"I am a healing energy worker, a psychic, a medium, I do angel card readings. I'm a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist. I kind of lump it all together."
HOW DID THAT COME TO BE YOUR PROFESSION?
"Completely by accident. I was in school for massage therapy and I got involved in becoming attuned into Reiki. And through Reiki, I just kind of opened my gifts up. Then during massage, people would start to have messages come through and I would give them to them and it all just kind of came in through there.
"Donna Spear is my Reiki master and she's the person who tuned me into Reiki, and she has guided me on this path. Anita Mayberry is another spiritual healer that I've worked with that's opened me up to trust in myself. But, I literally, just show up. I don't have, except for being a Reiki master, any formal training, or take any classes, except the Reiki. I just get it. I can't even explain it. They just come in. I ask them (guides) to help me. I put my hands on a person and just start talking. And I have absolutely no filter."
WHAT DOES A REIKI MASTER DO?
"It's healing energy through the hands. It's basically being able to put your hands on somebody and release the blockages that go through them which are the chakras- energy points in certain parts of their body. So the root (red) chakra is your work, home and stability. The sacral (orange) chakra is your relationships; infertility problems come from that. Then there's the yellow (solar) chakra which is all about self esteem, self belief. A lot of people that are nervous or scared or insecure will cross their arms and that's a sign of their solar plexus being out of balance, like "don't look at me. I'm not worthy to look at." That's a whole imbalance there. Then you go into the green (heart) chakra. A lot of people don't come from a place of love, but a place of ego. And when you come from ego or greed, you usually don't become successful. You can have it, but it goes away quickly and there's a lot of hate in there. Then the throat (blue) chakra, which is about your truth. Being confident in who you are and creative expression. The third eye (opening up) is seeing clearly of what's out there, the truth in situations and the Devine. The crown chakra is what a lot of people ask for to open up to get messages and clarity. So even a person that doesn't understand this, can hear something in their mind telling them they shouldn't do something or go somewhere. That's a higher power saying to you, "Trust me, that's not a good idea.""
"Exactly. We all have it. Some listen. Some don't. Some meditate and try to bring it to a higher place. Some don't. Children are all born with it, being brought back so quick. That's why they see a lot of things. What happens is, we shut them down. Everybody has the ability."
"Can they heal and get rid of 35 years of low self esteem? I don't know that. I just know that when people come into me they have anger, frustration, fear, disappointment, and grief. And when their Ioved one comes in and gives them that message that they were waiting for, it's a beautiful thing and we can then go into the pain of losing them and release that. We give them back the happy memories and let them feel the love and when they leave, they have peace. When you grieve somebody and you talk to them, it's beautiful, but you leave with your heart broken still. You still see their face-when they passed or when they were sick. You see the frailty in them. When you leave a session with me, you don't take that face back with you. You take back the face of them smiling, their health. So you're filled with joy instead of pain. I'm blessed every single day to be able to look at a face and know that I had the gift to give them joy back and take away that pain. I'm a conduit, it's not me, for the information to come through. I'm blessed and honored to be able to give it. That's it. I take no responsibility for it. It's not like I google you or know you. And people also don't understand that I don't have 100 deceased loved ones around me (at any given time). I see them in my third eye. I feel their presence. Personally, I don't think I'd want to see everyone's person. (Laughter). I can see shadows."
DOES THIS HAPPEN WHEN YOU'RE OUT AND ABOUT? (COMPARING TO SAY, THE LONG ISLAND MEDIUM, WHERE A SPIRIT JUST SAYS "HEY! TELL THAT PERSON...."
"Believe it or not, it happens. I've done that at a bar. But I've learned not to. The reason being; that's their personal space and it's not appropriate for me to assume that you wanna talk to that person. I do feel people's energies. I do see people sometimes around them, in my minds eye. Especially widows. I'll see their loved one with them, in the supermarket (for instance). I'll just send them love and do distant healing on them and ask to give them love and let them know they're comforted. What's funny is that a lot of people that I see and do that to, show up in my room six months later. And that's neat cause I never imagined they'd be there. And I'll wonder how I know them and then remember "Oh, I saw them in Shoprite." I didn't talk to them though. I get the people that come in and say, "I should've come in and talked to you a year ago." I tell them they weren't supposed to see me then. Their time is when they come in. People beat themselves up. This is their journey and if they're not ready for it, you're not going to accept it or get the information. And a lot of people come in and are looking for that one answer. I give you stuff so off the wall (and you know) that you're like "how did you know!?" I'm not gonna give you the most common thing. I'm gonna tell you about spaghetti and meatballs at Grandmas house at 12:00 every Sunday and that's gonna mean something to you. I'm not gonna talk to you about the generics. They (spirits) come in with the craziest things."
