WordWizard, Performance Artist,
Communications Consultant and Spiritual Counselor
Laurel Airica took to words like a bird to the skies
and began her literary flights of fancy early in her life. Particularly
enchanted by rhythm and rhyme, palindromes, puns, the glitter of
alliteration and other ‘electro-poetic’ linguistic phenomena,
she was startled by her first chance encounter with a pun at the
age of two; and announced to her parents with absolute certainty
at age three or four, “I bet I now know all the words in the
By six, she was questioning suspiciously the origins of the alphabet.
“Who says ABCD?!” she wondered to herself, as there
was no one else to whom she could pose such a question. She pictured
in her mind’s eye the 26 letters strewn like shells along
the See of Consciousness – but doubted that this was their
Laurel began decoding this symbolic language of the collective
unconscious in her early teenage years. Decades later, she wrote
a lengthy performance piece entitled, eSoterica, by
Laurel Airica, which she assumes to be the definitive
exegesis of the letter S in verse.
Over time, she became aware of the rich subtext embedded in the
language at the level of symbol (cymbal) and sound. She now believes
that language is not merely grammatical but holo-grammatical, as
well. She thus contends – and demonstrates in her work –
that “using the curiosities of English as a mirror in which
to view our own idiosyncratic natures and presumptions of reality
is like peering through a magic lens that makes the obvious suddenly
Laurel expresses her insights in a variety of forms including nonfiction
articles, metaphoric fantasies, MetaWhimsical verse and interactive
curricula – all geared to various ages and levels of sophistication.
Horsing Around is the first of many projects that she intends
to make widely available.
When publicly presenting her savory suites of stunning punning
– in rhyming and alliterative metaphoric verse – Laurel
enjoys incorporating music, movement and visual aids to simultaneously
communicate multiple levels of meaning and the innate rhythm and
dance of words. At various times, audience members have compared
her work to Shakespeare, Mozart, Dame Edith Sitwell and, most recently,
In whatever form she writes, Laurel endeavors to convey positive,
uplifting and liberating messages in ways that educate and entertain
simultaneously. Among her many intentions for her whimsical wordplay
is to stimulate logophilia – a love of words in others –
and to help young minds become unPenned.
Laurel has worked with youth (from nursery age through teenage),
shared her curriculum for Self-discovery with psychology students
at Santa Monica High School (Keeping Current with the Life's
Dream), and uses WordMagic's Simplistic Linguistic FUNdaMENTALS
to enhance language skills, self-esteem and visionary thinking among
elementary school students.
Raised in a family of highly literate and accomplished professionals
in the visual and musical arts, Laurel received a bachelor's degree
in English Literature from UC Berkeley. In 2005, she received a
Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University
of Santa Monica – a small private university that attracts
students from around the world to its profoundly transformational
counseling programs (http://gousm.edu/).
Laurel has assisted many hundreds of individuals from all backgrounds
and professions to realize and more fully express Soul Purposes
in life through her spiritual counseling work. She is currently
studying and practicing Soul Medicine – a process developed
by psychotherapist Gautama Katzman for facilitating emotional healings
and spiritual awakenings simultaneously.
Laurel also works as a communications consultant for visionary
people with companies and projects that are focused on making a
positive difference in the world. For information about her counseling
and communications services, please visit www.laurelairica.com.
*Littoral: On or near the shore
of a lake, sea or ocean. Literal: Of or pertaining to the letters
of the alphabet; the strict meaning of a word; actual or factual.