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Vol. 1 No. 2 June 2008


Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained.

--John Stuart Mill, from On Liberty


Since you know me, and the eccentric shenanigans to which I am prone, I am pleased to take this opportunity to introduce you to two of the other people who add character and spice to Heidi's Healings: Lenora Cooper and Pam Martin.

Lenora Cooper has worked for Heidi's Healings for three years. I met her through a mutual friend at an Aura Soma vibrational therapies store in 2001. You may receive a call from her confirming your Thursday or Friday afternoon appointments. Lenora brings a theatrical flair to life. Between the ages of 16 and 21 years old, she circumnavigated the globe, and was influenced particularly by her time in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Pakistan and England. Her travels instilled her with an appreciation for the myriad ways in which people live, and the diverse values we embody. After her travels, she landed in NYC for over 5 years where she explored theatre. Throughout her life, she has worked in a variety of positions, including milkmaid, paralegal, production assistant for live television, nanny, procurement for the US embassy in Pakistan, and bagging groceries for tips in Saudi Arabia (which, BTW, is surprisingly lucrative). Additionally, she spent five summers working with participants at a camp for adults with brain and spinal cord injuries, helping them to white-water raft, complete high ropes courses, enjoy overnight camping, and experience rock-wall climbing. These many colorful involvements have led her to value the beauty of life, and the gift of personal growth. These days, in addition to her work at Heidi's Healings, she expresses herself through her watercolor painting (from which she has developed a line of greeting cards - to order call 303-440-5959), her clairvoyant reading practice, and her belly dancing. As a Gemini, she is a natural communicator who is continually inventing new ways to bring happiness into the world. Her greatest joys come from fantastic food, engaging movies, and soulful conversation. I am pleased to have her helpful participation in the growth of my own enterprise, and to present her to you.

Pam Martin, on the other hand, began working for Heidi's Healings a couple of months ago; she helps me to handle your questions and concerns. It is an ideal use of her talents since she is a natural storyteller, expressing herself both as a journalist and a fiction writer. In her writing, Pam is keen to capture the absurdity of everyday life through the experiences of quirky, captivating characters. As a truth seeker, she enjoys using language to paint contemporary scenes that highlight common, human issues, such as, in her words, when "we don't connect because we're so busy doing our own thing." Her writing magnifies the ramifications of the small, daily choices that we habitually make. She explains, "What I aim to bring to the world is a sense of wakefulness or being alive to the moment at hand." Pam adds a touch of compassion to the practice of living; she is able to embody love in the midst of pain. In addition to writing, she is a mother of two and a sassy dancer. When asked why she is drawn to the healing arts, she replies: "Supported people feel empowered and happy and then they go out into the world supporting and empowering others. It's a domino effect of good and I enjoy being a part of the ripple." As an Aries, she embodies the courage of one who lives passionately. I am grateful for the fun and enthusiasm that she brings to Heidi's Healings and to meeting each of you.

If you hear from either of these wild women, know that they are indeed gorgeously eccentric, and intend to be of help. Of course, I am available as well. Happy summer!

The Importance of Place

While travel has plenty to offer, one of its temptations is the opportunity that it affords us to experience ourselves in a different vibrational milieu. Each of us contributes a unique vibration to our lives and the world, and we embody this vibration wherever we go. However, our experience of ourselves can shift as we find ourselves blanketed by different energies. We may characterize the energy of a place as its "feel," or its "tone," or, even, its "tempo." Some places will feel comfortable to us, while others may challenge us, depending on how the predominant vibration of the area harmonizes with our own unique vibe. In this way, travel enables us to clarify who we are - or, in other words, it helps us to understand our own vibrational contribution - by increasing our awareness of that with which we resonate, and that with which we do not.

While places can offend us, and delight us, our responses to a place need not be dramatic - they may be subtle. Different locations can accentuate aspects of us that lie dormant before we are immersed in a particular supportive environment. Once we recognize those attributes within us, though, we can allow their presence in our expression wherever we may be. Hence, travel aids our ability to access our many facets in our quest for self-understanding, development and expression.

Recently, I visited my hometown in Southern Illinois. While I love living in the foothills of Colorado, I was struck by my sense of the different potentialities that each location holds for me. Boulder, Colorado provides ample permission for self-exploration and achievement. It oozes with the possibilities of greatness. The sky is the limit, and, in the foothills, the sky is clear and vast. Vibrationally, Boulder offers its inhabitants a setting that encourages individual awareness, expansiveness and expression - it emphasizes autonomy and reason.

On the other hand, Carbondale, Illinois exudes warmth, emphasizing community relationships. It holds space for feelings of kindness and compassion. It highlights the poignancy of being human by accentuating the ways in which we need others in order to create a meaningful life. Hence, the accessibility of the human community of Carbondale provides a palpable and supportive backdrop to one's endeavors. The focus of the place is cooperation and open-heartedness.

Clearly, the ability to tap into one's full range of autonomy, reason, cooperation and open-heartedness is vital to developing a satisfying life; these facets of each of us are present wherever we may be. However, select facets within us can be encouraged by the predominant vibe of various locations. It is fun to notice what differentiates one place from another, and with which places and qualities you resonate most easily. By bringing awareness to the distinctions evidenced by various physical locations, one can not only increase self-awareness, but also differentiate between one's own vibration and the vibration of place. This ability for differentiation affords us greater options when we choose how we want to be anywhere. Bon voyage!



Heidi Szycher, PhD

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