I met Blake over 30 years ago. We became best friends after he invited me to move to Kerrville from Hawaii in 1989. He had taken a seminar I taught in Austin the year before and was intrigued by profound shifts in his clients at Cottonwood using the techniques he'd learned. I came and nothing was ever the same. I was and am deeply touched by what Rebecca has written and I have to add that Blake was also an integral part of my family. He was a regular in our home and he was my daughter Alexandra's Godfather. Blake loved his private time but he always had time for her.
We worked together at times, were apart at times but our friendship was always there. He lived about a half-mile away for a number of years as NuCalm was born. Those were heady times with a vision of what could be inspiring and frustrating us daily. He moved into my home for a few years and we joked that were our particulars a bit different we might have been more than friends. Being his friend was more than enough. It will come as no surprise that when my daughter and I got him a Christmas present of a Pope's mitre "to wear whenever he pontificated" that it became part of his office decor. So did the metal sculptures we gave him of the molecules of seratonin and dopamine.
I tried to keep up with him when books like "The Polyvagal Theory" were discussed. I could theorize with him but not keep up with his voracious, deep intellectual dives into synthesizing this information as he strove to hone the techniques that led not only to NuCalm but to breakthroughs in the treatment of PTSD using advanced laser algorhythms based on his knowledge of acupuncture. The herbal and other supplements he prescribed were inspired interventions. We learned from each other and the results were profound as he applied his fertile mind to find solutions for those afflicted.
His light shone most brightly in his deep care and concern for his clients. Various forms of payment were accepted and no one was turned away. He would disappear at times and I'd find out later (I was working full time as an ICU RN) that he'd spent his own funds to go help those victimized by, among other traumas, mass shootings. He was a true humanitarian and yet a stranger in a strange land. There are those who believe he was not of this world. I know of no argument that could refute these belie0fs.
I loved Blake and still do. Mine is not the only life he brought Light to. The ripples from his path will continue to have a profound effect on us all for years to come.