We had the good fortune of chatting with Aja & Chrystal from Energetic Owl on starting a business, energy work, and the artsy must-see of the River North District (RiNo) of Denver, check out our conversation:
Hi Aja & Chrystal, share something those unfamiliar with your industry aren’t typically aware of that comes up often.
Our business exists in a space where holistic services meet spirituality and that can create some “are they religious?” confusion. When people discover this space for the first time, there’s a tendency to build a religion wall around us. We respect the individual beliefs of our clients and our community of women Seekers and don’t focus on religion. We choose to focus our efforts on spirituality through the vehicle of personal growth and learning. This allows us to focus on our similarities, worry less about our differences, and focus on growth. We think it’s so important for each soul to meet each other where we are on our paths. Many companies in our space are similar in nature, where the whole human, regardless of beliefs, rituals, or interests, is regarded as an entire package, the whole picture.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We were called to this and knew wholeheartedly we were meant to go into business together for this mission. We work to follow our intuition, and when something doesn’t fit, we remember we can change it at any time. It makes a huge difference when going into business with someone you like, can disagree with, be honest with, vulnerable, and have an effective feedback loop. Often in business (and life), we make up imaginary rules and think we cannot change our minds, paths, or how we do something. When we stopped putting that imaginary box around us, we both noticed a shift. Not to say change is always easy, but when we move forward with the new information, not only do we build more meaningful products, we find ourselves truly following our passion. Or, in some cases, maybe ending one path and building another. In this venture, it just felt different from other businesses and projects that we worked on separately. As soon as we started exploring it, we not only knew we had to do it, we knew how badly other women needed this place to help ignite and support their spiritual journeys. We were excited to get “business married,” and weren’t afraid of the mountain behind the business building part. We just knew we’d figure it out.
This business itself was born out of a passion project. We looked into what other women Seekers needed. The things we noticed beyond the design, operations, and strategy work, was that it was fun even when it was hard. We realized what creating the company meant for us and other women, and that is what keeps us engaged. It provides the right fuel for us rather than trying to mix oil and water. We learned to pay attention to the feeling when things are clicking and when it’s challenging. If it feels right, even when it’s hard, you can get through anything. Life is such a beautiful quandary of lessons and blessings, and running a business is no different. We are always thinking of what’s next and work to have fun on that journey together.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Alright, since we’re friends, we know you’re down for an adventure so after spending some time in Denver we’re headed to the mountains for sure! We both love camping and getting into the trees but also love Denver! It’s where the plains and mountains collide, there’s something for everyone, which is why we like it as our home base and business HQ, and you’re never far from a trail. We love taking our friends to RiNo, and as of the last year, we like to start at the Denver Central Market for a cocktail and appetizer of choice. It’s so fun there, and it has so many different options! We love the RiNo area because of its incredible and eclectic art from local artists. Many restaurants serve up an experience along with the food, be it the atmosphere or their presentation, so we’re definitely going there.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Without a doubt, Grand Master Choa Kok Sui. His work has profoundly impacted our lives and company. As a young man, he studied countless spiritual topics and energy healing modalities. Using that information, his chemical engineering degree, and over 20 years of research, he developed the Pranic Healing® system, which we use. He was on a mission to serve humanity, and he sacrificed everything to help others. Although he was born into a wealthy family and could have done several things with his wealth, he was philanthropic and driven to help provide a nonsectarian spiritual practice and a healing modality scientifically and esoterically researched, tested, and most of all, simple to learn and use. Being science-brained ourselves, we were natural skeptics, but his ability to synthesize information was incredible and we were able to test it. He encouraged that. Looking back, we couldn’t be more grateful for his work. We started off using it as a tool ourselves, and after shifting our lives for the better, it also allows us to now help so many others.
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