Although my parents did not introduce me to religion except to define it as a psychological crutch, I had the concept of a “magical world” at a young age. Wild animals were in it, and Nature untrammeled by hiking paths…only deer trails. Even before kindergarten, I was allowed to get up early before anyone and walk by myself.  It made for thrilling mornings in Mill Valley, California, once I stepped off the pavement to head for the hills that rippled all the way to Muir Beach.

When I was 14 I got a bee in my bonnet about going to Greece, and when I got there at 17, I had a new kind of magical experience. It happened at the first ancient site I went to, the Temple of Delphi. Just as I started walking up the hill in a group of  tourists, a little girl maybe 4-5 years old ran up to me and began to walk by my side. Although speaking in Greek, she communicated to me telepathically to follow her and we’d go up a path tourists didn’t usually go up.  Although I didn’t think communicating that way was possible, it happened anyway,  so when she veered off a moment later, I followed her. She led me all the way up and at the top she disappeared among the adults, and I went towards the entrance.  I had so many unusual and intense encounters in Greece that  I couldn’t integrate into my life in California, I just forgot about it all when I came home and headed to college.

In college my training and Independent Major prepared me for counseling work, through 4 years at a peer counseling service I created at UCSB, “The Help Center”, and six years as a paraprofessional counselor at the Santa Barbara County Mental Health Clinic.

I spent my time counseling and acting at college until at 19 I met trance medium and psychic Eric Teissedre. In a minute he showed me the reality of knowing things directly, and how helpful it could be. I studied from the age of 19 with Eric, and other great metaphysical teachers, especially  Pyramid Power author Pat Flanagan, Andean spiritual teacher Juan Nunez del Prado, and spiritual healer Reverend James of New Orleans.

I began working full time as a professional psychic at 29, but before that, I had another kind of magical experience: doing psychic work for whomever wanted it on the Rolling Thunder Review with Bob Dylan. Everyone on the tour was some kind of artist or self-made person leading a magical life doing what they loved, and they were doing well…I was liberated knowing I could stay free and make a great living!

The longest continuing magical experience I have occurs regularly working with clients, and the sacred circle experience I get to share with them. The communication of healing words and healing energy,  and all the ways it takes place,  is always a fresh adventure. Thousands of people sharing the real and intimate details of their lives has taught me great respect, and to understand that every person’s life takes a lot of courage to live; that people can change; and one way or another we are each here learning about love.

Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Elissa Heyman is a psychic counseling and healing practitioner since 1979. She sees clients in person in her downtown office by the plaza, and works nationally and internationally by phone. Beginning in September 2017, Elissa also offers Santa Fe Intuition Workshops bi-monthly, on the 11th and 22nd. Other services include free self-help tools and published educational articles on her website.