We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Mazeski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“A lot of cheap seats in the arena are filled with people who never venture onto the floor. They just hurl mean-spirited criticisms and put-downs from a safe distance. The problem is, when we stop caring what people think and stop feeling hurt by cruelty, we lose our ability to connect. But when we’re defined by what people think, we lose the courage to be vulnerable. Therefore, we need to be selective about the feedback we let into our lives. For me, if you’re not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.” ~ Brene Brown I love this quote because it reminds me that we often rely too heavily on what others or our perception of what they think and how it reflects on us as a person. Most people aren’t scared of what they can do; their fear is about their personal power (delete) and what they CAN do. It’s about being scared to show up authentically and risk being vulnerable. But, what I’ve learned is that people who voluntarily go into the arena and risk showing up as they are, sharing their gifts and standing in their truth are often the most inspirational. People are inspired by authenticity and vulnerability – it seems to give them strength to show up in life in ways they might not due to outside judgments (or perceptions of those).
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m passionate about empowering people to own their own health and vitality by creating balance in the body. When the body is balanced, it has a remarkable ability to self-heal and self-regulate. I love Reiki because it is profoundly simple and effective, and I never tire of seeing how it can be a transformative catalyst for self-healing, personal growth (physical, emotional & spiritual), and life transformation. Sometimes the shift is significant, other times it is subtle. Regardless, the value of self-healing is priceless. I don’t spend a lot of energy on marketing because I believe that people don’t just “stumble” upon Reiki. Reiki usually “finds” you when the timing is right, and I also believe that you are connected with the right teacher and/or practitioner. Once I surrendered to the concept that I would be connected with the right clients at the right time, or that my classes would be a mix of the “perfect” group ( people and size), the marketing aspect of my business became much easier. Typically, I post my classes in my Meetup group, and the rest of my classes fill via referrals from clients or other practitioners. I show up knowing that the experience is going to be just as it’s meant to be, for both me (as a teacher) and my students. Same situation with my clients. I have a “soft sales” perspective in that I never try to convince anyone that they need a Reiki session or that they should learn Reiki; I am simply honored and grateful to be a part of their journey however it shows up for them. I am a Reiki Master practitioner and Teacher. I teach all levels of Reiki, I offer energy medicine sessions (to increase immune response and stress resiliency), and I also work one on one with people to discover how to make the body’s energy work naturally in their favor. I am also an Emotion Code Practitioner, and am certified in Medical Reiki, Karuna Reiki and Angelic Reiki. My philosophy is that All healing is self-healing, and we ALL have the ability to harness and use our own energy to create the shifts needed for optimal health and to live our best lives. My passion is teaching, because most people are limited in time and/or finances to consistently invest in self-care. Learning reiki gives people the opportunity to have a simple, effective, inexpensive tool to offer themselves, their families, their pets and anyone they connect with. It tends to really change how they show up in life and connect with the world. I love helping people feel whole again, because at our core being, we are all perfectly imperfect and whole. It is about remembering that by connecting with our higher selves/soul and surrendering to spiritual growth and healing. Self-Healing is not always comfortable and it’s definitely not easy, but the rewards of living an authentic, whole life and connecting with yourself and others on a whole other level are worth the walk down that path.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First, I would say that Colorado is a beautiful state and there are so many outdoor spaces to re-connect with yourself, to ground and center, and to reset from the busy schedules that we keep. I love Red Rocks amphitheater and the surrounding parks and trails, it give a great perspective of the foothills. I’d do some hiking in or around there (or a stair workout or even yoga). Of course, you’ll never experience a more magical venue than Red Rocks for a concert. On the way to Red Rocks, I’d stop at the Allergy Free Baking Company in Morrison and grab a scone or some cinnamon rolls. Most of my clients and students (as well as myself) tend to have food sensitivities so this place is an amazing way to get all the best baked goods with no allergens. Get there very early if you want cinnamon rolls. I would also head to Golden, CO for an afternoon and hit main street. So many great shops, lots of great Western art, and many delicious food options. I personally love the Tributary Food Hall, which offers a great variety of options, especially if you are in group and people want to eat different things (or have different dietary restrictions). It’s like an artisanal permanent set of food trucks – with communal tables. You can’t miss the Golden Rock Shop for those who love crystals and all things metaphysical, it’s a gem! Taspens Organics is next door, and they have amazing body care and high quality CBD products made from scratch. On the South and Southeast part of the metro area, I love Castlewood Canyon. It’s got beautiful hiking and offers a different perspective than much of the “mountain” hiking. My favorite restaurant in Parker CO (you can catch on the way to or from Castlewood Canyon) is Indochine. Again, great for those with food sensitivities and just delicious food at affordable prices. If you want to venture down South, Philip H Miller Park is awesome – it’s got a “mini” incline and great outdoor fitness park, as well as spectacular mountain biking and some trail running. Manitou Springs has the original incline if you are up for a challenge, as well as lot of great dining and holistic health practices. I also love Mount Princeton Hot Springs in Buena Vista – it’s unique in that you can find a spot in the river (yes, the river) with hot springs and be surrounded by immense beauty for soaking. In Denver, I love Root Down and the whole Highlands area. Some great dining options for sure. Union Station is another favorite for a cool bar and happy hour hang out – or even just grabbing coffee and working remotely. The wide open, renovated space depicts the Denver ‘vibe’ very well. Of course, you can’t miss out on a trip to Boulder. Lots of holistic health modalities and dining there. The Star House is the most unique workshop/event center that I’ve ever been to, and Shine is my all time favorite restaurant 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?
I credit my growth and success in this area to a lot of different teachers, colleagues and mentors. I think it’s important to continuously pursue self-study and reflection, as well as taking classes and personally experiencing various modalities from different practitioners. Not everything resonates with everyone, but every so often you will meet someone or have an instructor or therapist or practitioner who makes you feel like you are “home”, almost as if you’ve known each other since the beginning of time. It’s about energetic vibrations – when you connect with someone else on that level, nothing else matters (age, experience, education, etc.) – it’s almost as if you instantly have a new perspective, increased clarity or energetic shift. Personally, I credit my Reiki Teacher Lisa Guyman for facilitating the catalyst that started me down this path. I also credit a good friend and colleague Anne Arndt for constantly helping me keep things in perspective, and I owe a lot to my Reiki students and clients who teach me something new every class or session. Verena Vomastic of Mountain Light Healing has taught me so much about energy medicine, as well as various other modalities to use as simple tools to create synergistic benefits within my practice. We learn so much from each other, and when we make space for others to share their gifts openly, it facilitates personal growth effortlessly.