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Meet Ellen Bowles of The Woke Mystix in East LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ellen Bowles.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
How I got started is very hard to discern because I have been creative my entire life. I have been drawing since I was able to hold a pencil. I’ve played instruments, I’ve danced. My creativity has taken on many forms and transformations throughout my life. However, visual art has always been the constant creative expression for me.

I’ve always been in art programs and my love for visual art has never diminished. I went to Otis College of Art and Design and studied Fashion Design. As wonderful as the program was, once I graduated I was absolutely drained. I didn’t even know how to draw and create just for my own pleasure anymore. It took a year and a half of me keeping a sketchbook to finally begin to enjoy drawing again and to create my own distinct style, different from what I was trained to do in school.

My creativity has also found a home in my spirituality and healing practice. I began diving deep into my spirituality in 2014, and now I provide astrology birth chart and tarot readings for clients. My friend, Imani, and I have a podcast together called The Woke Mystix where we discuss spirituality, magic, and self-care from our own unique perspectives. We launched it this past January and it’s been a great journey so far, we’ve enjoyed the community we have built around it and we love being able to provide spirituality information and guidance in a tangible way for our listeners.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No! The road is always heading in the right direction, but definitely, it has had its twist and turns along the way. Most of the struggles I have faced have been the challenges I have placed upon myself internally. Stepping into your greatness and power is no easy feat, and is constantly in progress. But you have to believe in your ability and yourself in order to answer your calling and stand out in a city like LA. I’ve dealt with a lot of insecurity issues when it comes to my art and my spirituality over the years. For my art, it shows up as me wanting to hide away my talents or not wanting to put it on display for anyone to see. For my spirituality, it shows up as me second guessing my abilities to help others or even myself with my healing. A lot of questioning such as “Why would anyone trust you to guide them when you cannot figure it out yourself?”

I’ve had to develop a “do it anyways” mentality. I may still have moments where I’m not sure if my artistic talent is worthy of being out in the world, but yet I still put it out there. Art is so subjective, someone will appreciate it. And all that matters is that you are being vulnerable and intentional in your work. For my spirituality, I’ve had to accept that no healer is perfect, only human. I’ve had to accept my humanity that it’s ok if I’m still figuring out my journey as long as my transparency about that journey inspires others. Learning that I am worthy of these amazing opportunities is a huge lesson for me.

The Woke Mystix – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from others?My friend Imani and I have a podcast called The Woke Mystix, where we discuss magic and spirituality from our own unique perspectives. We both describe ourselves as non-conforming women. Neither one of us are traditionally religious, we are both biracial, we are both sexually fluid, we both use different healing tools within our practices. We are trying to create a distinct voice in the oversaturated LA spirituality community that is more diverse and creates a safe space for people who do not see themselves within the spirituality discussion. I am most proud of our platform when our listeners reach out and thank us for making spirituality more tangible for them. That’s the purpose of healing work, to be guides for others not to make others dependent upon you for the guidance. We want to awaken everyone’s spiritual energy and make them curious about how to grow that within themselves.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I’ve asked myself this question a lot recently. I use to define success as based upon a material, financial, capitalist scale. How well is your business is doing on the material spectrum? How much notoriety have you received because of your company and your work? But if you operate from that mindset, you will never be satisfied. You will never create something that you can be happy with. Success to me now is all about purpose and intention. Have I reached the audience I wanted to get to? Have they been deeply affected in a positive way by my work? Did I help them in a transformative way? My markers are truly based upon how much I am helping others. If I am consistently making positive change in people’s lives and I am inspiring them to heal and love themselves in a deeply spiritual way, then I am a success.

Pricing:

  • Art prints (range between ($20-$90.00)
  • Original art ($250+)
  • Birth chart analysis ($65 for 30min, $125 for 1 hour)
  • Tarot reading ($65 for 30min, $125 for 1 hour)

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Image Credit:
Personal photo and photo of tarot reading done by Breana Powell (www.breanapowell.com)

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