How are ya? How's it going? February AMIRITE? I am excited about it, the year is really weird on a world front, but on a personal front I feel really in the groove.
Keep me posted on your life.
Colleen I met through a friend and GOOP employee, who told me about their resident crystal healer. Obviously this is right up my alley, so I reached out for Almost 30 and for Hundred Blog to share her and her story with you. In order to prep, I got a crystal reading with her, and guys. this girl is so RAD.
She's down to earth, warm, funny, fun, lighthearted and just a joy to be around. During her sessions, she's honest and relate able, and you feel like you can spill your heart and open up - which is so important in an energy healer.
I LOVED too that she gives you the tarot cards that you get in your reading. I keep mine at my desk, and they're representative of what's happening in my life. She also gives you a crystal, to keep. Nothing better.
So I'm excited to share with you Colleen, and for this giveaway! This giveaway includes one medicine bag, which has been the FASTEST + most popular selling thing on the GOOP website, and for good reason. It's all the BEST stones you need that have been cleansed or cleaned by Colleen. Also for the bestie you tag, they will win a GOOP energy clearing kit. (
(Or if you want the clearing kit, and to give the other product away, that's cool too!)
Also ladies in the LA area, you NEED to schedule time with her.
Loving you, enjoy and excited for the winner! xo
Brief introduction to who you are what you do:
Colleen McCann, fashion stylist turned energy practitioner, has spent this lifetime appreciating all things beautiful. From the runways of Paris to the crystal caves of Chile, Colleen has always been acutely aware of the power and strength that lies in the exquisite. With a distinguished palette and a fierce eye for style, it is no wonder her journey began in the world of fashion. Her style-centric pursuits for the last 15 years have allowed her to wear many hats including: designer, stylist, brand image consultant, business owner and always a serial entrepreneur (the first being a friendship bracelet company started at age 8). McCann’s intense travel schedule often yielded a nomadic way of life and it was on these very journeys that she began to merge her two great loves: fashion and mysticism. Colleen’s wayfarer persona and wanderlust nature has always led her to connect with diverse styles of people and their deeply rooted spiritual traditions and rituals. Though she cannot truly recall a moment of her life where she was not connected to the spirit world in some form, her true gifts emerged and blossomed while studying with the Q’ero peoples of Peru. It was during these pivotal moments in her metaphysical training, she realized she could use her intuition to help others in a myriad of profound ways. As she furthered her education, Colleen continued to grow, strengthen and enhance her skill sets and now holds the esteemed title of Shamanic Energy Medicine Practitioner, certified with The Four Winds Society and Asui Reiki. Upon becoming more spiritually attuned, Colleen began to incorporate her healing knowledge with everyone in her space; from backstage models to strangers in an airport, it seemed as though she had become a magnet for people to seek counsel from. Colleen's link between the spiritual and physical world has allowed her to understand the needs of others, whether being the right silhouette for a body type or a proverbial torn seam in an energetic body. There is power in beauty only when beauty exudes honesty, strength, compassion and confidence. It was this very notion that catapulted McCann into merging her two passions into one unique vision. Colleen McCann’s heartfelt dedication to bring forth the true well-being of her clients is what has made her one of the top experts in this field of work.
Her approach to mysticism and spirituality is digestible, personable, non-judgmental and relatable. “Everyone has a spiritual side to them – no matter their race, religion, socio-economic status or sex,” said McCann. “My work is to help bring your best you back in alignment and open your mind and body for life’s offerings. Simply put…when you feel good, you look good and when you look good, you feel good.”
Colleen McCann, Shamanic Energy Medicine Practitioner, works within the realm of creative methods and processes utilizing color theory, body type, chakra systems, crystals, astrology, naturopathy and Feng Shui principles. Through these modalities, she can align the energetic and visual body, creating a sense of balance, wellness and fullness. She currently lives and practices bi-coastally, with residences in Los Angeles, CA and New York City.
It's been a very interesting road for me with many mystical twists and turns to say the least. I worked in the fashion industry for 15 years & when I turned 30 I started "hearing voices"...which turned out to be my spirit guides. Long story short: I traded my high heels for hiking boots & flew to South America to get trained as a Shamanic Practitioner. I also practice Usui Reiki, do hands on healing, Intuitive crystal readings & psychic business building sessions.
My fashion clients have become my healing clients meaning I work with women in fashion, beauty & advertising industries. I understand the unique brand of pressure & stresses that comes with being in the biz.
I also run Moon Ceremonies.
Which puts me on the pulpit in front of groups of women speaking about how to harness their sovereignty and get themselves back on track. Although I am in the "Woo woo Juju" business...I also speak New Yorker. I make it a must to always give my clients practical & digestible advice, practices & solutions they can take home with them & really use in their daily lives.
