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(Iris) Merle Hindley 1931-2016

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Hello Merle, Even though I miss you, I am grateful for your guidance from the other side, where you are free from the constraints of the body. Thank you from my heart.
It's been one year since my dear Mom transitioned, yet it feels like yesterday. I light a candle in her memory. I love you Mom - always and forever. We miss your smile, your hugs, your laughter and your wisdom.
It has been almost a year since Aunty Merle past and when I think of her it makes me smile. I feel blessed to have had in her in my life. She offered love, support and a feeling of belonging and to top it off had a amazing wicked sense of humour. Always in our hearts and in our smiles.
It was an honor and a pleasure to know Auntie Merle. I will sorely miss her. She was kind, lovely gracious lady who always made me feel at home when I went to visit. The only consolation being that she is somewhere special with Uncle Ken and her family
Merle Hindley and joy, comments from Alex Jamieson

Many in the healing community know Merle Hindley, one of the first Therapeutic Touch practitioners in BC. I felt compelled to write about Merle even though I am a relative newcomer, because we made a connection as soon as Brenda and I moved to the North Shore about 5 years ago. We became friends, and had a lot of good times together. Merle's sense of humour made our practice sessions a joy.
Merle grew up in northern Manitoba and obtained a B.Sc. from The University of Manitoba in 1951. I have a hard time imagining her standing up to the windy Manitoba winter, but she had a strong will and a sharp mind. She moved to her bungalow in North Vancouver in 1964 and along with her late husband Ken, lived there ever since, raising their daughter Barb.
Merle had an easy-going manner but analyzed her TT sessions very carefully and did not jump to conclusions. She knew a number of modalities including Massage Therapy, Reiki, and Reflexology. She was also familiar with Donna Eden's Energy Medicine, and Richard Bartlett's Matrix Energetics. She looked frail to me, but had very strong hands, useful in releasing tension from the trapezius muscles. She was well-read and left behind an extensive library which she generously shared. I suspect that she was also psychic but did not reveal that side of herself, at least not in TT sessions.
Often she would attend TT practice sessions just to exchange ideas or to offer treatments. You might say she came from the less-is-more school of therapy...sometimes it's best to do nothing. When she was inclined to receive a treatment, she would tell us exactly what she wanted. I was pleased when we got to work together because I always learned something. One time I got the idea to release her feet very slowly, so that the instant between contact and no contact was indistinctkind of a quantum approach to time. After a short wait, she opened her eyes and got a big smile on her face. Because it worked for Merle, I've often used this technique since.
My favorite experience with her was about a month ago. It was a short session, and I was just grounding her feet, when we were both overcome with laughter. I got an image of dolphins and whales. Whatever it was, it affected both of us at exactly the same time. It was a feeling of pure joy!
Merle was a regular at our practice group, but on Thursday afternoon, January 14, she told Lynda she wasn't coming because she didn't feel well. The next day, she had a heart attack, and died in her sleep shortly after, with her daughter at her side. At our next practice group, the room was charged with Merle's invisible energy. Two of the women in the group channeled Merle and the message she had for us was JOY
My Auntie Merle was an amazing woman. Full of life and curiosity. She had a calming healing influence on everyone around her. She has been my grounding rock for as long as I can remember. She always had a smile and kind words for everyone she met. I will always miss her.
I miss Mom's support, wisdom and laughter, and am so admiring and proud of her strength and courage! Her shining light has changed form, but its still there and I feel her everyday. Love you forever.

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