We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Parker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
Yes, my favorite affirmation is, “Things are always working out for me, even when I don’t see it yet.” I was listening to Abraham Hicks in 2015. I was building a friendship with my (now) partner. He lived on the east coast. I lived on the west coast. I was considering moving and changing careers. I had worked for my family for longer than I ever expected I would. I was nervous. I was excited. I was in love. I was publishing my first book and aligning with my soul purpose (energy healing/coaching). I hit a few walls during that time. I felt hurt. I felt uncertain. I felt frustrated. I felt discouraged. Hearing the affirmation reminded me that I do not always see the good that is happening, yet that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening and I can trust that “God” “Source” et. al. is conspiring for my good. Be patient. (which I am often not). It is so hard for me to sit still and sometimes my faith waivers, yet this affirmation gives me perspective. Some days I say it 10-20 times before my heart chills out and I can breathe again. Yet it always helps me refocus on the unseen good I know exists.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Soul Knowing Energy Healing is a welcoming space where we cultivate love, healing & personal empowerment. I practice and teach Usui Reiki. Reiki is considered “alternative medicine” or “holistic medicine” that compliments “traditional” medicine. It is spiritual, but not affiliated with any one religion. Most Reiki practitioners can attest to the amplifying nature of Reiki to our spiritual gifts. While I practice Reiki, when someone works with me, they also glean from my intuition, my ability to read energy, my gift of encouragement and my joy (which really is a superpower).
I am most proud of my perseverance and that I always come back to love. Life is not always fun or easy. We all experience hardships and road blocks. I mentioned before that I worked for my family as a Private Investigator, although my degree is in Liberal Studies. My Dad had cancer and died in a short time period. I intended to teach elementary school. I helped my Mom with our family business for much longer than I expected. I wasn’t satisfied. I drove all over Southern California serving papers, taking statements, and researching civil cases. I was good at it, but it did not bring me joy.
Along my path, I was introduced to Reiki. Aside from poetry, it is the one thing that lights me up. Receiving it and also giving it. Initially I was nervous about opening my own business. Once I started practicing, I knew this was it for me. This is what the **** I do! (Thanks Tisha!) I started off volunteering at Huntington Memorial Hospital in their Volunteer Reiki Program. I was so unsure of myself. As I began to lean into my soul knowing, I found confirmation after confirmation that I was doing what my soul loves. I love supporting people in their healing. We all need support. I get to witness people be brave and open themselves to love, to facing their wounds, and sometimes simply their self-care. I get to witness something spiritual and it blows me away EVERY time. While practicing Reiki, I have grown in trusting myself, which is a huge component for good living.
I want people to know I made it through the twists and turns, by being open, even when I didn’t see the next step. Things are always working out for me. So be true to myself. Be true to yourself.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oooh, a long week trip in Southern California! We would hike a simple hiking trail at Eaton Canyon in Pasadena, California, visit the Hat for pastrami sandwiches, visit Lake Hollywood, take a tour bus through Hollywood, catch a summer show at the Hollywood Bowl, get a burrito at Poquito Mas, have brunch at Aroma Cafe in Studio City, catch a college ball game at the Rosebowl, take a drive to San Diego, hang out at the beaches in Encinitas. Oh, how dare I forget the Last Bookstore in DTLA! And sunset at Perch, also in DTLA. I of course would also throw down in the kitchen and feed my friend too. Did I mention I make great margaritas?
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oscar winning moment! My journey is laced with love and support. The first person, other than my parents, is my friend Christal Baker. She is a resilient friend. One day Christal and our other friend Shantel took me to lunch. They wanted me to know they believe in me. I remember Christal saying, “Heather, you are an amazing woman.” I heard her, and yet I couldn’t receive it. I nodded and smiled. She then made me an offer to go to a personal development workshop. If I agreed, she would pay half the tuition as long as I paid it forward. I was humbled. and accepted! That weekend woke me up to greatness. It was not easy to face myself, my demons, my beliefs, yet the support and encouragement I received made it possible. I am an amazing woman! I am forever grateful to Christal.
I have to thank Alison Armstrong. She helped my heart open up in such a way that I could see Men anew. I really wanted to have a committed, loving, intimate relationship with a Man. I felt stuck between church programming and my own life experiences; but my heart longed to love and be loved. I went from a guarded position (I can’t trust Men) to “wow, men are amazing and I can trust (healthy) men”.
I have to thank my mentor Umoh Luna, who saw something in me that I couldn’t see until she showed me. She walked with me while I discovered for myself how to blend my healing gifts with my teaching skills. I love manifesting. I love “Love”. My intuition is stellar. She showed me I don’t have to be “perfect” to be a coach, I have to be me, authentically.
I also must give credit to Charlotte Kasl, Ph.D. Her book, “If the Buddha Dated: finding love on the spiritual path” helped me work through so many unspoken nuances, find courage to expose myself vulnerably, and trust love.
I have so many other people to thank. A handful of amazing friends. My Mom, therapists, Al-Anon and more. Thank you all!
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