From Pain to Purpose: Finding Healing & Helping Others
Finding Healing & Helping Others
The afternoon sun tormented me as I disembarked the Sam Lord’s Castle bus, and immediately my defenceless eyes, like refugees, penetratingly searched for sanctuary and spotted a small shadow cast by a Light & Power pole. I was propelled by my body into this asylum and began musing about my lack of transportation. My wallow in self-pity was cut short when the woman who eagerly offered to collect me had arrived with her car’s air condition at full blast. And like a saviour, she whisked me away to her treatment centre in Union, St Philip. Little did I know, the brief journey she took just to collect me in the hot sun was an act of selflessness, as she suffers with a skin condition that is adversely affected by exposure to sunlight.
As we sat down, the room lightly chilled by a well working air conditioner, sweetly scented by orange air freshener, and decorated with golden tapestries and valances, my host began to speak. Our conversation served to not only lift my mood, but imbued in me a physical feeling of wellness and peace. I now know that Dr Angela Moore, a holistic life coach, not only lifts the mood of her clients and propels them towards wellness, wholeness and harmony, but she is also an ordained minister, naturopathic doctor, interior decorator, jewellery maker and a powerful business woman.
Angela humbly attributed her achievements and successes to God, who she said always had a hand in her life and led her to becoming the woman she is now.
“My entire early life was a training ground that set me in the position to help others. As a child I was sick all the time. When I was 23, it got to a point that I couldn’t get out of bed properly,” she said.
Angela did not know what was wrong with her and neither did any of her doctors. She then went to a naturopathic doctor who told her it was a gallbladder problem. She became inspired by that doctor’s ability to diagnose and rectify her ailment.“i thought to myself that since he was able to identify [the illness] and heal me, I should be able to do it as well. I then went to the school to learn it.”
During the time of Angela’s diagnosis, she had already gained certification in Food Science and Technology, Massage Therapy and Colon Hydrotherapy from the Barbados Community College, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic and Florida’s Renewed Life Colon Hydrotherapy School, respectively. Angela went on to attain certification in Naturopathy from Mind and Body Naturopathic School in Texas and in Nutritional Microscopy from the Centre for Nutritional Medicine in Georgia.
She graduated at the top of her class, a feat she attributes to the prerequisite training she had received at Patricia Clarke’s Colon Hygiene Centre. However, her feats are not to be trivialised; her top achievements were gained in spite of dyslexia, which had affected her since childhood. She also battles a skin condition called melasma, which causes severe darkening of the face and neck when exposed to sunlight.
Diagnosed with melasma in her late 20s, Angela decided that instead of letting her condition depress her, she would try to find a cure for it: “My quest to find organic products to heal me led
me to all of those products. At first, I created 35 skin care products in [an effort] to manage and solve my medical problems.”
Unbeknownst to her, this positive problem-solving approach set her on the road to produce over 100 environmentally friendly, organic products, and to receive a grant from the United Nations Development Programme.
Angela, in retrospect, views her challenges and sicknesses as stepping stones to creativity: “When people see sickness they always see it as something negative or something demonic. Mine was not negative or demonic, mine was elevation infirmity to allow me to help others.”
And helping others is exactly what Angela does every day as she practises holistic medicine, which she defines as “a form of medicine that treats the entire person – body, mind, spirit, attitude and emotions.” In this field, optimal heath is seen as an interdependent relationship and can only be attained if an individual’s physical, emotional and spiritual state is each in good health and balance. If you are emotionally compromised, then holistic medicine states that you will also be at risk spiritually and physically. Angela revealed that her main clients are males and the foremost ailment she believes affects the male population in Barbados is acidosis.
“The main problem I see is acidosis… their PH is off, they are very acidic. This can lead to hypertension, diabetes, gallbladder problems, obesity, even cancer. Your blood should have a ph of around 7.3, disease begins from 5.0 down; this is the acidic zone.”
The holistic life coach believes that it is very crucial to use organic products and stay away from chemicals in order to be healthier: “All of my products are organic… People want to be healthy but would still buy a roll-on which contains parabens and aluminium. If you cannot eat what you put on your skin it’s a waste of time.”
Angela became a holistic healer after she received holistic healing herself. Angela, a Christian for 30 years, who holds the title of Ordained Minister in the USA, spoke of a period in her life when she was very unhappy: “God was blessing me and I was still unhappy and miserable. I lost two children when I was younger and the muscle in my stomach was cut and I was in a very unhappy place.”
But then something happened that would change the course of Angela’s career and life: “I had a vision and
God spoke to me, and the Holy Ghost ministered to me. God told me I need to come into his fullness and revealed to me that the only way I could truly help others is if I receive healing myself.”
She quickly recognised that many of the things she thought were important acted as a hindrance to her becoming what she believes God had ordained for her to be.
“The world tells you that the material way is the way to go, the illusion keeps you going after money and you never really deal with your soul. When I found out what I was called to do, life became so much easier and I felt more fulfilled. It breaks away arrogance and pride. When you come into your purpose it’s not about self-exaltation, it is about helping mankind. I received holistic healing,” she said.
The 46-year-old said her number one aspiration is to always be the type of woman that she believes God wants her to be every day. After this statement, she recognised that she can do anything and everything. Her achievements are testament of this belief. Angela conducts business in the Caribbean and USA, manufacturing, selling and managing over 100 organic products. She meticulously designs Angela Moore Jewellery, which is handcrafted in London and sold in London, Atlanta, Barbados and St Maarten. She also heads a charity called Healing Waters and travels the Caribbean and USA ministering, preaching and sharing the word on holistic health.
As a proactive woman, Angela believes your actions speak louder than your words; she believes in working hard in silence and letting her success speak. However, she reiterated the importance of having a relationship with God and what she believes is true wealth:
“The key to all of this is to come into the fullness of Christ. I do not believe in religion. I believe in Jesus. I believe only through Jesus can you become whole. Some religions keep people boxed in their mind. Richness and poorness is not in the bank account, but is a state of mind.”
So although Angela’s life had its ups and downs, she has found fulfilment through spiritual growth and helping others.
"All of my products are organic…"
Dr Angela Moore (left) conducting a dry blood analysis for client David Hood.