We had the good fortune of connecting with Risley Cline and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Risley, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I started practicing as a psychic medium and Reiki practitioner simply because I felt the call to be a Healer. Starting my business felt more like a long overdue build-up to trying other avenues of healing or channeling that felt more “legitimate” than being a psychic and energy worker. But I knew that I would never be satisfied with any of those other paths until I took the chance on myself and followed my intuition. The journey to starting this new career path led me back to myself, so I can share what I am constantly learning from Spirit with others. Turns out that it’s all I ever wanted all along––to work one-on-one with clients and help walk them back home to themselves.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I work as a psychic medium & reiki practitioner. On a day-to-day basis, the Work looks like one-on-one readings with clients. For psychic work, I channel whatever is brought to the table be it communication with animal familiars, undoing karma, understanding past-life ties, ancestral healing, and so forth. The goal is to help clarify a question/situation and support the client in the form of guidance channeled from Spirit. I see myself as a Messenger and it is my job to Trust what is coming through for the client because it is always exactly what they need to hear at that time. Sessions can be fun and exhilarating but also sometimes heavy as we hold space for emotional burdens that wish to be heard, understood, and lifted. All are Welcome Here.
As for the reiki healing sessions, I particularly enjoy running energy through the body because it is such a simple way to bring the mind, body, and soul to homeostasis. The intention behind a light, gentle, loving touch works wonders beyond worlds.
What sets me apart from others as a channel is that, well, I am just Me. My experiences making up stories with paperdolls as a child, taking acting classes, living in a haunted apartment, to even going to art school all roll into the amalgamation that is the person sitting across from you today. My channeling is me embodying the feelings, emotions, words, and sounds of it all. It looks like broad strokes of watercolors and me “acting things out” for you to see the big picture. It’s all just Play!
There was a lot of emotional work that had to be done to get to this point in beginning this business. There was a lot of trial and error of me trying out other modalities to fit myself into boxes of what other people wanted me to become. I had to ask myself what I really wanted for my Life regardless of what other people thought. The result is liberating. What Spirit has taught me is that Taking Up Space and Giving are the same exact thing.
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?
I love this question because I grew up in LA and have lived here the majority of my life in various parts of the city. My painting teacher once described the experience of being in Los Angeles as inherently cinematic because of the frame of the car windshield, it feels like watching everything through a movie screen. The light helps too. My favorite thing to recommend is to drive, with no destination in mind or sometimes along the PCH, on a warm late summer afternoon with the windows down, music playing, and friends along for just that, the ride.
As for specific places here’s my list:
– The Getty Center
– Museum of Jurassic Technology (a hidden gem in Culver City)
– Annenberg Community Beach House (or honestly the beach in general)
– Sound Nightclub (for disco balls and techno) in Hollywood
– Sang Bleu LA for tattoos in DTLA
– Griffith Observatory
– La Brea Tar Pits
– Nonaka-Hill art gallery in Hollywood
– The Village Well Coffee & Books in Culver City
– Skylight Books in Los Feliz
– Squaresville Vintage in Los Feliz
– Goodwill thrift shopping (the Hollywood & Vine and Downtown SM ones have been great hits for me)
– Santa D’Or Foundation (for kitten & cat adoptions) in Atwater Village
– Baldwin Hills Overlook (for a stair hike/workout and a view) in Culver City
– Takuma (authentic Japanese food in Santa Monica)
– Ramen on York in Highland Park
– Joy on York in Highland Park
– Little Beast in Eagle Rock
– Dune in Atwater Village
– Hinterhoff (vegan german food) in Highland Park
– Otoño (for the best paella) in Highland Park
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This season of my life is in particular thanks to a handful of individuals, friends who were there at the beginning of my spiritual journey, and those who accept me as I am in the Here and Now in the midst of transformation (you know who you are).
I always like to impart Thanks to my Oma, my father’s mother, who passed away just as I was beginning my journey. It was my ancestors who taught me how to channel and I feel my Oma’s presence with me always now. She was always so supportive of my endeavours when she was here and her continued Love is so everlasting. I feel beyond grateful to be her granddaughter and to have her as a guide.
All photographs were taken by me.