As a Rabbi, I believe my duty is to serve as a spiritual healer. To heal on behalf of Hashem/G-d/The Divine/The Universe/Ke Akua/whatever you what want to call it. I was put here to teach. To teach healing. To teach love. A Rabbi is often viewed as a "teacher," among many other things. I was put here to teach people how to heal themselves. Something they already know, just need to be re-taught. I called myself a "Healer" before I even knew what it meant. I didn't even know what I was saying. Now, as a Rabbi, I know the words are synonymous.
"A Rebbe is the geologist of the soul. They can show you where to dig, and what to dig for. But the digging you must do yourself."
I dig. I seek. I uncover. I learn. I grow. I share. My transition from "doing" to "Being" was the best thing to ever happen to me. CRPS, migraines, having an ovary removed, anxiety, depression were all gifts from The Divine, no different than my life, my heart, my breath. This road has been rocky and unpaved, filled with death and dis-ease, anger and pain, and unexpected struggle and loss, but it was all worth it to BE HERE NOW.
I will help to create a planet where every Being can truly feel this way, say it, and mean it.
I was brought to Hawai'i, the most energetic place on Earth, to help heal the world. I moved to the Big Island with the dream of creating a Holistic Healing Clinic and Retreat Center. Just as being able to walk again seemed like a long shot in the dark, so did this vision. It consumed my every waking moment. Feeling that this calling was so much bigger than me, I followed The Divine blindly, determined to create a place for all Beings to come heal, learn and grow.
Now, that dream has become a reality. Thanks to generous donations, the endless hard work of my husband, and the drive of a determined little girl who just wants to heal the world, that dream is here. Now. For YOU. To Heal. I am here to serve.
I am originally from Kansas, but knew at a young age that wasn’t where I was meant to be. After graduating college Magna Cum Laude in only three years with multiple honors, and earning my Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal and Public Communications and English, the constant stress began to lead me down a path I was so sure I wanted, but could not have been more wrong. Throughout the years I found myself chasing the “American Dream" and running a successful Internet marketing company. I moved from Kansas City, to Denver, Colorado, to Houston, Texas, to San Diego, California searching for happiness, until I finally found home here on the Big Island of Hawai’i. When we landed in Hilo, I knew I belonged. I have never felt so at home. I know the island called me here. I know this is where I am meant to be. This is where I am meant to help heal the world.
While living in San Diego, California, I was teaching Jazzercise. I lost over 80 pounds practicing Jazzercise, discovered a love of health, wellness, and fitness I never knew I had, and wanted to help others discover the same. I shut down the successful Internet marketing business I had at the time, and decided to pursue teaching Jazzercise full-time. I was teaching anywhere from 5 to 15 classes per week, when I sprained my ankle during class one morning. Little did I realize, that ankle sprain would change my life.
The pain continued to get worse, and began to spread into my foot, toes, and eventually my entire leg. The pain was excruciating, nerve pain, something you cannot truly comprehend unless you have experienced it for yourself. I would not wish that pain on anyone. I went to the ER, and was told it could be RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) also known as CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). After endless doctor appointments with Department Heads of Neurology, Podiatry and the Emergency Room, my worst nightmare became reality, and I was diagnosed with an "incurable illness." Life as I knew it was over.
The pain was so horrible that I couldn’t walk, shower, take myself to the bathroom, wear clothes or a shoe, or even go outside; even the slightest breeze felt like someone throwing swords into my left foot, ankle, and leg. I watched as my sympathetic nervous system continued shutting down. The hair on the left side of my body stopped growing, the nails on my left hand and foot stopped growing, and the entire left side of my body continued to shut down and swell more and more at every moment. I was told that the pain would never go away, and my only hope was to learn to deal with it. There was a slight possibility that having a sympathetic nerve block injected into my spine, directly into my sacrum, could decrease the pain. Seeing no other alternative, I went ahead and scheduled the injection, despite the little voice in my head yelling at me not to.
That little voice in my head just wouldn’t stop, and kept reminding me of the story of Louise Hay. I thought to myself, “She healed herself, so why can’t I?” I began spending every moment researching, reading and meditating. I researched the brain, the nervous system, the mind and body connection, the power of manifestation, and began seeing healers and physical therapists on a daily basis. I went off all medications and began treating with only doTERRA essential oils and natural supplements. I changed my diet, eliminated coffee, and even changed the cleaning products I used on my body and in my home. I woke up everyday and meditated, wrote in my journal and continued to put my manifestation into the universe. I defied all odds in physical therapy and continued to conquer my mind. Now, that pain I was told I would have forever, is a thing of the past, and I am here to help others who may not be as fortunate as I.
My mission is to heal the world, or rather, create a world that doesn’t need healing. Our planet is to be filled with happy, healthy beings, radiating peace and love. We aren’t made to live on a planet of stress, we are made to live on a planet of love.
I personally do not believe I possess the power to heal anyone. All I can do is show others the strength they already possess within themselves.
I have dedicated every waking moment to raising money and awareness to become a 501C3 non-profit organization, so that all treatments and retreats received, classes taken, and donations are 100% tax deductible. ALL proceeds from treatments and classes and retreats go directly towards the dream I had of building a Holistic Healing Clinic and heart empowerment retreat here on the Big Island, that specializes in treating symptoms of stress and chronic pain, that has now become reality. I share with others my story and the techniques I used. For those who can not afford to visit Ahava 'Aina to receive healing, I am working to have enough to be able to pay for them as well.
Rabbi Rachel is humbled and honored to have founded and serve Ahava 'Aina. Ahava 'Aina is a 501c3 non-profit organization on a mission to heal the world. All donations benefit the sustainable synagogue's mission of sharing healing and learning with all Beings in all ways.