling Boulevard, Suite B108. The new center will be named Sacred Pathways Sarasota and will be open for business in January of 2018.

The center is large enough to host small classes and workshops in addition to individual massage and healing sessions.  I plan to expand my offerings to include shamanic and intuitive skills, journaling, meditation workshops, consulting services, and continuing education for massage therapists. This is something I have dreamed about for a long time. In fact, it is one of the reasons my husband and I knew we were meant to be together. He will be joining me along with other lightworkers to help people find their path to healing and wholeness.

The grand opening celebration will be on January 27 from Noon to 4pm. Come meet some of our lightworker friends and enjoy some free goodies. The official invitation  and announcement will be posted by tomorrow – I hope!!

If you have a dream, keep it in your sights. You never know when it will come true. Even the big ones!



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Waiting, Trust, and Hurricane Irma

The past few years tormented me professionally. I’ve gone to school, become licensed as a massage therapist, and continued my education. I also went back to college to study Psychology. I had a professional office for a couple of years but could not figure out how to make that work in the way I wanted. The big dream kept eluding me. The wait is finally over. I can look back now and see the beauty in all that has transpired that led to now. My thought that the time was not right was correct. I am pleased to announce that I will be opening a new office in the coming months. The final clearing of the path came from Hurricane Irma.

My dearest mother-in-law, Camille, transitioned a year and a half ago at the ripe age of 100. She kept wondering why she was still alive as she was sharp in mind to the end. It was the body that gave out. Since that time my husband has been in the process of letting go – letting go of her and her “stuff.” She was a collector of things. There are still some things there. Once those are gone, he will sell the house. I learned earlier in this life to let people have their process no matter how long it takes. Gratefully, that process is coming to an end. I give partial credit to Hurricane Irma for that. I knew in my heart that we would be okay in Sarasota, Florida. However, we live close to the bay, and I could not stop the urge to run. It was a great spiritual conflict within myself. Where was my faith? Why didn’t I trust my knowing? The answer came the night of the storm.

On Saturday morning of the 9th of September, I convinced my husband that we needed to leave our home as it is close to the water. The hurricane was coming up our side of the coast of Florida, and I feared that it would go out into the Gulf and create a large storm surge. I knew we needed to leave before any winds picked up because we were taking our new trailer with us. A self-contained home to live in – if it didn’t blow away that is. Passing up invitations to stay with friends in Sarasota, we drove to Orlando to Camille’s home where my husband’s son currently resides. We parked the trailer in the driveway between buildings. It would be safe there. Everything left in the house reminded us of Camille. I knew she was there with us for this experience. The next day, a neighbor joined us just as the storm the size of Florida took hold. There are not many furnishings left, so we slept in Camille’s old room on her mattress. A first for anyone other than Camille.

Storm preparations complete, we didn’t have much to do but wait it out. Just as the winds picked up, I heard the metal mailbox slap once and only once. I knew that was my husband’s father coming to visit. He worked as a postman and transitioned in the mid-90s. He was telling us everything would be okay. Regardless, the night was hellish for me. The sound of the wind was incredible. We heard transformers explode and experienced flickering lights that kept going out and coming back on. Finally, at about 1:30 AM, they went off and stayed off. By late the next morning, the winds were dying down, and we had survived without incident. As it turns out, the storm was harsher in Orlando than Sarasota. Some large branches fell in the yard, and quite a few trees and power lines fell during the night in the neighborhood. The next day, we were much relieved to receive photos of our Sarasota yard from another neighbor. All our large trees were still standing. However, the most remarkable and tangible thing happened as the storm was ending. The mailbox slapped one more time, and only once. They were gone. Both of my husband’s parents retreated from the property together.

The storm is over; the storm debris pickup is occurring as I wrote this post. My neighbor has a tree to get down that is threatening to take out a fence and possibly land on our house, but there is always something. That is life. I can still trust my instinct. Even though I knew I would be okay here, I was meant to be in Orlando for the storm. I don’t have to question my faith or knowing anymore. Energetically, I feel cleansed and clear. I am ready for this next phase of life unencumbered by the “wait.” The time is now.

