We had the good fortune of connecting with Krystal Matocha and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Krystal, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
That’s a tough question to answer because I’ve learned so many lessons. One of the big ones: learning never stops.
It reminds me of the perpetual lotus or the nautilus shell. The further along you get, the more layers you discover. Often times we think of change or success as a straight-line process, but it’s not. Both change and success are filled with ups and downs. Times where we need to go within and times where we need to come out of our shells. There are times when we thrive and times when we have no clue what the outcome will be, but we choose to stand on that outer edge.
Change and success are a process of circling around and around. As we revisit old concepts, we can change our perspective. The richness of perspective, emotion, and experience combined creates this, sort of, flux between expanding outward and inward, up, and down, which is just a way of saying growth. It’s not a straight line. It’s life in the very best way.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think everyone has a spark that makes them unique and special somehow in life. Just to be clear, I don’t think it’s about being better than others, but just, what is it, that’s really you? Where, how, and with what are you most at home? I think we all have a storyteller inside us. I see it come out in everyone I meet, even as I ask someone how their day is going. But through the subconscious and unconscious genius of a person, the story comes alive.
It’s a moving, breathing, living piece of art and it takes you somewhere completely unexpected and better than where you possibly could have imagined you’d end up. When I reflect on what others have told me I was great at, and where I feel most at home, I’d say my strength is in the emotive moving qualities of these stories, as they are mixed with the living breathing moving aspects of subconscious symbols. And how each person as an individual can choose to relate with that moving form of art in a way that’s natural to them. That’s really exciting to me.
The truth is, I’m not interested in “fixing” people because I don’t believe people need fixing. In the field of hypnosis, clients often seek help because they feel somehow broken or not ok with themselves. Something feels wrong in their life. Hypnosis is many times the last resort, because they’ve tried everything else and none of that worked. My goal is to simply help people get in tune with their most authentic aspects of self so they can enjoy, appreciate, and fall in love with who they really are rather than who they think the world wants them to be.
Coming to this point has not been what I would call easy. I resisted my artistic and subconscious leaning as a career path for most of my life. I was trying to be practical and responsible, and I didn’t think these two aspects of myself fell into the field of maturity. Now I can see that it was because I thought there was something wrong with who I really am. I feel like I’m still incorporating deeper and deeper parts of this back into myself. Will it ever be done? Probably not… I don’t think that’s really how life works. But the more I do it, the more I fall in love with the process and myself. Dreams, hypnosis, art, and those people who are close to me keep me going and coming back to who I really am. And that’s what I hope to do for others as well.
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 taking people to secret places that are off the beaten path, so I can’t disclose exact locations! What I can tell you is that my general list of places to take visitors includes Lake Powell because it’s incredible to see this huge lake in the middle of a desolate dry desert. There are a few spots up in the mountains of Flagstaff where I’ve seen some of the most beautiful sunsets of my life. There are a lot of ancient ruins in Flagstaff too where you can still hear voices from times past. And definitely some remote places in Utah would be on the list. And definitely, a night of star gazing.
As for food and drink, one of my favorite restaurants in Flagstaff is Salsa Brava. Quality food, good cooking, awesome menu, and they’ve been featured on Food Network. We all really love it there. We also have an incredibly talented Chiropractor in Flagstaff. His name is Dave Milgram. He’s so gentle you might hardly notice the adjustments as he does them. Every time I go for a treatment something very deep in me is moved. He’s also a talented musician!
And last but not least, I’d take them to Tlaquepaque in Sedona. It’s a traditional tourist excursion with fine art galleries, restaurants, crystal shops, aura readings, and such. It gets very busy there, but it can be a lot of fun.
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?
Too many to list!
My parents have been my number one fans. Even though I chose a non-traditional career, they never questioned my decision. They believed in me from the start, and have continued believing in me regardless of what I’ve faced. I feel incredibly blessed to have them in my life. I’ve also been really fortunate to have some incredible teachers over the years, a few who always encouraged me to stay true to who I am at the core. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts was very instrumental in helping me dive into the world of subconscious symbolism where I feel most at home. I’d have to say all my friends that encouraged and believed in me along the way too. I don’t think I’d have done it without all of them.
Other: The best way to reach me is through my website or email since I like to keep the time I spend on social media to a minimum.
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