About Dr. Tom Garcia

Chiropractor. Fire Ceremonialist. Community Advocate. Sacred Artist. Storyteller.

With more than 25 years in chiropractic practice, Tom Garcia believes that physical pain, such as sciatica to lower back pain and other chronic pain, stem from emotional and spiritual issues. Over the years, time and experience have taught him to lean into the power of self-reflection, journaling, and meditation to shape the course of his life’s work in the healing arts and shamanic-inspired medicine.

In 2000, he found that the Four Corners provided boundless sacred energy for this deeper level of work so he, his wife, Carin, and their four children moved to Durango, Colorado.

“I didn’t know it at the time, but the Native energy here, and my own Gabrielino Tongva tribal heritage, was calling me.” recalls Tom.

While Tom focused on his busy chiropractic practice, one of his closest friends was diagnosed with a terminal illness and moved in with the Garcia family where he spent the last 18 months of his life. After his passing, Tom took to the woods on a deep inner quest to find answers through meditation and ritual; not answers to why he lived, and his friend died. Rather, Tom wanted to know: Why was he here? What was his greater purpose on Earth? What was he going to do about it?

The answers came in the most elemental way, beneath the juniper and piñons. Tom began making great stone fire pits and building beautiful altars on the land, places where Tom would kneel and write in his journal by firelight. He whispered his prayers into the sacred fire and listened. Wildlife didn’t hesitate to draw near as owl, hawk, wild turkey, deer, and even mountain lion cast shadows beside him in the moonlight. In this way, his deeper work began to unfold.

Photo by Red Scarf Shots

Witnessing my friend’s decline catalyzed a crisis in me that was completely unexpected. I started going to the woods before sunrise, at sunset, and often staying out all night. I was driven. I felt called out. Rain, deep snow, and cold; it didn’t matter. I would make a fire, lay out an altar, kneel and pray, journal and cry. I raged and begged and asked deep questions. I wanted to know how to live my truth, how to be true to myself. Over time, I learned: When God talks to you, listen, and take good notes.”

Tom was so moved by his time in the sacred space of the fire circle that he began to invite others to share the experience. Over the last decade, these fire circles have become a capstone of his community, an arena of energy medicine where spiritual healing, guidance, and wisdom can be found. Tom calls it going to work “in the deepest sense.”

Simple in nature, these fire ceremonies teach the profound lesson of being present to something powerful, and, above all, to listen.

I listen to the stars, to the fire, to the silence,” he says. “Things come to me. I realize it’s my gift to make the invisible things, visible, and give language to the inexpressible, both humanity and divinity together.”

Who I am & What I teach

I am a mentor, guide and teacher, working in a shamanic way at an elemental level with energy, nature, spirit and the human condition. This is my calling, my sacred purpose.

The work of reclaiming the sacred in your life is the work of forgiveness, surrender, trust, and gratitude, creating the condition for peace, which lays the foundation for your greater work to unfold.

The activity of prayer and the art of blessing are potent tools to utilize on your path, giving you access to your power and the contribution of your gifts, your medicine.

Together we go to ground to unearth the deeper wisdom within you. Through deep listening and reflection, ritual and ceremony, we discover what you most need to learn, helping you to remember who you are and why you came. I guide you to find your way to the place where your deepest purpose lives. Together we walk the path for a little while until you know your way.

This is the Hero’s Journey, realizing your spiritual mission, strengthening your connection to the Creator, finding the grit and passion to carry on in service to humanity and fulfill your soul’s commission.

The Language of Fire

Against the darkness, in the hours before dawn or at the approach of night, the fire beckons. In silence the fire draws us near to listen for wisdom and truth.

The language of fire is the primal tongue of creation.

For thousands of years humanity has gathered around the fire. What did they talk about? What did they learn?

A relationship with the fire is based on trust. We come to the fire humble and defenseless, without pretense, trusting.

The fire teaches us to listen. It speaks of the illuminating qualities of Light and a total commitment to transformation.

When we listen to the fire, it knows we are listening. Only then does it speak of things deep and intrinsic to the spirit, the human condition, and life on earth.

Watch a fire and notice that it burns with an intensity all its own, releasing its light with a total commitment to transformation.

The fire reminds us to burn with an intensity all our own and in this way release our light.

Transformation comes with the realization that our purpose lies solely in our relationship with our Creator, a relationship intimate and personal, and born of Light.

The fire helps us to awaken, to remember what was never forgotten and find what was never lost. Seeded deep within us is the memory of who we are and why we came.

At the fire we remember what is most important in this life and the purpose we came to fulfill.

For this reason, we come to the fire.