Soul Lightening

Lighting Up the World, One Soul at a Time

About Soul Lightening International

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Soul Lightening International (SLI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the teaching of Process Acupressure and Clinical Acupressure, and to the outreach efforts of the Spirit of Seva Project.

SLI’s mission is to cultivate soul actualization and purpose in the world, to further human evolution, health and awakening, for the preservation of the family and the global community.

Soul Lightening International is organized under the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes. It is organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The four basic principles of Soul Lightening Acupressure:

  1. Energy flow in the body promotes wellness and opens new awareness.
  2. Touch and the flow of love from the heart are healing and strengthening.
  3. Every person carries their own healing and wisdom within.
  4. The purpose of Soul Lightening Acupressure is to empower that inherent wisdom.

About our Originator

Aminah Raheem, Ph.D., is the originator of Soul Lightening Acupressure and the founder of Soul Lightening International.

About Soul Lightening Acupressure

Acupressure is the practice of applying hand or finger pressure to specific energetic or conductive points on the body. It is based upon the same ancient principles as the art of acupuncture, except that it uses the softer form of curved finger pressure on the points. Recipients of this work report feeling nurtured and supported.

Soul Lightening Acupressure integrates these traditional healing principles with a powerful method for awakening higher consciousness and soul expression. Soul Lightening Acupressure cultivates higher consciousness in the world by empowering soul consciousness in individuals. We believe that the people who receive and/or practice this deep and effective tool for healing will have a positive, healthy impact upon their families, their communities, and the world. As more and more individuals come into harmony within their own being, the balancing effect on their families and their communities expands as well.

The Dalai Lama has said “although creating world peace through individual transformation is difficult… it is the only way.”

Soul Lightening International
Board of Directors 

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Executive Committee

Originator & Spiritual Director
Aminah Raheem, Ph.D. is the originator of Soul Lightening® Acupressure. She developed the holistic methods of Process Acupressure and Clinical Acupressure after more than 20 years of study in various psychologies (including Process Work) and hands-on body modalities, along with 40 years of spiritual practice. This work began with her development of Process Acupressure, which works through the body’s energy systems to assist conscious development and the realization of soul purpose. She is also the originator of Clinical Acupressure which specializes in the dynamic, multi-dimensional aspects of the human energy system but does not incorporate psycho-spiritual processing skills.

Dr. Raheem is the author of Soul Return: Integrating Body, Psyche and Spirit, a book at the forefront of defining the relationship of body and soul, and Soul Lightning: Awakening Soul Consciousness, which charts an individual and global path for reaching soul consciousness. Through her writing, we find models we can apply to our own lives that demonstrate how to complete the past and create a new life, woven from the stuff of our own souls. Her stories confirm that we, too, have had “soul lightenings” that can lead to soul consciousness. This book helps us to move along more confidently on our own soul journeys.

Dr. Raheem has worked for over 30 years with body/soul coherence, as a transpersonal psychologist, bodyworker and teacher. As a master teacher of psycho-spiritual development, Dr. Raheem has taught holistic theory and practice to bodyworkers and psychotherapists throughout the world. She was adjunct faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology for 10 years, and her workshops can now be found at venues such as Esalen and the Upledger Institute.

In addition to earning her Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology, Dr. Raheem is also a Zero Balancer, Zero Balancing Teacher, and a Diplomat of Process Work. She is the Originator and Spiritual Director of Soul Lightening International. Aminah lives in Borrego Springs, California

President & Program Director
Cathy Miller, MM, LMT, ABT serves as the President of the Board for Soul Lightening International, also serving on the Executive Committee, the Operating Committee and as the Program Director. She has been a certified practitioner and instructor of Soul Lightening Acupressure since 2005.

Cathy is a Licensed Massage Therapist with additional diplomas and certifications in Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM), Process Acupressure, and Clinical Acupressure (SLI). In addition to her busy teaching schedule, Cathy maintains a private practice at Crossings: a center for the Healing Traditions in Silver Spring, Maryland. She has also previously served as an affiliated practitioner at the Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland, and at the Center for Integrative Medicine in Easton, Maryland. She has helped establish several outreach programs including working with military service members and their families at the Restore and Renew Wellness Clinic at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC, and the Acupressure for Anyone® world outreach program through Soul Lightening International.

Professional Memberships include Asian and Oriental Bodywork Therapists Association (AOBTA), American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP), International Alliance of Health Educators (IAHE) and Soul Lightening International (SLI). Cathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Music Performance (French Horn) from The University of Michigan School of Music. She completed coursework in Clinical Psychology at Loyola College in Baltimore Maryland, and completed her massage and asian bodywork therapy training at the Baltimore School of Massage.

Prior to her work with Soul Lightening International, Cathy served in the United States Army Field Band as a professional musician, music librarian and graphic artist. Upon her retirement in 2006, she was awarded the Legion of Merit for her leadership and creative contributions.  Cathy lives on the eastern shore of Maryland.

