Betrayal, there is nothing in the world that hurts more than that. Except for death itself, that brings the end to physical journeys and the restart for the spiritual one. Betrayal could be considered a death on itself, when an individual betrays there is a very strong subconscious part of him that is ready to let go of that person, that relationship, or that situation. Cheating, in my opinion, is one of the worst forms of betrayal, and the hardest one to forgive. Sometimes people's own insecurities lead to a fearful anxiety about the one you love cheating on you. But the truth of the matter is, worrying about it won't make your fear go away. There is a big difference between intuitive feeling and projection of your insecurities on a situation. Sometimes we know deep down that the one we love is faithful despite your insecurities and fear. We have to own up to our insecurities and fears, and stop projecting that in our relationships. What if I told you that you could live a more fulfilling life if you were to eliminate the jealousy, the insecurities of being abandoned, the fear of being cheated on, would you want to try it? It is easier said than done, that I know, but when you accept your fears and insecurities, and understand that they represent a very small part of your being that needs attention and healing, you start to become more compassionate towards your tricky mind and begin to let go of all the illusions created by your mind. If the situation ever presents itself where you feel your loved one is emotionally and/or physically cheating on you, you can then face the real situation and not the illusionary scene created by your mind. It is ok to feel like you don't want to lose the one you love, but that is a trick by the ego trying to tell you that you own your lover, when in reality you don't nor ever will. People are free to make their own decisions, and we need to stop worrying about imaginary outcomes and invest that energy within ourselves to deepen our connection with our highest selves and open that gate to the divine. I have chosen to let go of those insecurities, and completely let go to what is. I trust in my spiritual guides as they help me in my ascension to divinity and I understand that insecurities and fears make themselves clear for us to heal and understand them so we call all ascend to a dimension that energies of such low vibration have no power over you neither are they allowed in the space of light.
It is time that people begin investing in their own connection to the higher power that is here to serve us in our transformation of eternal spiritual begins living in a physical world. I consciously choose to let go of those old patterns that no longer serve any purpose in my life, and I advise you do the same. Ask for guidance from your spiritual guides and trust that whatever is bubbling up to the surface is meant to be happening, so that all the shadow aspects of ourselves will be finally known to us, and through knowing them we can forever let go of them.
Sometimes people speak of words they don’t even know the meaning to. Words that are as shallow as a superficial thought; words with no density and no truth. When individuals choose words of weakness, the outcome tends to be destructive; the creation of an ugly reality that can never be real, a reality based on fear and old patterns that try to stop us to embrace the changes to come.
We can choose to live in two different realities: one filled with love and empowerment and another that is based on pain, doubt and fear. We can look at the obstacles that shake us up as a way to get in a deeper connection with self and through the hardships we overcome, we can gain a new perspective and evolution of the soul. The fear based reality tempt us to change directions, to lose faith, to give in to those negative voices in the mind. However, once you go through the darkness and find yourself in the light side, you will have a greater understanding of your shadow self.
Today I ask humanity to create the reality that fuels us with strength to overcome the challenges, when faced with negativity we shall remain calm and serene, when feeling emotionally overwhelmed we shall cry and feel what it needs to be felt. A reality based on the principles of speaking the language of love to one another and teachings of peace. In this reality we may never engage in suffering when in times of conflict, we may put an effort to always speak from our hearts and focus in the light and in the beauty within and that is all around us. Today I choose to create my reality, and I invite you to participate in our movement to help elevate human consciousness, it all starts right here and right now, it all starts with you.
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The Visionary’s Manifesto in association With Heart of Cool Presents ShamaJade
What happens when the universe brings together fire and water in the form of two innovative, fierce, spiritual and bold fashion forward divas? Well you get ShamaJade a creative genius of such high vibrations it defies our collective understanding of fashion vs. fitness. Let us embark on another level with these symbiotic visionaries; flowing sensuous Avalon and passionate fiery Maria.
HoC: How have the cultural influences of your respective backgrounds fed into your design aspects?
