Oh man guys!
So glad you're here. How's the week? Hope all is well :).
For today and our interview. I am so excited to share with you the amazing BIET SIMKIN.
Recently featured in Vogue, and Elle, she is a queen who is on the rise in the wellness world, and for good reason.
The shit that she's been through that has led her to become as fascinating, open, and in tune as she is, is astounding. So I wanted to peel back the layers and get a bit deeper in advance of the event we are hosting with her on November 7th, at Parachute Hotel in Venice (make sure to use the code almost30 for a discount!)
For those of you who don't know who Miss Simkin is, she New York native, first-generation American and a leader in the world of meditation. Not only was her father an awakened shaman who gave her the Book of the Dead at age nine, Biet is also a singer and fashion guru who spent a big part of her life crushing the whole sex, drugs, and rock n' roll lifestyle.
She went through a series of deaths, her own personal evolution, and so much more to become the awakened light and leader she is today.
The journey to find your identity is hard for everyone, and Biet has developed a meditation technique not only to help you find it, but to help you be the best person you can be. Her technique is like "watching a documentary on yourself" and observing your every move AKA "Divided Attention Mediation".
Another amazing point Biet stresses is how we are more than just our body and our minds. Everything from hallucinations, serendipity, and voices - those all mean more than we know. And Biet talks about how listening to these transcendental messages LITERALLY saved her LIFE and how her practice develops this kind of acknowledgement.
We also interviewed this amazing lady on the Almost 30 Podcast, which I've been told is many peoples favorite episode.
Let's dive a bit deeper into the mind of this goddess, Biet.
What is Center of The Cyclone?
The Center of the Cyclone is many things. First it's the quiet part of the storm in the center where nothing happens, where everything is still. I see this as a metaphor for the soul. The soul doesn't get hurt, doesn't feel pain, doesn't lose it's job, doesn't go through break ups. We do, but the soul does not. That is the Center of the Cyclone. It was also a book by a hero of mine in the 70's John Lilly. It is the name of the meditation system I founded for all these reasons.
You’ve worked with brands like Vice, Wanderlust Festival, Adidas, Sony, Samsung….to name a few! How do you weave in the creative/spiritual with big brands?
It's easy. We live in one world. I live in America where brands are a major part of all of our consumption. Brands are a language unto themselves. To me, what's most important is bringing meditation into the REAL WORLD! The real world has many brands in it! What I believe is as a spiritual teacher I only align with brands that speak a similar language to me, or that have a similar feeling to me. The future is schools, work place environments and brands all have meditation imbued into them!
For those new to meditation, how can they get started?
First thing is insert meditation and prayer into your life. Meditation can be as short as 10 minutes a day of sitting in silence and breathing. The reason I add prayer, which I call "asking" in my work, is because if we don't begin to "ask" for help from within and begin to communicate with our inner world, we won't be able to hear it's direction. The voice within might be saying "stop! Don't date that person" or "no, don't eat that thing" or "no! Don't email your mom that angry note!" And if you don't pray you won't hear it. So much goes unheard. In my life I never heard what the voice was saying! And so I always did the wrong thing. I knew deep down I was making crappy choices but I didn't know how to stop. It wasn't until I started praying and meditating daily (non negotiable) that everything elevated!
Being an emotional, spiritual and sensitive person, how do you protect yourself energetically?
Ha! That's a good question. I actually use meditation and prayer first because that allows for self knowing. To know thy self is the ultimate protection against anything you be hit with outside. When you know yourself you can see that anything that bothers you stems from within. When you know yourself you see that any disturbance stems from within. Today I go out and it doesn't matter what happens or who happens my state is completely up to me! My state is reliant on the higher and inner worlds which like the Center of the Cyclone are unchanging! I don't need to "protect" myself if I know the greatest enemy I have lives within me!
What is Club Soda and why does it exist? (I LOVE THIS)
Club Söda NYC is a sober curious quarterly event that Ruby Warrington and I founded. It's an experience that pairs the discussion of a sober or sober curious life with tools that can effectively make a sober life more enjoyable, such as meditation, Kundalini Disco and discussion amongst hip peers. All this leads guests to explore, what would my life look like if I didn't drink as much? Or even what would my life look like if I didn't drink at all? And how do I get high on my own supply? Super important is that so many are curious, how do I date sober? How do I fuck someone sober? How do I ... sober!? We provide answers and also create a safe space for that discussion. I believe people are starting to get less interested in partying and more interested in living a life beyond their wildest dreams!
How can people raise their vibration?
Meditation, Sex with people they actually love, food that is healthy, dance, laughter, friends who lift them up! Prayer!
We’re so excited to be running the WHO ARE YOU event with you! Can you talk about how this event came about in NYC?
Well I have been studying this work of the planetary enneagram with my father for over 30 years and after he passed away I devoted my life to my fathers studies. This particular study of human body types and how knowing them makes life so much easier specifically appealed to me because mastering it changed my life! I led a workshop like this one at my friend Kyle's Beautiful home in Tribeca and the 50 guests who attended were all at the edge of their seats to learn these secrets! The workshop was such a huge success I thought I would share it with the west coast family! Nothing matters to me more than helping people to awaken to who they truly are, to an easier life, to a realer life, to a woke life!
What was the feedback from that event in NYC?
Overwhelming! The crowds went wild!
Who is the WHO ARE YOU event a good fit for?
Anyone who is looking to understand themselves better and to see how they can get along with others more effectively. Anyone who wonders why they get along with some people better than others. Anyone who is looking to find a great partner , anyone who is looking to be a better partner in a current relationship. Anyone seeking to understand the meaning of life and our relationship to the universe in which we live. BASICALLY ANYONE!!!
What are you most excited about in your life right now?
I am writing a book due to be out with Simon and Schuster in 2018 about the laws that keep us from our enlightenment. I am super excited about sharing that with the world.
Singing live at my events is exciting as well since as you know I score my meditations with my latest record "The Lunar".
Where can people connect with you?
@guidedbybiet on Instagram
Center of the Cyclone on Facebook
My website bietsimkin.com
THIS IS A WORKSHOP WHICH DELVES INTO A HIDDEN METHOD TO REVEAL WHO YOU TRULY ARE AND WHAT YOU CAME TO DO ON THIS PLANET.
A BEAUTIFUL GUIDED MEDITATION, REFRESHMENTS, AND AN INTIMATE SETTING INCLUDED.
Ever want to know the secret of how people get along and why? Why you are so amazing at certain things and crappy at others? Why you do some things too much and can't stop, like being lazy, being too talkative, being invisible, being too dominant, too angry etc... Would you want to know an ancient system that brings you back, not only to knowing yourself truly and becoming your most effective self, but also getting along with others, being a terrific romantic partner, being a strong leader and softening to the real you?
It is good to know that meditation alone will not get you to the final point that you are looking for. Although we will meditate inside this workshop we will also learn the inner workings of ourselves, our souls and how we make any sense in this universe at all.
This workshop is something that is very dear to me and at the crux of how I found, not just a way to be in my essence which in some ways I already was in some ways, but also to fall in love truly with who I actually am and become extremely grounded. After 30 years of study of this system and 7 years of having devoted my life to it I want nothing more than to share it with you. I attribute so much of my life's ease and joy to the system I will be teaching on the 7th. I absolutely would love to share with you and can't wait for the deep and powerful evening!
Limited spaces are available, and this will sell out! We look forward to seeing you there! Buy your ticket here, and use the code almost30 for a discount!
Love sharing these amazing lights with you. Let me know if you're making it to the event, and I can't wait to see you then!