A friend of mine saw Stephanie Jones featured in Daily Candy recently and passed her information on to me. What I found most fascinating about Stephanie was that she was a Yale graduate who took a different path than what was expected of her.
I have never used an energy healer before but after reading Stephanie’s interview, I am completely intrigued by what she does and the impact it has on people’s lives.
At the end she brings up a great point about how it is fear that holds us back from finding a career that we love. And how cool that she has discovered a way to move past it.
Here is her story:
Tell me about what you do for work.
I am a breathwork energy healer. I help people push against blocks and fears at their chakras. Some clients report feeling relaxed or floaty, while other people sob, laugh or feel strong vibrations. People can feel cleared out, euphoric or spacey afterward.
I use chakra oils, sage and really cool music like Josh Radin and Beyonce. It is a spiritual practice. In my experience, if you do this work, you won’t get as upset about things, you will manifest things more easily and you will become more intuitive about your life.
I see private clients one-on-one at the Hanuman Center in the Castro or at their homes. I also created a class called Breathwork Meditation for Crunch gyms. I teach at the Union Street location Saturdays at noon. I have a workshop anyone can take at Piedmont Yoga in Oakland Saturday, August 14.
What type of work were you doing prior to what you are doing now?
I like to say I used to be a normal person. Most of my working life has been spent in journalism. I loved writing for The Washington Post Express and Harper’s Bazaar Australia .
What kinds of frustrations did you have with your previous job?
I thought maybe I should be helping people more.
How did you come to discover this was what you were meant to do?
After my sister’s emergency open heart surgery and near death experience 3 years ago, I was really questioning the meaning of life. I started going to breathwork healing circles in Los Angeles . I had no intention of becoming a healer myself. At my encouragement, my sister went on a breathwork retreat to help her with her recovery. She came back from the retreat and insisted we become healers and do healer training together. I told her I couldn’t because I had a job so of course the Universe made me lose my job!
Still I told her I was only doing this to keep her company and to learn more about it and that I would never heal another person. In my training, which took place in a yurt, I witnessed an incredible healing of a sex addict. That is when I told my sister, “I feel compelled to do this.” And I’ve probably worked with 500 people since then.
What fears did you have to overcome to take the leap?
There are a few things! I come from a fairly conventional background and I went to Yale so a lot of my friends are in law or finance. I thought I should have a job in an office in front of a computer too so I really had to fight against that idea. Also, I’d had some amazing experiences in healing, so I thought a healer had to have special powers and I didn’t have them.
But the first person I healed after training said, “I have no problems. Every problem is solvable. How could I not have known this before?” He also had extreme physical sensations.
Just last week, I saw a woman with breast cancer. She felt such joy during our session, she could not stop laughing. After that, I really thought, “No one can tell me this is not what I am supposed to be doing.”
Also, healing has also taken me from Los Angeles to the Hamptons to NYC/DC and to San Francisco in less than 13 months. This was not really what I planned nor expected nor necessarily wanted. I had fears about a couple of these moves but they’ve all worked out really well. I feel guided and supported.
For example, before I moved to San Francisco , I got locked out of my friend’s apartment in Brooklyn and I had no cell phone and no wallet. Even though I was a little panicked, I kept asking myself, “What’s the lesson? What’s the lesson?” Strangers on the street gave me money (I didn’t ask) and I was able to get to my brother’s so to me it was a real message that even if I felt I had nothing in San Francisco, I would be guided to people who would help me.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love it when people cry and tell me I’m better than therapy! But I’m really not supposed to be attached to their reactions!
If you were to give advice to people thinking about changing careers, what would it be?
Breathwork energy healing will clear out the fear and anxiety you have about changing. You will become more intuitive and your energy will be brighter so you will know what to do and attract an opportunity more in line with your higher vibration.
You can also try kundalini yoga. If you’d like a DVD, I recommend Gurmukh’s.
You could also make a vision board, or a collage of pictures that represent your new career. There’s nothing to worry about. You are safe and you are loved.