Reviews & Testimonials

A great read

Testimonial, Toronto, 2015

Dany Lyne’s Riding the Wave is such a great read, it kept me up at night flipping through the pages. Her life story is a movie in itself, not to mention her amazing talent to facilitate true healing occurrences with clients. It’s a unique experience to work with a health practitioner and know them at the same time. It crosses the traditional boundaries of remaining completely closed off from clients. Transparency with Dany is helping me feel safe and be more open during Reiki treatments. It offers opportunities to relate, build trust and feel understood.

Ride the Read That Is Dany Lyne’s Triumph!

Review, Toronto, 2015

In a world filled with self-help books and books on healing arts, how do you choose what to read these days? Dany Lyne’s Riding the Wave truly takes you on a journey. For those seeking an understanding of the roots of dis-ease, Dany shares her story and the stories of nine other women journeying from trauma to transformation. I loved having the opportunity to glimpse into the world of theatre and opera. I loved being able to understand some of the details of the Reiki world. I loved that Dany’s pain has become her wisdom and that she is willing to so freely share it with us all. This book at times is horrific, hilarious, heartbreaking, hopeful and filled with the truths of these women. I am so grateful I read it. So grateful for the knowledge I was able to absorb, especially grateful to understand more deeply how to call the fragmented pieces of trauma home and to look forward to dialoguing with others who have read this fine work.

Loved this book

Review, Toronto, 2015

Loved Riding the Wave and how thought-provoking it was for me. Dany Lyne’s courage and strength were an inspiration and made me believe that there is life after abuse. She describes her life with grace and acceptance. So sad she had to experience the things she did but glad she made it through and has chosen to share her wisdom and God-given talent to help so many to heal.

An inspirational and empowering read

Testimonial, Toronto, 2015

In Riding the Wave: Tales of Transformation, Dany Lyne speaks of the often hidden secret of sexual abuse in our society. As a whole, we have failed to really consider and address the implications of sexual abuse on the physical, emotional and spiritual identity of victims. Who has acted as a guardian to our children who have suffered at the hands of wounded perpetrators? How does the cycle of abuse end? In reading Lyne’s personal story, we consider these questions and learn that it is possible not only to recover from abuse but also to THRIVE.

In the nine other personal dialogues shared in Lyne’s book, each inspired by her session work with clients, she shows us that a therapeutic framework based on love, presence and compassion heals even the most deeply held intergenerational trauma. No one is spared from the impact of abuse, and it is time that we listen to and speak our own stories. Having been a client and student of Lyne, I have experienced this method of healing and transformation in my own life. I am grateful to her for being a bright light and providing me with the perspective and tools that I continue to use in my own healing journey.

I highly recommend Riding the Wave to anyone and everyone who has experienced abuse in their lives.

I devoured this book

Testimonial, Toronto, 2015

Once I picked up Riding the Wave, I couldn’t put it down. I devoured this book. Dany Lyne is a captivating storyteller, and she has quite the personal story to tell. I’ve been a client of hers for many years, and in more recent years I have also been one of her Reiki students. In her sessions and in her teachings, Lyne always shared her healing from the heart, and yet there was no way for me to know the depth of the horrifying abuse she experienced through childhood and adolescence. In Riding the Wave, we hear the very honest and heart-wrenching account of the abuse, and we also get to hear how she came to THRIVE in spite of it.

Dany shares her journey through recovery and how this led her down the path of becoming a healer. In the second half of the book, she shares the stories of nine women, her clients, and how they, too, have found recovery using the very tools Dany used to help herself.

Riding the Wave beautifully illuminates the power of unconditional love to heal the darkest recesses of ourselves. It is possible to survive, but more importantly it is possible to THRIVE!—J.D.

This book is an absolute page-turner!

Review, Toronto, 2015

It’s a true story of how a woman lived through hell and made it to the other side. A life lesson about learning how to change your life around and make the most out of any despicable situation. The range of challenges is wide, from surviving a serious car accident, experiencing heart-wrenching disappointments, managing work and living through years of child sexual abuse. The author writes her story with raw emotion. She obviously is a talented artist and writes creatively, taking you on a journey not knowing what year or memory will come up next while reading her book. If you ever wondered how to communicate with a parent who has deeply wronged you … Dany Lyne doesn’t hold back. She will tell you her version.

Empowering and illuminating

Testimonial, Toronto, 2015

Empowering and illuminating real-life tales of survival, recovery and rebirth for anyone in search of compassionate healing.

