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We met while we were both doing readings at a local holistic fair. We learned we had a lot in common and made fast friends. We literally talked for hours upon hours about spirituality and New Thought concepts, and have received more than our share of side eye from wait staff wanting to end their shifts. These engaging conversations sparked a passion within us to help others whose shoes we were once in – people who are new to these types of ideas.

From that day, Spiritual Basics with April & Jen was born. After months of researching, a lot of recording, and hordes of personal distractions, we finally launched our first episode in February of 2020.

We’re soul sisters through and through, and we hope you enjoy listening to the podcast as much as we enjoy doing it.

UPDATE: After careful consideration, we have decided to discontinue producing new episodes of the podcast. However, we have more than 40 episodes for you to enjoy at any time, and will keep them alive on all the channels and YouTube.

April Darley

About April

April's Sun, Moon, and Rising signs

I grew up in an old Victorian home in the deep South that had the occasional odd and unexplained occurrence. I’ve been interested in the paranormal since I was a child, but didn’t fully open up to my gifts until I went to Arizona for medical school.

I received my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. While there, I explored crystal healing, mediumship, Reiki, flower essence therapy, angel communication, and so much more.

I now focus on mental, emotional, and spiritual health and treat clients all over the world. I’m an astrological junkie, enjoy a good paranormal romance novel, and am currently the Omega of my pack of 2 Chihuahua mix rescues.

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Jen Merkel

About Jen

Jen's Sun, Moon, and Rising signs

After experiencing my own spiritual transformation many years ago, I became engulfed in extensive study and research of subjects relating to metaphysics including the intuitive arts, energy healing, crystals, Angels, manifesting, and Universal Law. I voraciously read inspiring works by Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer and others. I attended a multitude of accredited spiritual development courses in person and online, obtaining many certifications including Crystal Reiki Master, Animal Reiki Master, Certified Tarot Reader, and Ordained Minister.

Now, I am a Transformational Life Coach and Certified Hypnosis Practitioner, specializing in Spiritual Development Coaching, Past Life Regression hypnosis, and Consciousness Coaching for Mindfulness and Self-Love. I help people break old, unwanted patterns through spirit-guided readings and hypnosis sessions.

When I’m not working you can find me cuddled up with my Pembroke Welsh Corgi Karma, working on my latest crochet project.

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