OK, full disclosure: when I began my research on Heather Hans, I found myself erring on the side of skepticism. Don’t get me wrong; I am a person who tends to lean toward, rather than away from, spiritual faith. Yet, in this instance, I questioned everything. I mean, are websites like Vine and YouTube really places where spiritual healing can legitimately occur?
Inspirational author and speaker Heather Hans is perhaps most widely recognized for her online presence. Through social media channels like Vine, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, Hans produces video shorts, which are presented in a fun, lighthearted and entertaining manner. Her message of spiritual and social healing is aimed toward Generation Y (otherwise known as Millennials).
“Generation Y isn’t going in the traditional route of religion and spirituality that previous generations have,” Hans says of her interest in a younger demographic. “They need uplifting now more than ever because even though we’re connected through technology, there’s more isolation. There’s been so much bullying and terrorism — this generation is dealing with more fear than I’ve seen in the past.”
Hans’ teachings illustrate everything in existence as a direct expression of divine creation. Animate and inanimate objects alike, the physical and the emotional, even characteristics that we may view as undesirable — ego, anger, fear, et cetera —are all gifts of pure energetic construct.
“I view the divine as all there is in this life. It’s the creator, so we are creations of the divine, and we are also pieces of the divine, which means we are the creators as well,” Hans explains. “It governs everything in life. There’s nothing that’s not part of creation, including all of those things that people try to push away. The goal is to transform that energy into something productive and positive. It can’t be destroyed, it can only be transformed.”
Drawing upon decades of experience, Hans is a licensed clinical social worker, a certified professional intuitive coach and certified in holistic health. Hans has also gleaned invaluable wisdom by overcoming her own series of personal hardships.
Born to parents who met in a Colorado ashram while following an Indian guru, then divorced while she was still an infant, Hans was left with no male figure to look to in formative years. Early on, she developed low self-esteem, and consequently welcomed demeaning relationships into her life. Hans found herself trapped in scenarios of abuse and addiction. Years passed, and through mentorship, she eventually managed to silence those demons.
“At a certain point I learned that we teach people how to treat us by the way we treat ourselves. Your relationship with yourself is the primary relationship, and if that is not healthy and respectful, then none of your relationships will be,” Hans says. “You teach people through your actions and through your psyche. If you believe that you are worthless, then people will follow suit. That’s actually how powerful you are.”
On the topic of clairvoyance, Hans says she believes she is guided toward something in the future, which enables her to see how everything fits together. She describes her intuitive abilities as, “A frequency that I was born with, which allows me to read the invisible.” Hans says that we all possess this sensitivity to a certain extent.
Susan Winter, a New York City-based relationship coach and published author, wrote in an email to Boulder Weekly, “Heather’s commitment to her work is all-encompassing. She is one of those rare individuals who lives what she preaches and acts in accordance with all the principles she states. The transformative qualities inherent in this type of leader/healer are immense. Because she’s the living embodiment of her work, the benefits of her guidance are easily assimilated by those with whom she works. Her instructions on the day-to-day application of personal empowerment and positive growth are clear and straightforward. There are no vague guessings of what might work, but rather a simple yet wise set of instructions and thoughts to follow in order to meet success.”
While often geared toward a younger demographic, Hans’ message of love, abundance, relationship and healing proves beneficial to any person at any age. Her book The Heart of Self-Love: How to Radiate with Confidence was released in January 2014. This is Hans’ first foray into the world of publishing.
“The book is about self love,” Hans says. “It’s part memoir and part inspiration, part instruction. I broke it down in a practical way, because I wanted people to have actual concrete things they can do to improve their self-love and confidence. It’s not just a feel-good conversation — they’re actually making changes and getting a result. I broke it down into the whole of a person’s life: from how to take care of your body, to relationships, to education, to social justice. It’s more of a top-level basics of each of those categories. My intent was to get people making some progress in all the different areas of their life.”
Our interview drew to a close as snow fell steadily into the blackness of a February night, and I found my skepticisms waning. The answers Hans provided made sense — quite a lot, actually. If we are to stimulate change — for the world, for our communities, in our relationships — we must first begin by loving ourselves entirely. The good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, all of it, divine.
“On one hand we’re evolving, but at the same time we have an addicted society,” Hans says. “One of the biggest illnesses I see is a lack of gratitude. It’s all about me, what I can get and what I don’t have but I need, instead of how lucky I am. We need to tip the scale the other way: How can I serve? How can I give? I cannot be any more blessed. It makes you feel better and it helps the world.”
Heather Hans, LCSW, MSW, MBA, CPIC, is a Visionary, Healer & Teacher, and the author of The Heart of Self-Love: How to Radiate with Confidence. It is Heather's firm belief that loving oneself is necessary to have fulfilling relationships and a successful life. To have Heather's inspiration delivered directly to your inbox sign up for her Newsletter (your email will NEVER be shared).