Panache Desai on the Antidote to Modern Living
Mar 30, 2020 08:00AM
By Linda Sechrist
Panache Desai’s first book, Discovering Your Soul Signature, was a bestseller that caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey and earned him a guest spot on her Super Soul Conversations show in 2013. Even after several years of world book tours and radio talk shows, the visionary thought leader and spiritual teacher is over-the-moon excited about his latest release, You Are Enough: Revealing the Soul to Discover Your Power, Potential, and Possibility. “I feel like this was the book that I was born to write,” enthuses Desai.
do you refer to You Are Enough as an
antidote to modern living?
think of it like I do a piece of antivirus software. It’s written specifically
to eradicate the virus of not deserving and not believing that you’re lovable.
This is the root cause of why we are suffering. We can go through divorce,
challenges with our children, and any personal challenges, but we do not have
to equate these to suffering.
can we do to not suffer?
I’ve lived my life, I’ve been conducting a 20-year case study on myself and all
human beings. I’ve had the good fortune of meeting people from everywhere and
from all walks of life. The one thing that I’m good at is pinpointing the
source of why we suffer and how we can navigate challenges without
psychological suffering. We should experience them fully. When we can do this,
we are able to be coherent and congruent with them. At that point, we are able
to bring our best self to the fore. In bringing that peaceful, collaborative,
compassionate and empathic self to whatever is playing out in our life, we are
able to meet it, and in the meeting of it, a solution arises. Something new
kinds of things can we expect when we know we are enough?
When you realize that you’re enough, everyone else becomes enough by extension. You treat everyone as yourself. You don’t have to hold them to a higher standard or to some ideal. You’re far softer and gentler with everyone because you’re far softer and gentler with yourself. Coming to that acceptance of I am enough, you can take your foot off the gas. You can take a breath and just know all is okay.
When we don’t feel like we’re enough, we can never own and access the love that we are. We’re
playing a role, turning ourselves inside out, dressing in a certain way, doing things on social media that are inauthentic to who we are. Why? Because we’re representing the image of wanting to be popular and desirable so somebody will like us and give us their unlimited expression of love. However, when we realize that every experience we have is self-generated, and that we’re the source of every single thing we are experiencing—our sadness, anger and fear—we can also realize that we are the source of love that we are feeling.
we realize that we’re the source of the love, we don’t then engage in relationships
from a place of need. Relationship becomes a choice. The whole dynamic evolves.
This speaks to maturation of who we are, because we’re no longer staying in a
dynamic that is unhealthy because we’re afraid that the love we’re feeling,
because of someone else, is going to go away. Now, we prioritize the love that
we have inside of us. We recognize that we’re sharing the experience of the
love inside of us with another. The other is not the source of that love.
do you explain our chaotic times?
human beings are going through a process of evolution that to a certain degree
has been already charted on our behalf. A collective awakening is being birthed
in the world. We are all on the same journey in which the essential self is
emerging into conscious experience, shifting out of separation and suffering
into connection and bliss. Every single aspect of your life contributes toward
this greater evolution. Every incredible messenger, teacher and person who has
ever had a calling, a passion or love for something that they’ve shared with
the world has shortened the distance between where people are and the outcome
they are moving toward, which is oneness, or love of Self. In the wake of
widespread cacophony, pretenses and egoic structures are falling away,
unveiling the true reality of love, kindness and human connection.
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