We had the good fortune of connecting with Steffie Funk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steffie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was at a point in my life where I was operating in my ‘Zone of Competence’ – ‘successful’ but also uninspired, burnt out, and stressed out. From outward appearances, it looked like I had it all together, but I had completely lost interest in my work. I finally decided: ‘good enough’ was no longer ‘good enough’. I thought of myself laying on my death bed looking back on my life and knew that if I didn’t bet on myself and the whispers of my heart (which were, at the time, TOTALLY irrational), I would regret it. So I went for it, took the leap, started my Shamanic Healing business, and stepped into my Zone of Genius: Urban Shamanism. My mess became my message. I now teach uninspired urbanites, burnt-out professionals, and stressed out seekers how to work with energy to clarify and manifest their divine purpose, so that they can rise as the light-worker or healer they were born to be, for the joy, meaning, abundance, and freedom they were meant to have.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am part empath, part strategist. I am a bridge between the earthly plane and the energetic realms. I make the esoteric accessible, and actionable. I am gifted at holding space for others to step into their greatness. I stand for ‘extraordinary’ – each of us showing up in the world on the court, in the game: expansive, blood-pumping, heart-racing, alive. No longer in the stands wishing, dreaming, hoping, praying, but actually lucid living and therefore creating the dream. I help others step into their divine purpose, their Zone of Genius, their spirit medicine for the world. Their medicine is that perfect combination of gifts, experiences, joys, interests, desires, flow states, strengths, and even their messes (because their mess becomes their message). It becomes how they serve the hurting world with their unique flavor of consciousness. And through it, when we create from joy instead of for joy, per the Law of Divine Compensation, abundance and freedom automatically flows. We are all spiritual beings having a human experience on our hero’s journeys. Nothing matters the way we think it does, so we are free to simply create for the sake of creating that which we are inspired to create. Nothing more, nothing less. No attachment to the outcome. Which frees us to play BIG. The only reason this ever feels ‘hard’ is because of the fear dragons of the ego, who were designed to take us out of the game by keeping us ‘safe’ and small. But they are just false imaginings. THEY AREN’T REAL. To learn this, I had to walk through them myself in the birthing of my own divine purpose. So, no, it wasn’t easy, until I understood the game. Then I learned how to play it really well. I was able to master the fear dragons by looking them dead in the face and doing the thing anyway. I put myself out there, fear dragons and all. This is the ultimate vulnerability, and it becomes like a drug that I want more of. How big, how extraordinary, how vulnerable can I get? I lead with my own process. My divine purpose is helping others to awaken theirs.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to a shamanic medicine ceremony for sure! I have a group of people I’m connected with that I call my Lightworker Network, so I would make sure they could get plugged into that amazing community. I found that most seekers who are awakening feel lonely and crave a solid container to vibe with. Definitely a hike too! And some shopping and cafe action in the cute little downtown Highlands Square action, after browsing the farmer’s market! And then a massage to finish of the yumminess.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The women in my sacred circle, whose bigness gives me permission to be extraordinary. I now have so many huge souls in my orbit that I am humbled by the collective magic as I look up at the sparkling stars in my sky. May we all rise.