After the Storm

Just a little cleanup. We are truly blessed this was all that was needed.

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Here I am – Participating!

Participation is a key to harmony. I believe we all have the responsibility to participate in the changes that are coming about at this time. Old systems are falling away, and new ones have yet to emerge.

I voice support where I feel guided to do so. Recently, opportunities arose for me to participate in expressing my opinion about our country’s current state of affairs and the importance of not ignoring science. I am proud to say that I took part in the Women’s March in January of 2017 in support of our environment and equal rights. I also walked for Science in April of 2017 because knowledge-based decision making leads to good outcomes.

Experience has taught me there are two sides to every story and while things may look gloom and doom, there is a miracle waiting to happen if I pay attention and do not get caught up in the extreme emotions on either side.


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The Rear View Mirror on Summer Solstice

Owl totem came up two days ago in a reading my husband did for me during the beginning of our three-day solstice retreat. Today, the third and final day of our retreat, we headed to the beach for a walk in the energy of the sunrise, moonset, and full moon. I got into the car and looked in the rear view mirror. The photo below is exactly what I saw. A screech owl sitting on my neighbor’s mailbox.

Later in the morning, I wrote the poem below as a tribute to the screech owl who showed up for me. He stood his ground as I backed out of the drive. He is a reminder that we have tipped into light in a cycle that is bigger than the annual tip into darkness at the summer solstice. The time of dark is over. As loud as it may be, its time is passed.

Owl in Rear View

Owl as seen from rear view mirror.

Owl in the Rear View

 Your likeness comes to few

Spotlighted, silhouetted

To the dark we are wedded

Totem here gives sight

Knowing all is set right

As the dark tips into light.


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Oncology Massage in Sarasota

Part of the fun being a massage therapist brings is taking classes to meet CE (continuing education) requirements for license renewal. I met a lovely lady in Sarasota who was looking for a massage but would only receive it from a specially trained oncology massage therapist. That was enough for me to seek out this training.

I enjoyed the class and learned about cancer and its treatments. I learned when and how best to massage a person who is currently undergoing different kinds of treatments including chemotherapy. I feel confident that I won’t inflict additional harm on these poor souls.

Cancer survivors often don’t understand the long term impact of their treatments which are also a consideration for massage therapists. For example, once you’ve had radiation treatment there is an increased risk of brittleness in the bones of the surrounding area. This is important for a massage therapist with a strong elbow to know. Another significant risk is in store for those who have lymph nodes removed. Even one node removal reduces the body’s capacity to move liquid and therefore forever increases the chances of lymphedema, a serious swelling of the tissues, most commonly occurring in the legs or arms. A massage therapist needs to be aware of node removals so that proper pressure and body positioning is used during the massage.

If you have experienced cancer and its treatments, please know that you are safe with me. You too can benefit from the relaxing and therapeutic touch of massage. I will address all your needs. I’d love to hear about your experiences, if any, related to this topic.

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Best Massage Ever!

The best massage ever is always a good massage I have just received. Today would be that massage. I’ve had some good massages over the past few years and some not so nice. What made this one good? This therapist really listened to my needs and worked with me knowing that my initial body reactions saying “stay away” really meant something altogether different. My body needs to trust and this therapist was able to elicit that trust from me even though my first reactions were to guard and be ticklish. I only hope the massage which I will be giving in return next week will be half as good as the one I got today.

I often feel I came out of massage school with a bit of body trauma. All those newbies are just trying to get it right. Aye yi yi! It doesn’t help that I am very sensitive to a person’s intention while they massage and that skill sometimes comes later for new therapists. Some may never acquire it and I believe those therapists don’t make in the long run. Think of the word therapist for starters. It’s defined as a person who is skilled in a particular kind of therapy. This word might conjure up a psychologist rather than a massage. And I would expect that any kind of therapist would have a knack for being sensitive to a client’s needs. Unfortunately, sometimes this skill has to be learned as not everyone comes by it naturally. That is partly why we call what we do a “practice”. My body just doesn’t like being experimented on. It let me know quite clearly it wasn’t happy.

