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Hidden Gems: Meet Monique Magana of Spiritualhood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monique Magana.

Hi Monique, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My journey started by trying to heal myself. I started drinking and partying at a very young age and when I was about 26 years old, I developed severe gastritis. Gastritis occurs when your stomach lining is inflamed. Symptoms include upper belly pain, nausea, and vomiting. I was put on some medication and sent on my way but nothing really changed. My health had gotten so bad that I was desperate and wanted to get a second opinion so I went to another doctor in Mexico. There I was told to cut my drinking and clean up my diet. My doctor informed me that I would worry and become angry too much and that was most of the cause of my gastritis. That was the first time that I realized that mind, body and soul was all interconnected. So I started to think of all the things that I need to cut out of my life to get better which was I knew were habits, foods and even people.

So I cut drinking and I cut off some people that I knew weren’t serving my highest good and since I was no longer drinking, I found other ways to fill up my time. I started to dive deep into healing my stomach and getting to know myself all over again without the partying. I had a spiritual awakening where I felt a shift in my awareness and I started to dabble in law of attraction, meditation, documentaries about ancient civilizations, manifestation techniques, books, art, music, museums, and I started to look for a career change that would allow me more freedom since I was working a corporate job that left me feeling extremely unfulfilled.

My life then took another turn about nine months into my “new life” when I became pregnant with my now fiancé, and I chose to quit my corporate job because I became very ill. During my pregnancy, all I could really focus on was the health of my child so all of the things that I had been working on were put to the side. When my son was about three months old my longtime friend and now mentor reached out to me and offered an energy healing session. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I felt like I needed extra help because I had had a lot of anger built up inside. I would fistfight and get into crazy arguments when I felt disrespected. I had gotten kicked out of high school for fighting. And I just knew I was ready for a change.

During our session, she introduced me to smoke cleansing with white sage. She cleansed me and my house and removed energy that was no longer serving me. After our session, she mentioned that this was going to change me in such a big way but she didn’t know-how. A few days after our session, I felt a huge shift when certain scenarios would come up and I would not feel angry. I instantly knew it was the energy healing session we did. So I kept seeing her regularly and we kept working on things that no longer served me. That’s when my passion for smoke cleansing ignited and I started to work with white sage more deeply!

One day after a meditation I was sitting in my living room and all of these ideas just started flooding in. The ideas were saying that I needed to share this plant medicine, white sage, with the world for the people for healing! And right then, I knew what my purpose and my mission was. I am currently studying herbalism, Reiki energy healing and shamanism. My mission and purpose is to Bring ancient traditions into the modern world for healing. To do things as our ancestors did. To truly heal on a deeper level and connect to themselves, source energy and the earth.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The spiritual journey to heal yourself is not rainbows and butterflies. It’s pretty heavy, dark and deep. You have to look deep within yourself and look at all the aspects of yourself that you do not like and you have to face, except them, and become comfortable with them. And that alone is not easy. You have to take away all of the attachments, all of the agreements and all of the self-limiting beliefs that you grew up with. You have to unlearn and then re-learn.

Once you get rid of things that are no longer serving you, you’re going to find that life is a lot more enjoyable and a lot easier to get through when you have obstacles. There is a huge light at the end of the tunnel full of peace and love and healing.

One of the biggest obstacles that I went through was that people couldn’t accept the new me. A lot of people thought that I was getting into bad things and that I was Being manipulated. I had to push through and continue on my journey without the support of others and now they see that what I am doing is wonderful and healing and needed! It’s is important to always stay true to yourself.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Spiritualhood was created to help others along their spiritual journey. Spiritualhood is a place to feel comfortable about spirituality. It’s a place you where you can get tools for your spiritual journey, ask questions about anything spiritual and a place of community and healing. We specialize in cleansing your aura and space. We have many smoke cleansing herbs and other products such as herbal bath bombs, herbal bath salt soaks as well as clothing. All of our herbs and products are ethically sourced and sustainable.

What sets us apart from every other spiritual brand is that we promote deep inner work, intention and prayer with your practices. Our intention is to teach ancient traditions here in the modern world and to do practices as our ancestors did.

Our brand is also music-based. I absolutely love music and I try to incorporate it as much as I can. We have a hip-hop playlist on Spotify that is really good! Search “Spiritualhood” on Spotify for the playlist. I will be completing my reiki energy healing certificate at the end of this year will be offering sessions at the beginning of next year! Energy healing sessions will help you on a spiritual, mental, physical and emotional level, taking away any blockages that are no longer serving you and help you through life with more ease and grace.

Spiritualhood loves to participate in community events. We attend at least one market a month, usually in the Barrio Logan area. If you would like to have us at your event, please send us an email!

What do you like and dislike about the city?
There are a few things I love about San Diego. One is the beautiful weather. Second is that we have the best of all worlds. We can drive for a bit and have the ocean, the desert, the mountains, and the snow.

One thing that I am starting to dislike about our city is the traffic. It’s getting pretty bad.

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