What is the popular reactions when you tell people what you do?
"You don't look like a Shaman?" HAHA! That is the #1 response.
Can you talk about your journey to where you are today? I can imagine that standing in your light and owning your gift wasn't easy!
I was fucking terrified! Standing in a corner bogeda in Brooklyn at 3AM & hearing voices isn't exactly what I had planned for myself. If you would have asked me prior to this experience about what I wanted to be when I “grew up” I would have said I wanted to be a power house in the fashion industry and I was currently standing in a bodega contemplating whether I needed to commit myself or not. I started hearing voices then having premonition dreams then waking up & having ghosts standing over my bed… then the final straw was having other healers coming up to on the street telling me I was a healer and I needed to remember that & to get help/get trained etc. OOF! 29-31 was rough! It took me 5+ years to be able to stand in my own light and there are still days or certain situations that it is hard for me to talk about my experiences or see/hear/feel what I do.
I'd love to hear a little about your life in fashion and how you made the transition from fashion to shaman:
I worked as a designer, stylist and brand consultant for 15 years before I made the leap to full-time Shaman.
I have been studying Shamanism (3 modalities: Nordic, Peruvian, Mexican), Usui Reiki, Feng Shui & Crystals for the last 7 years.
It wasn’t an overnight transition. I spent every free minute I had flying somewhere in the world to take classes on some type of spiritual modality or related school of thought that peaked my interest. I don’t follow one modality and its been my experience that having an many different techniques in your back pocket can only increase your success rate with your clients. Take what serves you & leave the rest behind.
I didn’t tell anyone except 2 of my girlfriends I was studying Shamanism for the first 5 years as I had no idea what I was going to do with this new found skill set. I felt like a total freak for a long time and I was too afraid to talk about what was happening to me. I didn’t start coming out of the Shamanic closet until I had the confidence in my practice, knew what I wanted to do with what I learned and decided to make Style Rituals an official offering to the public.
It is not a job, it is a calling to do this type of work. Period.
I worked my ass off. I had a really intense travel schedule with my fashion clients and was basically putting myself through college for a second time while I worked a full-time job.
What's great about what you do?
I get to help people heal & be the best version of themselves.
I love teaching. I work with 99% women. SOOOOOO many of the women that find me have some form of“the gift” themselves and I have the honor of helping them open up to it, embrace it and find a way to work with it in a modern world, their personal lives and careers. I’ve seen clients that started with me 2 years ago start doing amazing things with encorporating some aspect of spirituality into their business or into their personal lives. I get a lot of emails that start out I did this “… because of what you told me or what you helped me find out about myself or helped me embrace I am doing XYZ” Those are the best days!!!!!
What's hard about what you do?
I am an Empath so I feel everything that is going on around me. So if it’s a really intense session with a client that there are tears and lots of emotions I feel it. I am like a lightening rod for information as I am Clairsentient, Clairaudient & Clairvoyant so being in large groups of people always takes extra effort, focus and concentration on my end.
Weirdest thing you've heard a spirit or guide say to you?
Lawd! I wouldn’t even know where to start?
What's a typical day in the life like (I know no two days are the same but we can try to get a good gauge)
Things I would do on an average day:
- Filling orders for my Crystal-of-the-month-Club------Crystal Covey
- Collabing on well-designed, mystically minded product with other like minded companies.
- Meditate, daily gratitudes, sage off, salt bath
- Intuitive Readings
- Hands on healings + Reiki
- Taking interviews with editors
- Talk with my mentors
- Do a space clearing
- Answering emails
- Clean my crystals
- Instagram stalk someone I’d like to work with
- Eating bacon or spicy, dark chocolate
- Calling family & friends
- Meeting with a mentee
Loved your article about sage in Vogue: can you tell us what sage is and why we should all have it?
SAGE has an earthy (just-smoked-weed) smell and a feminine energy. If you’re using sage, look for California white sage (which is different from the sage you would cook with). Burning sage is one of the oldest methods of cleansing a person, group of people, objects, or space. The practice dates back to prehistoric times and it’s been used in every corner of the world by our ancestors. The Latin word for sage, salvia, means to heal.
Burning sage has traditionally been associated with giving wisdom, clarity, and increasing spiritual awareness. When sage is burned, it releases negative ions, which is associated with putting people into a positive mood. On a practical level, Sage clears bacteria in the air: Scientists have observed that sage can clear up to 94 percent of airborne bacteria in a space. In a nut-shell it gets the bad jooge off us and our energy fields.
How do you suggest we cultivate our deeper connection to spirit?
