We had the good fortune of connecting with Shane Thunder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shane, why did you pursue a creative career?
From childhood, I’ve always desired a more robust experience in terms of how I wanted to serve the world. My parents both worked corporate jobs, my sister a lawyer. I sort of became the black sheep of my family due to my desires wanting to pursue something more alternative than the status quo of what my family deemed “straight lines” for job opportunities.
My pursuit of a creative career always centered around freedom. The freedom to come and go as I please, be the master of my own journey, and my desires of obtaining the highest alignment of opportunities that would serve my path, as well as aligning with my purpose in supporting the world.
Having an artistic or creative career has always given me the highest value in life, in terms of accomplishments mentally, emotionally, energetically, spiritually, and financially. Too often in my journey have I encountered individuals who have compromised years of their lives to living the way they “thought they should” or playing to the ideas of modern society of how their life’s “should be”.
This reflected to me greatly on why I felt the most peace of mind in pursuing a career, business ventures, and purposeful experiences in sharing what brought to life my creative and artistic pursuits.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My creative pursuit is in the healing arts, whilst also being a musician. My focus in life has been and always will be healing, and the way it expresses itself in the highest degree is through Sound Healing. It prides me to say that the pursuit in this modality has helped me in so many ways to transmute, shift, and ultimately heal from so much trauma of my childhood and upbringing that it has offered me the absolute resolution of liberation from the imprisonment of my own mind.
It was not easy by any means to pursue the life I am embodying now…..as it came with so much challenge, surrender, and trust that it was all going to work out in the best way it could have. And eventually it did, as I shared more of my heart and passion with this modality of healing. It has taken me all over the world, played for indigenous tribes, celebrities, and so many people that I never thought I would ever get the chance to share this healing with.
You see, from the beginning of this pursuit, I never intended to share sound healing with the public. It was always my private practice at home, because I was dealing with a major shift in my life at the time, mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I was on the verge of suicide, drug abuse/addiction, isolation, and it was coupled with a lack of understanding of what I wanted to do with my life. It was only through hitting rock bottom, and seeking out every opportunity of healing I could adopting this practice of healing myself with sound, that I found the crown jewel of its importance in my life of how much it helped me.
It was in this importance, that I came to realize the potential of how much it could offer the world an opportunity to heal just in the same it did for me. And the many lessons it taught me, are some that I would love to share….
1. No plan you make ever turns out the way you want. So don’t plan.
Prepare. There is a thin line between preparation and planning. Leave the planning behind.
2. Surrender. Trust. Let go of the things that don’t serve you.
3. Your life doesn’t have to be a trap. There is always a way out, if you are willing to put in the work to uncover how to get out of it.
4. You can have it all, it just depends on what are you willing to let go of.
5. Vulnerability is your greatest asset, not your greatest weakness, don’t let anything ever tell you different.
6. Everything you want in life, is on the other side of what makes you secure and comfortable. Lean into the uncomfortable.
7. Learn how to be comfortable uncomfortable with all things that challenge you in life. This will become part of your greatest strengths.
8. We have been taught that our true strength is what we can do on our own. This is a lie. Our truest strength is what we can achieve together. Don’t be ashamed to ask others for help.
9. Our shame is built into our lack of self-worth. Reclaim your worth, you reclaim your life.
10. Spend time with those people who matter in your life, you never know when you won’t get the chance to have another moment with people who actually care about you.
As far as my brand and my story, is that anything you ever want in life, you can achieve, with the right amount of hard work, introspection, shadow work, and empowerment. If my life is meant to be a testament to anything, let it be this truth.
And the only thing that matters in this world, is to heal. Heal from your trauma, heal from your pain, heal for sake of your ancestors and for your progeny. Do not pass on the sins of 7 generations that have come before you. End the cycle of suffering and karmic ties with this precious life that you have. Anything else is not important.
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.
As far as Los Angeles….there are so many places to visit.
Take a ride down the Route 1 towards long beach, or even up the coast towards Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara itself is a sight to see. Stop by the Salt Cave in Downtown. Head over to the Douglas Reserve and take a walk in the park along the cliffs edge.
Los Angeles, go to the Griffith Observatory. Take a look at the marvel of the city.
If you are into pork, go to Din Tai Fung, which is a Shanghainese delicacy of delicious food.
Grab some Ramen from Tankatsu Ramen. Or Jin Ra ramen. Both are delicious.
If you are vegan, go grab some food from Sage, Urth Cafe, or Tocaya
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There have been so many influences in my life regarding the success of my journey that it would almost be too many to list, tho I will do my best to try to list them all…..
The Lucidity Festival Family
Angela Martinez of SOCHI Massage School
Sue Chunephisal (my mother)
Luke (my cat)
Tyde (my mentor)