Dec 22, 2022
“Imagination is where we get in
touch with other realms. Imagination is where we see the
unseeable.” — Karen V. Johnson
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How can death be a
Today I talk with Karen V.
Johnson. Karen is a graduate of Georgetown Law Center and a former
Fulbright Scholar in Afghanistan. She holds Master’s Degrees in
both Public Health and Public International Affairs. She’s a
retired Administrative Law Judge of more than 30 years, former Army
officer (retired), a master practitioner of energy medicine, and
author of “Living Grieving: Using Energy Medicine to Alchemize
Grief and Loss.”
Listen in to hear Karen’s
journey from her left-brained world into spirituality, how she uses
the four winds medicine wheel, and how you can get in touch with
your inner divine too.
Topics We Discuss:
- [1:30] Talk about a shift! Karen was living a
left-brained life in Washington, DC working as a Federal Judge,
when her 27 year old son tragically died from a heroin overdose.
Karen says sometimes death is a doorway to a spiritual life.
Shortly after his death, Karen experienced an afterlife visitation
from her son, started sensing and seeing him, and then started
seeing other spirits. She now helps “stuck” spirits cross
- [9:10] How to edge yourself toward your own
psychic sense of other realms: first get over the hurdle of
disbelieving and allow yourself to tune into your intuition. For
most of us, our intuition has been shut off because over the years
we’ve been told to focus on the facts. Karen tells people to
imagine saying to your left brain, “Thank you for all you’ve done,
but I want to play with my right brain.” Set your intention. Open
- [10:30] Karen’s honest discussion of how severe
her grief became, eventually feeling desperately suicidal. A
spiritual course in Joshua Tree, California turned things around
for her. She began her spiritual journey.
- [14:10] Karen’s book, “Living Grief” is based
on Indigenous medicine wheels as applied to grief. There are four
directions (north, east, west and south) and four practices
associated with each direction; therefore, 16 ways to journey from
being stuck in our grief to a place of rebirth. We can create a new
life out of the ashes that honors our loved ones.
- [16:00] Karen’s healing practice uses ceremony.
In the West, we understand ceremony when we walk into a temple or a
church: there are candles and we get a feeling of that sacred place
and the divine. Even if we’re not a member of that religion, we
might go light a candle. Karen helps mirror that experience of the
divine by getting people from their reptilian brain to their
ceremonial brain in the neocortex.
- [25:45] By releasing the chatter in our minds
and being in stillness, we can experience the divinity within us.
We’re not just physical creatures. We have a spiritual,
transcendent element that we want to get in touch with and allow to
- [30:01] Indigineous alchemy. What if we’re
wired for transformation? What if we have this inherent nature that
looks for transformation and change? By keeping ourselves
stuck, we’re actually holding in negative energy that affects our
- [35:10] Psychopomps are beings that can go
between realms; Karen leaves this realm and goes in the in-between
to help souls transition to the other side.
FOLLOW KAREN V. JOHNSON:
Find Karen and the programs she
offers on her website or on Instagram.
Her new book, “Living Grieving:
Using Energy Medicine to Alchemize Grief and Loss” is available
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