We had the good fortune of connecting with Madaline Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madaline, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I have always been a creative and have been an artist in various forms throughout my life. Had I been asked this question in my youth I would have given an answer along the lines of: “It was never a choice. It’s who I am.” While this is still true, like many people, my career path eventually diverged from my artistic center through societal expectations and pressures, programming, and the world around me that always seemed to be operating from behind a different lens. I eventually found my way into an “acceptable career” in tech & sales where I earned the respect of society as well as a decent paycheck and yet it seemed to come at the cost of my peace and my passion.
The thing about working within the system is that eventually the system is all you can see. Before you know it, you take on its pressures, burdens, expectations and beliefs. I had veered so far from my internal knowing that I began to feel as though I was living in a false reality. (Which I of course would eventually come to find was exactly the case). When we insert ourselves into a metaphorical machine programmed to achieve someone else’s goals and dreams, we can quickly lose sight of our own. This is especially true when your personal time increasingly dwindles, which is a direct result of the western workforce.
So, I decided to pursue a creative career for two very important reasons. The first being that this truly is who I am at my core and have always been since I can remember. The second being that this world needs more artists, healers and creatives now more than ever. We, as a global civilization, have traveled so far from our origin of truth that we have completely blinded ourselves from our own reality. We have forgotten our connection to one another and this planet which has provided us with everything. We have lost touch with our roots, both literally and metaphorically. We need the artists, creatives, healers, feelers, seers to reconnect us to our truth of being. That’s what art does; it challenges us to view the world from a different angle and it reminds us of our innate ability to create what is. We are both the creators and the creation and it’s time we all remember that. How else are we going to change the world?
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I currently run my own Reiki studio & holistic wellness business. I offer Reiki treatments (energy healing), private and group meditations, as well as consciousness evolution work (aiding clients on their path to spiritual growth and personal power). The most exciting piece of my work is helping others understand their true nature and capabilities as energetic beings. Every single one of us has the ability to heal ourselves, to connect with our guides, to communicate and co-create with the Universe. We simply have to remember and fully embody this truth if we want to return to our power and loving awareness. We have all of the tools needed for personal transformation right there inside of us and I help folks realign themselves with their truth and highest potential so they may live their most authentic lives.
The journey is not always easy. The physical world and our current societal structure has a way of convincing us that this human experience is something that it isn’t. It’s extremely easy to get sucked into the reality of 3D where success is measured by titles, paychecks, awards, bank balances, degrees, etc. and we are taught, either directly or indirectly, that we are separate from one another which creates a cycle of competition vs collaboration. We are conditioned to believe that we belong to only our family, our religion, our country, etc. and this programming limits us in more ways than we could imagine.
It was ultimately the death of one of my dearest friends that shook me out of 3D bondage and brought me face to face with my inner knowing. It completely changed the way I viewed this world and the future I was creating for myself and my soul. It took me a while to muster up the courage and strength to follow my inner calling; to break free from the conditioned bounds of capitalism/materialism and ultimately disconnect from our accepted world view. This takes an immense amount of self-love and awareness, patience, acceptance, allowance and strength. It may sound easy enough from the outside but this process is quite a roller coaster, both internally and externally. I was challenged to call to light all of the dark, hidden corners of my inner world so that I could acknowledge, heal and ultimately release what was no longer serving me, ridding myself of all of the subconscious tendencies that were holding me back. This requires a willingness to sift through our junk; to become comfortable with discomfort. While it is not easy, it is the surest path to personal evolution and the gateway to the most beautiful, empowering sense of self.
I got to where I was today in my business and life path by following my inner knowing and learning to ask for answers from within. Through listening to and healing myself I began to unwind from my own programming and actually experience the world how I’ve always believed it to be deep down. By learning to trust ourselves and to love ourselves unconditionally, the Universe opens up to us in a way that we previously may have only understood in dreams or fiction. We each hold within us the ability to create our own reality. We are the architects of this physical dimension and when we release control, doubt, fear and any attachments to what we *think* we know, we realize that we are absolutely limitless. This is the truest core of my work; a commitment to spreading this love and awareness into the world so that each of us may step into our greater knowing, remembering our worth, our divinity and our connection to all that is. As we heal ourselves, we lay the foundation to heal the world.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would start each day with a hike (favorite spots: Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon, Solstice Canyon, Bronson Canyon. the Wisdom Tree, Topanga Canyon, Angeles National Forest). We would ride bikes along the boardwalk from Santa Monica to Marina Del Rey, stopping along the way at various beach spots and vendors. We’d take a yoga class with an organization that gives back to our community and helps advocate for racial and social justice, such as WalkGoodLA or Namaste & Rosé. A comedy show is most needed, somewhere like UCB West, LA Improv, The Comedy Store, etc. One of my all-time favorites was the Nerdist/NerdMelt Showroom at the back of Meltdown comics but they are gone now and I was devastated.
And live music is an absolute MUST. I love smaller, intimate venues like Rainbow Room, Troubador, Piano Bar (RIP), Palladium, etc. As for larger venues, The Greek Theater is nestled perfectly in the mountains, blending nature with music, and my favorite outdoor music venue here in L.A.
Some of my favorite must-eats: El Compadre, La Numero Uno, Pura Vita (for my fellow plant based people!), Al Basch, and Kazoku Sushi.
We would do at least a day or two in Joshua Tree to experience the magic of that sacred space and surrounding desert. Each day would also be met with meditations (self-led or somewhere like SALUS Meditation or The Den), outdoor sound baths and I’m sure plenty of Reiki.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am so incredibly fortunate to have some of the most badass and beautiful women in my orbit. The women in my life (family, friends, clients, mentors) have played an integral role in the success of my business. From its inception, my business was held, nurtured and trusted by so many marvelous women in my life. The very week my doors opened, I had friends booking appointments, chatting me up in text threads, and recommending me as a healing guide to anyone they came across. I am still operating almost completely by word of mouth to this day. Of course, not all of my clients are women but the referral train that immediately rolled right into my station was owned and operated by the women of my circle. I cannot stress enough the impact these lady luminaries have had on my business and of course, my heart. We are so much better because of those who have loved and supported us and I continue to shower them all with gratitude (and of course, Reiki energy). Special thanks to Liz, Ksenia, Manna, & Clea.
Please support BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and women owned businesses near you and know what an awesome impact it truly makes.
Most photo’s taken by my husband, Kerry Teague.