We had the good fortune of connecting with Gayle Feallock and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gayle, how does your business help the community or world?
My business is not directly related to helping the world, though I strongly believe that sacred celebration and spiritual connection can have a powerful impact on individual growth and relationships. In my role as a ceremony officiant, I create a space for Love to be expressed in ways most people don’t get to experience on a daily basis. As a Reiki master I provide healing that affects mind, body, and soul. Additionally, Just Imagine is proud to support the environment by donating to 4Ocean, an organization cleaning up and removing plastic from our oceans. I am also involved in activism with several groups supporting social and racial justice, to better our society at the local and national levels.
What should our readers know about your business? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My favorite thing about my business is relationships: Building relationships with colleagues over many years we develop trust, respect and enthusiasm for each other’s success. With clients it’s building a relationship of trust, communication, and creativity. My favorite aspect of my profession is hearing someone’s story, what is most important to them, and what they most want to experience. And then collaborating to incorporate their story into their ceremony or service. I am at my most fulfilled when I am in Service. As a nondenominational officiant and spiritual leader, most of my clients come to me because they do not belong to a specific religion or particular faith. They often describe themselves as “spiritual not religious.” The conversations we have around faith or belief or even especially practical application of faith in daily life is fascinating, and different for everybody. Faith, to me, is not a matter of moral constraint. Rather it is a relationship with the Divine, designed to manifest connections of ease, awe, and Joy. My journey was not at all a straight path. I started in publishing, then wedding planning, then became a ceremony officiant as well as Reiki master and spiritual leader. But the purpose connecting all of it is empowering people to have their best experience, whether through celebration or self-growth. The biggest lesson I learned is to always be yourself, and follow your heart. It might sound cliché, but it’s what keeps me going during challenges. And I am ALWAYS learning, whether from clients, colleagues, or authors presenting new insights. It’s important to know that you don’t know everything because then you can always be open to new ideas. My greatest fulfillment is in the impact I have in changing how people experience the world or their relationships. If I created an opportunity for my clients to experience a truly profound moment of love or connection with themselves or their loved ones, that is the most I can hope for.
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?
Point Loma – Cabrillo Monument. The most incredible view of the city on one side. One the other side, the vast ocean as far as the eye can see. Down below, tidepools revealing the tinest creatures of the ocean. Shelter Island for walking along the waterfront and enjoying several great restaurants, happy hour at sunset. Torrey Pines state park (can you tell I love the water and outdoors?!) for its beaches and unique Torrey Pines, as well as incredible views and great walking trails right near the city. Coronado Beach – most beautiful beach and sand in (almost) the world. OR, take the ferry from downtown San Diego across to Coronado Island and enjoy lunch at several great restaurants near the dock.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Where to begin?! Definitely my parents get first mention. They struck the right balance of letting me find my own way, as well as nudging me along. Even though I am the only one in my family to start my own business, they always encouraged me. The leadership of San Diego Association of Bridal Consultants – in particular Peggy Jewell of Innovation Entertainment, and fellow officiant Deborah Young have been incredible mentors and a guiding force. (LOTS more folks in this group – I wish I could name them all) Dr. Gail Smith – the minister who insisted I become a ceremony officiant (initially I had no interest!). She led the Spiritual Leaders program where I became trained as a minister, and she knew better than I how much I would love this profession! Reiki Wind school ushered me through the training and development to become a Reiki Master. MaraClearSpring teacher of Shamanic training practices expanded my horizons of spiritual growth. I am a voracious reader, so too many books to list. But I have been greatly impacted by the books and teachings by Abraham-Hicks and Marianne Williamson. For fiction, my two favorite books: “Time and Again” by Jack Finney, and “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish” by Douglas Adams.
Derek Chad Photography Melissa Biador Photography Chana and Don Photography SheWanders Photography Alanna Airitam Photography (gfeallock with clients)