My husband of 57 years and I live in Wichita, Kansas. Smack in the middle of the USA. We have 4 children, one deceased, and six grandchildren.
Bob’s background is Medical, Bio-medical and Electronic Engineering. He is now retired from a J.O.B.
I have a background in Reflexology, Therapeutic Touch, and Tai Chi. So I was open minded when Nikken was introduced to us.
It is said that we get involved in Alternative solutions because of someone we love - that was so with me. We have six grandchildren, but only two of them live close enough for my everyday involvement.
One of these boys was found to be highly allergic to Chlorine, as well as very low in Vitamin C. Chlorine is known to be toxic to humans, so I started looking for solutions.
By mere coincidence, I happened to meet Betty Cook Jenkins who, at that time, had been involved with Nikken for over 10 years. She had a leaflet about Chlorine in our shower and drinking water. BINGO! Who would have considered that? As I said: Pure coincidence!
Well, about 7 years ago, this same grandson had a sleep-over planned for his birthday the following weekend, but Mom said: doubtful as you have the sniffles and a cough. Betty comes to the rescue by loaning us the Air filter and plying us with gallons of her Pi Mag water. Well, Tad was symptom free within 2 days, the party went on, and thus began my Romance with Nikken.
We are taught that relationships run in a 3 stage cycle: Romance, Disillusionment and True Joy. I won't claim my disillusionment was with Nikken, but rather with myself. Excuses: I can’t influence others, I am too old, no one will believe me, etc.
Well, this past year, I changed my tune. Dave has always been supportive. To him, everyone is AWESOME. I started trusting and listening to Dave. My husband and four children were taught to be readers - but I was only a housewife. I couldn't take the time to read. Duh! I was busy cleaning and cooking and chauffeuring.
I started reading some of what Dave was recommending. I subscribed to Darren Hardy, the Editor of Success Magazine, at Dave’s recommendation. (By the way, Darren sends three minute email lectures every weekday. They coincide with what Nikken believes.) Dave then introduced me to William Todd, coach extraordinaire.
For the past 4 months, William has been coaching me with a program called “Ladder of Life." Seven steps, 21 days at five times a day for each step. I have just completed Session 5.
I am a different person - NO! - I am the same person, but I realize that I am a unique person, not just one of the crowd. God has a reason for my Earthly life. Even at 80 years of age, He still has a job for me in His plan.
Last month, in January, we traveled to Logan, Utah for the Eagle Expo: a Nikken Conference. You might ask - January in Utah? Really! The first morning at breakfast, I looked across the table at my husband and saw him against a backdrop of snow capped mountains so close you could touch them. Imagine this from the perspective of having lived in Wichita, KS for the last 31 years. Hmmm.
Then we went to the conference room, only to be treated to listening to a String Quartet from the Music Department of the University of Utah. Later to be followed by Brody Craney's young son on that same stage, beautifully playing on a Grand Piano to the enjoyment of over 100 people.
Brody later shared with us that his son had suffered an injury to one of his fingers at baseball practice two days before, but still performed beautifully even though hurting. This is the kind of committed people we have in Nikken, both children and parents. Friday evening we sat with Brody’s mom at the special dinner. She was quite proud of her son and grandson. Nikken is a magnet for special, moral and ethical people.
Then there was “the Eagle Award” ceremony on Saturday. We watched the faces of the people on stage. Ben Woodward’s face showed admiration and joy at being a part of this amazing group. Valerie Johnson’s face was full of pride and love for her husband as he spoke to us and shared their journey in Nikken. Barb Satterwhite’s face at receiving the Eagle Award was shining with Awe.
On the return trip to Salt Lake City Airport, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Paul Gabias from Canada. He is an amazing individual who proceeded to teach me by example how to befriend a total stranger and find common ground with that person before introducing them to Nikken. Then our other traveling companion, Scott Graham also from Canada, continued to befriend us until our plane loaded. What a magnificent group of people. No wonder Dave keeps referring to “I met a new friend today.”