Avolon: I do a lot with the design aspect of our clothing line. I didn’t grow into this from a younger age and it wasn’t something I thought I would necessarily do as I grew up in the theater and the acting world. I moved to LA to become an actress and I was working in the entertainment industry for about ten years although I did study fashion and business as college majors but for me the performance background and the constant physical appearance demands fostered a number of insecurities that I had about my own body and going on auditions reinforced those industry expectations. I felt that I was not operating at my full creative capacity and then I was introduced to Maria via a mutual friend and instantly there was this amazing bond and she was a burst of inspiration and we began to talk about the idea of creating a company together that would affect and empower women’s lives and we came up with the concept of a jumpsuit. The idea was that when a woman puts on a jumpsuit she feels confident, and wearing our creations feels as if she’s having a superhero moment.
HoC: How did you come up with the name ShamaJade?
Maria: I’m originally from Brazil and my background is in fitness, yoga and spirituality. I also studied theater at USC. Brazilians are very expressive and they love their bodies. The women are very confident and I never had the idea of possessing the perfect body but I grew up being comfortable in my own skin. So coming to America I would see all these beautiful women with insecurities and I wanted to create a platform with Avalon where we could empower women hence the idea of a jumpsuit. The jumpsuit represents a sort of second skin in a form of being naked that exudes strength and acceptance of one’s physical appearance. The word “Shama” means enlightenment in Hindu and the word “Jade” means unconditional love taken from the color I see when I look into Avalon’s eyes. So our mission was to merge those two definitions as it relates to fashion and fitness into a brand.
HoC: Would you say that your clothing line somehow touches upon the nuances of the feminist movement?
Avalon: Yes, I think it does. We didn’t intentionally think about that concept as we were growing the business but our goal has always been to empower women and we obviously are a company for women. We definitely want women to support one another and as women we are stronger together plus we get positive feedback from women all over the country who share a sense of commonality via our trunk shows featuring the jumpsuit designs.
HoC: Who are some of today’s designers that have inspired you to further your fitness fashion goals?
Avalon: Alva Ralsteen from Balmain fashion house. I just feel that he creates designs for women’s bodies that enhance their natural beauty. His style is futuristic and at the same time technically different. It inspires our brand in such a way that the line we created this year is more fashion forward than pieces we presented last year. I also love the 80’s, which represented some fun styles being incorporated into a few of our jumpsuit designs.
HoC: In what ways does your vision of empowerment through fitness wear influence cultural norms?
Maria: Our main fashion objective is women deviating from the norm. Women were not generally thought of as entrepreneurs or forging an independent life for themselves. For us the jumpsuit inspired the wearer to incorporate every aspect of their lives by transitioning from work to a social setting and the gym vs. the norm of being restricted to one outfit for a specific occasion.
HoC: Where do you envision ShamaJade going in the future in the fashion design genre?
Avalon: Our goal is to break the mold of active wear perception, making the jumpsuit the everyday go to apparel. The different styles become a personalized piece for the wearer and have women embrace the power of their bodies. We are helping to redefine the idea of fashion as a tool of inner peace and alignment with the expression of one’s true self.
HoC: What do you love most about each of your concepts as it relates to the collaboration process of ShamaJade?
Maria: I love that we are like fire and water; Avalon is extremely creative in the sense that she does these amazing things with design. It astonishes me where she goes with a concept. I love that she is detail oriented and skilled in photography and the visualization of our business. Avalon represents a calming aspect to our dynamic because I am definitely the fire when it comes to pushing the brand and it adds to our working relationship as we collaborate within the design process.
Avalon: I stated before but it’s so relevant to our journey as partners that when I met Maria I had some insecurities but there was a moment of realization as to what her personal power brought to our dynamic which definitely allowed me to see myself in a more formidable manner, to put myself out there into the unknown and be okay. Maria brought out a side of me that I was afraid to express, as if I needed that support to embrace my own power. Everyday she encourages me to come out of my shell, we can jump off that proverbial creative cliff together and on a day-to-day basis it’s just the two of us doing the marketing and meeting with clients etc. Our goal is to go beyond the corporate structure and tap into our spiritual base.
HoC: Has your life’s philosophy changed in some extraordinary way since you first conceived of redefining women’s fashion within the fitness and wellness industry?
Maria: When we started there was so much love and spirituality given to our brand. Perhaps we were naïve to believe that everyone would be receptive to our core beliefs and we had to become more resilient to the business demands placed on us by other entities we found ourselves negotiating with. Essentially we had to adjust to the reality that not everyone was moving along the path of spiritual enlightenment in regards to their business models. We didn’t betray ourselves by minimizing our personal belief systems but we did become more business savvy in dealing with those less idealistic entities.
