Today we’d like to introduce you to Joaquina Cante.
Joaquina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Shortly after coming back from Ecuador, where I lived for ten years, I decided to leave everything I had known up until then. I was 24 when I walked away from that religion, leaving behind all of my community and my family. I became the black sheep of the family as I started to try and find who I really was. This journey took me down a difficult path that somehow I knew I had to follow.
I had been working for about eight years at the courthouse as a Spanish interpreter when I realized I had to do something drastic to change my life. At the time, I found myself caught up in the party life without any direction my kids were little, and I was in an abusive relationship. Four years of this kind of life was enough for me to realize that I wasn’t happy with this path I had taken. I felt something inside of me pulling me in a different direction.
Right about when I was at my rope’s end, a friend directed me to go the Stupa in Fort Collins, CO. to find the answers I was seeking. As I was up there praying, I had my first direct experience with something beyond myself. This intense opening experience led me down a healing path that I never could have imagined I would find myself on. Soon after, my life began to change very quickly. I was able to leave behind the life I no longer desired, become a better mom, and I soon met the Medicine Man that would train me and initiate me as a Medicine Women over a period of 8 years.
At the same time, I realized I wanted to be a healer and go back to school to begin learning some healing modalities. This was not the easiest task for me since I didn’t even have a high school diploma and I was now a single mother of two kids. But I was determined to follow what I felt in my heart. I quickly got my GED and enrolled in a Craniosacral program which then led me to study Chinese Medicine. I had to work very hard over a seven year period to get all of the required credits to even enroll in the Chinese Medicine school. While disheartening at times, I kept my goal in sight.
During the time I was also in school, my Shamanic training intensified as it became more demanding. Even though I wanted to walk away countless times out of sheer terror of so many things I was beginning to see, I always went back. It was clear to me that I had to continue plowing forward. In one of my initiations, I went through a near-death experience that initiated me with my medicine bundle. It took me ten more years after that to understand what happened. Coming back to regular life was a challenge for many years as I tried to make sense of my new self in a new world that I felt I didn’t belong in anymore.
Life was full of deep lessons during this time on so many planes. After graduating from school, I married my life partner and best friend. For a few years, we struggled to be healers and still make a living. I was still working at the courthouse which became overwhelmingly difficult for me on an energetic level.
One day, a huge unexpected opportunity fell into my lap when a friend called me up to tell me I had to go check out this acupuncture clinic in Boulder that had a room to rent. I really didn’t know how I would ever pull that off since I already had a full plate and no extra money. This friend was so persistent though. She called me about four times and they even had another friend start calling me. So, I decided I better go. As I sat in this clinic, the lady working there looked at me and began telling me she would be retiring and that she wanted to I take over her practice. I began crying tears of joy and disbelief. I had been praying so hard for an answer to help me leave the courthouse so I could begin practicing full time as a healer. My prayers were answered.
I feel my whole life from the moment I went to the Stupa has been divinely orchestrated in a way beyond what I can explain even though I had to go through some of the most intense experiences in my life. I now have a thriving practice in Boulder at our acupuncture clinic, practice shamanic teachings and healings, and my husband and I have now started our own line of CBD.
Has it been a smooth road?
I had to quit using drugs, figure out how to leave a gangster drug-dealing boyfriend, get myself through school while raising my kids as a single mom and still working. And to top it off I began an intense journey into the world of spirit and shamanism.
About one year before I start dating my husband, I made a huge mistake of getting into another abusive relationship with a guy who almost destroyed me and everything I had created. Fortunately, it was short lived but I found myself in huge debt from him and had to recover from severe PTSD. Relying on my spiritual practices, I was able to recover to a huge degree. Although remnants of that still come up at times. And then there is also always the self-doubt, guilt, and fear of failure that would surface during all of this time telling me I wasn’t good enough. Overcoming these huge obstacles on a daily basis has taught me to be strong women and leader.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Hummingbird Community Acupuncture – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I have an acupuncture clinic in Boulder. I specialize in treating many issues with acupuncture, herbal therapy, and functional medicine. My spiritual practice adds a special intuitive touch to all my treatments. I also do Shamanic healings and spiritual counseling sessions. I am proud that I have made it this far. I love that our clinic is a healing place for all to come to since we offer a sliding scale for acupuncture.
What sets me apart?? I am not only an acupuncturist. I am a Shaman. I see that many of my patients, especially those who are open, can experience powerful healings because of this, although I don’t advertise this really. I was told I had to share the gift that was given to me with others and I feel the clinic is a good platform to do that. I encourage others to deepen their relationship with nature, self, and others because I feel this is what will help all of us heal. I love to empower women to heal and to overcome their difficulties. I also love to volunteer in indigenous communities who need a little extra help.
I have also helped start a CBD company. We just launched about four months ago. This company continues to represent the message of healing the planet and ourselves at a deeper level. I also feel it is important for us to reconnect with plants that can help us to heal so that we can all be more empowered in our lives. This is one of the ways that we can begin to work together to solve so many of our current problems. When you feel good, you can do more. My dream is to help Natives to save their land, water, resources, and their teachings.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Do you mean boulder? I like the mountains and so many awesome places in nature are close by. I like that there are so many open-minded people interested right now in healing and are open to healing modalities.
The least: the cost of living honestly. Besides that, I do see the demographics are changing a bit and with that, it seems that there a fewer people who value alternative approaches to healing. But this is also an opportunity to educate more and expand my personal limits.
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