We had the good fortune of connecting with Evan McCrary and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evan, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
In short form, I came up the idea for my business because I needed it. Three years ago, I had experienced several perceived losses and was having a really challenging time feeling like myself. I knew I was changing in a big way, but I didn’t know what or how to navigate it because it was unfamiliar. I was incredibly blessed to have had built relationships with women in the healing arts (e.g., reiki, akashic records, TRE (tension/trauma reduction exercises) and had a wonderful therapist who held space for me to shed skin, beliefs, personas, ideas, to simply rip myself open in a safe container. Of those people, only three were people of color and more specifically, two identified as Black womxn. I needed a space like this for me and other people that looked like me. A space that took into consideration our experiences in a way that allowed for all the complexity and to allow us to unfurl and experience softness, understanding, rest, and nourishment IN COMMUNITY. I navigated a lot of that with guidance, but not in community.
I needed that three years ago. So, I created that and found my community. I was guided to create a space for people to “take off their cool” and find community during their emotional healing, transformation, rebirth, and embodiment processes with 1010 Healing Center. At 1010, we utilize the guidance of therapy and energy healing modalities (e.g., Reiki, Akashic Records and coming soon Tantra) to support the healing journey. There is a longer story, but we can connect and chat about it. At some-point I’ll create an extension of this that specifically is centered about therapeutic services so check in with me soon about that one.
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.
Last year when I wrote about my journey, I was in the throes of navigating my shift. Personal, spiritual, and professional. I was minding the gap between where I was and where I was going. Although I am still minding that gap, I am doing so from a more ground place.
My work has always been centered around people. The forms it has taken have been guided by being the bridge between spaces and people to support the creation of meaningful experiences, connecting folks to resources, or just serve as a link to their next place. Currently I serve as a case manager, therapist (under supervision of The Relational Center) and I am currently student of Sexual Health Alliance Sex Counselor program (and pursuing a kink certification). I also serve as a practitioner of the healing arts (e.g., Reiki, Akashic Records and soon Tantra). My work is truly centered in supporting and holding space for people to “take off their cool” and find community during their emotional healing, transformation, rebirth, and embodiment processes with 1010 Healing Center.
I could reframe this answer and extend myself love, grace and compassion, but honestly no it wasn’t full of ease unfortunately. What it has been full of is grace, mercy, guidance (in all forms) and love. I went to college (undergrad and grad) to become a therapist and social worker. Between those experiences, I worked/volunteered/mentored in a couple of group homes in the Los Angeles/San Gabriel Valley area. These experiences showed me the various sides to this work and impacted me in a way that at that time, hardened me but softened me. The things I learned and saw, sparked a rage so deep and raw that it single handedly pushed me on to the path of macro social work (similar to how I got into psychology). The experiences during a post graduate school deepened my pursuit of my why or my purpose. It made every decision, pursuit, paper more intentional….it also showed me how running away from my TRUE purpose would catch up with me.
Pursuing macro social work (e.g., policy, law, government, etc.) and being in the environments for that work, showed me that this was a piece of that purpose. It wasn’t my driving force or lit my soul on fire. This was devastating because again, so many goals and plans had been built around a plan that I learned now, wasn’t truly or deeply authentic to me. I love everything about the experiences, people, and lessons I learned during my time in those spaces and to have that deep spiritual and bodily awareness, meant I had a choice to make. To know when to burn it all down and start anew is something that you come to know in various ways. So my choices were to stay or to pivot. Of course, I’m even oversimplifying that choice it took three years to get in alignment (I mean full being alignment).
I made the choice to pivot. I recognize the privilege that comes with having the resources and support to do something like that and that pivot took a whole hell of a lot to make. I’m sure most of the readers of this can remember the moment they needed to shift or what shifting calls for. I navigated those challenges through prayers (alone, with my grandmothers, friends) faith, my phenomenal partner, honoring and calling ancestors, REST. Body work, energy work, COMMUNITY. Reading. Journaling/voice memos (all times of the night and day). NATURE (hikes, paddle boarding, the beach). SPIRITUAL BATHS……THE BATHE BRAND PRODUCTS (whew these products) AND PLEASURE (in all forms).
I highlight rest, community, spiritual baths (an aspect of spiritual hygiene), nature and pleasure, because these have supported me the most this season. I’ve had to unlearn my resistance to rest and go it alone. I’m still unlearning this. I know capitalism and toxic individualism have worn me down. I believed that I needed to go and push myself to the ends for others, and I moved in that for a long time. However, in this past year and some change, I’ve had to do some deep work around that. My phenomenal partner has shown me the power of what being and moving in purpose and what is true for him. The folks and community spaces I occupy are full of some of the most affirming, on your neck, championing you, nourishing, comforting people. They are folks who follow that inner guide and create the lives, spaces, worlds they envision, and I am so blessed to know them. There is so much more to be said here, but without these folks I don’t know if I would’ve been able to make it.
Although I am simplifying all of this, what I’d like for people to know about me is that navigating this shift/pivot into deeper alignment was a journey in itself. This work, that I’m refining every day, is to support others who are looking to do that and other things that they’ve identified as present and active for them and to hold space for that process to unfold.
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?
Because we make appointments in advance, we’d start in Pasadena and go to Panic Room and Girl House for hair, nails, and brows (Black womxn owned space). Then go to LA to visit several Black Owned eateries that also have gluten free/dairy free options (food allergies here). Travel down to Long Beach to visit the Salt Lounge for a reading, massage, and salt room session. Pending time, we’d make a visit to Bruce’s Beach to just chill and enjoy the beach.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
- My amazing partner ( Charlie Williams IV)
- My Family
- My community of folks (near and far)
- Tanai and Wes Holder (Owners of the Salt Lounge in Long Beach)
- The Healing Arts Center of Altadena (Dr. Eileen Kenny)
- Soleah Nicolis (TRE provider and healing artist)
- Vicky Saikali (Bodywork practitioner and healing artist)
- My therapists and mentors: Desiree Reynolds and Jamila Dawson
- Institute of Authentic Tantra
- The Relational Center
- Experience Covet ( https://experiencecovet.com/)
- Every book I read that lead me here ( very long list)