We had the good fortune of connecting with Kai Shanti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kai, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
When I think about my children, I think about all of the wonderful things we’ve done to raise them to this point in their beautiful lives at the ages 9 and 14. I could probably write a book on this subject and cover all areas of our parenting style, as I am quite passionate about allowing them to be free and giving them everything they need to find their true inner beings.
Because all aspects of parenting them have felt equally important to me, I decided to ask them what they feel has been most important in the way I’ve cared for them.
I first asked my fourteen year old son. He said that unschooling was definitely the most important aspect for him, with the vegan lifestyle coming in at a close second. But, as he thought about it more, he also added in the fact that I don’t punish them. When I asked my nine year old daughter, she immediately said “Love”. That’s it, nothing else added, just love.
So I would say that I agree with my daughter because everything I do to raise them comes from a place of deep love. I want them to feel loved, cared for, honored, heard, and allowed to express themselves creatively in every way they feel.
This is why we unschool, live a vegan lifestyle (honoring and respecting all of life), nursed both until 4 1/2 years old, cosleep, meditate to resolve problems, have healing sessions to cure sicknesses and injuries, don’t discipline, encourage creativity and fun, and stay open to what they have to teach me because they do teach me every day. I encourage them to tell me if I do something that isn’t nice or loving and I apologize and correct myself where necessary.
So, I encourage them to be loving, kind, independent thinkers who resolve problems from a place of love and always ask themselves what is highest and best for everyone involved. Most importantly, I ask them to go into their own heart and ask the divine for answers when they are confused or stuck, and that is what I would love for them to carry into their lives. If they have that one tool, of always being able to go into their own heart and find the truth of their own beingness, I feel that I’ve done a great job.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work evolved out of a deep longing to know the divine. I didn’t know this was work in the beginning because I was allowing myself to experience the awakening of the divine kundalini energy in a most profound, exultingly elevated way. I wasn’t fearful of working, but I didn’t want to work a regular 9 to 5 job because it wasn’t in alignment with who I was. I was a creative until the awakening occurred and I have been a more creative person since the awakening occurred. It couldn’t be any other way. I was supposed to have this awakening and eventually allow others to also experience this divine grace of love.
I am excited to see others awaken to their divine selves. This is the only thing that gets me going every day. I want to see the divine awaken in every society, in every culture, in every race. I feel that it is time for our awakening to occur and I’ve been given the gift to assist in this opening.
I didn’t get to where I am today by trying to be successful as a business. I am here because I have wanted to go deeper and deeper into myself and discover the aspects of myself that are divine and free. This had led me to help others do the same. It isn’t a business really, but an opening of the divine consciousness as it dwells within me. Any attempts at trying to make this into a business have failed miserably. I have only recently discovered a financial return for what I am offering. It’s only because I have surrendered myself to the opening of grace as wealth that the finances have begun to flow in. In other words, I can’t call what I do a business because it is an opening and an expansion of consciousness and grace. But I can say that it is allowing me to open more and more to my own inner abundance which dwells within me as grace and this in turn allows others to see my value and access the consciousness within themselves that allows them to open up and share the abundance of grace with me.
It has not been easy for me to traverse this plane of consciousness with money. I have struggled and searched far and wide to access the deep consciousness within me that will allow me to open up to the grace of money. It’s been a terrifying, exciting, frustrating, exhausting and rewarding journey. But I’ve finally come to the place where I can accept abundance and money for myself and allow others to do the same. We are working with each other to find the deepest depths of our beings and this work exceeds everything I’ve ever imagined could be possible for me to achieve. I love what I do every single day. And I love seeing people succeed at overcoming their own obstacles and grief.
Funny, I don’t really want the world to know about me, but about the divine consciousness that dwells within them every day as grace and love. When we have achieved this, we are a human race.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In L.A., it’s been a while since I’ve taken a friend around the city, but some good staples for me would be one of the many wonderful vegan restaurants, organic coffee shops, a nice walk on the beach, a stroll down 3rd street promenade, a drive up PCH, and always Lake Shrine is a nice place to be.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate this Shoutout to my teacher, Danny Castro, whose loving support has guided me through this path of life, to my ex-husband, Rod Bower, who has carried me financially through much of this journey, and most importantly to the Divine, God, Source, Energy of Light whose all encompassing presence is seen, heard and felt through every passage of life on this earth plane.
Tixo Shanti, Susan Ahdoot