Intuitive Healer and Spiritual Seeker
Laura Rowe, MA
Intuitive Healer and Spiritual Seeker
I’m Laura Rowe (rhymes with how and now), an empath, spiritual seeker, and intuitive healer working with empaths, helping them feel comfortable in their skin and connected in this world. She grew up in a small town in Massachusetts, but has lived the last 30 years living in Portland, Oregon.
The Vital Spirit was founded in 2013 in Portland Oregon, USA on the traditional lands of the Indigenous People of the Lower Columbia River (Multnomah, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Clackamas, Stl’pulmsh (Cowlitz), Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde, and Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians). I have worked with hundreds of clients all over the country, and the world, including Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Australia. I also regularly teach my signature class, Tools for Thriving as an Empath, as well as doing talks and holding groups on being an empath and living a spiritual life.
My background in business operations holding a BA in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management. It was in this environment where I honed my natural skills in systems thinking. Today, this skill allows me to quickly identify patterns in behavior and energy that have informed my study of empaths, the struggles they face, and develop a methodology to help them find balance.
I approach this work through a social justice lens, seeking to help empaths explore their own power while considering the power dynamics of our White Supremacist, Patriarchal, Fourth Stage Capitalist society. Our culture views sensitivity as a weakness and my work focuses on helping empaths heal the wounds left by this world; reframing their sensitivity and focusing on their innate power.
I have invested over 35 years exploring spiritual traditions and practices. Spending close to 20 years training and working in intuitive energy healing modalities, with certificates in reiki and Theta Healing. For 8 of those years, working with a mentor, Linda Kardos, who was a pioneer in intuitive energy healing.
As an empath myself, I understand feeling different, misunderstood, and judged for my sensitivities. I care deeply about empowering empaths to inhabit their whole self — accepting and deeply connecting with the truth of their being.
Each of us is powerful beyond measure; The Vital Spirit wishes to remind people of their power through whole-being wellness: body-mind-spirit. My intention is for my clients to live more deliberate and authentic lives through compassionate empowerment.
Why am I doing this work?
When I was first learning that I was an empath, I sometimes felt victimized by this so-called “gift.” While on the one hand I was relieved to learn there was an explanation for what I had been experiencing my whole life, on the other, I was frustrated that so little was known or readily available so I could educate myself on how to feel, how to heal, and how to turn a curse into a blessing.
In 2005, empath was not a medically or scientifically recognized attribute. There was very little written about being an empath. Judith Orloff, MD was the beacon in the night for those of us who wanted to understand and have our experience validated. And her work is pivotal to the growing acceptance from the mainstream for our experience as deeply feeling, highly sensitive, and psychic beings. Being an empath still isn’t anywhere near mainstream, but there are a growing number of health professionals that recognize it as something that needs to be worked with and managed.
In 2016. I shifted the focus of my business to working with empaths exclusively. I have felt what was missing was a fuller understanding of what makes an empath, an empath. And no one was talking about thriving. About how to live a full and vibrant life as an empath. It is time to THRIVE empaths!
Read my Manifesto to learn more about my philosophy.