"To talk with Rashmir is to talk with a wise elder, a close friend, a mentor, a strategic advisor and also a coach and counselor - all in one. Working with her will inspire and uplift you, will enable you to clarify your vision and purpose, will help you access your powerful inner voice and strengths more consistently so that you bring your whole and authentic self into action in the world in a more confident and joyful way. ” Sandi, social entrepreneur at the intersection of arts & social change
Joy is possible for each and everyone of us: For the longest time, I believed that contentment was the best I could hope for. I've since discovered that joy is not only possible for each and everyone of us, it is our birthright. It is a particular form of wisdom and knowing. It is an indicator that we are on purpose.And it is palpable when we are in conscious, creative flow.
We are all creative, whether we are aware of what and how we are creating or not. Jackson Pollock once stated that "the modern artist... is working and expressing an inner world - in other words - expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces." However, when we are unconscious of our inner life, we may inadvertently create exactly what we don't want. I did this - for years! Despite decades of outward success and the appearance of confidence and contentment, I knew something was awry. Nevertheless, it took multiple shocks and obstacles, to wake me up to the reality of what I was inadvertently creating in my life. It was when I finally felt the pain of feeling my creativity butting up against the constraints and limitations that I thought were constricting me that I found the courage to look within, to find and pursue my own purpose and mission, and to express myself in authentic ways.
Look within - the answers are within: Looking within wasn't always easy. It took courage and discipline. But, the rewards were worth it: I am happier and more alive than ever. The path I chose (there are many paths) continues to evolve. Some of my most profound shifts came initially through silent meditation and working with a coach who helped me reconnect me to my inner wisdom and knowing. I have shed many of the protective layers and beliefs that had kept me feeling invisible, unappreciated and unacknowledged. The peace and stillness were profound. The joy I felt took me by surprised, and was uplifting and energising. The compassion, confidence and clarity that emerged continue to be game changing.
Know thyself, love thyself, express thyself: As I began to know and appreciate myself more fully, I came to see and appreciate my own innate gifts, which in turn brought new opportunities to step up and out, and bring more of myself more powerfully and more impact-fully into the world. As I came to know and appreciate my essence, others were able to see and appreciate it as well.
Begin where you are: I began with a fairly traditional set of choices. My traditional qualifications include an MBA from Yale and a BSc in Mathematics & Computer Science from the University of Durham. I now have a diverse professional background that includes finance, investment banking, consulting, teaching, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. This includes 5 years working on strategy and programs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 6 years of finance and investment banking, a non-profit startup and a for-profit startup, and several years coaching and advising leaders of social change in the public and private sectors. I have been an Adjunct Faculty member of the Foster School of Business, University of Washington and Pinchot, and taught and mentored in a variety of other schools and programs, including Middlebury College, and Fledge, a conscious company incubator. I am also a licensed True Purpose coach, a trained Voice Dialogue practitioner, and have studied a variety of coaching and group methods.
So despite beginning in quite a traditional way, I wasn't able to completely stifle my essence, even when I was trying to fit into other people's boxes and expectations. Perhaps that's why I love helping others escape that trap.
We all have choices: I have no regrets about my eclectic path. Every choice I made brought new experiences, lessons, skills and opportunities. The traditional roles I have played have enabled me to develop and combine hard, real-world business and strategy skills with my more intuitive and creative gifts and capabilities, expanding the possibilities as I move forward.
Bridging, transcending and pioneering: I am constantly bridging across cultures, countries, industries and sectors. I am as comfortable working with leaders and investors as with the poorest and most disenfranchised people on our planet. I am most creative when I am transcending traditional perspectives and boundaries. I most enjoy working with people who are forging new paths, and pioneering holistic and transcendent solutions.
Are you such a pioneer?