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  • Written by Dr. Linda Salvin

It has been said that Valentine's Day is to women what Super Bowl is to men.  The passion, the big day of love, excitement, unity, a reason to celebrate something.  Valentine's Day is love and romance with the human heart. But it remains true with the adrenalin and love humans have for the best teams of the year competing on the field for the number one spot in history for that season.  Both, regardless of gender, hit the heart, instill a racing heart, love and excitement.

Not everyone loves the sport of football. Not everyone honors Valentine's Day.  Not everyone has someone to share with, whether watching the game or participating in the romance dance of love.  The two dances collide and the hearts dance with excitement and anticipation.  Who will win? Who gives or receives a gift or acknowledgement for their love and friendship? Who gets another trophy?   We share experience of our own lives to help give strength and hope to another. We compete.  We also assume the next/other person has it better, easier, has more, or suffers less.

As children in school during the 1960s, we had boxes of little Valentine's and wrote out the names of our classmates and teacher.  I remember how many years I was not always given the sacred Valentine by all in class, passed over by the more popular kids in school.  Or the bullies. Or, I would receive a Valentine from someone I had no idea even knew I existed.  And, on the other side of the coin were the popular children who proudly emptied their collection of Valentine's on their desk for all to see as they would gloat while children like me felt disliked, unloved. Who among us has not experienced this humiliating feeling?   It was a cruel popularity contest.  Today, I believe, schools implemented ‘the no kid left behind’ rule so everyone would get a token. Talk about self-worth issues being attacked at a young age.  I remember when a classmate in graduate school slid a little red heart under my notebook and wished me a Happy Valentine's Day.  I felt exhilaration when the 2nd year student recognized me. I can see his face but do not recall his name let alone which science class we were in.   I was not dating at the time and it meant the world to me.  It's the little things people do for another that show love, unconditional love or that they care.  Love.  The whole world needs love. The millions of songs, poems, posters, books, articles and heart shaped artifacts all represent love.   Commercially, stores are filled with toys, stuffed animals, cards, candies and much more to remind us it's Valentine's Day.  Just like the team colors, banners and jersey's representing the teams playing in the largest game of the year.  It is often all about commercialism, the excitement, the big day, the big win…the profit, the title, the trophy, the heart.   Regardless of the situation, game, event or holiday, someone always loses or is left out.

We get excited over a game and we get excited over a holiday dedicated to love.  Love has been defined at: Life Openly and Vigorously Expressed -L.O.V.E. The passion, adrenalin, hope and butterflies run through our bloodstreams with both. There are fantasies and sleepless nights Football games last a few hours.  Love, can last a moment, a season or a lifetime.  There is unconditional love, romantic love, co-dependent love, passionate love, true love.  Of family, friends, co-workers, friends, associates even newer acquaintances.  All stimulate our heart.  Bottom line everywhere, we all want to be loved; we all want to be loved by everyone around us.  We all need someone to accept and love us for with our faults and idiosyncrasies. No one is perfect.  We put a beautiful face on to the world but few, if any, know our true inner thoughts, pains, remorseful feelings, fears and anxieties.  Behind every mask lie hidden secrets, fantasies and desires but all hearts and souls harbor some form of love.  A need and wish to be accepted, to belong.  To feel appreciated. Accepted. To win the game.

We express love with passion, kindness, gifts, talking and expressing.  We give of our time, our suggestions, to express some form of emotion toward another. We pay it forward with a meal, a ride or a donation.  Some people show it through actions where others hidden behind anger, cynical remarks. A gentle touch on the shoulder can often heal a broken moment in someone’s psyche.  We show up for one another or we close doors on one another when the love and trust has run its course.  New doors open, new relationships develop and we realize starting over at any time is always an option.  It is never too late even when hopelessness seems to take over a broken heart and spirit.  There are ups and downs through our journey through life.  There are scars that can injure one while young and there are actions that can heal at any age.

Love of music, love of nature, love of animals, love of technology, love of aviation, shoes, flowers, insects, anything out there...but especially us...the human, the living, the breathing.  On a perfect utopian planet, perhaps  we would not kill animals or use them to test in laboratories; we have animals for food, yes but the slaughter can be more humane.  Perhaps we would not have as many mentally ill people handling guns and going on sprees to injure and murder innocent people out of rage, upset or retaliation. This is not an article on racism, politics or gun control.  I am merely stating examples of what we love and how we can harm.  As I have said in past articles, to be ill is I Lack Love.

