We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Matthews and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, what do you want people to remember about you?
I want to be remembered as someone who wasn’t afraid to be themselves, no matter how different, no matter how queer, and no matter how intense. I think we can get so trapped trying to fit into what’s “normal” or what we think we should be based on how we view others. I believe it’s better to be true to myself, for me, than to be the person I think others want me to be. If I disagree with something, I’m going to speak up. If I don’t like how something is done, I’m going to figure out a new way. I’m not someone who compromises what’s authentic to me just to gain followers or earn extra money. Life isn’t about superficial presentations, even though social media paints that picture. I want to be remembered as someone who was courageous enough to ask the tough questions so that new ideas could be realized. I want to leave behind a legacy of authentic, badass individuals who believe in themselves as a result of my example.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Shamanic healing arts offer a unique approach to energy work. Instead of casting out the “bad vibes”, repressing your painful feelings, and hiding from your shadow self, you’re invited to confront your wounding in a gentle healing space. We learn to accept ourselves as whole beings, perfectly imperfect, and wholly human. The notion that we can be this *and* that has completely changed the way I see the world and myself. I’m most excited about coming out as a Shamanic practitioner. In the past I was trying to hide this aspect of my work and training because I didn’t think people would understand or be attracted to these “woo-woo” ideas and concepts. I thought that a magical approach to business would turn people away because it’s not credible. I realized that there may be those who walk away, but there are also those who will be drawn in and who will experience tremendous healing and transformation from this work, as it is. No more hiding, for me. I believe that returning to nature and learning from traditional teachings is going to make a huge difference in the world. In order to feel comfortable presenting myself in this way and accepting my inner gifts, I had to do a lot of unlearning! I had internalized a lot of unhelpful stories, like something needs to be backed by empirical research to be legitimate, or if I’m not churning out the numbers (followers, bookings, budget milestones, email list subscribers) then I’m failing at business, or I need to be spending at least *this* many hours hard at work in order to be successful. I was burned out! I was giving it my all – but not from a place of truth. I was being the way I thought I was supposed to be in order to be approved or accepted by these people I don’t even know! I actually left social media for 8 months and went into a deep practice of self love so that I could rejuvenate my inspiration and get to know the real me. I feel that this was very necessary. I had come so far away from the original desire to use my business to transform the world, one person at a time. Now, I feel that I’ve really come home to myself, and I’m ready to offer these very important gifts to the world. These tools changed my life and healed me in many ways, and I believe in what they can do for others. I want the world to know that magic is real, and spiritual health is crucial to wellbeing. It’s important to heal ourselves on the mental, emotional, and physical planes, but without healing our spirit, we aren’t going to be as full – we aren’t going to be as liberated. So, I want people to understand that we are physical, thinking, feeling beings, and there’s also so much more than that. It’s unseen, but it’s there. And it feels so good when we can start to tune in to that, and take our spiritual health just as seriously as the rest of our health. We can return to nature – we can all come home to the authentic being inside ourselves when we realize this.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my friend on a long drive down highway 36 to the far away land of Boulder to check out the Dushanbe Teahouse. The architecture is amazing, the tea is delicious, and the atmosphere is incredibly peaceful. Tea in a beautiful location? Yes, please. Honestly, I can’t let someone visit Colorado without seeing the majestic Rocky Mountains in some form. We’re going straight to Rocky Mountain National Park to watch the glow of the sunrise light up Hallett Peak. They’ll never want to leave! In pre-COVID times, we probably would’ve gone dancing at Temple for some nightlife action to connect with the rhythm of our bodies (and get a little freaky, obviously!) It’s all about fun. As for restaurants, go for some true vegan dankness and try the cauliflower wings at Watercourse, or get yourself some grown-up pizza rolls at City O’ City. I’d have to also take them to Thump coffee on 13th for an iced oat milk vanilla latte. Some of the best coffee in town! Finally, I’d have us wind down with some naked yoga at Urban Sanctuary in Five Points or a little Bend n’ Blaze at Cultivated Synergy. 😍
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 wouldn’t be where I am today without the encouragement and support from my partners and dear friends. These wonderful human beings held big space for me when I needed it most, saw the best in me when I couldn’t recognize myself, supported me when I wanted to crumble, and reminded me that I can do whatever I want to do. I’d also like to thank my teachers who have guided me on my journey to develop a deep meditation practice and cultivate the tools to practice and offer energy healing to others. Finally, I give thanks to my ancestors, the powerful Black women who have come before me and opened these doors, and the Lakota people who shared their wisdom and teachings so that many could be healed by the Shamanic practices of the Americas. We are standing on sacred land, and I offer my respect to the original stewards of this region!
Sawyer Moch @mochmedia (outdoor photos) Mindy Delmez @monamimindy (yellow flowers)