As a young child I found myself astonished by the beauty of nature around me. Lucky enough to grow up with a forest behind my home in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, I experienced pure happiness looking for crayfish underneath rocks, watching the water flow over the creek bed, or swimming in the bluff hole. I felt calm and peaceful. These enchanting creeks I played in, flow into the White River, which, runs through Arkansas. For this reason, I decided to call my business, White River. 

At the age of 7, I knew that in some way I wished to help people and I was curious as to how it might play out as a career option. I was very interested in the behaviour of others and aware that some children were not getting their emotional needs met. I had no idea how I might one day be of service, only a sense of magic about the purpose my future held. At the time, I didn’t realise I already had my own pain and unprocessed trauma. I had undiagnosed ADHD and low self-esteem. Most of my life, unbeknownst to me, I had lived with limiting beliefs, such as, “I’m not good enough. I’m a failure. People don’t like me, and I don’t fit in.”

February 1998, the time I would be celebrating my 16th birthday, I was a passenger in a car crash with friends in which the ambulance crew were amazed any of us survived. I lost all memory of the actual ambulance ride and hospital admission where an x-ray had found I had luckily only cracked a rib. In the same month, my brother tragically took his life on his 20th birthday (4 days after my birthday).

It wasn’t until I was in my late 30s that I started to listen to the voice of my soul. At this point in my life, I had been working as a registered nurse and had a 2 year old and new-born baby. Mild post-natal depression led me to book onto a mindfulness course, followed by spiritual healing. Before I knew it, I was studying Japanese Reiki healing. I then remembered when I was age 20, I had bought a book called Hands of Light Healing. This was something I had felt drawn to do before, but fear of judgment and the culture I grew up in caused me to ignore my interests in energy healing. 

Before I started my studies to become a nurse, I initially completed a degree in Psychology at the University of Arkansas. Naturally, I was drawn towards EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), which I studied during the first Covid-19 lockdown on-line. I love the gentleness, the creativity and how it pulls thins out from the root. I carried on with my studies, and qualified as an advanced EFT Level 3 practitioner. I have attended speciality workshops i.e. EFT with young children. I am currently studying Identity Healing, which uses tapping, but in a very different approach to healing limiting beliefs. I am also writing a children’s chapter book story which weaves in elements of tapping.  I love the science behind tapping!  If you are one of those people who likes more information and evidence-based information, just ask!

I have never lost that sense of curiosity about human nature. What I realise more than ever with my own life experiences, healing of trauma and beliefs I’d formed from an early age, is the power is within us all to change and to shine. Imagine a world where we all transform into our highest wisdom and beauty! We too are nature, and are worthy to be and exist in the essence and nurturing qualities of self-love, compassion and acceptance. Our inner child and all children deserve to be heard, seen and listened to.

My Qualifications

B.A. Psychology, University of Arkansas

B.S.c (Hons) in Adult Nursing, University of Central Lancashire 

EFTi Advanced Tapping Certified Practitioner 

Usui Reiki Master 

NSU Spiritual Healer

Ashley Heywood EFT and Reiki practitioner portrait
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