We had the good fortune of connecting with Ama Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ama, how do you think about risk?
The biggest risk is to allow fear to keep you from taking chances. I love risk, and it’s the reason behind many of my choices. When I was very young, I sat and listened to my elders talk about all the things they wish that they’d done, and it became obvious that so much regret was weighing on them, so I made a pact: to have lived a life that I can look back on at 50 without regret. I’ve taken a lot of risks in life, dropping out of college, moving states alone, traveling foreign land alone, and every opportunity has reinforced and reminded me of who I am, and what I’m capable of.
There have been times where I wasn’t sure how I would manage, or even survive, which created several of my businesses.
I think its important to think things through, and to have plans for what you want to do, however, sometimes life will present you with an opportunity that you’re not sure that you’re ready for, or your spirit will do the same; This is where the courage to take a risk becomes extremely important. I dare you to do it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Art was my first healer. When I was young, if I felt pain, confusion, or happiness, I alchemized it into art. My first mediums were poetry, and dance. As I grew, I felt song and story pouring from me. Later, I fell deeply in love with healing modalities like reiki, Tantra, meditation and crystal work. My mother and father both did some form of jewelry and so that informed upon my business creating jewelry, as well as wire wrapped healing pieces.
One of my favorite meditations is wire wrapping, especially custom pieces. I’ve created wands, crowns, waist beads, little wire people, and many other things. I love the unique touch that goes into all of my creations, and that often they happen effortlessly, as if the design is being dictated by the materials themselves.
I went to college, intending to study medicine, and combine the healing of traditional tribal practices with modern ones. Excited to learn this new world, and change the paradigms around me, I wasn’t expecting to get sick.
I went to doctor, after doctor with little help.
Eventually I learned that I was suffering from Fibromyalgia, anxiety, and depression. I believed I had no resource to truly heal with the funds available to me at the time. I was shocked by my level of pain without any recourse, I needed help and couldn’t find it, and eventually, I gave up. I became resolved that I wouldn’t heal until I was rich, and so I would just work, really hard, until I had amassed enough funds to get a top notch medical team.
This, of course, was unsustainable. I grew tired, and weak, and looked for ways to feel better.
I found meditation. Meditation didn’t rid me of pain, but it taught me to walk with, and engage with it in a healthy way.
I learned to accept off days, and I discovered, that the peace I leaned into was the same well that all my other artistic pursuits flowed from.
Prior to, I’d stopped dancing, and singing, even writing poetry, but meditation made it easier to do so again.
In 2019, I traveled the country doing guided meditations and community building workshops. It was hands down, one of the most immaculate times of my life, so much else was transient, but this was full of potent joy; to be offering a 15 minute guided meditation to whoever happened to need it.
I am so proud of that experience, and it made it clear what I want to do with my life. I didn’t expect to be able to find work doing exactly what I wanted to within the career that I was doing (Marketing and promotions) and to do so showed me that my possibilities truly were endless.
I’d had my own business, worked, and learned for almost ten years in marketing and healing however I still felt inadequate. The question of when would I be ready to really take the chance and do what I love with all of me was constantly around until I was doing it.
Within a month after I left that experience doing guided meditations, I published a book. I posted more jewelry in a matter of days than I’d done for years. I realized that even one person being benefitted, and that one person being me, was enough reason to fully follow my dreams.
I am a choreographer, dancer, teacher, singer songwriter, author, reiki healer, jeweler, meditation guide, and eternal student of the healing arts. I interpret tarot, I paint, I make candles, and I act.
In a world where healthcare isn’t free, and people need it, I want to offer useful alternatives, and therapeutic solutions in a space where no one is turned away. I plan to open places all over the world where doctors, healers, and creatives merge to allow healing to happen in agreement. I use everything I know to encourage a little bit of acceptance and love into peoples lives. One step.
This journey has shown me just how many people suffer in silence, or acceptance that there’s not much that they can do, and I’m determined to do something to help. Right now, I’m extremely excited to offer guided meditations for individuals, and groups, as well as Self love Sundays in Griffith park, and other locations.
Self love Sundays is a reclamation of the joy in worshipping and assigning it to self, where we come together and meditate, dance, love and uplift ourselves, and one another. I am so excited to be doing this while in the process of becoming a certified doula.
I believe that healing should be holistic and accessible to whoever needs. Mental health is more than having a bad day, week, or moment. In order for their to be change on the macro level, we must take into account the micro and refute the idea that micro means less important. Your body, your mind, is your constant companion, and my goal is to ensure that it’s a healthy journey for as many as I can.
I will be attending and offering meditative dance services at Lovestock Festival on October 1-3 in Mojave, CA (my session is at 10 A.M on the 3rd.)
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?
Im pretty new to the city so if my friend were in town, we would discover LA together. Id take them to Griffith park for morning yoga and meditation, then we’d grab food from a food truck while walking Hollywood boulevard.
We would go to echo park and ride the ducks the next day.
During the week, we’d have a beach day, and then later that week we would go to Santa monic beach and skate.
Thursday we would head over to besties vegan paradise for run club and ice cream
Friday we would check DOLA to see what was fun and choose a bar or rooftop party to attend,
Saturday we would go to a waterfall
once the weekend rolled around we would head to Leimert park and shop with all the vendors on Sunday as well as engage in a drum circle, learn some skills both drumming and dancing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes someone who believed in me when I forgot to believe in myself. Gangsta “Gary” Gurry.
GG is a spiritual teacher and coach who like me spent a long time working in other fields, until life changed our minds. When I met Gary I was very afraid to learn more about my spiritual gifts, and I felt lonely. Not only did he offer me friendship, I learned confidence taking his course in tarot and candle magic. At the end of my course with GG, he gifted me with the understanding of reiki energy through attunement. A gift, that I will forever cherish.
GG is someone who has a healing presence and a genuine soul. anyone who meets him, is truly blessed.