Are you an energy mirror?

Have you been feeling physical or emotional pain that is similar to others who are close to you or that you’re working with?

Are you a heart centered individual who gives more than receives?

As energy beings we are constantly absorbing and releasing energy around us. Our field filters in what’s helpful and not, yet with so much stimulation occurring within and around us, sometimes we lose our balance. Losing our balance can occur on various levels in our lives yet show up through physical or emotional pain as that is how our body communicates with us. Also, the universe throws mirrors in our lives as we are confronted with situations, experiences or people that mirror our challenges or issues we need to improve so we can continue on our path towards self-actualization or connecting to spirit.

Recently a Reiki student told me how she was struggling with low back pain which has been affecting her daily life. We discussed how the pain was related to the sacral chakra, relationships, flow, sexual energy. She then mentioned doing energy work with the client, not Reiki, which dealt with releasing energetic attachments from a traumatic loss. She added that her client had been struggling with low back pain and her own pain started after the energetic session.

Have you been protecting yourself with Reiki?, I asked her.

No, she replied, how do I do that?

As she discussed when the pain arose, work with her client, and other issues coming up in her life, she began to connect the dots.

So, now that the awareness is there, next step is the protection and taking care of self.

As a Reiki practitioner or energy healer, it’s important to protect yourself before and after sessions. Also, taking care of yourself is important. As heart centered individuals taking care of yourself with even 5 minutes of time for you allows you to balance yourself again.

Below I have identified 5 ways you can energetically protect and take care of yourself, regardless if you’re an energy practitioner or not.

5 steps to protect yourself energetically

  1. Intention: Before a troubling situation or working with clients/customers, set an intention that you will be protected and ask for support from God/spirit/angels. I usually imagine myself surrounded by white light, like a bubble. Reiki 2 and up practitioners, use the power and distant symbol before each session.
  2. Dust the energy off: Imagine the energy you have absorbed after a session or challenging situation as dust. Using intention and action, state that you will release the energy while also brushing the energy off with your hands. Begin with left hand over right arm and switch, same with left hand over right leg and switch, then both hands dusting off front and back. Clap your hands to end it.
  3. Cutting ties: Similar to dusting the energy, this concept is more about cutting ties. After working with traumatic situations with clients, state your intention (out loud or in your head) to cut energetic ties and release any attachments. With your hands acting like a knife, imagine slicing down your front and back stating the intention.
  4. 5 minute self-care: We’re all busy rushing from one place to another, yet giving yourself 5 minutes will help your energy remain balanced throughout the day. After each session or client leaves (if able), set an alarm for 5 minutes and sit quietly without interruptions. Focus on your breath, breathing in and out of your mouth. Allow the thoughts to float away without focusing on them.
  5. Gratitude: Always take a few moments after each session to identify 3 ways you are grateful (action you did, thanking God/spirit/angels for assistance, being present, etc).

Implementing one or all of these tips into your daily self-care practice will liberate you from energetic attachments which has been brought on by stressful situations or people you are working with. By engaging in these practices you will remain balanced and protected from absorbing issues other people are struggling with.

Please share with me your experience with energetic attachments and if any of these tips were helpful to you. Connect with me via email at or visit my website, to learn more about me and my work.

Blessings and health,
Paty Hernandez, MSW, MPH, CHC

Reiki, my life’s work

I discovered Reiki, a Japanese stress reduction technique which promotes relaxation within the body-mind-soul for holistic healing, in 2009, the year my sister was diagnosed with cancer. I took Reiki level 1 in the home of my first Reiki teacher/master, Sarah. I was amazed by the energy that began to flow through my hands as I practiced the hand motions. Excitedly, I knew I had a new skill I could use to share with my sister and help her on her healing journey. After all, it was my sister who first introduced me to energy healing such as sound healing, affirmations, meditation, and eating cleaner foods.

