The Story Behind
A Healing Spirit
“I feel so helpless, stuck in here just staring at the walls,” she told me on one of my daily visits. “I wish there were something I could do to help myself.”
So did I.
We both believed in the connection between mind and body and I knew she read a little book of prayers every day.
I printed out some mood-lifting images to hang on her wall, and then it hit me: I could write some affirmations for her. I hand-wrote 20 healing affirmations and packaged them in a little red box. On it, I wrote “ RX: 1 per day”.
Three years later, A Healing Spirit was born, conceived in the Stanford ICU by my beloved friend. She didn’t survive to see the Healing Affirmation Cards or the Guided Journal for Healing I dedicated to her– or any of the other products on this site. But her fingerprints and her indomitable spirit are all over them.
Coming out of retirement to start a business from scratch isn’t easy. I’ve made my share of mistakes, and probably still will. It’s time-consuming and expensive.
But when I’m wondering what the heck I was thinking to start this business, I take myself back to that day at Stanford and to my beautiful friend, and that thought propels me forwa
Carol A. Cassara, M.S., founder of A Healing Spirit
Hello and thanks for visiting! I’m a trained hypnotherapist and past life regressionist and live in the San Francisco Bay area with my husband and two little rescue dogs. Much of of my regression and hypnosis work is via Skype or Zoom, which means anyone in the world can access my services. I love doing workshops and small group events.
My interest in working with healing and grief began during the peak of the AIDS/HIV epidemic when I spent more than a dozen years as a trained emotional support worker with that community. My skills developed further during my years as support person to family and friends battling serious disease and facing death.
Inspired by the time spent supporting a close friend, I founded A Healing Spirit to help others cope with disease, grief, anxiety, and chronic pain. The story of my journey with my friend can be found here.
I hold a Masters of Science from Florida State University. I also hold a Masters level certificate in Integrated Imagery, a hypnosis technique, from Atlantic University in Virginia Beach, the college founded by Edgar Cayce, where I was trained by Peter Woodbury.
Spirituality became a focus after my mother’s death in 1999 and my spiritual journey has been long and varied. Before becoming a past-life regressionist, my interest in spiritual matters led me to complete Michael Harner’s training, The Way of the Shaman® Shamanic Journeying, Power, and Healing: The Basic Workshop in Core Shamanism. Although I am not a shaman, I am a mesa carrier, meaning I have a medicine bundle charged and blessed by Don Umberto Soncco, Q’ero master shaman and healer from Cuzco, Peru, the ancient capital city of the Inkas. It’s full of powerful, meaningful talismans and I use the mesa both personally and in my practice.
I’ve taken workshops and courses in trance channeling and facilitated after-death communication. I am also a Universal Life minister. The healing work of Archangel Raphael resonates with me. Mentoring and coaching come naturally.
I’d love to talk to you and answer any of your questions.
I felt like Carol could sense anytime I was starting to surface back to a more cognitive state and knew exactly what to say and how to re-direct me back into deeper relaxation, where I could access my subconscious, instead of my thinking, worrying mind taking over.
If you've ever gone through a regression, you experienced feeling at times you're making up a storyline. As Carol will remind you what matters is there's a message in it for you, even if it's your subconscious talking. You'll benefit whether you believe past lives are real or not.
I walked away with very valuable insights and experiences that I am still integrating. This continues long after your session.
Carol is a wonderful therapist to gently and skillfully guide you through the process.
I found Carol to be very approachable, trustworthy, and easy to speak to. She is very professional and kind. I've already referred some friends since I had such a positive experience.
Appointments for hypnotherapy, regression or spiritual connections available via Zoom during shelter-in-place.