Growing up I had a variety of reality models. To begin with I was raised in an Italian Catholic family with a mother that was TUNED IN. Years later I would discover and understand how my paternal grandfather, a Sicilian immigrant and beloved folk healer in his rural community, my father and other ancestors influenced my spiritual adventure.
It was perfectly normal in our home to hear Mama talking on the phone with her mother, my grandmother, about her premonitions based on signs, sounds, or a dream, along with my father saying, "I don't believe in any of that." It wasn't that my Father didn't believe, he just didn't like talking about it or calling attention to it. And any doubt that he may have had during the early years disappeared after he experienced a series of happenings with Mama and/or Mama and me. You see, my father, just like Mama was also gifted with the ability to TUNE IN and read people, places and things. He just used his abilities differently and always when he played cards. He was an expert with reading people when he played poker, and he always did well. He also had the knack for being at the right place, at the right time and for the right reason. He could also create, build, repair and do just about anything and everything.
During my childhood I was like a sponge soaking up Mama's beliefs, premonitions and how she worked with her dreams along with my father's healing magic. Now, add to all of the above some childhood drama and my experiences from attending Catholic school for eight years with the Sisters of Mercy back in the 60’s, and you’ll have some insights into my influences and how my journey began.
In hindsight, it also makes sense when I reflect back to when I was in the second grade on my knees with my face buried in my hands praying to God for a sign if my calling was to be a nun. What child prays to God in the second grade about their calling in life? The answer I learned years later after studying Numerology, was any child born with a 7-destiny! That day marked the beginning of my quest and search for answers to the basic philosophical questions regarding why I am here, what is my soul’s purpose and all of the other questions that occasional got me in trouble during religion classes back in the 60's.
I am very grateful for my Catholic education, as all of my early experiences, as both were the foundation for what would following.
A few years following the birth of my daughter and a painful divorce, I experienced a serendipitous event at a bookstore in Long Beach, CA, where I met Dr. Beverly McLaughlin (Dr. B.). Dr. B was my first Metaphysical teacher. She introduced me to the invisible world of energy, Numerology, Napoleon Hill in her Prosperity 101 classes (known today as the Law of Attraction), psychic and self-awareness classes, dream interpretation, the language of spirit helpers, Metaphysical Bible studies and how to deal with the things that go bump in the night. Through Dr. B. I had an opportunity to meet and attend a Numerology seminar facilitated by world famous Numerologist, Dr. Juno Jordan. My passion for Numerology (the science of numbers) has been greatly influenced by both Dr. B. and Dr. Juno Jordan.
Next, I applied all that I learned from Dr. B.’s prosperity classes (the Law of Attraction) and created and grew a successful Insurance agency, Debra Durrough Allstate Insurance Agency for 30 years in Lakewood, CA. The business has since been transitioned to my son James so that I could teach and facilitate classes and events full time.
After years of Metaphysical , holistic and other spiritual studies with many wonderful teachers, a variety of what some may call paranormal experiences and an out of body near death experience, I've come to agree with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
I have also concluded that our soul acts like a magnet attracting people, places, things, and a variety of experiences and opportunities to support what our soul came here to ultimately enjoy, experience, express, and heal.
Following an out of body near death experience I found myself struggling to process the experience. Once again, I found myself at a cross roads and my path crossed with Renee Devereaux, a gifted medical intuitive, shaman, nutritionist, etc. I am most grateful for her wisdom, as I learned more from her about nutrition, self-awareness and how to listen to the messages from my body and soul.
There is a saying, "when the student is ready the teacher appears." Every person and everything that shows up in my ordinary and non-ordinary reality is my teacher. I have been blessed with many wonderful teachers of old and new. Some of my teachers are listed below. Each one magically appeared in my life at the right time, the right place and for the right reason. I am most grateful for their love and wisdom.
My family and ancestors
The Sisters of Mercy (especially Sister Mary de Porres)
Dr. Beverly McLaughlin ~ Metaphysical Teacher
Dr. Juno Jordan ~ Numerologist
Eric Wagner ~ My husband
Dr. Anne Reith ~ Reiki Master Teacher
Valarie Rogers and Catherine Morris ~ Art Teachers
Suzanne Bankin ~ Reiki Drumming Master Teacher
Christine Stevens ~ HealthRHYTHMS and Drumming Mentor
REMO HealthRHYTHMS Empowerment Training (Dr. Barry Bittman, M. D., Neurologist and Christine Stevens)
Dr. Carl Buckhorn ~ Internist East West Medical Center
Nate Batoon ~ Feng Shui Master Teacher
Renee Devereaux ~ Nutritionist, medical intuitive, spiritual mentor/shaman, etc.
There's more to my story, and if you like, you can read more in my soon to be released book, TUNE IN. My book also includes many Tips, topics and tools that can help you balance your life, strengthen your spiritual senses and your ability to TUNE IN.