We had the good fortune of connecting with Bahdori Oyanna and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bahdori, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process was first I wanted to share energy healing sessions and other holistic modalities and products that helped heal me at very pivotal points in my life. And I wanted to make it more accessible to the public. So my first thought was to open a practice and botanica online retail store.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Providing energy healing work is the most natural thing for me to do because I am an Empath and was already tapped into energy on a vibrational level. I actually realize I was doing Reiki before I knew what it was. Really what sets me apart from other practitioners is my ability to also channel messages as an emotional energy intuitive. My challenge was getting people to understand energy healing and not to make it out to be negative or to demonize for lack of understanding. I have held information classes to inform people who were looking for complimentary alternative medicine therapies. Little groups lead into bigger groups and also more sessions. The lesson I learned is if you believe in something whole hearted you have to get over rejection of the naysayers and those who don’t understand and find your people or better yet understand your demographics. I desire for the world to know healing yourself and others is the most natural thing we can do and it takes a commitment to you and seeking out alternative medicine modalities such as Reiki can definitely only help.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First and foremost we would go to Servinn Yoga for some daily meditation and stretching, We will catch a quick seminar on Shamanic healing at Phoenix and Dragon. Then off to the Holistic Wellness store my favorite metaphysical bookstore and for all things spiritual to pick up a few crystals and a few books.
Next I would love to have a nice brunch at Milk and Honey where they serve up the best brunch entrees and drinks. Then we will end the evening with a visit to a few art galleries such as Hemingway African gallery and Zucot gallery as well.
And we definitely have to visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden and do a little fishing and walk the nature trails at Sweetwater State Park.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe my success to first my wife Lynda Harris who believed in me 100% and has helped me so much with the technical things which I have very little understanding of. My first epiphany is when I read Living in the Light by Shakti Gawain my entire world open up and I began my healing journey from my pain to purpose. This book was my awakening and beginning of my thirst to understand me in a more divine but very human way. Other teachers included my dear friend, and mentor Lorraine Green who literally showed me my power and how to honor and respect it. There are also other healers such as Ifasina Clear and Diyah Najiah who I call my tribe and my over all support system.
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Lynda Harris, Kyle Mclendon