Meditation is the best place to start. Learning how to settle down the left side of the braid aka Hamster Brain, Monkey Mind, Analytical Mind, Linear Mind is most important as that’s when we are most open to receiving messages from the right side of the brain aka the creative side, wisdom brain. If you can develop a meditation practice you will inevitably feel calmer, more focused, more decisive and perhaps may hear a message/voice/or have greater knowing.
Although, if you can’t sit still for 5 minutes (I totally get it!) and are very visual than try to working with the Tarot. Pictures are worth a 1000 words. Ask your spirit guides to come forward and give you the message you need that day or perhaps around a particular situation in your life. Then pick the card that is calling your name.
It is important to try and connect everyday as it will help you strengthen your “Intuitive Muscle”. The more you flex it the easier it will come…it’s like working out.
WTF is a closet cleanse - I LOVE that concept - can you tell us more!
This is the ultimate mashup of the energetic meeting the visual.
You get to spend the day with me in your closet and we are going to tear it apart using both fashion & Shamanic know-how.
We will look at items that may be out of style, not fit your body type or skin color as well as items that may have energy around them that aren’t helping you to put your best foot forward.
I will be able to look at items in your closet and start to hear things about you, your life, certain situations etc. I look at the closet like a giant intuitive reading—instead of Tarot cards its clothing and shoes
We may burn your “ex-boyfriend” jeans in a Shamanic bonfire on the beach (LA) or fire escape (NYC). PS. It’s super fun and liberating!
All women love fashion and relate to me in that way so if they trust in me enough from having a relation from the fashion perspective to open their closets and allowing that to be a conduit for healing than so be it.
I'd love to tell readers about your GOOP Medicine bag/ GOOP Energy Clearing Kit and why it's essential:
Medicine Bag: The crystals I curated for GOOP are a good starter set of crystals to work with. These crystals address a variety of everyday needs that I hear about directly from what my clients want & need.
Energy Clearing Kit: The items I curated for GOOP were based on the basics of what everyone should have in their home arsenal for what I call “Spiritual Hygiene”. Any one that has ever met me knows that I hand out sage or palo santo with every business card. Clearing yourself or your space is essential. We take care of ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally by going to therapy, working out, eating right, sleeping so why wouldn’t we also take care of ourselves energetically?
Sageing should become a daily or weekly ritual. It should become as second nature as taking supplements or brushing your teeth. I like to know that I am doing my small part in the world by helping people learn how to raise their vibration. Imagine if everyone in the world sage’d themselves at the same time how much the lighter the mood of this planet would be.
Favorite way to chill:
Beach, Tea or Bourbon…sometimes bourbon in my tea, Yoga, spa time with my girlfriends, Netflix, Muesum, Shopping, hanging out in the crystal store. I travel so much for work so I like to keep things chill as possible during my downtime.
How cute are the services on her website? I love!
Where can people connect with you:
www.stylerituals.com OR on IG: @style_rituals
What are you excited about in 2017?
- Several additional product collaborations within the health & wellness industry and the restaurant Industry
- Style Rituals crystal-of-the-month-club: Crystal Covey
- Leading a retreat to Peru August 11-17th with Daily Bliss Yoga LA. They took me on a yoga retreat to Thailand last year and I did readings and healings for people in a cliffside bungalow overlooking the South Pacific. EPIC! It was so well-received that Daily Bliss decided to do their first every spiritually-centered retreat. I will be collaborating with NY yoga instructor Laura Butler.
SO EXCITED to give away one of her GOOP Medicine bags! These have been the fastest selling products on the GOOP website, and major for someone just starting out their crystal practice, or someone who is in the game but needs a refreshed bag of blessed crystals.
This essential starter kit ($85 value) is a beautiful introduction to the spiritual practice of harnessing one’s own intuition, protection, healing, and inner strength.
Medicine bag Includes:
Black Obsidian: Offers grounding and protection
Carnelian: Provides relief and support for female issues
Citrine: Puts all women in a mindset to make things happen
Rose Quartz: Encourages self-love and love of others
Lapis Lazuli: Promotes the speaking of one’s truth and clear communication skills.
Clear Quartz: Operates as the high channeler for connection with your higher self, intuition, and spirit guides
Amethyst: Absorbs negative energy around a person and removes it from the room
Chrysocolla: The goddess stone
Energy clearing kit includes:
This kit ($195 value) comes with everything you need to cleanse your home/work space/other personal sanctuary of any and all negative energy—all with entirely clean, instantly soothing, incredible-smelling ingredients. For everything you need to know, read GOOP's article here.
1 bundle of California white sage
1 piece of palo santo
1 smudge bowl
1 feather fan
1 monk oil (1 oz)
1 shungite stone
Woah guys, right?
There is some serious knowledge in here, inspiring information and mostly the story of a girl whose followed her calling, to build the life of her dreams.
SO CITED for you to enter the giveaway! GOOD LUCK!