Our Philosophy

A water bearer in India had two large pots hung on each end of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack, and each time the water bearer arrived at the master’s house, it was only half full. 

For years the bearer delivered only one and a half pots of water to his master’s house. The cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection and perceived this as a bitter failure. One day the pot spoke to the man and said, “I’m ashamed that because of me you have not gotten the full value of your efforts.”

The water bearer compassionately responded to the pot, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice what you see along the path.” As they journeyed up the hill, the old cracked pot noticed the sun warming beautiful wild-flowers along one side of the path.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path? Because of your crack, I planted seeds, and every day as we’ve walked back from the stream, you’ve watered them. Because of you, I have been able to enjoy these beautiful flowers and bring them to my master’s table.”

At Heartswell, we believe there is nothing broken about being human. In this world, nothing goes to waste. It’s simply about finding the grace and beauty in the truth of who we are. Genuine self-acceptance allows all of us to come forward into the world to offer our own unique contribution.

Most importantly, as is evidenced in our name, we want your heart to be well and swell and emanate all that it has to offer. It is in this manner of living that we move through our struggles to create peace and serenity in our lives and relationships.  

Awaken.

First, we Awaken. In order to Awaken, we must expand our awareness to encompass all of the vibrations that move through our mind and body, both the obvious and the subtle. Sadly, in our society, we have learned to numb our or distract ourselves from this sacred connection to our inner world.  In our work, we’ll learn to tune in.

Restore.

Once we Awaken, we can then begin to Restore the parts of ourselves and our lives that we’ve lost. This is often made manifest to a high degree in intimate relationships, which is why we encourage partners to go through this together. As we Restore, we commit to living with wholeness, while identifying practices and strategies for doing so.  

Connect.

As we Awaken and Restore, we simultaneously explore how we Connect with those we love most. We’ll look at what works and what doesn’t. Connection is essential to our survival and supports us on our healing journey. Ultimately, when we can Awaken and Restore our whole selves, we can then experience whole love.  

A Message from our Founder

LuAnn Oliver

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Heartswell was born of my desire to offer clients a rich, healing experience.  Many psychotherapy services address only your mind, often missing not only the breadth of your pain and suffering, but also the fullness of your being. This is why we integrate services for healing the mind, body, heart and soul.  

In late 2017, I felt strong impressions that I was to create something bigger than my sole proprietorship. This caught me by surprise as I never intended to be an entrepreneur and lacked many of the necessary skills. Nonetheless, after moving through both hopes and fears and learning a great deal, I established Heartswell, LLC in 2018.  I continue to trust and follow these impressions as I grow and build this entity. You, as the client, are a significant part of this process as you trust your inner voice to seek help and choose to engage. My clients are my best teachers. I encourage you to ask for what you want and continually give us your feedback. Growth and creation is a communal process.  

I have owned and accepted my calling and purpose as a healer and community builder. In 2019, in particular, I find myself also being called to illuminate the love that exists within and around us. This is my gift that I am offering to you.  

I hope you will come and join us as you discover your gifts and contributions and bring them to life. I hope you will take the next step in your journey and call us today. 

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