Unfortunately, my sister passed away in 2010 and honestly my heart for Reiki died with her. I felt as though I failed her. I continued my familiar path of social work and being of service to others by being present and supportive. Two years later my heart beat again for Reiki as embraced the idea of using Reiki as a way to release stress. Within a year I became a Reiki Master/Teacher with the focus of sharing it with others, especially in Latin America. I could combine my love of community work with establishing a natural healing center in Nicaragua.

In 2013 I taught my first Reiki 1 and 2 class in Costa Rica as my friend Libby taught yoga. Together we focused on healing the chakras through yoga and Reiki. We had 10 participants, including my mom. It was truly a blessing and a sign I was on the right path. I have continued to practice and teach Reiki in Nicaragua and various states within the United States. My path of having a healing center is temporarily on hold as I feel guided towards another one which is still unclear.


All I know is that my mission to assist people in release stress naturally as an energy healer and health coach is constantly affirmed by the universe. Since 2013 I have been teaching Reiki Level 1 and 2 in both English and Spanish with the sole purpose of providing people a natural tool to heal mind-body-soul. I am grateful to state that I will be teaching my first Reiki 3 class in Palmetto Bay this year, bringing forth another generation of energy healers who will continue to share love and light to this world.


As I teach others about ways to heal themselves I believe I am supported by my sister and mother who are watching from heaven. They have inspired and taught me about healing oneself emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally which is a life long journey. My grief for them has now turned into my greatest service to others. I’m blessed to have assisted others with cancer find more meaning about their illness.

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Please share if you have experienced grief and how you have been able to transform it into your greatest passion @patymariposas or leaving a comment below. If you’re interested in a complementary telephone healthy check-in and discover how to find your life’s passion or ways to embrace your grief, email me at



Reiki during the holidays

In the past December has always been a difficult month for me. Since my sister passed away 5 years ago, the holidays have changed for me and I rarely want to celebrate them, hence it is the reason I am usually traveling rather than staying with family. Then when my mother passed away, the holidays really left our household and my father and I do not decorate the house and so I forget the holidays are here.
However, I chose to share the gift of Reiki through my practice and  certified 15 new Reiki practitioners through the first level in two different Miami locations.The purpose of this workshop was to  bring more healing into their lives and that of their loved ones.
(That’s me teaching the students how to give a Reiki treatment, then they practiced on each other). 
Reiki is a simple tool that once learned can be practiced anytime and anywhere, all it takes is believing it works. As this holiday month expands in celebrations and activities it also has the potential to bring out the not so nice attitudes some people have. This can put many of us in highly stressful situations and feelings of anxiety.
Regardless if you know Reiki or not, finding time to take a few moments and taking deep breaths with your eyes closed is enough to reduce your blood pressure and your anxious reaction to situations. You only have control over your reaction to situations. However, if you practice or know of someone who offers Reiki then ensure you take advantage of it.
During this holiday season while I will not run out and buy a Christmas true, I am embracing the love of the holidays by spending time with my family in numerous upcoming events and also ensuring that new and current clients feel my support as they also face emotional challenges.
I am embracing this holiday season with an open heart and mind while giving and receiving love and energy to and from others. The holidays are about sharing compassion and company. If we are able and willing to give gifts to others then so be it, yet do it out of love not commitment. I recently gave my sister-in-law an energy healing treatment as her Christmas gift which she loved.
Happily I can say that this holiday season I have received a massage, hired an assistant, and saying no if I don’t want to do something. I am respecting my limits and finding support so I don’t have to carry it all myself. Reiki has taught me how to release many burdens and struggles while connecting me to my spiritual guides and angels.
As this is the season of giving, I would love to offer you a 15 minute complimentary angel reading to answer a question you may have and seek guidance from heaven. Complete this form and I will contact you so we can set up a time to chat.
Happy holidays and Reiki on! (My mother and I in 2006, yes I had dreads!)
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Healing with love


This weekend I attended my first holistic expo in West Palm Beach through HolisticGlobe and offered energy healing sessions along with angel readings. I offered 6 sessions with glowing responses from the receivers and 2 angel readings. I also collected more than 20 emails from people interested in learning more. I was honored to open the expo with a chakra guided meditation accompanied by another presenter who used singing bowls.

