Sometimes the call of the heart leads you far away from the world that you thought you were bound for. Someone who knows this only too well is Pellowah trainer and practitioner and holistic transformation mentor, Ma Ashni Sundaram.
Ashni’s adult life started out following a well worn path in engineering before she answered the call of her heart, becoming a practitioner of Pellowah Energy Healing. Pellowah is a powerful healing technique creating radical shifts in consciousness through personal treatment sessions. It is a modality that is quickly growing in popularity. It’s no surprise that Ashni’s unique blend of healing practices and the beautiful, joyous energy that overflows from every pore in her body has positioned her as an emerging leader in the world of self-development, spirituality and self-empowerment.
Here, Ashni shares her insight and wisdom with us on how freedom became an integral part of her life.
MHL: Ashni, what does freedom mean to you and how do you prioritise this in your life?
Ashni Sundaram: To me, freedom means having the ability to do what I need to do, whenever I need to do it. I connect to my freedom consciously and living spontaneously moment to moment. Some days I could plan to do something and in the spur of the moment I decide to do something completely different and it turns out way better than I imagined. Of course, I need to work, but with my work, I get to decide when I take a day off, and when I decide to work. I can practice Pellowah and continue to create my own life.
MHL: What was your life like 10 years ago?
Ashni Sundaram: I was working as an engineer on a hospital build project. It was exactly the job that 17 year old me had dreamed of. I studied and worked hard to get there.
The job was rewarding but came at a price. It was long working hours. I was in the thick of it on a construction site. The workload was heavy with really tight deadlines. There were days when I would get home only to log in to my home computer and continue working through to midnight, dedicated to pumping out schedules for the installers.
It was then that I started meditating, just to put a little balance into my day. Life back then was all work. On the weekends I’d catch up on laundry and chores and then I was back at work again.
I really loved what I was doing in that hospital project. I felt like I was making a big contribution and there was always something new to learn. My workmates were fun and my manager was really great as well. We were a fun bunch!
But by the time the hospital project was nearing completion I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something more waiting for me, something deeper, so I decided to take a career break.
MHL: Would you say that the end of this project was the catalyst for your career break?
Ashni Sundaram: It was part of a whole host of signs from the universe that the time was right. The biggest motivating factor though was the feeling that there was more to life than what was showing itself then.
In the lead up to my career break I was feeling that physically I was not as strong as I could have been. I was always getting sick and having to go for acupuncture often just to get my body back in balance. I was a regular at the Chinese doctors, taking all sorts of herbs to heal my body.
My newfound interest in meditation led me to reading a lot personal development books, inspiring books and I read of lot of Osho. Osho’s work is wonderful, he makes me laugh! I heard about a 21 day Osho Mystic Rose, Laughter and Tears meditation program being held in India. So, I thought I’d try spending a month in India doing that.
But then I thought bigger…. If I am going to spend a month in India, why not take a year off and do EVERYTHING that I had always wanted to do?!
NOW THAT IS AN IDEA!!
We had just got married the year before and we’d bought our home, so all the basics were solid and sorted. I decided to give myself the gift of a lifetime before we started a family.
Off I went to my boss’ office to ask for a year off and as there weren’t any new projects coming in, I got the confirmation within a week and then I was off!
I called my journey YOLO, meaning You Only Live Once! I made a pact with myself that for one year, I’ll do whatever my heart calls me to do. No questions asked. I made the decision to focus on myself, my health, my interests and having fun for one full year!
My first stop was going to Idaho to eat potatoes. Why? Because I thought it would be fun to eat an Idaho potato in Idaho!
Go where the good stuff is, right? Like Peking Duck In Peking! I travelled around to places based purely on what my heart was drawn to.
In the first year I took 40-odd flights. I went to America 3 times that year, India twice, Asia multiple times. The highlight for me was getting to celebrate Siblings Day in Dubai. It was lovely to have dinner in the desert with my siblings.
Life was so good that a year off turned into 4.5 years…. and I’m still no closer to going back to the corporate world.
MHL: 4.5 years?! Talk me through how that happened! How did you not have to go back to the workforce? How did you find Pellowah?
Ashni Sundaram: When I finished my first year, I felt that I couldn’t quite go back to my engineering job yet. A WHOLE EXCITING world that had opened up and I was called to continue my exploration! In the second year my husband and I travelled in Europe and I started to use the Law Of Attraction to call in a life that granted me the freedom to do what I enjoy doing, and not have to take on a job.
I felt an internal push to share what I had learned about energy and heal others, but I was highly resistant to that feeling at first, questioning it, doubting it – I still had an engineer’s mind! But the evidence presented itself to me eventually and had me convinced that I am meant to share this with the world. But that process took me a long time!
At first I refused to accept money for my sessions because I felt like it came too easy, like it wasn’t important enough. I had to learn to believe in myself, value my services and get out of my own way. Thankfully I did because my work is SO MUCH FUN!!! I feel fulfilled working with clients, seeing their lives change and their eyes light up. In the beginning I shared my sessions with friends for free but now this actually a legit business!
I started to gain some beautiful regular clients who spread the word to their friends and families. My sessions can be done via video call and my clients love that they can do get treatments without leaving the house.
I invested in business coaching and met a whole community of women who were just like me and we support each other through business building.
MHL: Your story is so inspiring. And to think… none of this would have happened if you hadn’t followed your gut and taken that one year career break! There’s got to be a catch though… What did you learn the hard way that you wish you had help with?
Ashni Sundaram: My one piece of advice is this – if you find something you love doing, just go ahead and do it. Better yet, build a business around it!
The biggest lesson I learned in this process is that once you know what your passion, gifts and talents are, you have to believe in yourself. You’ve got to follow your heart. Don’t fall in the trap of doubting yourself. You owe it to yourself to use your passion to create a business that will sustain your desired lifestyle moving forward.
Get a team of service providers to support you.
Work with a Pellowah practitioner to help discover this in yourself and release you from feeling trapped. People usually come to Pellowah when they are at a crossroads and find that the trajectory of their life shifted gracefully but radically after!
Work with a personal development / mindset/spiritual mentor to support you on the emotional side of things as you build your new lifestyle.
Find a business coach who is aligned with your values. Doing it alone is doing it the hard way and increases your chances of giving up.
When you use your passion it creates a positive change in the world, which is a massive benefit to all of us, as a community. It is my personal knowing that we are all heading towards a world that is self-empowered, full of authentic individuals sharing their inherent gifts and talents to create greater balance in the world.
MHL: What legacy do you hope to pass on to the world?
Ashni Sundaram: I want to see the world become devoted lovers of their hearts… while using common sense. That’s the balance!
Enjoy, have fun in life. Do what you love and share it. Allow the universe to fully support you and deliver magic to you. Magic exists if you’re open to finding it.
Ashni is an absolute joy to work with. Her loving energy bounces around every time you come in contact with her. She’s a gifted healer with her star firmly on the rise. Ashni’s Pellowah sessions are akin to having a private guided meditation, and yet you feel so energised afterwards! Get in early to follow the meteoric rise she’s sure to experience over the next few years by following her on Facebook and/or Instagram.
If you want to try one of Ashni’s unique Pellowah blended sessions, her seamless blend of energy healing and spiritual guidance, she offers sessions via video call from wherever works for you.
Get yourself booked in for a private guided meditation, or unblock yourself with a Radical Inner Transformation. Get in early to try out Pellowah before any of your friends! www.sundaramspace.com
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