We had the good fortune of connecting with Angie Shyr and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I’m drawn to this question because my ideas around risk have evolved with every step I’ve taken. What risk looks like, how it feels before and after the step taken. Likewise, what courage looks like – how it feels before and after step taken. And the relationship between the two. They’re definitely related. Risk gives you permission – or not – to enter the unknown, the uncertain. It’s like the weather forecast. You determine what kind of weather you’re going to enter based on your risk assessment. And you fine-tune the clouds, sun, rain until it hits a chord. The reason I don’t say “until you feel comfortable” is because comfort is not a part of the equation. It’s well-known in the world of behavior that comfort or ‘comfort zone’ do not offer opportunities for change, growth and risk. Courage is your fuel to activate your engines (heart soul mind) into action. Currently, I’ve come to a different outlook that I think is less about risk than something else. The notion of being called and summoned to do something from a force or source greater than yourself is putting a different bearing on risk for me. It’s the idea that I’m being pulled by a vortexial energy that allows risk and courage to melt away. Some call it passion. I call it the summoning, the call – the harking. It can also be related to the question of how you may serve yourself, others and the greater good to the best of your ability vs what makes the most money, builds the better life/lifestyle, what kind of career do I want to have or what do I want to do with my life. I’ve noticed that the shift in angling how you perceive the unknown and uncertain offers advantages. First, feeling the call is more from the future possibility or potential where there really doesn’t exist your saying no to it. It just opens up, you climb in being directed by its pull/force and you’re naturally willing to deal with the range between what works and what doesn’t. Conversely, risk determination comes from the past where you’re apprising the unknown with previous measures and you assume there’s a leap of faith involved to meet the old measurements with the new ones you’re surmising. It’s a more clunky method and you’re likely – well, 50/50 at any given point – to either give up or stall yourself and wait for more circumstances to show up to give you that internal permission. Whereas with the calling, it draws you forward like its own dazzling carrot. Hesitating and questioning are much less in the spokes. It’s as if the ‘destination’ is giving you a headstart with an alluring treasure hunt of organic clues.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think there’s one answer that connects all the questions and it’s very personal yet entirely ubiquitous. What I create into this world emanates directly from our parallel invisible loving source/world/realm. To keep this circulation open and thriving is the most important thing to me via my art/music. I have practiced myself, from experience and lessons learned, into keeping this vision as the gatekeeper so as to not any of the struggles eclipse this intention. I have the privilege of passing on the iridescent inspiration through the intertwining passages of the creative experience. It never ceases to amaze me!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Straight away, I’d take them walking up the hill to Griffith Observatory and then, the Pacific Ocean between Malibu & Santa Monica are 2 sides of the same Earth currency – sky and water. Where to drink and eat is a tough call because LA is saturated with fantastic eats in every sector of the city and of every kind of food as well. There’s a crazy good Thai place near Pepperdine University by the ocean that serves Thai like I’ve never had before. As if we were in Thailand. I also love Kreation and Primo Passo in Santa Monica where we could eat or drink super clean green, then top it off with Primo’s handmade hazelnut latte and vegan peanut butter cup. I’d take them to lots of concerts which can’t happen if this visit was occurring right now during the pandemic but yes, concert galore. Zebulon, Vibrato’s and sadly, I can’t take them to the Blue Whale because it closed permanently which I’m still getting over. Sauntering around Laurel or Topanga Canyon is another wondrous delight with stops at the Laurel Country Store and Topanga’s Seventh Ray restaurant.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Agape International Spiritual Center, books by Bruce Lipton, Gregg Braden, Deepak Chopra.