“It is my perception that Reiki helped and continues to help with healing on multiple levels, equally with physical, mental, and emotional issues. Through Reiki and mindful practice, our deeper awareness compels us to become our authentic selves. This process is different and unique to each person, but I have seen it work in others time and time again."
In the mid-1990s Mr. Grossman began practicing meditation, the subtle body. It was then he was first exposed to Reiki through the auspicious receipt of a CKR symbol, at the time not knowing what it was. Yet it was something he held in his mind and led him to his current practice.
In 1998, he joined the U.S. Army as an infantryman. He served with the 101st Airborne Division, and the 1st Infantry Division. After nearly seven years of honorable service, he had earned the rank of Sergeant, deployed three times, and served in combat in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2007, Mr. Grossman became an advocate accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for DAV, a 501(c)(4) veterans organization. His work included case management, advocacy, and leading a team interfacing with medical professionals, Congressmen, and local agencies on behalf of veterans and their families.
He later joined Wounded Warrior Project® in Washington, D.C. the nation's premier voice for Post 9/11 wounded, ill, and injured. He served as a Subject Matter Expert at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, National Intrepid Center of Excellence, various Warrior Transition Units, and collaborated with Wounded Warrior Project's Combat Stress Recovery Team, Physical Health and Wellness, and Engagement teams. It was within these years he collaborated with his teammates and witnessed the growth that holistic programming had on the minds, bodies, and spirits of traumatized warriors and their families.
From 2016 to 2020, he experienced what Ekhart Tolle refers to as a "dark night of the soul", the intense state of physical, mental, emotional, and deeply spiritual pain of meaninglessness. He suffered from combat trauma, survivor's guilt, emotional numbing, rage, and depression alongside a host of physical issues from service. Like many warriors of his generation, he flirted with alcohol and death.
With support from his wife, family, and brothers and sisters-in-arms and WWP, Mr. Grossman began to approach wellness through mindfulness, meditation, and transcendental meditation techniques, retreats, and holistic programs, like the ones he helped other warriors engage in. Emerging from an intense 60 day period of meditation addressing his physical and psychic trauma, he was internally guided to study Reiki and deepen his meditation studies within multiple modalities to provide trauma-informed mindfulness and meditation.
Mr. Grossman believes service to others is a life calling. Mr. Grossman is a wellness professional whose only desire is to competently empower others as they find meaning and healing within themselves through the practices he facilitates.
The practices used at Mind Body Spirit REIKI are either "evidence-based", and recognized as such by the medical community, or have varying levels of clinical research to support favorable responses physiologically as well as via patient report.
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A U.S. Army veteran, a wife, and a mother, Mrs. Grossman appreciates the rigors of physical and emotional strain within the body. Through her personal experience, she brings real-world understanding to what women face in and out of uniform and within the workplace. Having suffered trauma, stress, chronic physical issues such as fibromyalgia and hormonal imbalance, she's made it her daily mission for herself and others to facilitate wellness modalities,
Mrs. Grossman has engaged in various holistic modalities since the late 2000s. In 2009 and 2010 she began studying Mahayana Buddhism, and later the Dzogchen tradition with her brother-in-law. She's engaged in multiple couples and cohort-based wellness programs. In 2017 she learned Transcendental Meditation. In late 2020 and 2021, she became interested in Reiki and Sound Healing alongside her husband. Darlene also holds a Certificate in Digital photography and loves the outdoors as well as various types of creative photography.
Mrs. Grossman is Mind Body Spirit REIKI's business manager, event planner, reiki practitioner, and crystal sound bowl facilitator.
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