Overall, I felt the experience offered me an opportunity to talk with others about my work and meet other practitioners. It was incredible to be amongst so many healers sharing their gifts to people open to learning about healing themselves through various modalities.

For the past 30 years, natural healing techniques have been pushing forward as another resource for people to take back their health and learn more about why they became ill in the first place and what they could do differently. Every day we are seeing more holistic centers operating with different practitioners offering massage, Reiki, herbal medicine, and nutritional support.

These techniques are not meant to eradicate western medicine, for they are being offered as a way to complement it and offer patients the power to take control of their health. Expos such as the one I attended offer various modalities to treat health issues and provide more options. It was an honor to attend this expo and I look forward to attending many more in the future.

Have you recently learned about a new healing modality or received a treatment? Please share your experiences in the comments below. Thank you!


Waiting and going forward towards your desire


Finding one’s passion and joy in life is a continuous journey that presents itself all at once or a little bit at a time. I know I have found my life’s passion which is to share information, love, and support with others who are drawn to me. As I give of myself I am also open to receiving the same from others. It is beautiful and freeing as I release attachments.

Currently I am working on my feelings of rejection, something I have felt throughout my life and has kept me from pushing past the fear of hearing no. I am seeking the source and then healing it with Reiki, love, and gratitude. What I have learned on my journey I hope to share it with you my reader and hopefully one day client.

As I release rejection I then embrace trust as it balances it out. I am reaching out and asking for help from numerous people as I build my business, manage a home and living with my father, and take care of myself. I am thankful that most people I have asked for help or support have agreed and I am now forming an amazing team for my business and personal life.

I am blessed as I have found my passion and will help others find theirs so we can be in love with the world and ourselves.

Whether you have your life’s passion or not, please share and let’s support each other.

Blessings and health!

My path to holistic health


I am embarking on the holistic healing path and discovering what it means to me along the way. My why, reason to do what I do! I believe this path has chosen me. Since as long as I could remember wanting to help and serve others has been a part of my life in some capacity. As a young child I volunteered in numerous organizations and programs from working with the homeless to visiting older adults in nursing homes.  My parents instilled in me the value of being nice to others and I took it a few steps more by finding out what else can I do to make people laugh and feel good.

One of my greatest accomplishments thus far in regards to serving others is my stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer. From 2007-2009 I served in a small mountainous community outside of the capital city of Chalatenango, El Salvador as a Youth Development Volunteer. My first year I worked with the youth and we developed diverse activities such as creating shows to put on for the community, cleaning up the polluted river flowing near their caserio (town), to cooking new dishes (they enjoyed making calzones and got a kick out of the name because in Spanish calzones means underwear) and learning English. Yet after a year most of the youth reverted to their old habits of watching novelas, involved in other activities, or spending time con la familia. 

So, I moved on to other projects and continued teaching classes at two local schools. I also conducted a community survey by walking around my community asking the women to choose from 5 activities what they were most interested. By this time I could do a survey in each house within 30 minutes, depending on the family I visited. Although most of time I would do what all community members would do, talk about the weather, the crops, and the kids.

The Peace Corps has the expectation that a volunteer’s first 6 months are solely about practicing the language and getting to know the community. The first basic rule of community development is earning the people’s trust. If people don’t trust you, they won’t work for, or with you. I set a personal expectation that I would get to know everyone in the community. This was not a hard task as there were only 100 people in this community yet the challenge was there were 6 other communities near by and they wanted to know me. I also set the expectations of learning, having fun, and enjoying the new place I would call home for 2 years.

