“Your name is what? No…seriously? What does it mean?”
I didn’t always know this was my middle name. I grew up thinking it was Howard, of all things. Turns out my mother didn’t like the name Himm, as it reminded her too much of my father, who I was named after (actually, I am the third generation to have the same name; my grandfather was the first). My mother and father split after the birth of my younger brother, so she didn’t want a constant reminder of the man no longer in her life, I guess (but, going with that, I still had the name James, right? Wouldn’t that still be a reminder?), so she unofficially changed my name.
Fast forward to my teen years. I had to get a copy of my birth certificate for something. So, it was then, much to my surprise, that I discovered my actual middle name. There was something that was different, unique about it. I ditched Howard in a heartbeat, quickly embracing this long lost part of myself.
But people wanted to know what it meant, what was its history. And I didn’t have any answers for them, but more importantly, for myself. So, I tried to find out for myself. Now, I know some of you must be thinking the easy thing would have been to ask my Dad, right? Wrong. He wasn’t in the picture, and I would first have to find him to ask him. So I did want any intrepid person does these days when searching for information: I googled it. The most interesting result was that the name has a meaning in Japanese; it is a martial arts term that means “strength, power, force, and upper level.” So that was what I would tell people who would ask about the name.
I started in the metaphysical field as a dream interpreter. I then became a Tarot reader and consultant. I started a business, Dreams and Visions, interpreting dreams and reading the Tarot professionally. Most recently, I added being a Reiki Practitioner to the list. Reiki, for those unfamiliar, is a Japanese energy healing system that is applied hands-on. The benefits from receiving Reiki can be relaxation, stress reduction, and in some cases, relief from physical pain and discomfort. I started another business venture, The Reiki Treatment, that was based solely around Reiki treatment sessions.
My Reiki Teacher recently suggested I come up with a name for a business that combines all these modalities under one umbrella. She suggested the commonality of symbols in the work, and that I am a symbologist. It made sense. Dreams are loaded with symbolism, as is the Tarot. When studying Reiki, there are symbols in the system that a student is taught. In my case, symbols would appear when I was giving Reiki to clients, and I kept a catalog of them, how they looked, and what the symbol would represent.
She encouraged me to start by finding out what the Hebrew word for symbol was. I did. Guess what? Two letters long. That’s it. The word? Ot (pronounced “oat”). When I brought this information to my teacher, she said, “Well, that just won’t do. It will have to be something else.”
I decided to let the idea go. One day, I’m in my car, driving, when information is instantly downloaded into me, which I knew was an intuitive moment, so I needed to pay attention (and yes, I was still paying attention to the road!). I was shown this wonderful middle name of mine in large capital letters. Then it unfolded like an acronym: Healing with Intuitive Metaphysical Modalities. H-I-M-M. How perfectly cool is that? We live in a day and age, from a business perspective, that personal branding is where it’s at. Having your name incorporated into your business can’t be any more personal!
I tell this story to illustrate the power of a name. And since Himm does translate to “power” from the Japanese, all the better.
This blog, life of HIMM, will be about myself and my business. I will explore things relating to dreams, Tarot, and Reiki here. I will share my own experiences and perspectives here. I may interpret my own dreams and conduct my own Tarot readings here, too. I will share my experiences with the Universal Life Energy, known as Reiki, as it becomes a larger part of my daily existence. One of the things that has happened as a result of Reiki in my life, is an increased Japanese sensibility. And it all started with a name. My name.
I look forward to you reading and commenting in the future.
Love and light,