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Enlightenment Is Sexy with Valerie Gangas

March 2, 2020

In This Episode…

In this episode, Emily is joined by Valerie Gangas, author, speaker, & life coach! The two discuss soul contracts, enlightenment, & their parallel experiences starting businesses while pursuing their callings. Valerie shares what it was like to transition out of a secure and stable job, to suddenly be pitching meditation to Oprah! You won’t want to miss this one!

About Valerie

Valerie Gangas is a transformational speaker, life coach and author of Enlightenment Is Sexy: Every Woman’s Guide to a Magical Life. She specializes in helping people make radical shifts in their self-perception to gain a deeper understanding of who they are, so they can genuinely thrive and unleash their magic more fully into the world.

Growing up outside Chicago, Illinois, Valerie had an interest in the mysteries of the world and a strong drive to connect with the Universe, which she inherited from her mother who was a poet, former nun and a major influence in Valerie’s life.

Valerie received her bachelor’s degree in theology and women’s studies from DePaul University, and earned her master’s degree in transpersonal psychology and certification in leadership and life coaching at Sofia University in Palo Alto.

The death of Valerie’s mother was a huge turning point in her life, as it caused her to go into a deep suicidal depression, “a complete annihilation of who I was”. During that period in 2011, Valerie learned Transcendental Meditation and in her first meditation, she says, “my entire life radically changed in 20 minutes.” The spiritual awakening she experienced was a foundational shift and a powerful transformation in both her awareness and her life. (Hence, the name of her upcoming podcast is: “Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong!”)

The David Lynch Foundation hired Valerie to give talks about the benefits of meditation and developing consciousness within corporations (including respected advertising and financial firms), private practices and student groups at top schools around the country, such as Loyola University School of Medicine. She eventually began working directly with Oprah Winfrey and her staff at Harpo Studios, and for two years she talked to groups of Oprah’s staff members about meditation and consciousness.

Today, Valerie lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a transformational life coach to clients across the nation. She is also writing her upcoming book about how to create radical transformation in your life, which she plans to launch sometime in 2020. She’s also passionate about philanthropic pursuits; Valerie sponsors a young lady in Nepal through Shanti Children’s Foundation, is a donor to Charity Seeds, and is currently on the advisory board of the David Lynch Foundation in Chicago.

Valerie sums up her philosophy for optimal living: “Once you’re regularly tuning in to your soul’s voice, through daily meditation, prayer, nature walks, whatever works for you, follow the signs, embrace the mystery, and trust the Universe.”

To learn more about Valerie and her work, visit Valerie’s website and her instagram @valeriegangas.

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