I am a free-spirited person who believes in living life to the fullest. I'm never bored, unless I'm just trying to decide what to do.
While I have an intellectual and academic curiosity about religions, I generally prefer to focus on spirituality, placing an emphasis on the individual's happiness rather than on appeasing a deity or deities. I've always been philosophical, and "religious" isn't an adjective that suits me. I am somewhat existentialist, I suppose. I have not read much about existentialism, but according to this definition - "that the individual is solely responsible for giving his or her own life meaning and for living that life passionately and sincerely, in spite of many existential obstacles and distractions including despair, angst, absurdity, alienation, and boredom" (see Existentialism) - well, I guess that's me to some degree.
Regarding religion, I feel that each religion can have its merits and value (even if it seems hard to see sometimes). I have studied paganism and Wicca predominantly, which at the very least led me to explore different mythologies, from classic Greco-Roman to Mesoamerican (Mayan, Incan, Aztec). My studies have also included Native traditions, Buddhism, Taoism, Celtic mythology and spirituality, Mesoamerican mythology and basically any other mythologies out there.
I have a great interest in healing and wellness. I believe that healing takes place on the spiritual level first and that much suffering and pain can be avoided by taking good care of oneself. Taking care of oneself includes spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. I hold a black belt in taekwondo and I highly recommend martial arts to people because it works on all these levels. During the summer of 2002, I suffered a knee injury, putting my martial arts training on hold. I underwent knee surgery and rehabilitation. It was going through this that sparked my interest in healing and subsequently, I sought not just reiki treatment, but to be attuned to reiki. I was attuned to reiki level one in November 2003 and to reiki level two in April 2005. Finally, in January 2006, I completed my formal reiki training and was certified as a reiki teacher. Healing, however, is not just an individual need, healing is also needed on a larger scale. The world itself needs to be healed - there is just too much suffering. This is the basic idea behind this website and my work.
I have always had an interest in occult and spiritual matters. It started with my studies in astrology, tarot, and numerology over 15 years ago. This later led to studying Wicca as an alternative spiritual path. Combined with my interest in healing, studying reiki was an ideal choice. I am also interested in aromatherapy, colour healing, crystal healing, as well as herbal medicine. On a physical level, I am studying basic anatomy and familiarizing myself with the medical field.
My formal educational background consists of a Bachelor's of Business Administration from Schulich School of Business (York University) and a Certificate of Legal Administration from Seneca College. I have worked in the fields of marketing, office administration, and as a law clerk in intellectual property law. In 2004, I made a life changing decision; and so far, things seem to be working out.
I enjoy writing. At the age of thirteen, I was considering a career in journalism, but decided I didn't like the ethics of the modern media industry. ("Does anyone care about the truth anymore??") By the time I finished high school, I decided to study business (of course, business has its own set of "ethics" to contend with that in the end I didn't like). I've always had an interest in law, particularly how it affects society. (At about the same time as I became interested in journalism, my sister saw me working through the questions in her LSAT prep test and asked if I liked it. I replied that I liked the "puzzles".) I have a passion for human rights that has grown stronger over the years. I did consider law school before I went to college for a law clerk certificate, but decided I did not want to be a lawyer. (But for the enormous tuition fees for law school, I would go just for the educational environment; and whether or not I want to pursue a legal career is another matter. If I did, it would be focused on constitutional law and international human rights.) I have since decided to mix my two passions and I am hoping to write more about human rights in the future. By writing about human rights, I hope to help educate people about it and about how solving human rights issues will help heal the world.
Currently, I am focused on martial arts training and trying to write more often. I hope to write one novel someday. I still retain an interest in personal fitness, wellness, health, and healing. To keep up-to-date with what I am doing, please see my blog Pneumatised! An Ever-Changing Life Inspired by the Pneuma.
Copyright C.J. Chow September 2004, April 2005, January 2006, June 2010, April 2011.