Riding the Wave is, at its core, a very personal and honest tale of survival. Dany Lyne shares the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual journey she has undertaken to uncover, understand and ultimately move past a childhood and adolescence filled with tragic abuse, deceit and betrayal.
Her style is disarmingly direct, honest and (incredibly) spirited given the content, which helped me as a male to understand the depth of pain she endured while inspiring me to reach for the best in myself to continue to grow. The personable, confident and compassionate healer I know her as seems light years from the confused, addicted younger woman she freely describes in portions of the book, and she serves as a model of inspiration for those looking to transform themselves.

Lyne’s journey led her to develop abilities in the healing energetic modality known as Reiki, which is explained here in a way that demystifies and highlights its immense potential for survivors of sexual abuse and other persistent life traumas. Dialogues inspired by Lyne’s session work with a wide range of patients help to shed more light on the pervasiveness of sexual abuse in our culture and the debilitating effects it wreaks on its recipients. Understanding the true scope of a problem is the first step, and Riding the Wave does this poignantly while heroically pointing to a viable, powerful and life-enhancing path toward freedom.

A humanizing and perspective-enhancing look at our society, our past and possibilities for the future. Highly recommended!

Inspiring must-read on healing after sexual abuse (including intergenerational abuse)

Review, Toronto, 2015

The most inspiring book I have ever read about sexual abuse and trauma. An astonishing tale of not just surviving but also of healing and transforming after abuse by multiple family members. Uniquely describes in concrete terms the many ways sexual abuse can become the unspoken culture of an entire family system (across generations).

Dany Lyne goes above and beyond in Riding the Wave, not just seeking to survive after inconceivable trauma but also to fully awaken. To heal and transform herself and others, and to find a way through tragedy from the perspective of love instead of fear. She includes not just her own story but also the stories of nine other women seeking a path towards a new way to live and love after abuse.

Although trauma is generally a heavy subject, Dany’s writing even entertains—her colourful, enlivening scenes are written with unflinching authenticity.

She quotes Anodea Judith from Eastern Body, Western Mind: “Scared is what happens when the sacred gets scrambled.”

Dany tells her powerful story of the journey that is possible for anyone who has encountered trauma from scared back to the sacred.

A great read

Testimonial, Toronto, 2015

Dany Lyne’s Riding the Wave is such a great read, it kept me up at night flipping through the pages. Her life story is a movie in itself, not to mention her amazing talent to facilitate true healing occurrences with clients. It’s a unique experience to work with a health practitioner and know them at the same time. It crosses the traditional boundaries of remaining completely closed off from clients. Transparency with Dany is helping me feel safe and be more open during Reiki treatments. It offers opportunities to relate, build trust and feel understood.

I just couldn’t put the book down

Testimonial, Toronto, 2015

Oh Dany: This email is a long time coming. I’ve been on the road a lot and waiting for a moment when I could actually sit at my computer and write to you.

I devoured Riding the Wave. It was incredible. Your writing is so fluid and visceral and fucking smart! You are such an artist and it seeps through all of your descriptions, momentum, attack. It was so beautiful to read about your theatre years, your vision and exploration. As a writer I was so happy to be reading a fellow writer—so alive in all the words.

And then your journey … I kept thinking about when I met you and where you were on this journey and where I was through some of the major struggle book years, and I was just fascinated by the idea of souls seeking alongside each other and finally intersecting. Your healing is so wild and inspiring, emerging from such darkness into such light. I just couldn’t put the book down.

And then the transformational journeys of others. This was wonderful for me to read. The timing was amazing because I was at the ashram by the sea the whole time. It was literally my companion. And it was like having a healer with me—because so much was dropping out of me—so many layers shifting—that the book became a guide, a reminder to stay, to be with whatever was, to converse with every part of myself, not to repress anything. Energy was rushing through me. Stuck places were flaring up into spasms. And the whole time I knew that I was safe. Because of my journey with you and having your book by my side.

I finished just as I hit my last day at the ashram. And there was a beautiful ceremony welcoming all of the advanced teacher trainees. And they all got up and introduced themselves—it was gorgeous—all these luminous souls committed to a path of compassion and love. One woman got up and spoke of her passion to use yoga to bring healing to women who were sexually abused. She was so pure in her intent. And I took it as a sign and gave Riding the Wave to her. We both had tears in our eyes—she was so moved. And I knew it was so right. I don’t know her. I don’t even remember her name, but one day maybe you’ll get an email from a woman in the U.S. who let you be one of her guides.

So … I need to buy another book 🙂 maybe more than one so I can share it around.

I’m so proud to know you and to be a part of this circle of healing.

Much love to you. I hope you are well and happy wherever you are.—Rosa Laborde

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