MBA & MODERN DAY SHAMAN TEACHES YOU HOW TO UNMASK AND UNLEASH YOUR SOUL'S GENIUS
Published! Magazine July 2020
VIKI WINTERTON INTERVIEWS ANÜMANI SANTOS
From the Desk of Viki Winterton, Founder of PUBLISHED! Magazine
Eileen Anümani Santos is an international best-selling author, modern day shaman, speaker, and coach whose mission is to heal and awaken the hearts and minds of those seeking to live more authentic and soul-driven lives.
VW: Tell us how you came to the passion and purpose that you’re now living in your life, helping so many people.
EAS: I’m going to start by saying that I’m so grateful that I get to wake up every morning knowing who I am and why I’m here—living my purpose and working with amazing clients, and really feeling supported by my family, and the community that I’ve created. It wasn’t always that way. For a long time, I thought I had to pretend to be someone I wasn’t.
The title of my book is Unmasking Your Soul and I was one of those people. I wore many masks in different aspects of my life. I was constantly giving my power away to relationships, family and my corporate career. I had become a workaholic and work seemed to be all I did. Something inside just didn’t feel right with that; I had become an actor in my own life.
It’s funny; most people thought that I was happy and successful, yet deep down, I was a mess. I was in emotional turmoil, and it started to show up through depression and exhaustion, and even anger. Then, physically. Bouts of fainting spells started to happen. I went to the doctors, and they couldn’t find any reason for that. They said, “Well, it’s probably stress.”
Everything changed in October of 2003. That’s when I had what I call a ‘mystical dream’ where I heard a voice say, “My child, I have a mission for you. One that you won't understand in this moment, but be patient, because in time, it will all be revealed.” This dream was so lucid that it shook me to the core. For me, it represented God’s voice. I woke up knowing that I had to change my life, and it was time to reclaim my power that I had been giving away all my life.
The first thing I did was leave an unhealthy marriage that I was in. It was that dream that gave me the courage to take action. I began to release the things that weren’t working in my life. The more action I took, the more the universe started to bring synergistic events into my life. I began meeting people who helped me navigate this new path, because this was new to me. Up until this point, I had been asleep. You could even say I was numb to who I really was. I had lost my connection with my soul and spirit.
Several years after this dream, I was in a meditation class, and a woman who I had never met before came to me at the end of the class and said, “Eileen, what do you do for a living?” I looked at her and I said, “Well, I run a marketing department for a student lending organization.” She looked straight into my eyes and said, “Do you know you’re meant to be a healer?” I had no idea what that meant, but deep down, something stirred within my soul, and I knew there was something in me that resonated with her words.
She called me a healer. I didn’t really know how that was going to unfold or manifest, but I knew that I needed to surrender. Through the actions I took, I was saying yes to my soul. “Okay, guide me. Show me the way.” I didn’t know where I was going. I didn’t know where I was heading. Even though I was scared, I knew I needed to keep moving forward.
I know that my purpose is to help souls around the world, especially women, to discover who they really are and what their reason for being is and help them release what's in the way of their purpose and dream life.
I want to assure those reading these words that they don’t have to wait for a dream like mine to begin their journey of unmasking. They just need to take pay attention to the signs around them and take that first step.
Take a moment to be still, listen, and become aware of the nudges from your Soul. That nudge can come when you're watching a movie, listening to a piece of music, or come from a total stranger with a message for you like it happened to me.
VW: Unmasking Your Soul: A Transformational Journey of Truth, Light, and Healing. It’s so wonderful that you shared with us what this has done for you and what your journey has been like. What are you hoping this will contribute to other people’s journeys?
EAS: I’m hoping that they’re going to understand that if I could do it, they can do it, too. That it is their birthright to be who they were born to be and live the life they dreamed of, no matter what anybody else in their life might say; that they truly deserve to have a loving, joyful, healthy, and abundant life, and that our universe is non-discriminating and limitless.
If you can think it, you can have it, as long as you believe you can and deserve to have it. Throughout my journey, I've learned that belief is the alchemical ingredient that brings those desires and thoughts to reality.
VW: When you’re looking at the work that you’re doing, which is amazing, and you look at this beautiful bestseller that you wrote, Unmasking Your Soul, if you were to look at this from the standpoint of a legacy to leave to the world, what would that look like for you?
EAS: My vision is to touch and serve millions of souls around the world, one soul at a time; helping them remember their truth and reason for being. Through this theme of momentum—each soul catalyzing another soul, it becomes a chain reaction where through our unity we restore the wholeness of the world.
Deep down, one of the reasons I wrote and want to share my words—a co-creation of my human and soul self—is to recreate a world where love is the core of our existence. It existed before, thousands of years ago. I know we can create it again.
If we can open ourselves up to who we really are and be that in the world, we can change this world and flourish together from a place of love and community. That’s the legacy I wish to leave behind.