We had the good fortune of connecting with Antoine Ratliff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Antoine, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
The decision of authenticity, Hands down. Before I was on the career path I find myself in now, I was in the corporate world managing financial accounts for group homes, making decent money and doing mundane and unfulfilling work. I remember coming to the realization that how I was working, how i carried myself to keep that position, all of these things were not really me. I was living a lie under the justification of paying my bills. And on the heels of that realization, I also realized if I didn’t get off this train, I would ride it for the rest of my life, just like so so many other people around me, who considered that normal. I didn’t want to live like that, and I didn’t want to die like that. And so, although I was still very unclear as to what exactly I wanted to do, or how I was to go about doing it, I up and quit my job. The intervening time between that decision and right now as I’m typing this have been filled with the most miraculous and purposeful events and moments of my life, including the birth of my children, the discovering of my truest passions and embarking on the career that fulfills them. I can say with the utmost confidence that all of these great blessings that have been bestowed upon me truley began to bloom once I made the choice to be authentically me, no matter what the outcome.
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.
I am in the health and wellness industry. The base of my private practice is massage therapy, in which I offer a blended array of healing modalities that range from therapeutic to deep relaxing. Where I differ from others is that in my pursuit of healing and wellness, massage is only the tip of the iceberg. My journey into true healing began in 2012 with my introduction to the subtle energy science of Pranic Healing. I have always had a sensitivity to energy and an interest in how it relates to our overall health, and more importantly how it could be possible to harness that knowledge to heal our bodies. That year, thru a string of curious circumstances, I ended up in the presence of world renowned healer and teacher, Master Stephen Co. The title “Master” is not bestowed upon him lightly, as he is one of a handful of individuals in the world who have proven their true mastery of the system of Pranic Healing, which is a no-touch energy healing modality. When first we met, I was nearly overwhelmed with the sheer logic and simplicity in which he was talking about and demonstrating energy as a fundamental part of our existence and our overall health. He helped me to understand that all human beings have a subtle energy component that surrounds and interpenetrates our physical bodies, and that everyone has the ability to feel, and to influence that energy counterpart, which has direct correlations to our physical bodies health. It was beyond fascinating, and made even more memorable by the opportunity I got to go on stage and receive a healing from the Master. It was by far one of the most life changing events I have experienced to date, and he never so much as laid a finger on me. I walked away from this experience with new purpose in life. Later that year I took an introductory class to learn the techniques, and have since taken many classes within the Pranic Healing System to further my study in the immensely interesting field of subtle energy interaction and rapid spiritual development. At some point in 2015, it dawned on me that if I was going to find a way to make energy healing a part of my career, I needed a catalyst that would allow me to incorporate Pranic Healing into my work. Massage therapy was that answer that seemed to fall from the sky and I ran with it. In entering into massage training, I found that the development of my sensitivity from Pranic Healing afforded me a certain degree of sensitivity to the bodies of my clients, and I found that I was able to find problem areas, and resolve them with out being directed or told. This was surely a blessing to me from forces far greater than myself. In the same spirit, I found myself on an accelerated path up the career ladder, managing to secure a job at a very high end resort (which is nearly unheard of for someone with 2 years experience) in which I received paid training in very powerful healing modalities like manual lymphatic drainage, cranial sacral, watsu, hot stones, hydrotherapy, and Ayurveda to name a few. My time at the resort also opened the door for a new avenue of wellness that I had not previously considered: Art. At the time, the roster was still being built for specialty classes that could be offered to guests as a part of the wellness experience, and I decided to audition to offer my unique methods of creating meditative geometric patterns known as mandalas. I was given the position, and with time and great refinement (and many blessings), I developed a successful class structure that allowed for any individual, even those who feel devoid of any artistic ability, to make their own mesmerizing mandala. All of these experiences make up the services I currently offer to my clients. Massage therapy in all of its advanced forms and complemented by Pranic Healing, private and group lessons in making mandalas as a tool for psychological development and healing, and various meditaitons I have learned to offer others for relieving stress, activating the major energy centers in the body, and accelerating spiritual connection.
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?
The first place we are going is to Sedona. I am always blown away by the beauty and palpable energy of the area. On our day out on the town, we will be visiting many crystal and metaphysical stores, creeks and valleys and off the beaten path locations known only to locals. We will hike to incredible heights and look out on the valley, eat delicious organic food from local restaurants, and take a tour of the energy vortexes. From there we will head up to the Grand Canyon and see one of the worlds greatest wonders, and probably spend a fair amount of time pretending we’re gonna push each other in. We would probably go north from there and see Antelope Canyon which is absolutely beautiful, and fraught with places to hike and explore for days at a time.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I got my start in my career as a healer from Master Stephen Co when I first met him in 2012 and received my first Pranic Healing session from him live on stage. That moment forever changed me, and I knew I would be dedicated to him, and his spiritual teacher, (whom I now accept as my spiritual teacher) Grand Master Choa Kok Sui. A major part of my life mission and my business’s purpose is fulfilling the desire of my great teachers, which is the desire to see people all over the earth learn about Pranic Healing. I owe a great deal of not only my success, but of my rapid spiritual development to my teachers and to God, and for them I am grateful beyond words.
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