Michelle Williams at the Highland Park Farmers Market holding a crystal that decorates her booth. (The market is open Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) | Photo by Christopher Nyerges

The healing fairy of Highland Park

2021 Christopher Nyerges Columnists Editions November

By Christopher Nyerges

Highland Park resident Michelle Williams is a “healing fairy,” a term she came up with a few years ago.

“A fairy,” says Williams, “is a spirit which takes care of the earth and everything that lives on the earth and protects it.  A healing fairy also provides uplifting energy which makes people laugh,” she adds with her broad infectious smile.

These days, Williams spends time sharing her message on YouTube, in private counseling and at the Highland Park Farmers Market where she has a booth.

Born in Pasadena, Willliams was raised in Covina. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Dance at UC Riverside and is certified with the Royal Academy of Dance and the Progressing Ballet Technique. She worked as a ballet teacher for five years.

But she felt she was in a narrow cycle of working, driving home, working, driving home, ad infinitum. She also realized she had a problem with road rage anger.

To break out of her narrow cycle, she started attending swing dancing sessions in Pasadena in 2016.  It was there that she met the love of her life, Tommy Trujillo, a musician who has trained in Japan in the dietary lifestyle of macrobiotics. Trujillo attempted to introduce Williams to macrobiotics — an ancient way of life based on the philosophy of yin and yang, meant to bring balance, health and harmony to those who observe its principles. 

“I wasn’t interested at first because I was very sensitive to diet culture messages and I told him I didn’t want to hear about it,” says Williams. Then, Trujillo gave her a copy of “The Hip Chick’s Guide to Macrobiotics.”

Williams points out that when she met Trujillo, she was still teaching dance and had been disheartened when her boss suggested to her that she lose weight. “I knew I was not eating healthy, but I was afraid of going back to my old, disordered eating,” she says. So, even though she says she was “skeptical at first,” she started reading.

“That book explained food to me in a way I’d never heard before,” says Williams. “Remember, I had an eating disorder.  I’d tried many diets in the past and gone to many nutritionists, but I knew I still wasn’t eating healthy. The macrobiotic book moved me to begin eating healthy and even to think about my life in a different way,” explains Williams.

Williams’ main dietary change was quite simple: she began to eat brown rice with vegetables. “I slowly cut out sugar, eggs, meat and dairy products, and the change to my state of mind and feeling of health was surprisingly profound,” she says.

Williams also credits macrobiotics with relieving her depression and anxiety and leading to a balance and calmness that has allowed her to cope better. “One day, when I normally would have been in a rage on the freeway, I realized I was calm,” she says. “I thought, “This is new!”

Today, as the Healing Fairy, Williams shares the principles and practices underlying her new-found perspective with her Patreon fans on YouTube. Find her at Patreon.com/the_freedom_fairy, where she deals with topics including healthy food, astrology, humans’ connection to nature and good health,”

 “The main thread to my program is the concept of energy,” saysWilliams. “Everything is made from energy and there are a lot of different types of energy.  Everything is moving energy, and when we understand that we have a better understanding of ourselves and our world.  It allows us to realize that things will not always be bad,” she says. 

Too many of us, according to Williams, are too caught up in only our personal issues, or, on the other side, caught up only in external things that are not personal. Williams hopes to bring balance to our thinking and to help others overcome their fears.

She points out that the things we fear in life are often just a reflection of our own thinking. “And we need to do a bit more than just improve our thinking,” adds Williams. “We can also do something very simple, like improving what we put into our bodies. We can revolutionize our view of ourselves and our world simply by eating whole grains and vegetables,” she says, smiling.

Learn more about Michelle Williams on YouTube at TheFreedomFairy.

Christopher Nyerges is the author of “How to Survive Anywhere” and other books and a proponent of self-reliance, especially in the urban environment. He can be contacted at Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041, or www.SchoolofSelf-Reliance.com   

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