Chalatenango was one of the hardest hit areas during the Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s. The worst year where over 70,000 people were slaughtered was in 1980. My community was created after the Peace Treaty was signed and land was reassigned, especially to the guerrillas. They were given land, money, supplies, and then left to fend for themselves. Now, most simply have land where they have a house and a nearby plot of land to grow maiz y frijoles. They also have their nightmares, memories, and physical ailments. As a social worker I knew the art of listening and asking the right questions to encourage people to talk about their experiences for I was curious and wanted to know. This experience was unknown to me as I have lived in the safety of US suburbs. I would also accompany families to memorials and refugee camps. I learned about their pain and their strengths. I was also intrigued because so many of their stories were similar to the battles fought during the Cuban Revolution of the late 1950s. My parents both were born and raised in Cuba and left after the revolution when they discovered their human rights were violated and Fidel Castro did not keep his promises.

I vowed I would return and help the guerrillas and their families, especially the women. The women would tell me countless tales of watching their husbands, brothers, fathers, uncles, and cousins assassinated in front of them or knew they died in battle. At the time I did not know the effects of trauma yet I had a gut feeling many of their health issues were associated to the trauma of their experiences. The health issues many rural community members experienced were diabetes, digestive issues, and anxiety. One woman who was very dear to me would faint each time she would become upset or cry. She was also constantly going to the doctor for one ailment or another and was on various medications she could barely afford as she was the sole provider of 3 teenaged children.

However, I did not know what I could so I decided to go for my Masters as I had my Bachelor’s of Social Work. So, six months before I was to leave El Salvador I applied and was later accepted to New Mexico State University Dual Master’s of Social Work and Public Health. I wanted to work in community development and prevention. They are a perfect pair.

My first year, in Las Cruces after I left El Salvador I reset my personal expectation of getting to know my community. I was active in many projects during my Peace Corps service and I wanted to continue being engaged. I will admit I overdid it and by the second year I slowed down. However, it was in this first year, second semester I learned about Reiki. I took a class because I was curious. I honestly had no idea what it was but it felt right.

The year 2009 will be forever etched in my mind as a challenging year. January 2009 my older sister Yoli was diagnosed with lung cancer (non-smoker).  I left the Peace Corps in May 2009 which was bittersweet as I said goodbye to very close friends in my small community, promising to return one day. In the summer I traveled with a friend from Florida to New Mexico for a road trip and to attend the National Rainbow Gathering in Cuba, New Mexico. Then, I began NMSU school in August 2009.

The summer of 2009 I spent time with Yoli accompanying her as she followed her heart and sought a holistic healing treatment instead of chemotherapy. She wanted to continue telling stories to children in Atlanta and undergoing chemotherapy would not allow her to do that. Her holistic treatment consisted of 5 focuses; mental, physical, social, spiritual, and emotional. She read books on curing herself of cancer, she attended numerous workshops and researched health gurus, then tried the techniques that she thought sounded the best. I was amazed as I learned about health from so many different aspects. I wanted to learn more. I joined her on this educational healing journey. In Las Cruces I read different books, attended workshops, and learned Reiki. Of course, while in a dual masters program, working, and while involved in numerous student and community organizations. I am so thankful I did not become overwhelmed or sick. Yet, I didn’t trust myself practicing and when I received that dreaded call I gave up what I have learned about holistic health.

Yoli passed away May 2010 from cancer, a form the doctors never confirmed. I was heartbroken as she was my soul sister, a true love through many lives. I continued staying active, working, and going to school but I stopped learning about alternative therapies, especially Reiki. I couldn’t help her heal so what was the use, I thought.

