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Community Highlights: Meet Devi Adea

Today we’d like to introduce you to Devi Adea.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My formal education was at Carnegie Mellon University, where I got a dual degree in Information Decision Systems & Industrial Management. After college, I started working in high-tech corporate. While in corporate, I performed various roles, including strategic business & technical consulting, business development, and sales & marketing. One new year’s eve, while I was working in corporate, I sat down and wrote out what I wanted to do that year, my new year’s resolutions that were based upon my “bucket list”.

After I wrote out the list, I found a new year’s list from two years prior, and I realized, in two years of my life, that I had done nothing on the list. So, I decided to do one list item each month that year, and I scheduled those items out in advance. That year, I did so many things – I ran a marathon, I got scuba certified, I started skydiving, I traveled Europe, I did a whole bunch of things. At the end of the year, I was looking at my list, and I thought to myself, “Wow! my list is almost all checked off, and now what?” Maybe you can relate?

I remember thinking to myself, “I spent all this time going to school to make good money to be able to do these things, and I don’t feel any more fulfilled than when I had started the list.” And I thought “if ‘it’ (life) is not about making money, and acquiring things” because I had plenty of money to buy what I wanted, and “If ‘it’ is not about experiences,” because I had a bunch of those that year, “what was ‘it’s about?”.

Shortly thereafter, I was attending a personal development seminar, and the speaker said from the stage, “We are starting a coaching division and if you like to make a difference in the lives of others, please go to the lobby and apply.” And I thought, “Well, maybe ‘it’ is about contribution and making a difference.”

So, I applied and I left corporate and I went to work for one of the leaders in the coaching industry. What I discovered during that time was that while I loved the aspect of contribution, and I was really enjoying making a difference with people, I still felt that there was something missing for me. It took me many years of discovery, looking for what that was for me.

Then in 2016, I was on a plane flying from San Diego to Washington D.C and back again, and I listened to a podcast on podcasting, and I thought, I wanna start a show. And I talked to a friend about starting a podcast, and she suggested that I create a show that was linked to my domain name spiritualentrepreneur.com. I remember thinking to myself, “I can’t do that. There is no way.” I began to realize at that moment that I had tucked away a big part of myself which was more of my spiritual side for many years. While I let those close to me know that side of me, I kept that very close to the vest.

I grew up in cosmopolitan Washington D.C where my dad was president of a bank and also a yogic minister. My grandpa was in the FBI, and my grandma was a mystic, and my mom was a V.A before V.A was a thing. She was also very gifted and, you know, in having the gifts of clairvoyance and as a child, we used to talk about things that were not acceptable at that time around these gifts. I thought that it wasn’t okay to tell people that those were part of who I was, I thought they’d lock me in a rubber room and throw away the key if they knew these things because the little bit that I shared when I was a child with other kids, taught me that it wasn’t safe.

That said, I launched my show anyway, the Spiritual Entrepreneur podcast, and I started talking about these things openly on a much larger scale and no one locked me up. Everything was fine, but what I realized is that the joy and fulfillment I had been seeking started to come in for me as I started to share those unique gifts that were mine.

I have come to discover and believe that “it” is about expressing that voice of our unique soul, the gifts that we have been given in this lifetime, in service to humanity. It is in that expression where true fulfillment lies and that’s really what I’m doing today. I’m helping spiritual entrepreneurs, CEOs, and leaders who are wanting to discover and express their unique gifts in service to humanity – either through a profitable online business, media platform or mentorship, to do that in a way that helps us all to elevate as a human species together. That’s what I do today.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I would say there’s always going to be struggles and bumps along the way when we’re not in alignment with what it is that our soul is asking us to do. While I have had many rich experiences on the path, the struggle for me was the divine discontent of not fully expressing the voice of my soul and not really allowing myself to be in that space. And as I’ve aligned more and more (and I am still working on this evolution every day), I find that things are way more synchronous and that my life flows more easily and gracefully.

The times that things are not working great for me, usually I find that I am choosing someone else’s wisdom and perspective without checking it against my own inner intuition and knowing. In those moments, typically I have started to watch someone else’s journey and think I “should” do what they are doing, and I stop listening to the voice of my own soul. Invariably, when I do this struggle shows up. So for me, it’s been a journey of remembering and forgetting and remembering again and again over the years. The “divine discontent” is the attention-grabbing wake-up call to get back into alignment with my own inner knowing and perfect next steps. When I’m in forgetfulness, that’s when the struggle occurs. And when I remember, things are typically inflow.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
What’s interesting is that for a long time when I was trying to figure out what was right for me, I would do these exercises and one of them was to ask people that I knew, “if I had a unique ability, one that sets me apart, what would it be?”.

It was really interesting because everyone that I asked: all my clients, friends, family, and people from different times in my life, always said some version of — when I’m around you, I believe anything is possible, when I’m with you I want to be the best version of myself, when I am in your presence It’s like a blanket of peace comes over me, I’m happy and I feel all this joy.

It all came down to “being”, not “doing,” and for years, I couldn’t figure out what to “do” with that. What I’ve discovered over the years is that there’s this “tone” that we bring to life. There’s this essence or energy that is uniquely us. My “tone” or energy is one of the things that I’ve realized is a unique gift of mine to express as I do business and great others. It is what leads the way in my business and life. No matter what I’m doing working with clients, it tends to be the thing that they want the most from me – that energy, that tone, that frequency that I bring.

It is the foundation on which all of the other work that I’m doing rests, and I’m helping other people to learn to experience their own unique tone, their own soul’s voice in the world with their gifts and helping them to share that tone on a media platform, serving online, speaking, manifesting and creating in the world through the unique gifts that are theirs to serve humanity in a bigger way.

Other things that people come to me for are my gifts with technology from my years in high tech, business strategy with soul, taking the big picture and putting into an actionable plan with higher energy, manifesting and creating, upliftment and inspiration, helping them to access and grow their soul gifts for their business, podcast and media mentorship, empathic support… so many things. I think the truest gift is that unique vibration and resonance that I bring that has been reflected back to me time and time again every time I ask the question. It took me a while to see it, but everyone else seems to see it and feel it right away.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
I’ve been so supported by some really extraordinary souls in my life and my business. Really too many to mention. You’d need multiple pages for all of them, and if you are reading this, you know who you are. I’ve had some incredible spiritual mentors in my life that have played a big role for me from a very young age. My husband, my family, my spiritual family, my mom and my dad and my grandmas and grandpa and my Godmother and Godfather and Swamiji Premananda, they have been such sources of inspiration for me and in what it’s like to truly embody love and grace.

I’ve had some great teachers and mentors in business as well. Managers that I’ve had have really helped me along the way early in my career. Mentors that I looked to for advice. I have an incredible soul family that has inspired me to step into my voice. I also have this spiritual team of advisers, too, that are with me all the time. My spiritual team (we can call it that), that I look to when I need to make big decisions that are always there to help me, and the new business team that has joined me and is helping me get everything upgraded in my business and even in doing this article interview. Thank you so much. I am very grateful.

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