How I got here
My name is Sue Pready and I began my working life in the early 70's as a technical translator and subsequently personal assistant to the general manager of a battery manufacturer in North London. Married life, the privilege of motherhood and a move to Hertfordshire came next, followed by many years of working in local government as a training centre co-ordinator and then in human resources.
I consciously started on my spiritual path in 1997 as a result of a shattering life crisis, through which I found Reiki - or, rather, Reiki found me. I began training in Reiki in 1998 - with a metaphorical beady-eyed parrot sitting on my shoulder, intoning "the minute this doesn't feel right, we're out of here"! Miraculously, that moment never came and I ultimately completed my training to Reiki Master Teacher Level in 2003, at which point I left my post in human resources to work in the healing arts.
Whilst building this bridge to a new career, I studied Psychodynamic Counselling, Anatomy and Physiology, Spiritual Healing with The Healing Trust and a number of other shorter courses to create firm foundations to support this new area of work. I have since worked in private practice as an energy therapist in four different complementary health clinics and in two hospices and the NHS on a voluntary basis. I am also a founder member and former Chair of The Welwyn Hatfield Therapists' Group which started in 2001 and has proved to be a wonderful resource for me on my life's journey - and also for countless other complementary therapists and members of the general public alike.
In 2007 - through a deeply felt sense of resonance - I began training as a sound healer with The College of Sound Healing and qualified in 2009. The core practitioner training with the College places fundamental emphasis on the use of the voice and this has proved to be profoundly meaningful for me and indeed a life-changing journey in its own right. In discovering and getting to know my true voice and what really makes my heart sing - both literally and metaphorically - I now feel an abiding and ever deepening sense of 'coming home' to my true self ... This essentially is the reason I applied to become a tutor for The College of Sound Healing and since 2012 I have had the privilege of facilitating their core practitioner training programme here in Hertfordshire.
To make the major life transition from working in local government to working in the healing arts has involved my having to dig ever more deeply into my inner resources in order to be able to respond to the life challenges that have come my way. I have studied and been inspired, uplifted and sustained by a number of healing modalities over the years - including Psychosynthesis Psychology at the London Institute and more recently group voice therapy at The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST).
As I look back, I see that ultimately, the leap of faith I made in 2003 to leave employment and follow my dream to work in the healing arts has led me … not only to experience a profoundly different inner way of being … but also to find my true passion - which turns out to be a love of working with sound, voice & story.
These two quotations have held deep resonance for me on that journey:
"Man's spiritual development is a long and arduous journey, an adventure through strange lands full of surprises, difficulties and even dangers. It involves a drastic transmutation of the 'normal' elements of the personality, an awakening of potentialities hitherto dormant, a raising of consciousness to new realms, and a functioning along a new inner dimension."
Alberto Assagioli, Founder of Psychosynthesis Psychology
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive? And then go and do that … because what the world needs is people who have come alive"
...Some thoughts about healing and how it works
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, 'healing' as a noun is defined as: the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again; as an adjective 'healing' is defined as: tending to heal; therapeutic.
Within the healing arts, the word 'healing' is defined in many different ways, can mean many different things to many different people - and to the lay person, can often be associated with the perception of 'curing', which it is not. Equally, for many people, healing can be a very emotive and frequently misunderstood word - generating countless unhelpful permutations.
To me healing is largely about self-healing in that when we become more whole (i.e. become more of our whole (natural and true) self, we heal. And when we heal we find ourselves in a better position to be able to help others to heal themselves.
In energy terms, we can say that
1 The goal of healing is to improve energy flow
2 The goal of improved energy flow is improving one's life
3 The goal of improving one's life is improving life for others
...Underlying my professional practice
Over the years, I have come to appreciate that healing derives from a place of accepting things as they are. In my view, when we are healing in order to change something we see as wrong into something we would see as right, we have missed the point altogether. To me, healing is about allowing things their natural expression of disharmony in a way that is expansive and compassionate and preserves the space for the person to change in a more balanced way.
In addition to the various energy therapies that I practice, Psychosynthesis Psychology - which I studied for two years at the London Institute - further informs my work and continuing personal and professional development.