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Dana Hersh Don - Field of Colors - Business Branding portrait - photo by Mountain Magic Me

People often ask me...

How did you get involved with doing readings? Is it a gift that you were born with, or did you discover this ability later on in life?

My response is simple: We are all born with the ability to read energy. It is our natural birthright. Babies and young children see auras, read energy, and are pure channels in fluid communication with Source. So, I was born with the natural ability of insight, and you were too! Maybe more so than you give yourself credit for.


As a child I remember feeling what others were feeling (empathy) and knowing that certain things were going to happen (clairvoyance), but I generally kept the insights to myself. And like most of us, over time I gradually "forgot" these abilities. As a teenager I got good at conforming to societal expectations in hopes to fit in with my peer groups and the adults whom I looked up to. The more I relied on what I thought others wanted me to be, the less in touch I became with my own truth and inner guidance.

In my perception, this disalignment from Self is a common experience of modern times. We come into the world pure, bright, complete, and totally conscious. Then little by little, our light begins to dull as we attempt to mold ourselves to the demands and expectations of society. Like sponges we absorb what we learn from our environment, parents, teachers and other adult role models, who, ironically, may have forgotten what it means to be a child.

As adults, we may be swayed by external pressure or group think mindset. We may feel obligated to do things a certain way. But the "supposed to's" that are engrained in us from early childhood don't always line up with our truth in the present moment, and the "right way" isn't necessarily our way. 

The good news is, if we fall asleep to the voice of our inner truth, then the next step is to wake up. Isn't that what we came here for? To awaken from our slumber? To evolve into our full potential? Thankfully our Spirit, all-knowing and ever-present, faithfully sends us wake up calls. One after the other, louder and louder, until we hear them. Until we choose to look to the only place that really has an answer: within.

My wake up call...

In the summer of 2008, during a semester abroad in Córdoba, Argentina, I was taking a dance class, tried to pull off a flip, and voila! - I landed on my head and injured my spinal column. I spent the next several months with compromised mobility, and a lot of pain. Emotionally I pretty much crashed and burned.

This was the beginning to my waking up. Choosing to take things into my own hands, I sought out many alternative methods to healing and began the deeper journey of spiritual seeking. Once I got a taste of the golden drop of consciousness, there was no turning back! All sorts of synchronicities began to happen and the Universe presented me with new opportunities to heal, grow, and bring more harmony and joy into my life.


After I graduated from college with a BA in Spanish, my heart led me back to Argentina. I had no idea how things were going to turn out or what I was going to do there; I simply knew to trust my intuition and go. Little did I know I would be spending the next eight years in various parts of the country, with many life times lived during that period, including the start of my exploration in the subtle healing arts.

During my time there, I opened up a creative channel, started making art, and returned to playing the flute - an instrument I had played from ages 6 to 15. Today, the flute continues to be an inspiration, and a tool I use in my sound healing practice, along with the additional of many other instruments. I also discovered the practice Kundalini yoga and was a student for several years before becoming a certified instructor in 2015, and later going on to train in Prana Vinyasa and Restorative yoga.

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And what about the start to my intuitive reading practice?

In 2011 I visited a friend in Buenos Aires who told me she had recently taken an energy reading course. She was radiant, and enthusiastically offered me a reading. I thought to myself, "I don't know what that is, and YES, I want one!" To this day I vividly remember the sensations and profound messages that moved me to my core, and felt a yearning to learn more. The seed had been planted!


Later on, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in two intensive energy reading courses in Patagonia, and became a certified Aura Reader through the Piracanga School in 2013. I was deeply impacted by my experience in the training. I had reconnected with my innate ability to read energy! The real triumph wasn't acquiring a skill set outside of myself; it was simply the letting go of limiting beliefs and fears that were clouding my perception, to reveal the truth that has always been. Like polishing a diamond in the rough.


I have been giving readings since early 2013, and it is so fulfilling! Each reading is a unique soul-to-soul encounter, and I am very grateful to be doing this work.

Now back in the U.S., currently living in Portland, OR, I continue exploring my authentic pathway forward, and how I can be in service to my truth while serving others. I'd say it has been a challenge and a blessing trying to figure out how to weave together my gifts and passions in order to offer a body of work that comes from my personal experience and serves the greater whole. (I will probably be refining and reitering my whole life!) As of now, readings, sound and energy healing, yoga, authentic movement, and contemplation in nature are my tools of choice.

The journey of being a human is at once a very hard path, and an extraordinarily beautiful and valuable one. In my lifetime I am committed to walking it with as much vibrancy and integrity as possible, and sharing the tools, gems, and experience that I've gathered along the way. I am grateful for this opportunity to discover the full spectrum of colors, and I am grateful for YOU, for bringing your colors to the world. 

With Love & Gratitude,

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