Kate Hebold has always been acutely aware of the emotions of people around her. Even as a young girl, she had an intuitive sense of how people were feeling, and absorbing those feelings often left her feeling exhausted. In college, determined to learn more about it, she studied traditional psychology. But it was “The Field,” by Lynne McTaggart, a book she stumbled upon while studying abroad in London, that really changed everything for her.
“(The book) validated what I was thinking and answered every question that traditional science didn’t,” Kate says. “I view the human body as not just a body, but our feelings and thoughts imprint on us at a cellular level, manifesting in anything from physical and muscular ailments. The body is also influenced by our thoughts and will and how we choose to navigate the world in our mind.”
In 2012, Kate decided to put her beliefs into practice and opened Arcana on Market Street in Portland. Arcana offers yoga, therapeutic massage and Reiki healing. It also has a retail component that focuses on crystals, jewelry, gem-infused elixirs and goods from local artisans like Fir Tree Company.
“It was a big undertaking and part of me admittedly felt I had something to prove,” she says. In the early days, customers would come in and ask questions, but Kate never pushed her ideals onto people. Her approach instead was to answer questions and be there as a resource for those interested in holistic healing.
Six practitioners currently work for Arcana, including Mea Tavares, whom Kate long admired for her traditional approach to Reiki. “Hands-on healing is only one aspect of what Reiki is,” says Kate. “It honors our relationship between consciousness and matter, traveling that energy and being that vibration and pouring it onto the recipient.”
The word “arcana” means “old forgotten wisdom,” which is something Kate and her practitioners strongly believe in. And while Kate is clear that she isn’t a therapist of any sort, she does consider herself a facilitator and a healer at heart.
These days, she doesn’t feel like she has anything to prove anymore. “I’ve worked out that karma,” she says. Her focus is now on every person who walks through her doors.
Laura Serino has been writing for national and regional magazines for the past 10 years and is the co-author of “Twentysomething Girl.” She currently lives on North Haven island with her husband, dog and two cats.