“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”
Saint Francis of Assisi
Intuit, Healer, Coach,
Teacher, Facilitator, Consultant
I began my own journey into spiritual philosophy in 2007, just after the death of my father. Grieving, I came across the teachings of Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda, and they radically changed everything I thought I knew. I wrote my Master’s thesis on Indian philosophy as an alternative to Human Rights discourse and looked at the Darfur Conflict as a case study, and I saw how the wisdom of the Ancients and provided incredible answers to modern day problems. I have continued to study spiritual philosophy ever since, and have used and tested the wisdom in all aspects my work and my life.
Rethinking the World
In 2005, I moved to the tiny town of Yei in South Sudan Working with grassroots communities who were emerging from 50 years of war, it was clear that trauma was a major feature of society. Yet I also saw how those who are seen as the poorest in our world share the most abundantly. This stirred something in me - the desire to understand the world more deeply, and to engage with it more meaningfully.
Changing the World
Having grown up in a family of humanitarians, I learned from a young age that to live a meaningful live, one should be of service to society. I therefore embarked on my own career of changing the world and spent fifteen years dedicated to activism, peacebuilding and social transformation in the Horn of Africa. I collaborated with a broad array of change actors, from grassroots and civic activists, to Heads of State and government. I have written, lectured and presented extensively on conflict and peacebuilding, and real political and military systems in the region.
From 2010-14, I worked for a high-level inter-state mediation panel led by former President Thabo Mbeki. During my four-year tenure, I worked with rebel movements, military and political leaders, government officials and diplomats from around the world in a major mediation and national transformation initiative. It was an incredible experience in which I learned and grew enormously and witnessed, firsthand, the levers of power at work in the world. But it also left me feeling disconnected from ordinary people and skeptical about whether meaningful change could be made in this space.
Next, I took up the Directorship of Justice Africa, a small and dynamic NGO that worked largely in South Sudan. We began an ambitious peace programme with the aim of organising an internal peace process and transforming the South Sudanese mindset from external saviourism to internal capacity and momentum. The theme of 'All Power is Within' had been born. During these years I worked closely with Church leaders in the region and experienced up close, the power and primacy of spirituality in peacemaking.
Seeds of Change
At about the same time, I began to teach a course in yoga philosophy at a Yoga Teacher Training in Zanzibar. Over the years I taught 15 cohorts of students, and saw how the programme completely transformed their lives. It was eye-opening. The students reconnected to their inner essence, uncovered their passion and purpose and built life-long connections with each other. As I watched their lives unfold over the years, I saw how they each began to live in alignment with their authentic Self. They began to create things in the world that were beautiful and true. I saw them change the world because they had changed.
In 2019, my son, Zion Atreya was born. And I was re-born. I was tired of trying to change the world. I was tired of having a mission. I wanted my work to be my joy and my joy to be my offering to the world.
I embarked on a journey of self discovery to try to live my highest life. I began to explore myself, understand myself at deeper level and to heal myself... and through this Spolosophy was born.
Poetically, through my own transformation I have discovered ways to help others to do the same. Through pursuing my joy, I have created something that serves the whole. I have found my purpose - something that had always been a theme, but is now the feature: to help others to understand the power they have within them, and how to use it in their lives and in the world.