We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Grace Hancock and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather Grace, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
There’s something so wonderful about rock bottom because it’s one of the rare times we’re given a clean slate to fill in as we choose and so everything becomes fair game. Your work, your relationships, your home, your choices – they all get put under this microscope to ensure that only the good stuff gets infused into this new foundation you’re forced to build. And it’s a terrible time – growth hurts – but it’s really a blessing in the end because you’re left with this new and improved 2.0 version of yourself. This pandemic really kind of gave me that gift. As an actor, my entire industry was forced to completely shut down in the middle of pilot season and I was having my best year yet. I was dealing with two sick parents and overall was really fearful, anxious, and uncertain of how to help them, how to find work, and how to behave in a locked-down world where I was absolutely frozen by the fear of losing loved ones and being unable to provide for myself. I’m extremely fortunate and grateful that both of my parents were able to get better and once that weight was lifted, I was able to start picking myself up and figure out how to contribute to my community when my preferred art form is unavailable – and that’s how I became a Reiki Practitioner. My genuine hope is that my performances connect people, heal people, and help us to look forward shoulder-to-shoulder rather than me against you. Being unable to flex those muscles as a performer not only gave me a renewed sense of passion and love for the work, which was refreshing, but it also pushed me to find other ways to accomplish those things. When I started to explore other ways of bringing inclusive healing to my community, Reiki truly fell into my lap and there were a lot of really funny circumstances that led to that. I’ve always found that when you’re really in flow with your authenticity and have let go of the fear of failure and of being seen, yummy things start to happen and they happen quickly and easily. I’d been peripherally aware of Reiki for several years but experienced it first hand through the Den Meditation in Studio City and was floored by the instantaneous results I experienced, making me really hungry to learn and experience more. Reiki is a gentle energy healing practice from Japan that grounds, balances, and realigns your body, mind, and spirit. They’ve done studies with EEGs that show how energy healing expands and evolves the minds of both the healers and their clients – you can literally watch the brain waves change. So it’s a powerful practice that allows you to release trapped emotions, blocks, and trauma and activates this deep sense of calm and inner peace. It also increases your white blood cell count, reduces inflammation, clears the mind, and detoxifies the biomagnetic field. It’s essentially a spiritual detox that is offered through the subtle laying of hands or hovering while the practitioner channels universal life force energy to any physical or emotional disturbances. It’s not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice, which was important to me, and can also be given to pets. It’s truly just the most beautiful thing and it has completely transformed my own life so much so that it’s really divided by before and after Reiki. With the world on hold, I was able to fully devote myself to this work and was able to take all of the classes, read all of the books, and receive all of the certifications and attunements to become a fully insured and operational Reiki Healer. And thankfully, one of the certifications specifically addresses distance or remote healing so it’s something that can be given to clients anywhere on the globe. I literally do Zoom Reiki! Fulling embracing this spiritual side of myself and offering this practice to my community has been exhilarating, scary, and rewarding. The power of the pivot in times of uncertainty is about taking your power back and I’m so grateful I was able to find this outlet that is so aligned with my worldview and my hopes of bringing everyone closer to their most healed and whole selves. Especially during the incredibly difficult times we’re experiencing right now, it’s never been more necessary to painstakingly examine ourselves and our prejudices and to heal on every level possible.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m typically such a homebody, but I’m really looking forward to being out and about LA. I love my city and I miss it! Some of my go-to spots are: • The Comedy Store in Hollywood • SunCafe in Studio City • Escondido Falls hike in Malibu • Kahuna Tiki in North Hollywood • Warners lot in Burbank – it’s my favorite lot • The Mystic Museum in Burbank • La Poubelle in Hollywood • The LA Zoo • Don Cuco
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?
My Reiki Master Jamie Wozny for guiding me through my attunements and certifications. Reiki Master Kelsey Patel for being the first person to give me Reiki. MindBodyGreen and The Den Meditation for being fantastic wellness resources. And special shoutouts to my inner circle – Ken, Dawn, Curtis, Kelly, and Reyna for being the biggest cheerleaders of ALL TIME.