Treasurer & Certification Director
Arline Rowden, serves Soul Lightening International as the Treasurer and Director of Certification and is a member of the Operating & Executive Committees. She is a Certified Clinical Acupressure Practitioner with a private practice in Janesville, Wisconsin, and is an active teacher of Seva & Acupressure for Anyone® and Clinical Acupressure 1:  Basic Applications.  Arline is also a Process Certification Candidate. Since 1990 she has been self-employed as a Reiki Master Teacher with about 900 students in the midwest. Arline has also been an avid student of the ageless wisdom traditions for many decades.

Prior to her work with Soul Lightening, Arline spent 26 years in the corporate world as a cost and budget analyst.  In this capacity she was responsible for budget preparation, analyzed budget variances, projected sales, expenses & flexible budget amounts. Handled monthly & year end closing – journal entries through trial balance & statements. She also designed accounting systems, evaluated work methods and streamlined work systems, wrote procedures and technical manuals and trained staff.


Marilyn Zurwaski, OTR/L serves as the Secretary of Soul Lightening International, and is also a member of the Operating Committee. As the Continuing Education Coordinator for Soul Lightening she oversees the initiation and renewal of continuing education approvals from several organizations including the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and state by state coordination of continuing education approvals for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists.

Marilyn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. She is an Ergonomic practitioner for the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents, Occupational Safety and Health Training Education Program. In this capacity she performs ergonomic evaluations for material handling and office environment to identify risk factors and provide solutions to minimize or eliminate risk factors. 

She owns and operates Total Approach Therapy, an occupational therapy private practice and ergonomic consulting business. She also provides evaluation and treatment for clients using various techniques including Process Acupressure, Clinical Acupressure, Myofascial Release, CranioSacral Therapy, Postural Release Therapy, Muscle Energy and Neromuscular Therapy. Marilyn lives in Middleboro, Massachusetts.


Director at Large
MaDonna Hill, is a member of the Operating Committee for SLI.  She is a Certified Clinical Acupressure Practitioner, Certified Process Acupressure Practitioner, Candidate for Advance Process Acupressure, Certified Zero Balance Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Sports Massage Therapist.

MaDonna served in the Army for 3 years and Army Reserve for 7 years.  She has continuing Education credits at Fox Valley Technical School and Oshkosh University and graduated from Racine YMCA school of Massage.

She resides in Oshkosh, WI where she has been in private practice for 25 years and owns Harmony Wellness Center since 2002.  She and the Staff provide a safe and nurturing space where individuals may explore their own journey of healing and growth.

Integrative Healthcare Director
Elizabeth (Liz) Monson, CRNP serves on the Soul Lightening International Board of Directors as the Western Medicine Outreach Director. She sees her role as anchoring acupressure in an inpatient and outpatient clinical setting, creating a replicable model that demonstrates improved and safer patient care and satisfaction, improved provider satisfaction, and lower healthcare costs with decreased incidence of adverse effects.

Liz is currently in her fifteenth year of practice as a Nurse Practitioner, working in the specialty of Cardiology. In addition to her graduate work as a Nurse Practitioner, Liz also obtained a Master’s degree in Applied Healing Arts from the Tai Sophia Institute in Maryland. As part of her master’s project for this degree program she assisted with the creation of an inpatient integrative medicine service and nursing training program in 2008 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

In 2010 Liz moved to Oregon and launched an integrative medicine nursing training program at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Oregon. This program features skill development for nurses in acupressure and Reiki. She has also designed and conducted a study of Acupressure for ADHD. This study is funded by a small grant to examine the feasibility and parent perceptions of using acupressure protocol on children with ADD/ADHD.

Development & Membership Director
Carol Sorrells, serves as Development & Membership Director of Soul Lightening International and is a member of the Operating Committee.  She is foundation certified in Soul Lightening Acupressure and has small private practice.  Carol completed her Degree in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Her journey to Soul Lightening International started working for non profits in various capacities.  Her passion for the non profit world and its potential to change the world on many levels is a constant motivation in her life.  For the past 20 years Carol has spent her time and energy raising money for local organizations through conceiving, planning and running events to working on annual giving campaigns and soliciting donors.

Spiritual Advisor
Rev. Paul Sibcy, M.A., is on the Board of Soul Lightening International as our Spiritual Advisor. Paul is a practitioner and teacher of Process Acupressure, and a member of Process Acupressure’s original faculty. A California resident, Paul is also a JinShinDo® Acupressure practitioner, a Minister in the Kriya Yoga tradition, and has been a Spiritual and Holistic Counselor for over 30 years.

He is a founder of Palo Alto California’s premier holistic health organization, Integrated Healing Arts; and its sister organization, Pathways to Self Healing, where he teaches meditation and yoga philosophy. He is also the author of “Healing Your Rift With God: A Guide to Spiritual Renewal and Ultimate Healing.” Paul has a profound belief in the power and efficacy of Soul Lightening Acupressure to awaken souls and assist in transforming the world. He lives in Mountain View, California.

Ambassador At Large

Adriene Douglas

Board of Advisors

Alexandra Boyer

Susan Grant

Rev. Ellen Grace O’Brien

Dawn Robins