About Kristen Gibson

I’ve been there. I know what it’s like.

I was flung into profound darkness at a tender age, and I got stuck there for decades: in rage, bitterness, and feeling forever ruined and helpless to do anything to get my self-worth and any semblance of a life back. And I have emerged from the darkness with dignity, power, purity of heart, endless possibility, hopefulness, loving purpose, and joy. 

It wasn’t easy going to pull myself up again and craft a life worthy of the suffering I had undergone. Frequently, progress felt halting and tedious. But I did progress and emerge into the light. 

And so can you. Wherever you find yourself along the journey, however lost or stuck you feel, you can find your way, get yourself unstuck, press on, and prevail over the dark. Moreover, you can emerge from the darkness a far better person—and far more powerful force for good—than you might otherwise have been. Strange but true. And wonderful.

I want to offer you powerful energetic healing and encouragement for your journey toward a life of dignity, personal empowerment, integrity, compassion, loving purpose, renewed possibility and hopefulness, and joy. I want to help you transform your grief and darkness so that you can share your light with a world in sore need of it. 

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Along my healing journey thus far, I have graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, Phi Beta Kappa, in 2002, and from Naropa University with a Master of Divinity in 2017. While culturally Christian, practicing Roman Catholicism from my early 20s, I have been a devoted practitioner of a lineage within the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism since 2001, and I hold the endorsement of this Buddhist lineage for my practice of professional chaplaincy. In 2014, while studying at Naropa University, I met with the teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating and the Center for Contemplative Living as well as those of Fr. Richard Rohr and the Center for Action and Contemplation. Though theologically Buddhist, I retain a deep appreciation and affection for the Christian tradition as the cradle of my spiritual path in this life, and I apply myself to Christian as well as Buddhist contemplative practice and study. I have been a Reiki master practitioner since 2013 and a professional chaplain since 2018. In addition to my healing practice, I work as a hospice chaplain in rural North Dakota. 

Having experienced profound trauma at a formative age, I have dedicated my life’s work, in whatever form it has taken, to helping others heal their own traumas so that they may live their best lives and bring their best gifts to the world in fullness of joy.

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