ELORA – Amy Miranda is new to Elora, and she’s bringing magic to the village with her works of witchery.
Miranda, who uses she/they pronouns, calls themself a “wonder witch, a medium, and a spiritualist who demystifies the mystical.”
They’re an executive producer by trade, with experience with CNN, Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures. Miranda is the creative director and executive producer of Lunch, a creative production network she launched in 2009.
But Miranda is also an energetic healer who offers oracle readings, couple sessions, animal communication, reiki treatment, and other healing services.
What We’ve Forgotten is Miranda’s debut book, and she calls it “an adventure of wonder and revolutionary healing.”
The book, published by Rise Books and distributed by Simon & Schuster, was released on Dec. 12. The story intertwines lessons Miranda learned through her own journey of healing from childhood trauma with stories from clients she has supported in her work as a healing practitioner.
The book, set in a temple, helps people understand how to work through their own trauma and become more mindful as a society, Miranda told the Advertiser. They see the book as a way to offer healing services to more people for a more affordable rate – at $45 each, it costs about the same as a half hour session.
The book is like an “origin story of remarkable sexual abuse survivors,” Miranda said.
Many survivors spend “most of our lives thinking we are too broken too be fixed,” they said, but that’s a narrative Miranda refuses to accept.
They said it took making it to their 30s to start talking about how their father had sexually abused them as a child.
She survived the abuse by knowing “there’s always a way out,” Miranda said, and she hopes this is the takeaway people have from the book.
What We’ve Forgotten, “undermines systems of oppression through the power of wonder and magic,” Miranda said.
“Every major system on the planet has been essentially created without a foundation that is in alignment with universal law,” they said.
That universal law is inherent to many sacred texts including the Bible and the Quran, they noted: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Instead of being rooted in this universal law, Miranda said major systems are “rooted in tools of oppression and inequality.
“In order to make change we have to challenge the systems,” they said, and reach “collective liberation” by caring for one another.
Miranda has activism experience with women’s liberation and the Families Belong Together campaign.
“Activism in the world is working,” Miranda said. “It really does move the needle. We are living in such a time of great change.”
A love letter
The book is also “sort of a love letter” from Miranda to their best friend, Erin Muckle. Two days before Miranda’s 19th birthday, Muckle died in a car accident.
“Yes, she left the planet,” Miranda said, “but she still has more to say,” adding they have heard from Muckle frequently since her passing.
Miranda moved to Elora last April, though she visited many times before then to spend time with her mother and sister-in-law.
“I love this town and area,” she said, and the “incredible human beings who live here.”
Every time Miranda came to see her family she said she found it hard to leave this “beautiful, magical, salt-of-the-earth village.”
For Miranda, Elora is a creative place, where they have spent most of their time so far writing and making art.
Miranda will be at Magic Pebble Books for a book signing event from 6 to 7pm on Jan. 19.
For more information about Miranda, their book, and their healing practice visit amymiranda.com.