Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Johansson.
Maria, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
After jet-setting around the world for a global corporation since age 23, it was during my Executive MBA that I was really feeling “there got to be more to life than making a career and climb the ladder”. Externally I was very successful being a global director for a multi-billion dollar business and having a comfortable life. I have lived in 8 countries and traveled to about 60 yet I had this feeling that there was a much different journey waiting for me. I asked questions such as “what is the meaning with life” and “who am I” and was seeking to live a life on purpose. As I did this I added more certifications to my portfolio next to my master of engineering in mecatronics and EMBA I also became a life coach, reiki practitioner and a Kundalini Yoga instructor. I ascended the Tree of Life with the ancient tools of Universal Kabbalah and most impactfully I became a healer in the lineage of King Salomon. S
This summer I stepped out of my comfortable corporate job with all the frills to run a nonprofit “L’Ecole Des Enfants, Inc.” I founded to build schools in West Africa. Our first project is in Bouake, Ivory Coast for 300 children born into families living below the poverty line. Ivory Coast is a country that has been ravaged by several civil wars in the past 15 years and all the basics of infrastructure, education, and healthcare has to be rebuilt. For this project, we have two powerhouse partners with Waldorf international that will come coach our local teachers in the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner of body, mind, and spirit. The other partner is Michael Reynolds, founder of Earthship Biotecture, that wants to build the school with his self-sustaining architecture once we have the funds to engage his team.
In September this year, I led an immersion trip to the Ivory Coast to open the region to individuals who were called to learn more about this incredibly diverse country and to involve them with the school project. I was leading yoga classes, providing healing sessions along with being a tour guide off the beaten track into a post-war area reeling from the conflicts. I also brought the group to an orphanage that I have established a relationship with over the past year. All the participants left with their hearts bursting with love and many new Ivorian friends.
On the side of getting the school up and running, I am also working as a healer and a Kundalini Yoga instructor. The most powerful modality is what is called a “life activation” which basically turn on the spiritual DNA that is in each and every human. It turns a person on to their own purpose. I’ve seen it happen for hundreds of people around the world and that is what really turned me on to living life fully and listening to what my heart desires. It is a tremendous joy to watch people that struggle with depression, anxiety and stress come forth for a Life Activation and see how their life unfolds thereafter. It is truly magic the shifts that happen. If you have not yet got your own Life Activation sign up for one and your whole world will spin differently and you will align to live your life according to what your soul came here to do.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The path of a healer, yogi and running a new nonprofit has been quite turbulent, to say the least. Leaving a company I had worked with for 12 years and stepping into the unknown of being self-reliant is scary and amazing at the same time. It can be a bit overwhelming at times to learn about health insurance and at the same time think about fundraising. To trust the energy and guidance for my clients that step forth for healing is exhilarating and one of the biggest leaps of faiths so far going from being an executive thinking like an engineer. When I see how the sessions empower them to live their life according to what their soul yearns for I know I’m doing something meaningful.
Sitting in front of my classes during a Kundalini Yoga class and literally obverse the transformation in the yogis going deep within to seek their own meaning, It’s a tremendous gift that fuels my fire to keep spreading light in all forms possible. I have had to give up a lot of what I was used to and I’m living very minimalistically these days. Frankly, it’s teaching me how little we need to live life fully and be more spontaneous to new doors opening and less stuck in a rut. I’m blessed to have an incredible network around the world supporting me.
I have never felt more guided from within than now. Even if I do not have all the answers to how we will obtain the $200.000 to build the school in Bouake our fundraising is progressing and people are coming out of the woodwork to become part of the team to realize the school. It has been rather a challenge to find people to step up and run with parts of the project in an autonomous fashion. Coming from a managerial setting where I am used to people taking a lot of own initiative and responsibility, I have been heavily involved in all parts of getting the project to take off.
It needs to grow beyond me and the sooner it takes a life of its own to grow organically the better. We have the ambition to open in Sept 2018 and any heart connecting to the school is bringing in a new light to a region that has lived tremendous amount of darkness. One of my biggest challenges is to get out of my own way and stay open to seeing all new avenues that keep unfolding. Allowing the creative flow is a pinnacle to such a project.
Please tell us about Deepika Healing.
Three different pillars:
L’Ecole Des Enfants is a nonprofit to build schools in West Africa. First one in Bouake, Ivory Coast for 300 children ages 4-7 born into families living below the poverty line. www.lecoledesenfants.com
Healing & Empowerment
Individual sessions working on what the person is looking for. Modalities in the lineage of King Salmon that supports a person on their path of progression. Typical topics clients want to work on: stress relief, living life on purpose, cord cutting, struggling with depression and/or anxiety, panic attacks.
Kundalini Yoga classes
Kundalini Yoga is the householder’s yoga and the yoga of awareness. It is thousands of year old technology to awaken the creative energy within and to become one with the infinite. Kundalini Yoga is incredibly powerful and quick to shift energy.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Mum cooking and baking! Our kitchen was always filled with the wonderful smells of new baked bread and incredible food.
- Life Activation – $250
- Kundalini Yoga class – $15
- Website: www.deepikahealing.com
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- Other: www.lecoledesenfants.com