So, how can you ensure that your massage will be good? Price or place isn’t always an indicator of quality. Most massage therapists I know will tell you they aren’t in it for the big money anyway although tips can be good at a top notch facility. A desire to help people and a love of massaging bodies is important, but this too doesn’t necessarily mean the massage will be good. Lots of experience and a clean facility are good indicators. If possible, start by asking around. Word of mouth is often the best way to gain insight into a therapist’s ability. Be sure the therapist is licensed to practice, acts professionally, has high standards of cleanliness, and good people skills. If they don’t ask about your health history, this is a clue that they don’t have your best interest in mind. There are many times when a massage is not a good idea for a person and therapists are trained to know these times.

Finally, you just have to give them a try. Do they listen to you? Are they able to “listen” with their hands which often tell them how much pressure to use? Do they make appropriate adjustments when you ask for them? My therapist commented that he was giving barely any pressure at all on some points of mine that were screaming in painful joy about being listened to. I thought he’d gone in deep but thankfully he had not. That tells me just how much I needed the work. An inexperienced therapist might have gone right in digging deep and would have caused my body to guard instead of relax. Now some people like what I call torture which is not therapeutically effective in the long run. Fluff can be therapy when we need to relax. And fluff can be very effective in releasing taut muscles as well.

I found a wealth of information on the issue of finding a therapist from an article on You can read it here. It’s very informative if you are interested in knowing more about this subject.

As for me and types of massage, I like a good therapeutic Swedish massage with a little bit of neuromuscular thrown in. I especially appreciate when the therapist is observant and intuitive enough to hold a spot that needs holding without my telling them to. And like today, I loved that he didn’t just move on when I showed my ticklish side. I can’t relax when I am guarding or hyper flexed because it tickles or hurts too much. Thankfully, he didn’t give in. He understood this was a sign I needed the work. He slowed down, gave my body time to adjust, and then eased his way in. Oh, the relief!! Another indicator this massage was good is that when I tried to get myself together, I had to go back in to my office no less than four times to retrieve items I forgot. Earth to Kelly, Earth to Kelly….come back now.

I was very lucky the first time I ever went for a massage. I got a woman who had learned her massage at the Davis Massage Therapy Institute in California. I loved, loved, and loved her massage. It got to be where I felt my body relax as I was driving to see her. She was intuitive and over time knew my body well. She had set the bar high for me. It is because of her and my desire to know more about the body for use with my Reiki practice that I took the same 100 hour training course at the Davis school to learn that thumbless massage. It got me off to a good start when I later went to a full-blown 730 hour school in Sarasota. To this day, I haven’t had a massage any better than hers, except for today’s of course. I hope I can make this a regular occurrence.

So, what is the best kind of massage for you?

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While waiting for a friend who would not show, I drew a card from my Ascended Masters deck. I turned it over and there it was again. Write. Thoth was the master on the card and the message was to write. OK! I hear you loud and clear. I have wanted to write forever. I journal regularly and often write to get things off my chest. I’ve been told I have something to say ever since I started this spiritual journey and that I should write about it. Not only does my intuition tell me, but also my guides and readers of all sorts have told me. A recent guest at my office who is obviously a well-gifted psychic also told me to write. She said I had many notes lying all around and needed to gather them up and get to it. She also told me to watch out for my thyroid. I’ve never met this woman before but she was right on all counts. And I am smart enough to know that the thyroid situation can be influenced by the energy of my 5th chakra center which is related to communication and expressing my true self. Apparently, I am still not doing that enough.

