We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Foster and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
In one encompassing word, the thought process behind starting my business was love. In order to better understand this, I will start by giving you some background information. On the surface, I had a very normal upbringing. Under the surface, boiled lots of anger, rage and confusion. These emotions were fueled by some awful things that happened to me as a child. One of the most influential was sexual abuse. I was abused by people who I thought cared for me the most, and this really affected young Jordan.
Trauma is processed in many ways. For most children and younger people, the mechanism for dealing with trauma and abuse is to push the experience into the amygdala, instead of allowing it to process as a regular memory. The amygdala governs the subconscious mind and controls emotions, survival instincts and memories that do not process normally. These experiences become a filter that the subconscious mind interprets its environment through. This filter affected me in many ways. In one instance and compounded by others, I learned that I could not trust, that I was not worthy or lovable, that I was ugly and dirty, and much more. This filter became a permanent fixture affecting every facet of my life, and in my mid-teens I turned to drugs and a violent life of anger and rage.
Making a long story short, the drugs and lifestyle I lived brought me to the lowest of low. I found myself stripped of everything I held dear. I was alone, broken and desperate for change. This desperation and willingness to try anything to improve brought me to spirituality. In this process, I began to look inward and pray for change. As I looked inward, I could not even make sense of why I was doing drugs and making self-destructive choices. I began meditating, journaling, receiving energy healings, akashic readings and more. These tools helped me to make sense of my life and bring perspective to the many things that happened to me. Navigating the road of healing and recovery was very difficult for me. I made many mistakes. I tried a myriad of healing modalities and therapies, digging into the ones that worked for me. I realized my calling during this process. I devote myself to helping others navigate this path, assisting them in finding healing and peace with much less difficulty than they would otherwise experience on their own.
The devotion to helping others led me to healing school, in which I studied Reiki, Qi Gong and other healing modalities. Also, I dug into my lifetime of experiences. Instead of burdens, they became tools to help myself and others process emotions, trauma and abuse. I found what works for me and share that with others. Love is the foundation of my life and business, my practice and the key to humanity’s hardships. With love, I found forgiveness, understanding, compassion and peace. This is my calling and why I started Sacred Flame Therapeutics.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Two of the most important qualifications to being a good healer is having a relationship with Spirit and adopting an attitude of healing, based in honesty and integrity. I am nowhere near perfect; I am only human just like everyone else. No one has ever truly finished the work of healing and self-improvement. One of my mentors described healing as peeling away layers of the onion. As one layer is removed, life improves. Then, Spirit presents another learning experience and the individual pursues the removal of the next layer. Healing is an attitude and persists over time. What separates a good healer and everyone else is the adoption of that attitude. This attitude, teamed with a relationship with my highest self and Spirit, is the foundation of my healing practice.
One of the most important aspects in establishing a relationship with Spirit is gratitude. Gratitude is also an attitude. It transforms life in so many ways. It moves perceived punishments into learning experiences and victimhood into power. Gratitude shifts my perspective in life and empowers me to overcome any obstacle in my way. I am so incredibly grateful for my life’s experiences. Without them, I would not be who I am today. The hardest parts of my life are now the most beautiful. I express gratitude and honor my life’s experiences by transforming them into a practice where I can help others succeed and do the same. This brings me closer to Spirit and my highest self as I realize my life’s purpose.
I got to where I am today by honoring my life through the practice of these principles and following my intuition. Spirit gives everyone the tools they need in order to grow. Every year, every day, every moment on Earth is designed for us to grow as an individual, but more importantly as a soul. The key is believing in oneself, trusting that you will be taken care of, and following the intuition that Spirit has imparted into every human being.
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.
If my best friend came to Phoenix for the first time ever, I would make my house the base camp for the first couple days. One of the first places I would take him off the plane is Kavasutra Kava Bar in Phoenix. We would drink some kava and kratom tea, while playing some old school video games or just talking. This is a great place to unwind and relax. Then, we would go get some tacos at El Paisa in Chandler. They have the best cabeza tacos. Everything is handmade.
The next day, we would go on a hike to Pass Mountain in Usery Mountain Park. It has a wonderful 360 degree view of the north east part of the valley. It is an eight mile hike, not very rigorous, just a little bit more than the average hike. Then, we would go to Picazzo’s restaurant and get some food. They have incredible gluten-free and dairy-free options that taste amazing.
The next day would be a relaxing day. I would take my best friend to Hot Yoga University and do some bikram, or hot, yoga. It is an amazing workout and removes lots of toxins. I might bring them to Meraki Kava Bar in North Phoenix. They’ve got a super cool place to chill. The decoration is Alice in Wonderland themed. They also have a pool table.
I’d then bring them to Bartlett Lake or the Salt River to go swimming and hang by the beach. They have lots of boating, rafting, and more. I might have a BBQ with them and relax there for the day. Hiking at Camelback Mountain would also be a good activity.
For the final few days, I would take them to Sedona. I would stay in an Airbnb or the Andante Inn, which is nice and not too expensive. I would check out the various hikes there like Chicken Point or Devil’s Bridge. We would wind down there and enjoy the red rocks. I would bring them to the vortexes around the city. Rascal’s Modern American Diner would be where we could have dinner. They have awesome food for a reasonable price.
This pretty much sums up the itinerary for the trip to Phoenix with my best friend.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, I am forever grateful to Spirit for my life experiences, guidance in overcoming obstacles, and showing me the road of healing and helping others. Secondly, I would like to give a shoutout to all the people who have hurt me. If it were not for those experiences, I would not be where I am today. Without them, I would not know how to forgive. I would not know humility, compassion and love. Without them, I would not have this opportunity to share my story and give people hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I am eternally grateful, bless your hearts and go in peace.
In addition, I want to give a shoutout to my Father, Allan. He never gave up on me and always tried his best to support me, even though sometimes it seemed like I was doomed to failure. His never wavering belief in me gives me strength to overcome all obstacles. Also, I am very grateful for my Grandmother and Grandfather who always shine their light on and protect me along my journey. Their energy, love and undying support is an integral part of me and every healing I do.
Lastly, I would like to give a very special mention to my sweetest love, Lorenia, my wife. Her steadfast support, advice and encouragement help me to persevere on a daily basis. She assists me in following my dreams and embodies compassion and love. I look up to her very much. Her life has not been a cake walk, and yet she still shows unconditional love and compassion to all. Her heart and empathy extends to every soul in the Universe. She is the mother of my child, my sweet love, and I am so very grateful for her.