Today we’d like to introduce you to Shima Shanti.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I followed one of the few career paths available to women of my generation: The upward arc of an Executive Assistant. Working for high-profile CEOs I was the right hand to powerful, influential, and authoritative leaders where I learned every aspect of business and vicariously wielded power and authority on their behalf.
At the effects of the 2008 recession my position as corporate executive specialing in marketing and development ended; and I simply couldn’t muster the energy to jump into the job pool again and forage the want ads. With a small severance, a depleted 401k, and the support of my husband I embarked on a spiritual path seeking purpose and Truth.
I approached my quest in the same corporate zeal I had been trained. I amassed a library of books, researched the Masters, attended seminars, and self-studied. I learned to meditate. I opened to spiritual concepts outside of my conventional upbringing. I embraced every aha moment with awe and wonder. On this spiritual journey of self-discovery, I traveled the Western United States, Canada, Portugal, and Spain following both established pilgrimage routes and etheric retreats.
Each journey deepened my Self-realization. But nothing was more profound than my walk in 2012 on the Camino de Santiago through Portugal and Spain. Alone, in a foreign country, with nothing but a backpack and myself, I walked nearly 500 kilometers in the unyielding rain. This heart-rending solitude gifted me self-love and the clear understanding of my Divine purpose.
I kept journals and transcribed them into manuscripts. With years of administrative experience, it was an easy process to self-publish these narratives. And so, began 8 years as a writer, author and publisher of five books.
On a whim in 2016 while taking a break from the focused efforts of publishing I attended an Encaustic art workshop—the 5,000-year-old art of painting with beeswax.
In my studio, I began experimenting with the unpredictable qualities of beeswax and discovered how its mercurial elements mirrored my own life’s journey. It taught me to treasure the imperfection of life and to unabashedly put myself out there with no concern for not having a fine art degree or an artist’s ability. It required I let go of every last bit of ego. Art had become my Spiritual Teacher; and me, simply the conduit for this creative Spirit to flow through.
In less than 3 years I’ve been accepted into over twenty juried art shows and received modest award. I sell my artwork at world markets in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. The galleries and boutiques who represent me continue to grow.
Married forty years, I share our home and studio with my husband Jim Kelly. Nestled against Mount Israel and Lake Hodges in rural San Diego County the symphony of hawks, dove, quail, and coyote surround us. It is the nature of this idyllic sanctuary that inspires me to create. My life is a balance of silence and solitude in my studio, social engagement at art shows, and the intellectual challenges of running a business. I have come full circle to an impassioned calling.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Compared to some, yes. I would describe my life as“a smooth road with potholes and blind curves.” Most of my struggles were self-imposed by my perception of reality and how I responded. Unlike some, my awakening was not created by a life-changing moment, no going over the cliff. I slowly evolved facing the mundane, the everyday challenges, the disappointments from unmet expectations, and the beautiful sadness that accompanies life’s joy.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Peace Waters – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Perhaps what sets me apart is my knowing that all paths lead to One, that everything happens on its own, and all is divinely perfect no matter its appearance; that we are simply here to be a Beneficial Presence for the good of all.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Create, create, create, however that appears. Follow the next relevant step wherever that takes me, and always say “yes” to new ideas and opportunities with intuitive judgment; to have no expectations of the outcome and embrace what is before me with joy and passion. Most of all, allow others to be who exactly they are.
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