love science." Her fascination with computers began when her brother-in-law
bought one for her niece and nephew and she began working on it.
"I fell in love with it," she said. "So I decided I should become a programmer
and, at 40, I went back to school." But Helen is not only interested
in science; she's also an Psychic-palm reader. "I think the two should
go together," she went on. "I love to understand things."
finishing her two-year course to become a programmer, Helen, who was living
in New York City at the time, saw a newspaper ad for a creative person
needed at the early computer game giant Atari, which was opening a laboratory
in the city. With no experience, but armed with enthusiasm and a Rastafarian
marionette she had created, she went to the interview. The interview was
conducted with the marionette on the desk. It worked.
hired me," she laughed. "I wasn't one of those square programmers."
found herself in the midst of a group of brilliant young people, like the
one who had developed his own TV camera at the age of 7, programming games.
The work was very intense but "it was totally great," she said, to be surrounded
by all these "22-year-old PhDs from Harvard."
the company was taken over by even bigger giants, Atari provided perks
like taking the staff to Disney World, where youth won out and Helen joined
in food fights with her colleagues who weren't too far away from the frat
house. She also remembers endless games of Trivial Pursuit along with a
lot of long hours and hard work.
that Helen spent some time helping to set up computers in Nicaragua. She
worked with the computers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the
Bronx but ended up moving to Maui "because I felt it would be a good place
to raise my son."
also believe Maui is a potent place for spiritual and physical healing
and, once here, Helen began working with a woman named Zara, whom she described
as an "incredible networker for healthy Hawaii, promoting Maui as a place
for healing." When Zara left the island, she gave Helen her e-mail
list of some 300* people, all interested in events, workshops and other
experiences relating to personal growth. ( *now over 3000)
said 'I don't know what I'm going to do with this, but I'm gonna see what
it evolves to be," Helen said.
it evolved into was a business combining e-mail promotion and computer
people don't get newspapers or watch TV," she continued. "I saw this as
a way to make contact, do some good, get a message and pass it on. That's
my role in life."
a photo, a graphic and some information, Helen creates an attractive package
to send out to her e-mail base which includes most island publications.
She tries to design the page in such a way that it can be printed and used
for a poster as well.
want it to be affordable," she said, so charges a flat fee and often gives
advice on how to present the information. "I want to be a service to the
far, Helen's business is young and personal but she is finding a niche
in Maui's ever-expanding "new age" and personal enlightenment market.
is one of the few places in the U.S. where there is such a great opportunity
for small, individual entrepreneurship," she said. "People here can make
a living without being dependent on large corporations. My e-mail blasts
help support this."
e-mail is the technological end of communication, palmistry is the personal
end. She reads regularly at her home and in cafes around the Island
and also at parties at various hotels. She came to the practice through
her mother, Gertrude
who also influenced her daughter's feminism.
Wellikoff (maiden name) was a Lucy Stoner, a group of women in the 1920s who believed strongly
in civil rights and refused to change their names when they married. The
Lucy Stone League was named for a 19th-century Massachusetts woman who
advocated suffrage, civil rights and the abolition of slavery. Gertrude
did not change her last name when she first married. She also refused to wear
a wedding ring because she said it was a symbol of slavery. Helen's mother
received her intuitive nature through her grandfather, a rabbi who was
a healer and a student of the
cabala, a Jewish mystical movement that today
is embraced by many of the rich and famous.
was often with her mother as she read palms. "I watched her hold their
hands. There was such an aura of intimacy and warmth." The left is the
"soul" hand and the right the "actual" hand, the conscious and unconscious,
Helen explained. "I can see if a person is on track, going the right way.
I can inspire them to not be afraid to move on into other areas." All that
business about life lines and gloom and doom isn't true, she said. "I feel
a very empathetic connection to the soul," she said. "A reading is always
inspirational." There is a psychic aspect to each reading. Helen also does
Telephone consultations, You can reach her at (808)-573-6343
sees no dichotomy between science and spirit, mathematics and intuition,
laptops and palmistry. They're all ways of understanding and "getting a
message and passing it on."
to Helen, this connection can be read by looking at palms. "Artists and
scientists have different kinds of hands."
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