Grace Denali Dragonfly was born (Barbara Grace Schadt) and raised the youngest of four in a Christian home in Kansas by parents dedicated to education. Physical symptoms of stress began at 17 and eventually manifested in many ways.
As a young adult Grace began studies in personal and spiritual growth. In 1969 she married and worked in Western Medical Healthcare for six years in Kansas and California. After three years at home raising children and a move to Oklahoma, healthcare seemed too stressful as a working mom. In 1979 she began a 27-year career in Graphic Design/Print Production. Her intention was to return to health care after the children were raised.
By the mid 1980s Grace was treated for individual symptoms that are now a medically recognized collection labeled Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue (FM/CFS). She joined 12-step fellowships in 1989, and enlarged her beliefs to include universal spiritual truth found in all religions.
After her 25-year marriage ended and their three children were raised, Grace began to search for a way to return to healthcare. Since the field had changed dramatically and had not effectively served her health needs, she began to study alternative therapies while continuing her graphics career. Motivated by more stress-related symptoms, she moved to Alaska in 1999 hoping to find a new life of personal peace.
Grace enlarged her personal growth and alternative health studies to seek wellness from symptoms that plagued her for decades. Her personal work evolved nicely, but she was stuck in advertising unable to find her way into a healing arts career. Her life, as she knew it, ended abruptly in August 2005 when she became ill with Chronic Mononucleosis (EBV Epstein-Barr Virus). She could no longer work since EBV on top of FM/CFS created three years of disabling relapses.
Grace searched for a way to heal, but only had minor results until July 2008 when her friend, Linda Esser, introduced her to a meridian “Tapping” method learned from Robert G. Smith. In the first phone session with Linda the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual changes were so dramatic that Grace believed this would heal her if she practiced it daily on everything. She continued private weekly sessions with Linda for two months. Within six months she began training in January 2009 and by October 2010 was certified by Robert Smith as a founding FasterEFT Master Practitioner. By February 2011, after practicing the skills daily for two-and-a-half years, the disabling symptoms were completely healed.
Grace became an energetic Holistic Life Coach and Author. She continued to make personal changes and help others. She worked with clients privately or groups, presented seminars and was writing a book about her healing journey.
Things changed dramatically in 2010 when Linda became acutely ill during October training seminars, and deathly ill while Grace was traveling in Japan. You can learn more about that from these posts Linda Esser: My Healing Star and The Eternal Question.
Linda’s death in early 2011 was a turning point for Grace. She began to re-evaluate things that had already happened in the FasterEFT organization and observed new dynamics as they developed. A severe illness in 2014 caused serious concerns about possible adverse reactions in Grace’s personal long-term tapping. She posted warning disclaimers on her videos and website. In 2015 Grace and Robert Smith severed all ties and Grace closed her coaching practice. She left her website and YouTube channel active, but posted information about safety concerns regarding FasterEFT.
Since April 2016 Grace has been a semi-retired Airbnb host. Many guests enjoy short-term rentals in her basement apartment at Marvin Gardens Guesthouse in Emporia, Kansas.
In May 2016 a personal relationship trauma was so devastating that Grace realized a primary inherent danger in the FasterEFT belief system. She stopped tapping on herself and immediately deactivated all her FasterEFT videos except those that warned about possible dangers.
In an effort to sort things out, in early 2017 Grace made blog posts to share some of her journal excerpts (with moderate editing) in hopes of giving followers some insight into why she left FasterEFT. It includes a series of 12 posts between Jan. 2 – Feb. 16, 2017. They were migrated onto this WordPress website before she removed her coaching website.
A series of personal challenges caused relapse cycles during three winters 2017-20. After the first CFS relapse of 3 months, in desperation Grace created a personalized system of safely tapping on herself, but used it only for emergency situations to relieve chronic fatigue. Tapping no longer removes muscle pain for Grace, and sometimes makes it worse.
By 2020 Grace legally changed her name to Grace Denali Dragonfly, removing her first name, Barbara, and her married name, Jones. She has complete respect for her family heritage but no longer wanted to spell and pronounce her maiden name, Schadt.
Grace successfully managed without a major relapse the winter of 2020–21, but by spring she was not satisfied with her overall health condition. She still had muscle and nerve pain, and was experiencing emotional instability. In May 2021 she reconnected with Dr. Robbie O’Dwyer in British Columbia. Grace daily practiced his healing meditations and had remarkable results. Most chronic fatigue symptoms were released, most of the nerve pain was released, muscle spasms and pain were greatly reduced and emotional stability increased.
After two months Grace began to experience rebound symptoms. She finished reading Dr. Joe Dispenza’s book, You Are The Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter. She recorded his meditation script with background music and practiced it briefly. Then her guidance was that she needed to write the scripts and record her own guided meditations in order to heal herself.
With Dr. Robbie’s praise, Grace began to use many of the elements from his meditations and merge them with her own belief system, that also includes her study of other masters over the decades. Not feeling well, the first two months were challenging to sit at the computer again, writing, editing, learning new audio recording software, recording her hoarse voice, editing out wheezing breaths and gurgling stomach noises. Good enough, she would rest while doing the meditation, and it worked! Being immersed in the process of creating and practicing the guided self-healing meditations, she continues to revise, re-record and her health continues to improve. Though her primary purpose is to heal herself, through the meditations her guidance came to also share this with others.
Grace chose from the beginning to use universal language that enables others to insert their own beliefs into the meditation. She also chose to remove medical, scientific or metaphysical terminologies to simplify the process. She believes one does not have to understand the science behind it in order for it to work. Anyone can learn all about that in Dr. Joe Dispenza’s book.
For a short example, Grace has uploaded a 5-minute Stress Buster and longer recordings to her SoundCloud Channel.