People come and go from our lives and we can feel rejected, hurt, abandoned as well as nurtured, appreciated and loved.  We may not always see the actions or hear the words we need for attention to fill us up with the same feeling a simple Valentine card represents.  We all hurt, we all love.  Many are blocked, many are scared, many are grieving and many are lonely.  But deep within every breathing human, animal, plant, fish, bird, etc., there is a soul.
That soul has a heart.  That heart is love and needs love. 

Why do we need to have the holidays each year to give gifts or express love? Why can't we honor love every day or most every day? We know who are friends are. Many of our families are torn apart with anger, resentment, jealousy and dysfunction; we turn to others for the unconditional love, understanding or need to be heard we lack in our own family unit.  Is there really such a thing as love?  Yes, there is; we are born with love in our heart and soul. It is what happens on this journey called life and the events. Greed, power, abuse, loss, unspoken truth and other unloving feelings often shift the perspective.  In 1965, Jackie De Shannon sang “What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love”; in 1967 John Lennon sang “All We Need is Love”.  Love songs fill us up and motivate us.  We need to remember love daily.

With Super Bowl and Valentine's Day around the corner, love is in the air once more.  For the sport, for the relationships important to us, for the lonely souls out there who feel left behind or alone.  If love is light and light is God then God is love.  We really are not alone when we are all one with the light, the love, the creator of all.

We can love and heal ourselves and then at a community level which would bleed into the universal level.  We do not need to fight for territories. Our territories are in our hearts.  The love is in a football game and the team players to win just as in our hearts and souls to find someone or a group to connect with, belong to and feel a part of.  We find those to trust even though we are often let down or betrayed; like losing a game.  In the end, though, we pick ourselves up, heal our wounded heart and go on to the next match.  It is always about love.  

Let it start within ourselves and our soul circle of those we need most, will be there.  There is offense and defense in relationships just as there is on the field.  With the two main events in February, let’s just open our hearts and know we all win. We are all on a playing field called life.  Which game do you want to play? Look inside your heart and you will find the answer.

Dr. Linda Salvin
Metaphysical Clinician
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With her extraordinary evolution from Epidemiologist and Environmental Health Specialist to impacting hundreds of thousands of lives as a pioneer of “psychic radio,” Dr. Linda Salvin’s multi-faceted life and career is proof that sometimes God and the Universe have larger plans and higher purposes for us than we can originally envision. After 12 years of running from the unique gifts first bestowed upon her as the survivor of a Boeing 737 crash and several other soul-changing, near death experiences, she embraced her sacred responsibility as a spiritualist and healer.

Though her mega-successful career on the airwaves has earned her renown at various times as “America’s #1 radio psychic,” Dr. Linda is also a private practitioner whose guidance has helped everyone from politicians, professors and university deans to prominent celebrities, students, housewives and everyday people. She is known as a “psychic’s psychic,” as she reads for other psychics and helps people awaken to their gifts.  Since the late 90’s, she has been a thriving entrepreneur drawing on her expertise in the ancient art of candle magic to change countless lives via her candle line Wicks of Wisdom. Her creative pursuits, including years of gigging as a singer/songwriter and rejecting two record deals, are boundless. Since earning her Ph.D. in Metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology, she has artfully fused her medical background and spiritual gifts/expertise as a metaphysical clinician, helping people with her unique approach that draws equally on science and spirit, the physical and esoteric.

Building on her popularity in the early 90’s as one of the top rated, 900-line psychics on the Psychic Friends Network (whose infomercials were hosted by legendary singer Dionne Warwick), Dr. Linda was selected out of 364 psychics in 1994 to be the “nighttime psychic,” on L.A.’s then-adult contemporary station KBIG 104.3 FM, appearing twice an hour for five hours. Her immediate success with listeners led to an opportunity to host and produce her own show on KIEV 870 AM, after which she started syndicating with CRNDigital Talk in over 350 markets. By 2004, her national show was syndicated to another network of radio stations.

She later launched “The Inner You with Dr. Linda Salvin,” on 97.1 KLSX Los Angeles for five years, then moved for a time to KABC 790 AM. After several years away from the airwaves attending to her private practice, entrepreneurial activities and personal business, she will be returning to radio in February 2020 on KHTS in Santa Clarita, CA with an hour show dedicated to her work as a psychic, spiritual adviser and practitioner of the FDA approved, fat reduction technology called Strawberry Laser Lipo. Drawing on her own body image issues growing up in Los Angeles, Dr. Linda believes that the non-invasive, 20-30 minute procedure - where a cold red laser is applied to the skin and directly attacks fat cells – is the perfect way to lose inches in problem areas.