A year after she passed away my mother was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer. She took the traditional route and thankfully continues to live today. However, I knew it wouldn’t be enough so I sought alternative therapies. I learned about reasons people become ill and what options are available. I shared this information with my mother and she listened. Together we learned about herbs that help prevent cancer, watched funny movies, and embraced the moment. She also amazed us all with her strong faith in God and working within the 5 realms. I took a year off of school so I could help her as she recovered from back surgery when a tumor on her back was removed. I lived with my parents for 6 months and then returned to Las Cruces as she was better and I wanted to save our relationship as my parents and I have different values in regards to gender roles. I do not judge them for their traditional ways as it is what has worked for them for 44 years now, yet in my relationship I count on more of a partnership.

Once I returned from Las Cruces I fell back into Reiki and within a year I became a Reiki Teacher/Master. I was on the fast course because I realized this was the gift I could take back to Central America. In 2011 I completed my public health internship with a non-profit in Nicaragua and I fell in love with the people and the culture. Within the two months i was there I became active in the community and became friends with many people. I decided after I graduated I would return to work with the non-profit I continued to be involved with and have a Reiki and counseling practice.

I graduated May 2013 with my dual Masters’ of Public Health and Social Work and completed my training as a Reiki Teacher/Master. In June I moved to Esteli, Nicaragua to work with the non-profit. In July I purchased a cot and began to offer Reiki and counseling. I founded at this time Mariposas Holistic Healing. Soon I was rewarded with a partnership from my best friend Libby, a Yoga Instructor and practitioner, and Laura, our Marketing Director. Libby and Laura were both living in Nicaragua and we spent time discussing our goals for Mariposas.

Within a month I had 2 consistent clients and had met with 3 first time clients. I was thrilled with the success of my business, although I had no idea what I was doing. In August I left the non-profit due to differences in leadership, I lost respect for the Director and therefore did not trust him. So, we parted ways and I began to put more thought and effort into my practice. More clients came to me through word of mouth and my offer of the first session free to try it out.

Reiki was and still is a foreign concept to the people of Nicaragua, as it is here in the United States. Reiki, is an energy based stress reduction developed in Japan. However, the basis of energy healing work dates back to the time of Buddha. Buddhism use energy work for spiritual enlightenment where Reiki focuses on healing self and others. One way I explained Reiki to new clients who were Catholic was to say it was a similar technique used by Jesus. Actually, once they experience Reiki for the first time they are thankful because for the first time in a long time they were able to completely relax.

Reiki was a part of my practice, counseling was the other. I sought more techniques. I returned in November 2012, 6 months after I left for Nicaragua, because my boyfriend Joel needed me. We met two months before I graduated and we fell in love shortly after seeing each other at a mutual friend’s house. I had my plans set for Nicaragua and was not about to let a man get in the way of them. So I promised I would see him again in December.

We attempted to hold on to our relationship yet it was challenging. Then he started going down hill with his mental health as he was struggling with post traumatic symptoms, residue from his 3 tours he served while in the Army. I decided it was time to return to the states and be with the man I truly love and have said I want to spend the rest of my life with. Now was the time to put my words to action. As much as I loved the work I was doing in Nicaragua, he was my primary focus.

Now, I have returned to Las Cruces where I lived previously for almost 4 years while in graduate school and the place I really began learning and practicing holistic ways. I began reconnecting with old contacts and was soon teaching Reiki 1 classes as people were interested. I also became involved in another networking company FGX Express which sells amazing and effective pain patches because I knew they could benefit so many people. I then began to volunteer with a community acupuncture clinic as their Border Project Training Coordinator. I am now responsible for coordinating trainings and trainers in the Juarez region for those interested in Chinese medicine techniques. In return I would be able to attend the trainings and become a practitioner.

I am blessed with these new found opportunities and know the return to the US is offering another chance to grow more as a holistic healing practitioner and coach. I want to share with people here in the US and in Latin America the technique I am learning and practicing to reduce stress and be healthy on all five levels.

This is just the beginning of my holistic healing path and it is balanced and genuine. Once my partner receives the health care and retirement benefits he deserves from the government then we will continue our healing path together in Nicaragua and beyond.