December 07, 2003 11:00 pm
Gaye O'Shaughnessy ().
Gaye O'Shaughnessy ().

Aura-Soma Practitioner Gaye O'Shaughnessy will explain what Aura-Soma is an how it works at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Book Dock.

"The thinking behind it is we're all walking rainbows," O'Shaughnessy said.

"Aura-Soma is an holistic soul therapy in which the vibrational powers of color, crystals and natural aromas combine with light in order to harmonize body, mind and spirit," she said.

"A life force flows through us and is regulated by subtle energy centers called chakras," O'Shaughnessy said.

"Each chakra is in constant motion and resonates to a particular wave length of color. When we feel off color, one or more of these centers is out of balance."

O'Shaughnessy does private readings in which clients choose from dozens of colored bottles. Each bottle corresponds to a particular facet of the client's life.

O'Shaughnessy interprets and explains what it means to have chosen a certain bottle.

"It brings up the issues that are underlying," she said.

Before anyone can overcome an obstacle, they must identify the issues creating that obstacle, she said.

"Then and only then can they change it."

O'Shaughnessy moved to America from Ireland in 1996, she said.

She worked for years in Ireland as a medical lab technician but eventually changed careers.

"I had a life crisis and it changed my life and I started searching," she said.

She worked as a massage therapist, which led to counseling and spiritual psychotherapy.

She got a spiritual psychotherapy diploma in London. She is also a Reiki healer, which involves unblocking a person's blocked energy, she said.

"Eventually … this took over," she said.

"Some people have the gift of being able to see auras. I could always see colors. I just loved it so much," O'Shaughnessy said.

She moved to Brookings a year ago and slowly people became interested in Aura-Soma.

"Little by little, women's groups invited me to speak," she said.

"Now, a year later, it all seems to be opening up and people are really interested."

To attend O'Shaughnessy's talk, call the Book Dock at (541) 469-6070 for a reservation.

For information on Aura-Soma or to schedule a reading by appointment, call (541) 469-3004.