Every once in a while I write a feature article for The Portlander. This particular feature is personal because I’ve known Suzanne Jauchius for almost 20 years. When I heard she had written a book I immediately called her to ask for an interview.
She gave me a copy of the book, which I devoured over the course of a week, and then we sat down for a 2-hour interview. I also attended the book launch party that I refer to in the article.
Suzanne is a pretty amazing woman. If she ever comes through your city on a speaking engagement, make an effort to go see her. She has an undeniable presence.
Psychic Suzanne Shows the Way Home
Suzanne Jauchius was just eight years old when her mother told her she would no longer be allowed to attend birthday parties if she continued to bring home all of the prizes from the guessing games, because this was “not normal.” Suzanne didn’t know it at the time, but she would later grow up to make a living using the very skill she was once chastised for – seeing things that no one else could see.
Now an enthusiastic 60, at an age when most people are slowing down or retiring, Jauchius has just launched a publishing company and released her memoir, You Know Your Way Home. This is a book that makes you think on every page and forces you to examine your own life. It chronicles her life and career as a professional psychic, where she uses her psychometric abilities—holding a personal object such as a watch or ring—to see pictures of what’s happening in someone’s life. Her clients are business professionals, law enforcement officials, search and rescue teams and the curious worldwide.
The book opens with a missing persons account:
“My God! Follow that car!” I shouted, pointing emphatically beyond the gravel parking lot to the road ahead.
My friend Debbi shook her head. “Uh, excuse me. You’re the only one who can see it,” she said with a bemused smile as she turned the car onto the deserted road.
It was October, 1989.
I’d been asked by Debbi, who worked with a local search and rescue team, to assist with the search for a little boy who had been abducted.
The missing person was 4-year old Lee Iseli, the last victim of serial killer Westley Allan Dodd.
This and other stories from her career are featured in the book, yet at its core the memoir focuses on Jauchius’ journey to find herself as she bounced from one bad relationship to the next and struggled to break destructive patterns she had accepted as the norm. This is why so many people identify with her story.
“In a way I feel like I’m speaking the secret for a whole generation,” says Jauchius. “It feels mostly like empowerment. People read the book—men and women—and their reaction is an ‘ah-ha’ moment of ‘Oh my God I need to start setting boundaries. Oh my God I think I’m co-dependent. Oh my God I didn’t know that was unacceptable.’”
Over and over people come to Suzanne after reading the book and say, “This is my story. How did you get into my head like that?”
Why write a book at this point in her life? “You accumulate yourself through the years and you get to a certain age where you’re like, you know I’ve made it this far, this feels good, and I’m doing what I love and now what? And when I asked that question I kept hearing, tell your story, if for no one else for your grandchildren.” What started as a journal for her grandchildren became a book.
The road to telling her story wasn’t easy. Unable to find a taker for her manuscript, Jauchius decided to start her own publishing company. Taking this step at 60 was terrifying, but it was an investment she made in herself, and she has never looked back. “This is my life purpose, and once I started the process I never questioned it.” The company is aptly named Bree Noa, which means “second wind” in Gaelic.
The investment paid off. In the months since the official book launch, You Know Your Way Home has been doing very well. “New Renaissance (bookstore) says it’s the fastest selling book they’ve had in two years,” says Jauchius, with the excitement of a child.
Her consultation business is booming as well. Hour-long sessions with Suzanne are scheduled out months in advance. She has a monthly stint with Daria, Mitch and Ted on 105.1 The Buzz that has rocketed her to psychic super-stardom in Portland.
On September 11, friends and clients gathered at the Oswego Hills Winery to officially launch her book into the world. The tables were set with white linens, the Pinot was flowing, and the sun was setting across the vineyards. A cage of butterflies sat on each table
According to Native American Indian legend, anyone who desires a wish to come true must first capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it. Since a butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly cannot reveal the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit. In gratitude for giving that beautiful butterfly its freedom, the Great Spirit always grants its wish.
Each guest whispered wishes to the caged butterflies and released them into the warm night air. And so far, as Jauchius launches into the next phase of her life, the wishes seem to be coming true.
You Know Your Way Home is available at New Renaissance Bookstore, Powell’s Books, Steiner Storehouse, and Annie Bloom’s Books in Portland, and online at Amazon.com. You can hear Suzanne on 105.1 The Buzz the first Monday of every month at 4:30 p.m. Suzanne Jauchius can be reached at psychicsuzanne.com.