The problem as I see it is that I did write for a while. I wrote the story of the 34 day road trip with my sweetie and I took when he first moved to California to live with me. We barely knew each other then. I married him so you know the trip went well despite the challenges. Once that project was complete however, I realized that writing is hard work. It takes dedication and a willingness to put in long hours to get it right. I am a perfectionist who constantly berates herself because perfection is near impossible and my work proves it. So, why do I bother? Oh well, that’s another story. The point here is that once I was done with that project, encouraged by WordPress’s post a day challenge, I felt complete. I thought my writing was done. The urge had left. Apparently though, I am incorrect about that.

Many times I have picked up my pad to write about major events in my life but felt it wasn’t fair to those who lived them with me. I don’t want to hurt anyone. I haven’t figured out how to do it without causing another pain or breaking one’s anonymity. This can be a real dilemma. I once had an anonymous blog where I had forgotten that I shared it with a friend who later became distant. Well, I offended her alright. She then tried to tell her side of the story…on my blog. Lesson learned, the hard way. When I write, it’s obviously my own experience. While I love to hear others’ experiences in similar circumstances, I am not about to try and defend myself or engage in debate. People see circumstances through their own filters and life experiences.

So, write I shall for my creative side is aching to be expressed. I express creativity in my massage work. I express it in my teaching and some sewing projects I’ve completed. It’s not enough. Spirit keeps telling me to write, so I will do as asked of me for I know it will lead to happiness and fulfillment. The issues around it will resolve themselves. So, here’s to writing!!

What is Spirit asking you to do that you have been delaying?

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Fear In My Garden

Today I address fear and the way I deal with it. While I have done many courageous acts in my days, I still have fear. I faced it, I conquered it. Or have I? Today, I have been observing the number of times fear enters my mind. I wasn’t even aware how often this was. Instead of facing it, I have been avoiding it.

I avoid it by going to get another snack. I avoid it by allowing myself to be completely distracted by something else that catches my eye. You see, I don’t have to make that call because this other piece of paper is calling for my attention so I’ll work on that instead. I have fear I will make a mistake, so I don’t start. I fear if I balance my accounts I will see how much money I don’t have. I fear you won’t like, so I won’t ask you to use my services. I fear being angry that the phone will break my concentration so I won’t start that thoughtful project.

All this fear is holding me back in little ways which pile up and become big blocks to success. I read a meditation today which asked me to silently enter my metaphysical garden and begin pulling the weeds of fear. Wow, there were quite a few. The message I heard clearly was to pull the energy of fear instead of trying to name its cause. The causes are many. The causes all have the same message – that fear is real and I should be afraid. Ahhh, but fear isn’t real you say because there is nothing to fear. While this may be true to my intellect, my experience tells me that the feeling of fear is very real and I have been avoiding it far too much of late.

And so; as I notice the multiple times I go into fear today, instead of allowing myself to be distracted I will stop to feel this fear and stay the course anyway. Now that is courage. I have done this before as shown by the courageous and gutsy moves I have made in the past. Big things like my first divorce and quitting my job before my partner had found one. Things like moving across the continent in response to Spirit’s call without really knowing if I would like the place and opening a 3 room office instead of just renting a single space for my business. I overcame and conquered fear each of those times and countless others. I can do it again on a smaller scale by reminding myself that the only way out is through, not avoidance.

So here is to welcoming the coming year of 2015 with a new awareness about fear and the ways it continues to keep me from being all I can be. Goodbye fear. I have learned to acknowledge you and let you go in the big things of my life. I now bid you farewell in the small things. You have been a true friend and ally. For that, I bless you and thank you. And isn’t it funny, I know you will be there anytime I really need you, keeping me safe from harm. But I also have an image of you being happy to see me letting you go. In all things balance and equilibrium. Ebb and flow. The cycles of life. The wheel keeps spinning. I choose to move away from a fearful existence in big and small ways so I can experience more freedom and lightness. I commit to being more mindful in 2015 of the ways I experience fear. For one thing is certain about the visual exercise of using a garden; the weeds will come back if I am not mindful.

When is the last time you weeded your garden?

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