Tiffany Barsotti answers the question:
What is the nicest thing a non-family member has ever done for you?
The nicest thing that anyone has ever done for me. Well, there are several, and I really appreciate this question. It made me think and do kind of a life review, just always kind of a handy thing to do I think. And I was taken to a time when I was a teenager where I was desperately and dangerously really in need of some guidance. My dad was in jail and my mom was overwhelmed trying to be both parents really. And it just kind of having two absent parents at a time in my life as a teenager when I really needed some help.
And by happen chance, I met Ruth Pointer through her kids. So I first met her son and then I met her daughter, and because my natural skillset is one where I have kind of a nose for how to help people, how to see their kind of raw gifts and talents, I just kind of went into an organizational kind of place where I assisted them in showing up to, they had a lot of talent, amazing singers themselves, really beautiful people to look at. And the world could have been theirs so easily had they just gotten a little bit more organized.
And so being the consummate organizer that I am, I helped them show up to these things on time, to gigs, to singing, to the studio, to photo shoots, to press conferences or press dates or engagements, or just events that make you show up as a professional. And Ruth had suggested that I become a manager and I didn’t know what that meant. And a manager in the music industry is a person who is kind of like the hub of the wheel. They’re the ones really in charge of how things happen in an artist’s life. So the legal aspects, the PR, touring, you name it. It’s a real buffet of activities and skills and talents and things that are needed. And I was attracted to that because I had an interest in a lot of areas. And what ended up happening is I went to UCLA, got a certificate degree in recording arts and sciences, and I took a specialty into copyright law and publishing, which ended up being really advantageous later.
But with no leg ups, no help from the family, from the Pointer family, I ended up breaking into the business and the business of the music industry is not so easy. And I ended up having a 22 year career in the music industry and it was all because of that direction. Now, it still wasn’t my life path, but it was hugely helpful for making sure that I didn’t end up on the streets or didn’t end up hanging out with the wrong people, which could have really easily happened given the situation and where I was raised. That confusion, she really gave me some really key direction of, Hey, go try this out. Something I knew nothing of, but I had total willingness to just see what would happen and I’m so grateful that I did and I’m grateful that I followed her guidance and sought it anyway.
What ended up happening is that I filled a passport before I was 30. I was on the road constantly, like 200 days of the year some years, and got to see the world, got to interact with some of the most amazing jazz musicians ever really in recorded history and I’m grateful. I still have friends and I will for the rest of my life from that time. And that was a real turning point where I got to really sink my teeth into something because somebody had given me that piece of life guidance.
And even though really, it wasn’t ultimately my destiny, my destiny I knew was to be the healer and guide and teacher, but I was very reluctant on that because of my history of having all the “clairs” as a child and was totally overwhelmed by any of those things. So this was a beautiful diversion, even though it wasn’t my life path and I’m grateful for it. It was a supremely necessary step for me to take essentially to create my own life direction. So I’m ever grateful to Ruth Pointer.
And it brings to mind a saying, even though it wasn’t my total path, it rewarded me because I was in motion. And there’s a great saying that says, the universe rewards those in forward motion. And that was really when I look back to those times, something that is a truism for me and very accurate. So thank you for the opportunity to talk with you about this and for the delicious question.
Rev. Tiffany Barsotti, M.Th., C.Ht., CCT, is a spiritual, medical counselor and researcher at HEAL & THRIVE. A focus of her clinical work is subtle energy, biofield therapies, and energy psychology. With her spiritual and intuitive guidance, she serves as an integrative practitioner working alongside medical doctors, naturopaths, osteopaths, chiropractors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other allied health professionals.
Tiffany received her Masters of Theology in Energy Medicine with special emphasis in Medical and Spiritual Counseling from Holos University Graduate Seminary, and was personally mentored by the school’s founders, Drs. C. Norman Shealy and Caroline Myss, as well as many other modern mystics.
Tiffany’s research has included her novel thesis, A Proposed Spiritual Axis of the Bodymind: How the Reticular Activating System (RAS), Vagus Nerve and the Alta Major Chakra Axis May Be the Nexus of Bodymind/Spirit Consciousness, which earned her honors and recognition among peers and scholars with an interest in seeing the reunion of science and spirit. Her thesis proposed the Reticular Activating System-Vagus Nerve-Alta Major Chakra Axis as the nexus of communication from Higher Consciousness to the physical and subtle energy bodies of the human being.
To advance her clinical and research activities, Tiffany utilizes biofield devices to measure the human biofield and subtle energy interactions related to mind-body mechanisms.
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This article appears in: 2021 Catalyst, Issue 4: Science of Healing Summit and Women's History Month