DO YOU BELIEVE IT WAS A GIFT YOU ALWAYS HAD? AND WHY DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE IT?
"I think it's always been part of me, I just didn't realize it. I was drawn to massage when I was in high school but my life took a completely different turn. I ended up in a car accident in 1999 with a brain injury. I had to relearn a lot of my life. I lost my short term memory and my long term memory. I had to relearn how to walk, because my equilibrium was damaged, my vestibular system. I had to retrain my brain pretty much. Through that whole journey, I was on so many medications and doctors telling me I couldn't do anything and I really had no hope for a little while. Finally, after everything was said and done, I decided to go the holistic route and had Reiki done to me, cranial sacral done to me. I tried to get into yoga. I was in Tai Chi at a senior center in my early twenties. I was literally the tallest and had the worst balance and was the youngest person. It was horrible. But it taught me a lot. I met homeopaths and they helped me. I ended up being able to walk with a cane, when I hadn't known if I could even do that. And then I was able to learn to walk without the cane. Then I went back to Moss Rehab and was able to get myself back. When I went back to school for massage and I got attuned to Reiki 1. I relived some of the things that I had blocked from my own journey and childhood and it opened my gifts up. With everything I've been through, I've had my spirituality. I've had my faith and I've been able to use what I've been through to help other people, to understand them, and it all just opened up."
SO, BEING A MEDIUM (AND I CAN ATTEST TO YOUR AUTHENTICITY), WHAT WAS IT LIKE THE FIRST TIME YOU "HEARD SOMEONE" COME THROUGH?
"It was during a massage with a good friend of mine. We both kind of looked at each other and I said, "Do you feel what I feel?" He said, "I think so". I said "on your right side?" And he said "Yeah!" I said "your grandmom?" He said "yeah" again. I said, "We see your grandmom! We're talking to your grandmom!" Then I was like..."okay"? I didn't believe I had "the gift". I didn't understand it. I was terrified of it. I would be doing massages and just start pulling stuff out of people and see their life, their childhood, and be able to scan their bodies and go to when they were like 8 years old and know there was something horrific that happened. I just didn't understand it. I was scared of it. I wouldn't put it on my business cards and I wouldn't tell anybody about it. And then little by little, people referred me to other people and so on. Then I was told I needed to make a decision. So I went to an angel card reader and she asked "why aren't you doing this?" I said, "why aren't I doing what?" She meant reading cards. I thought she was crazy. I'm like, "I'm Heather. I work at a salon. I'm blonde. I work in northeast Philly. There's no way I'm gonna read people's cards. They're not gonna listen to me!" Two days later a client gave me cards as part of my tip. I also started to constantly find feathers in the most unusual places which is a sign that the angels are with me and they're helping me. Little by little I've learned to trust and have faith and release the control that I thought that I had in my life and accept it. Once I stopped questioning the messages and let it all flow out, it's always pretty much on point. People come back and say that what I said (to them) really helped them. Or that what I said was exactly what happened to them. Or thank me for helping them get past something. And I accepted it as who I was. I let go of the fear and control. Since I've done that I've been very blessed with a beautiful gift and career."
"You were asking me about being a psychic and being a medium; but I consider myself a healing and energy worker, first and foremost. My first focus is helping you to release anything that's holding you back from your highest and greatest good. Your happiest, most peaceful life. To have the clarity to see what's going on. I see your life like a snow globe. I can see every side of it. People in your life, I can read what's going on with them. So that's my first thing. Then as far as the psychic ability, which means I'm able to ask questions and get answers."
"Sometimes people will go to a psychic and do not say anything. When you block the information from coming through and just ask to be told about your future, it's gonna be a really quiet session. I need you to trust me. The medium part, people come through but not always right away. They're worried about you. Your healing is my job. Them coming through is all about your healing that day. That's the thing that people don't understand. I'll have people that'll call me and I'll tell them that they just should just go to a straight out medium, not me. They'll argue that they wanna see me cause they heard about me. I still discourage them because I don't know that I'll definitely get the person they want to come through to actually come through. I can't guarantee that."
