We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Bennett and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ashley, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Starting this business was a calling, I worked for a corporation prior to this and had no intention of leaving. The voice of my intuition spoke to me and shared with me that I needed to pursue Reiki and take the leap. I ignored this calling for nearly two years because I wasn’t seeking it out; Reiki and this business wasn’t in the realm of what I had studied or imagined for myself when the calling presented itself. What I learned through this is to listen to your soul’s deepest calling because it will bring you your greatest joy. I believe that is what we’re here on Earth to do – to live in joy and the only way we can experience the breadth of joy is to answer our soul’s calling. For those reading this, I recommend you start listening and answering that call!

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets us apart is we know we are not the ones who do the work. At Live Life Reiki Studio, we believe that every person has the ability to heal themselves and we provide the mentorship and support to learn these skills in a safe space. We assist you in revealing that you are your own hero, your own healer, your own guide/mentor, etc. We hold a safe space for you to journey into your own experience to receive exactly what you need from YOU – from your soul, spirit, the innate healing you are capable of and the love that you can embrace from the core of your being.

What I’m most proud of/excited about with our business is witnessing the shifts in empowerment with our clients/students to find freedom from past experiences and the ever unfolding courage to create the life that they desire from a place of grounded authenticity and worthiness. Seeing breakthroughs they never thought possible, love, acceptance and forgiveness that seemed like it would never come, come! I also love that anyone, yes ANYONE, can learn these skills. We all have unique gifts, experiences and insights to offer the world and a practice with Reiki assists us in revealing this uniqueness and empowering us to take action.

Creating something from the ground up is definitely not easy and there are many challenges that one will face in creating your own business and creating anything, really. I believe those challenges are here to present themselves in a way to show us where we can lean in and shine more courage. Where can we have faith and trust that the challenges/obstacles/blocks that we need to maneuver are blessings – allowing us to slow down and marinate with our guidance. Seeing every challenge/obstacle/block as an opportunity and/or a redirection toward something better. It is also important to find or build a strong community of like minded individuals to lean on and share struggles with, to allow them to move through us. We can tend to hold onto challenges, scenarios, difficulty and stories (and I believe this applies to life as well as business) and if we don’t allow them to move through us, then we stay in the loop of that challenge or story. So releasing, solving problems and healing any blocks keeping you from success in community is powerful because there is nothing we need to do alone. It’s not easy, but these are the tools I utilize to overcome the challenges and it’s so worth it to live a life of purpose!

What I most want the world to know is that every single person has a beautiful spark of light within them. This spark of light is our authenticity, the truth of who we are at the core of our being. To challenge ourselves to do the work to uncover that spark of light, because we have everything we could ever seek all within us. Right through the portal of quite literally our own heart. So allowing ourselves to crack open, to experience life to its full depth and capacity. To allow ourselves to truly live life to the fullest!

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.
We would create space every day for some type of movement at My Yoga Canyon Country, Serenity Hot Yoga in Newhall and Drenched for a higher intensity workout. I would take my friend to the Haus of Skin Alchemy for a luxurious facial and lymphatic drainage massage. Stop off at tea/coffee at Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders or Honu Coffee. Go for a hike at Vazquez Rocks to see the beautiful rock formations and nature. Have the best vegan meal at Crossroads on Melrose. Attend a soundbath with Ruby Mejia and move with our emotions to Ecstatic Dance LA and Ecstatic Dance SCV. We would also drop in for sauna sessions at Drip Box or Lineage. Lots of self care going on here!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my Shoutout to the International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT) because the founder and the directors who I learned Reiki from and have been mentored by, have put in so much time and effort into the factual based history of this lineage, continuing education and research for how Reiki works and why it works. As I teach Reiki, the ICRT also provides amazing resources for spreading Reiki in the world for those who choose to teach the technique/modality to others. I also dedicate this shoutout to my partner, my parents, family, friends, studios and spaces that I work in who have all opened their arms and minds to me while I pursue this path of purpose. An extra special piece of love and support is that I have the opportunity to do this work with my mom, Lisa Bennett (Co-owner of Live Life Reiki Studio) and my partner, Timothy Schaub (Sacred Sounds by Tim – sound healer, Reiki practitioner & ecstatic dance facilitator) which is such a blessing because these are two of the people I love most in the world.

Website: https://www.livelifereikistudio.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livelifereikistudio

Image Credits
Personal Photo + “Ashley Bennett 1” photo – Belle Lu Photography All others, personally shot

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