Dr. Linda’s influence on radio has created demand for countless TV appearances over the years. She has brought her expertise, authoritative voice and healing vibes to “John & Leeza,” “Hard Copy,” CNN-fn, “The Conspiracy Zone with Kevin Nealon,” “Nine on the Town,” various news segments and more. More recently, she was featured with Awesomeness TV for a YouTube show which coincided with Sony’s press junket for the 2017 release of the remake of the film “Flatliners.” In 2018, she appeared on CBS’ syndicated “Face the Truth,” hosted by Vivica A. Fox.

Since the late 90s, Linda has been a successful spiritual entrepreneur with a specific and unique candle magic line called Wicks of Wisdom. Trained in candle magic by a Santeria priest and incorporating elements of Kabbalah, Linda launched her line in 1999 so that people from all walks of life could contribute to their healing and life aspects. Removing any stigma of the occult, Wicks of Wisdom serve “…like a prescription for your soul.” Each set includes three candles, two ounces of essential oil, herbs and powders to create the desired result from the user’s ritual. It has all the ingredients needed for enhancing finances, luck, love, health and wellness, harmony and legal issues. A truly global phenomenon, Dr. Linda’s vision has manifested in happier, more fulfilling lives for thousands of users. In 2006, she created an infomercial for her candle line and hired Kris Jenner to host her show. The clip of this presentation currently has over 336,000 views on YouTube.

Dr. Linda was not born with the psychic gifts that have been her trademark, legend and inspiration to hundreds of thousands. In fact, she often jokes that had she not lived through all her traumas, accidents, incidents and transformations, she wouldn’t believe her story, either. Dr. Linda began her life immersed in the medical sciences, earning her Bachelor’s in Health Education from San Francisco State University and a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Epidemiology and Environmental Health from the University of Michigan. Prior to the series of accidents that changed the course of her life and spiritual progression, she served as an Industrial Hygienist for General Dynamics, creating and implementing a new industrial health program for 7100 employees at the Pomona aerospace facility.

Not long after Dr. Linda started her next job as an Environmental Health Specialist for an insurance company, she was aboard a commercial airliner that crashed at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA in 1981. She’d had a premonition of the exact spot the plane would crack in half; she felt 50 feet out of her body for at least four months. This surreal reality was the beginning of her redirected journey. After the plane crash, she was hit by a fire truck in 1982, and two years later,, she had an auto accident which brought her to the White Light and a choice to continue to ascend or to live and shift gears on earth. She sees these as her initiations to work in the spiritual world.

During her healing time after a major surgery in 1991, Dr. Linda discovered her healing abilities in dramatic fashion, applying the intense energy in her hands to the body of a woman with multiple personality disorder. When the woman reported that she had been completely healed, Dr. Linda began realizing her higher purpose. While on the rise as a radio personality a few years later, she had another surgery to remove 100 tumors from her hips and thighs. She was given the opportunity to connect with the other side to communicate and give closure to grieving people here on earth. Dr. Linda was proving her transmediumship on radio long before the internet caught on. 

“The Department of Health, Education and Welfare defines health as the state of  Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual well-being, not merely the absence of disease,” says Dr. Linda. “Through all of my many endeavors, I find ways to focus on all of those elements, bringing the science and spiritual aspects of my life into situations where I can not only be a healer but promote health conscious lifestyles and preventive medicine. Having been on the radio for years, it was easy for many to simply see me as a psychic, but my medical background plays a great role in all the work I do.

“Few professionals address the spiritual aspects of illness and life to make the whole,” she adds. “In metaphysical diagnostics, I can quickly analyze someone’s issue or ailment, diagnose the situation and suggest the solution to heal from their pain and discomfort while providing spiritual peace and acceptance. I often teach people that understanding God is as simple as understanding the way a butterfly moves through the world. Using that metaphor, I have taught people to stop being fearful and simply become comfortable in their own skin. It was only when I stopped trying to control my life and surrender to God and trust the Universe that everything changed. Since then, everything I do is grounded in helping others find healing, purpose and peace.”
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