"But the coolest thing is this story: I had this older couple. Probably in their 70's. They wanted to come see me. They were coming far, like two hours away. I was really blown away but said "you probably don't wanna see me. I'm far and I'm not a straight out medium." They insisted they wanted to see me. They got there, and were the sweetest couple. I was reading him during his one hour appointment, his sister came through and it was beautiful. He then asked if his wife could have a turn, as I'm looking at the clock, (I'm at the shop!) and I said sure. I'm asking for help from the big guns to get it done quickly. It was so amazing because she could barely walk down the steps of the shop when she arrived and when she left, just from releasing all her emotional stuff she didn't even realize she had, she walked up the steps (to leave) without a problem. Her husband said "you see her!? She hasn't walked like that in 30 years!" I was so touched by that experience and the hugs that I got because I let her not fear her future. I validated things she never even knew she wanted validated. That day I gave her back a little piece of her life. It was just amazing for me. That's why I love my job."
IT REALLY IS SOMETHING TO BE ABLE TO SHOW COMPASSION AND UNDERSTANDING TO PEOPLE. TO LET THEM KNOW THEY'RE CARED FOR, AND ARE NOT ALONE. IT'S THE THING THAT ONE UNIFIED STANDS FOR. GETTING TO KNOW THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU IS SO IMPORTANT.
"I think the project you're doing is amazing, because you're showing people that you don't have to do the "9-5". You can believe in yourself and you can take something that's a passion or a dream and make it your own and/or make a living out of it. I never planned on this. Never in a million years. Who wakes up and says that they'd like to talk to dead people, know futures, cut chords? People look at me, still and are like, "I used to hang out with you at burger king when we were 15 and now you're healing people!? What's that about?"
HOW DO PEOPLE REACT WHEN THEY LEARN WHAT YOU DO? BOTH PEOPLE FROM YOUR PAST AND PEOPLE YOU JUST MEET?
"People that knew me before, when this first happened, I went from being one type of person to a completely different person. I have to say that I took every single phone call, email, I would leave what I was doing at home to go help people. It completely took over my life. Looking back now, it filled a void in me that I didn't even know I had. It was an experience that I had to appreciate because I had to learn balance. But it took away from people in my life when I did it and for that I do apologize. I was selfish with it. Not ego selfish, but because it felt so good to help and so good that I think that I pushed everyone else aside for awhile. You have to understand that for five years, I had no outside life. I couldn't go out anywhere. Not even early bird specials 'cause I'd lose my balance and I was over sensory disordered. I had to use a cane. I was in my early 20's, and here I am in the house for five years. So I got my second chance. With that, I should've learned balance, but I didn't. They looked at me like it was a phase. "She used to make candy. That was a phase. She made baskets. That was a phase. She made jewelry. That was a phase. This is just a phase she's going through." But it got stronger instead of weaker. It held my interest more instead of less. So, I definitely don't think people knew what to do with it. And I don't think people expected it to stick around."
"The funny thing when people meet me now, is they expect me to be old and brunette. It's really funny. I guess I'm just not your stereotype of what people picture of someone that does this. When I meet people while I'm out and about, they hold their palm out to me and want me to read their palm."
DO YOU EVEN READ PALMS?
"No. (Laughter). I just put my hand over theirs and read the energy. Then they'll ask who's around them. And sometimes I can give tidbits and sometimes I just tell them that it isn't the place or the time. And that's what I learned too, from the beginning to now: that it's not a 24/7 "on" thing. Is it on? Absolutely. Can I finish people's sentences? All the time. And I think I'm being rude, but I know what they're gonna say. It's really weird. However, I've learned balance with my family, with my work, just me time. I hadn't done that before. If I'm overdone, I'll get cancels like crazy. The universes way of telling me to step back."
WHAT OBSTACLES DID YOU FACE (GOING INTO THIS PROFESSION)?
"I guess the first one was trusting myself. That this was who I was, that I was supposed to be doing it. Not to question in the information that comes through. When I would question it (the information), I wouldn't say it and they (clients) would say it first. I would be like "man, I should've said it cause that's what I was getting in my brain." The second obstacle is not burning myself out and remembering to take care of myself. The third is remembering to have complete and total faith and not try to control it. You can't. The ego can't come in at all. It sounds like a weird obstacle but it's the biggest one."
WHY SHOULD SOMEONE COME SEE YOU OR SHOULD SOMEONE COME SEE YOU?
"If you're looking to release the blockages within your life, if you're looking to let go of the past, to embark on your future and enjoy the present, then it would be a good idea to try energy healing work. Whether with me or somebody else. Cause letting go of the things you don't need anymore will help you have the things that you want now."
Heather's Soul Connections and Healing
Also, see her YouTube interview with Anita Mayberry:
Welcome to the Spiritual World with Anita Mayberry (episode 2).