Growing up in a small village near Glastonbury, Somerset, UK, James Coombes became interested in spirituality and shamanism in his mid teens. These subjects peaked his interests and he read many books absorbing the essence of the teachings. The stories touched and nourished his heart and began to awaken a greater sense of being so much more than just the physical world and the conditioned experience of what he had known before. There was the inner knowing of an unseen wisdom and power that resonated deeply, sparked by the memories of watching Star Wars movies, as a child. He called this 'The Force'.
Through university, James lead the typical college student life, while juggling his newfound spirituality. Graduating in 2000 with a 2.1 Bsc in Geography and Environmental Management, his intention was to have a career in Environmentalism. Feeling anxious, depressed and completely exhausted, he realized his life didn't reflect the spiritual knowledge that was building up inside. Living unconsciously and suffering a great deal, he had learned that there was another way to live life. A bigger calling arose from deep within the heart and his path shifted to reflect this calling. So in 2001, he set off on a year long trip around Asia, focusing on India. He started to practice yoga, meditation and Reiki, A clean diet soon followed. He stopped drinking to excessive and quit smoking. A fire and aliveness ignited like nothing he had ever known before and this movement, this shift has stayed with him to this day.
Returning home in 2002, James began a three year diploma course with The School of Energy Healing, founded by a graduate of The Barbara Brennan School of Healing in the USA. This provided foundational elements of healing techniques like healing the inner child, past life regression and relationship healing. One of the key principles he learned was how to be present with someone and guide them to meet what they are going through and how to embrace feeling as an integral part of the healing process. Upon graduation, he was invited to teach this mode of training professionally at the School for another four years.
In 2005, James met what was to become an influential spiritual figure in his life. Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known as Amma or the hugging Saint lives in an ashram in Kerala, Southern India, but travels the world extensively as part of her dedication to serving mankind. Visiting the ashram has become a regular practice and he also often joins Amma's tours.
Amma is known as an Avatar, or Divine incarnation in a human body, and spending such concentrated time with an awakened Being like Amma has resulting in significant spiritual development. A deep integration has shifted into a fundamental breaking down of James spiritual identity, beliefs and ideas about spirituality. This has made it easier to be in life and to sense the Divine in everything, as the essence of all existence. His meditation practice now is to simply notice the Divinity within and to keep dropping deeper into that.
In 2006 James began to study the evolutionary healing practice VortexHealing® Divine Energy Healing rising to the most advanced tools, Awakening to Divinity and Manifesting Intention. This path is full of magical Divine gifts of healing, transformation and awakening. This modality is often described as unlike any other in the way it bridges deeply into an energy system, and works dimensionally down to the genetic level. VortexHealing® is an awakening lineage that continues to grow and expand as the world evolves and James path evolves along with it. It is a central focus to his healing practice. You're invited to visit the VortexHealing® link on this website to read more about this amazing modality.
With a natural affinity for bodywork and massage, James began studying Holistic Massage with an ITEC affiliated college in 2013 and passed with distinction. His bodywork is complimented by deep tissue massage and the energetic process of Unwinding the Fascia.
Many healers have found their own processes contribute to their practice. James is no different. His own experience of emotional traumas and deep karmic issues, lead to being out of body. He continues to work with the Divine to transform his issues on an ongoing bases. This approach lends empathy, compassion and a sense of humanness that benefit all who work with him. "If there is an intent to heal and transform, then life will give us all that we need to do this, exactly when we need it" says James. While he continues to have challenges, he's learned to meet each experience from a more 'free' place and not from conditioning. His own healing path, has been an integral source of teaching.
With his spiritual growth, creativity blossomed. James started singing and learned to play the guitar. He is passionate about helping other people connect to their creativity and feels it is vital to our overall health and wellbeing - encouraging the inner child to play and come out to have fun. He also enjoys yoga, dancing, climbing and playing the Handpan.