Masami Covey answers the question:

What is the nicest thing a non-family member has ever done for you?


All right. This might be one of the most important questions to ask, maybe this time in human history, I certainly would not be here if not for others supporting and caring for me. I just love that you asked me this. One of the recurring themes in my life has been that I didn't belong, because I didn't fit in — mainly because of how I looked growing up. Not only I was quite intuitive from a very young age, but I grew up in a town in the most-southern island of Japan, where my father was the only Caucasian man, and my siblings and I were the only interracial children. And this theme carried on when I moved to the U.S., to Minnesota from Japan, alone when I was 16 to learn English because we didn't speak English at our home. So, I didn't grow up speaking in English. So I needed to learn how to speak it.

And also to maintain my U.S. citizenship, I moved to the U.S. And I remember what my mom said to me at the airport as we were saying goodbyes. She said, "I have taught you everything I know up to this point, and that I trust that the world will teach you from this point forward." And it just made me feel maybe even more alone to hear that. But I let that wisdom just maybe seep in slowly in my life. And I lived with two different foster families in Minnesota during my high school years. Then for college, I decided to move to Colorado. And after my freshman year in college, my biological father came out as a gay man back in Japan and abruptly left our family.

And obviously, there was no internet then; letters took weeks and international phone calls were just prohibitively expensive at that time. So we just didn't have a lot of communications going on. And so pretty quickly after that, my biological family of five imploded and we were kind of all over the world at that time, not living close to each other. And soon after that, I decided to quit college and work instead of continuing my education. But I needed a job, so I was hired by one of the programs at the college, and I ended up meeting an assistant named Colleen. I would go in to talk to her every day. I would go work, but then I would stop longer and then help her with copy machines and things like that. And we became really, really close. She knew that I was in a bad relationship and needed to find another place to live, but she also knew that I couldn't afford much.

I know that she could see that I was becoming increasingly angry... really, really deeply resentful and angry at the world — in part, because I totally felt alone and I didn't have a home to go back to, or the family that I could connect with. And so one day she said that she and her husband Larry wanted me to live with them and use their spare room, which was their daughter's room. And at that time, I didn't know that they had lost their only daughter a year earlier in a car accident. I ended up staying at their home, and for the first time in my life I witnessed a deep, loving, and caring relationship — and unbearable grief of losing their only child. In search of wanting to connect with their daughter, they had been doing a weekly meeting where shamanic healers, mediums, mystics, and channelers would gather.

I was always curious, but I would just walk by, coming back from work and things like that, but they ended up inviting me here and there and said, "Would you like to join?" I had always been highly intuitive but was discouraged from tuning in to that gift. So it was really a shift in my life at that point. Coleen and Larry just said, "Come on over and explore this." And they gave me a very safe environment to explore my intuitive gift. And so at age 19, I did my first past-life regression sessions and connected with my guides and angels and learned to really tap into my inner knowing much deeper.

One of the healers shared with me in a session that she saw a scene of angels, like figures, all right above me and saying, "It's a small world after all." They were all singing that at a Disneyland-kind of a scene, where all the different cultures and languages are singing the song in iunison and they're holding hands. And that's what she said to me. And she also said that I belonged here on this earth and I'm never alone in this world because they're always with me, these angel-like, "it's a small world" from a Disneyland-kind of a scene. They're always with me. So I had a whole team of support in both the seen and the unseen world. And I have been able to tap into that.

And despite the fact that I had felt so lonely for so long — and like Brené Brown talks about, she talks a lot about belonging versus fitting in and the vulnerability. I may not fit into a set criteria or cultural expectations, or maybe the box that the people would like to have me fit in. I may not fit into that, and I really never have, but I have been able to truly belong because I have been able to tap into the vastness of who I am, since I was introduced to this world fully and to fully embrace that part of me and tap into the courage to be the fullest expression of me. And that means that I am East and West, and I am left and right, and spirituality and science are both very important to me, and heaven and earth, and like I said, the seen and unseen world. And Colleen has since passed on, but she is a part of my "it's a small world" support team and Colleen and Larry have opened the door for me to fully step into the world of who I am. And they have had a profound impact on setting me on the path to becoming who I am today as a health intuitive.

After that, I've been able to meet my great healing teacher, master healing teacher in Japan, and learn from him and explore that side of me fully. So, I think in the end, what my mom said to me when I was 16 at the airport was right, and it's been seeping in and I've been able to really embrace what she said to me. I also trust the world will continue to teach me and guide me. And I let that continue to happen for me instead of resisting that. And the world will let me know that I belong within my true expression always. So thank you. And I'm forever grateful to so many people that scooped me up, and without them, I'm not here. So thank you. And thank you for giving me this opportunity to talk about this.

Masami Covey embraces the power of both spirit and science, of both intuition and physiology — and bridges the unseen and the seen to reveal the interconnections of body, mind, and spirit. As a health intuitive, her work is centered on cultivating her clients' innate healing power and exploring the root causes of functional imbalances, rather than focusing on the diagnoses and labels around medical conditions. Her Intuitive insights, laser-pointed guidance, and practical tools offer a dynamic framework for connecting our subtle “body language” with anatomy, emotion, nutrition, breathwork, supplements, detox protocols, lifestyle practices, and more. 

After working with clients since 1999, she experienced a complete physical breakdown of her body with an initial diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2011, followed by injuries from a severe car accident in 2012. She has been able to reverse her MS diagnosis through her own healing protocols, known as Zenshin Method, a whole-person approach that empowers individuals to become experts of themselves and build powerful foundations for expressing their soul purpose.

Masami, who was born and raised in Japan in a bi-cultural family, draws extensively from her blend of East-meets-West culture, language, and energy medicine, as well as her years of professional training and experience in functional nutritional therapy, yoga therapy, positive neuroplasticity, Ayurveda, and applied linguistics.

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This article appears in: 2020 Catalyst, Issue 24: Energy Medicine & Healing Summit