About Me

Beth Ward, energy medicine practitioner, third degree reiki master teacher and spiritual guide

As a former licensed massage and bodywork therapist, I have been involved in holistic and alternative healthcare for over 22 years. My love for this field was first planted when I took a job as a chiropractic assistant in 1996. It is this love that led me to move to Asheville, NC, where I graduated from the Center for Massage and Natural Health in 2003, and continued practicing as a licensed massage and bodywork therapist for 11 years. It relentlessly flourishes within me to this day.


As a result of a near-death experience several years ago, I desperately began seeking out my own healing and was hurled into an opportunity to answer another calling: to help others obtain healing and awaken to higher consciousness through intuitive energy healing, teaching, and spiritual guidance.


My road on this journey has not been without pitfalls. In January of 2013, I suffered a sudden illness that would change my life forever in many ways; the greatest of which was a near death experience (NDE). This catalyzed a powerful shift in my personal spiritual perception. I was hospitalized with multi-organ failure, in a coma for 5 days, on life support for two weeks, followed by months of hospitalization, physical, occupational, and speech therapies. Prior to this sudden illness and life change, Center for Massage and Natural Health in 2003 and continued practicing as a licensed massage and bodywork therapist for over 11 years.  


I am an Ordained Interfaith Minister, a Usui Ryoho Shinpiden Reiki Master Teacher, and a graduate of  The Great Medicine Wheel of the New Earth Shamanic Energy Medicine and Ceremony Program in Charlottesville, VA (more information below). I also hold certifications to practice neurolinguistics programming, hypnotherapy and Qi-Gong. I have been fortunate to work in many environments- from world class resort spas to private practice, massage schools, and beyond. I've worn many hats during my professional life- everything from positions in the administrative profession (i.e., legal assistant, university executive assistant, retail manager) to those in the business and healing arts such as chiropractic paraprofessional, Day Spa owner & Consultant, Senior Instructor and Owner of Appalachian Institute of Healing Arts (a massage school in Virginia), teacher of continuing education for massage therapists, and hold certifications to practice Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Deep Tissue, Foot Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Hot Stones, Hydrotherapy and Body Wraps, with extensive experience in Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, skin and beauty care. Although not all of my previous training in the massage/bodywork field are techniques now applicable to my current practice, I still implement the energy healing aspects of them ALL. 


While I had to make my departure from a rich and long massage therapy practice after my illness, it seemed natural that holistic healing and energy medicine called me even further and thus, Awakening SoulFire was born. To be called to this work is to be a guide, teacher, mentor, and healer. It is both a great responsibility and privilege to take this leap forward with energy healing, and I am honored to bring reiki, shamanic techniques, ancient wisdom, and energy medicine tools to create an integrative holistic healing approach to those in search of relief from suffering, spiritual growth and self-development.


I offer several different classes and workshops which are available periodically at various locations in and around the Tri-Cities, TN (Bristol-Kingsport-Johnson City). 


Are you interested in learning more about the above worships? Would you like for me to host a class or event at your home or place of business? Contact me today! 

More About My Work

I use the phrase Sacred Alchemy to frame the diverse types of energy work I practice into one gracefully succinct expression. 


These include an illuminating blend of Usui Ryoho Reiki, Crystal/Stone Therapy, Sound healing through sacred songs, toning and instruments, scent, as well as shamanic healing techniques I have been blessed and honored to learn, which encompass the rich medicine traditions of the Amazon and Andes in Central and South America, particularly from the Peruvian Q’ero, as adapted from my teacher, Rachel Mann, PhD of The Great Medicine Wheel, and her mentors, Alberto Villoldo of the Four Winds Society, and spiritual teachings from Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo as well as Buddhist principles, Animism and Earth Reconnection from Dr. Daniel Foor of Ancestral Healing, among others. I also enjoy the privilege of passed-down knowledge and being trained by the inherent wisdom and spirits of my own Appalachian folk and Celtic/Norse ancestral lineages—and ALL of the wisdom lineages to whom they, and I, are connected to and humbly and gratefully serve. 💫🙏


(To delve more deeply into the subject of energy healing, step Inside SoulFire).


It is through my studies and apprenticeship with Dr. Rachel Mann at The Great Medicine Wheel School Mother of Earth Mysticism and Shamanic Energy Medicine Program  that I have gained invaluable knowledge and practice in:


  • The neurobiology and psychology of trauma and energy medicine
  • Removal of heavy and crystallized energies in the 7 chakras and Light Body (LB)
  • Wound, entity and liquid extractions
  • Soul, Gift and Animal Ally retrieval
  • Sacred Songs for Journeying to the Domains of Night, Daytime and Heavenly Realms of the Deep Self
  • Prayer Blessings for calling in Light and Opening the Light Body (LB)
  • Sacred Ceremony for healing and deep connection to Mother Earth and the Spirit Helpers
  • Ceremony for aid to the dying and for completion of life cycles
  • Practitioner ethics, self-care, and self-healing practices


I have also spent the past 10 years researching consciousness, Jungian psychotherapy, theology, anthropology, most branches of science/physics, and esoteric wisdom, just to name a few. To understand these fields of study better allows to develop a more complete view of trauma, wounding, stories of lack and limitation, and dis-ease from all facets. 


I am an ordained interfaith minister, a Third Degree Usui Shiki Ryoho (Shindipen) Master Teacher and have been a Reiki initiate and practitioner for 13 years. I am very honored to offer wisdom teachings and spiritual counsel to those in search of the "big" questions of life. 


My work continues to evolve, as do I, on my own path of healing. I am so very grateful to lend a hand to those who also find themselves drawn to the path of awakening their "soul fire!"

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