We had the good fortune of connecting with Imani Allen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Imani, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking is the catalyst to transformation and I view it as an extension of facing your fears. One of my favorite risk taking modalities has been relocating to different cities because it activated different parts of myself that were lying dormant. Moving symbolizes a fresh start and gives you the opportunity to write a fresh chapter to your life story. Whenever I move, there is always some element of the unknown while expanding simultaneously. I am a native of Cleveland, Ohio and I decided to first relocate to Atlanta, GA. Leaving meant resigning from my job, saying see you later to my large family and releasing a limited mindset that was no longer of use. I have family in the Georgia area and it was suggested I should stay with them. I really wasn’t feeling that so I opted to take the route of being in an environment that was unfamiliar and around people whom I didn’t know. Everyone thought I was little strange for my choices, but it gave me the chance to blossom without familiar influences and take assessment of the type of woman I would like to grow into. My initial intention for moving to Atlanta was studying midwifery and pursuing my then earring business even more. Remember when you set intentions, they are subject to change and you’ll be presented with something better than what you imagined. Long story short, the woman who I thought I was going to study midwifery under was known for shady habits and I ended up not making earrings anymore. To arrive somewhere and your plans do a 360, can be a bit alarming but taking risk along with your trusting your faith and a support system. You will start to unlock different parts of your spirit. During this time it was made very evident through dreams, intuitive readings and through friends that I was going to start doing more spiritual work. I tried to politely ignore these signs but they were coming consistently I eventually surrendered. Doing spiritual work with others was private guided meditations, making spiritual baths and providing clarity through intuitive readings. Even though this worked seemed a little intimidating, it was fulfilling. It made me see that the tools I have accumulated over the years served as information for others to transform their lives. Taking this risk to move showed me who I was as a person but also allowed me to be of service to others. My first move was instrumental to unlocking the person inside that wanted to no longer hide in the shadows.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have many offerings under the Imani Allen Collective. I offer programs and services that nurture your spirit. I feel that when you’re not in alignment or feeling “off” then somethings needs to be addressed spiritually. We live in a society where the spirit gets ignored on a regular basis. I decided to create services to assist others with getting back in touch with themselves through reiki sessions, meditation exercises, spiritual baths, ebooks and one to one coaching. I have been a student of these modalities for over 10 years. I was always drawn to the healing arts and the mysteries of life. I arrived at this point, because naturally I am a student. Whenever I learn something, I have to perfect my craft and teach. I believe in sharing information as oppose to hoarding something that can potentially change someone’s life. When I received my Natural Health Consultant Certification, I hit the pavement with assisting those that wanted to try a plant based lifestyle through juicing, fasting and introducing daily wellness habits to bring balance into the body. By becoming a Doula, I was able to reintroduce a concept to my community by assisting and giving women emotional support and resources through pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum stages. Getting my Reiki Master Certification, allowed me to teach others how to balance their energetic and emotional subtle bodies. These are just some of the things that have held major impacts in my who I am as a person and how I show up in the world. It hasn’t always been easy. The type of work that I do comes with a sense of intimacy and a safe space for a person to let down their guard. This is a rewarding part because being vulnerable is conducive to expansion but it has also made me get firm with my boundaries. There was a time where I didn’t mind listening or was overextending myself and it resulted in me carrying energy that I didn’t need to and I would just be plain irritated. I had to level up in my energy management so I could be of service to myself FIRST. I also learned very quickly that people can only helps themselves, I’m only here to assist. They have to do the work and I can’t get attached to the outcome. Once I embraced these things it was smooth sailing. Throughout this journey I have always had the challenge of using my voice. In order for people to know what I offer I have to let them know and allow myself to be seen. Slowly over the past two years, I have grown in that department but it’s still a daunting task for me since naturally I’m an introvert. But I also know that I can’t receive my gifts in a comfort zone. I have also learned and naturally embody a dedication to myself. To do this type of work, you have to constantly work on yourself or your life will be chaotic. To be a leader you have to fine tune your skills, know when to rest and be aware that you’re always a student. I take my work seriously because spiritual work is delicate, intense, life changing and sometimes bring up storms that were brewing below. When those things happen, you have to know how to manage and have resources available. What sets me apart from the others is that I can break things down what would be considered complex in laymen’s terms. I will always deliver the message in a way for the everyday person to understand. If you need some profanity, something compared to your favorite food or something related to a song. I’m that person. When it comes to spirituality, society has made it seem like it’s a complex math problem. I’m here to enforce the simplicity. My most proudest moments have been witnessing my clients achieve weight loss goals, finding love again, getting pregnant, fully pursuing their talents, making bold career moves and listening to their intuition. I have had many proud moments that have filled my eyes with tears of joy and excitement. Overall, I’m dedicated to evolving and being on the journey with others that want the same for themselves.
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?
If my best friend were visiting New Orleans area we would just go with the flow. We’re not the planning type. But I would provide her with the option exploring all the vegan restaurants since she’s plant based, getting a beignet from Cafe Du Monde while people watching, grabbing a book from Community Bookstore, taking a stroll through Audubon Park and walk through the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street to see some of the nighttime action.
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?
When it comes to who I am I would like to dedicate my shoutout my parents for naming me Imani (meaning faith). I embody my name from sun up to sundown. They have always supported my excursions through life. I’ve had many since a child and not once did they ever make me feel like I was doing something wrong. Their support in letting me be has been priceless even if it meant that had to embrace the unknown right along with me.. I would also like to thank my family, friends and mentors for being my first customers that also recognized my potential and gifts. They’ve always spread my offerings like wildfire and spoken life into me. Last but not least, my teachers who provided me with the information and allowed me the freedom to become who I am and not a carbon copy of them. The love and support runs deeps and I am eternally grateful! I love you all!!!!
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