HoC: What advice would you give to other visionaries in regards to creating a pathway that speaks to who they are on a spiritually conscious level?
Avolon: I believe as women in our constantly evolving entrepreneurial world you should never let anyone deter you from believing in yourself. Find the deeper meaning of why you desire to create your own path and once you have established that foundation follow your dreams.
Maria: Do not give up, for in the path of light there is always darkness. Always focus your energies towards the light.
Relationships are there to teach us about ourselves, and our paths. Each relationship you begin has a purpose, and once the purpose is completely served, you move on to the next one. The purpose can range from your partner helping you to see your fears to learning how to become more flexible and how to compromise, and sometimes goes as far as teaching us how to set boundaries and honor our truths. Sometimes we choose to be in a relationship that we are not completely in love because we need to learn how to accept love from others. Other times, we don’t choose to be in love, our heart makes that decision. There has been a time when you thought the one you started the relationship had major chances of being the one for you, based on the ideas you had in your mind of what the perfect guy was like. But for some reason, you don’t feel completely fulfilled. You are attracted to the person in a deep way, but you choose to be with them not because they make you happy, but because that relationship has a lot to teach you. Isn’t interesting how our biggest teachers for the greater transformation we go through, tend to be not our soul mates but our soul teachers? They unravel the mask that you’ve put up, and they reveal your true face to yourself. Not the way you wished you were or wished you felt, but they reveal to you the many shades of your being, a lot of times darker than you imagined. The relationship may have a lingering element to it, since you know deep down after one shared moment together, that your differences wont bring you closer after time has elapsed, but if anything will take you further apart. People tend to ignore the first signs when they get into a relationship. If a man tells you he does not like spirituality and doesn’t believe in a higher realm, don’t you even think that you can make him become a spiritual teacher once you start your relationship, that is unlikely that will ever happen. People can change, grow, mature but those that are inflexible in their thinking and closed minded, rigid, tend to always be who they are until a tragic situation happens and an awakening occurs. We can’t change people’s beliefs by pushing them to be someone they never were. The problem here is simple, people tend to relate and identify with what they believe, if you try to push them to think differently because you think is best, you will only create conflict. The natural process of life will make them more flexible when the time comes, it is not your place to try and heal or save anyone you are in a relationship with. That being said, every relationship will teach you about yourself and show you what is most important to you in a partner. Once you go through the healing and you start understanding who you are from a clearer perspective, that’s when you will know how to set boundaries, how to speak up your mind, and how to increase your self-love.
As Tony Robbins once said “life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you.” It is hard to wrap the mind around it when we experience chaos, difficulties, obstacles and so many challenges. It is easy to believe in that sentence when everything in your life is going exactly the direction you desired. It is easy to doubt it when you are in the midst of challenge, and all you truly want is to escape it back to peace. The positive outlook in life teaches us that no matter how challenging is the obstacle, it helps you learn about yourself, and the more stillness you achieve in those hard times, the better you will become once that is over. That being said, the obstacles are a way for us to practice non-reactiveness, stillness and compassion towards ourselves. It is very easy to get caught up in our own emotions, to feel victimized by the situation, to feel sad and sometimes even angry. It is also easy for a person who does self-study and spiritual work, to have the complete awareness of what they feel, and instead of stepping out of it with peace and understanding, when tend feel guilty and blame ourselves for feeding that negativity. It is time to cut that bullshit, time to strengthen our hearts and weaken our ego. We need to understand that in times of exhausted caused by lack of presence, times of constant adjustment to please the other, times when we feel judged and belittled, we don’t need to give up on ourselves, give up on our truth, and give in to the stress. We can take all of it, every bit of it, and practice what yoga is always trying to teach us: go towards the fire with ease, feel yourself through the intensity with surrender, and know that the more you practice stillness, the lesser will be the voice of your ego telling you to give up, to give in to stress, to become chaotic to match those around you.
Do it with love
Do it with your all
Don't worry about above
It does not matter how hard you fall.
As long as you live
Yes you can achieve
Your dreams, your gift, your life
Keep your faith
You will go High.
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