Healthpreneur Interview Series: LUKE ELIJAH–Raw, revealing & real. In this open and candid interview, life coach and spiritual practitioner Luke Elijah shares with us his views and wisdom gained from his adventures, achievements, life experiences.
From the highest highs to the lowest lows.
No matter, how many awards, trophies, or accolades that I garnered, I still felt intrinsically empty, insecure, and lacking.
SS: You are a multiple award-winning fashion icon, entrepreneur, and professional photographer. How did you transition from that into this new line of spirituality?
Luke: Since I was young, I have been a fervent inquisitor and seeker of all the big existential questions, cosmology, quantum mechanics, eternal wisdoms, and esoteric truths. I was being born into a family lineage of physicians, healers, masseurs, and doctors dating back to my great-grandfather who was taught various forms of healing and natural medicine by the Shaolin monks.
From birth, I was baptized as a Catholic and went to Catholic High School for twelve years, which had an influence on my desire to want to become a priest. Loving and serving God/Source instinctively and organically felt like my greatest passion and purpose. As such, it was always inside of me to follow this life path, and I am merely joining the family business and following the footsteps of my ancestry so to speak.
After over a decade of constantly chasing my career ambitions, seemingly having it all, and outwardly living a glamorous lifestyle surrounded by celebrities, socialites, and beautiful models, I suddenly fell into a suicidal depression…
After completing my two-year national service stint as the chief costume designer of the Singapore Armed Forces Music and Drama Company, I got sucked into the illusionary materialistic world of chasing after fame, power, success, money, vanity, and all the other superficially mundane stuff that society dictates that we require in order to be happy.
There is nothing wrong with all of that by the way. We should not judge as everything has its place and purpose in the grand scheme of things. However, I was taking all these superficialities to extremes, and using them as a means of escapism so as to distract myself from having to face and deal with the deep sense of loneliness, unfulfillment, and bitter resentment that I was feeling internally. No matter, how many awards, trophies, or accolades that I garnered, I still felt intrinsically empty, insecure, and lacking.
After over a decade of constantly chasing my career ambitions, seemingly having it all, and outwardly living a glamorous lifestyle surrounded by celebrities, socialites, and beautiful models, I suddenly fell into a suicidal depression back in December 2011.
This episode was a huge blessing because it triggered my spiritual awakening, which then catapulted me into profound self-realization.
That was when I discovered the ineffably transcendent and ecstatic bliss of meditation and other spiritual practices such as Reiki. I got so excited that I fully immersed myself into developing my spiritual side. I soon realized however that I was merely replacing my previous escapist addictions of playing video games and watching television with meditation instead.
Over the past few years, I have been integrating and aligning all aspects of my being; body, mind, heart and soul in complete unison and balance.
Awakening and rebirthing into higher consciousness and self-awareness was the best thing that ever happened to me. I have never felt so free, whole and complete. I now travel around the world with my family and loved ones to teach holistic well-being and wellness at various holistic fairs and festivals. It feels so purposeful and meaningful to be able to assist others to transform every aspect of their lives through holistic methods.
SS: As an entrepreneur, you ran your own fashion business. What lessons did you learn on that journey and how are those skills serving you now?Luke: It is the ultimate dream of most fashion aficionados to start their own fashion label and to open their own boutiques. For me personally, starting up a fashion retail business and running it for over 8 years was a very humbling experience. Being highly ambitious and driven, I concurrently operated a professional photography studio for over 6 years that simultaneously overlapped with my fashion retail store. Throughout the experience, I learned a lot about myself.
I realized that as capable as I believed that I was, starting and running a business was much more challenging than I had initially envisioned. I was forced to let go of my perfectionistic streak and controlling nature, while still maintaining integrity, authenticity, and passion for what I believed in. I became less demanding and learned to delegate certain responsibilities over to the right individuals.
Due to numerous miscellaneous hidden start-up costs such as fire safety certifications and retail store insurance, I ended up exceeding my initial budget by a hundred thousand dollars!
Due to numerous miscellaneous hidden start-up costs such as fire safety certifications and retail store insurance, I ended up exceeding my initial budget by a hundred thousand dollars! I was also not expecting that there would be so much frivolous daily admin paperwork involved. I had to pivot and change my business plan a couple of times in the first two years to suit the prevailing market sentiments in order to sustain the business.
I am a maverick and have always advocated taking the road less traveled…
Keeping it fresh and innovative with new arrivals each week so as to constantly delight the customers and keep them coming back. I only broke even and became profitable after the third year of operations, which is pretty good considering that over 90% of new business ventures fail and shut down within the first year. Most of my peers in the same industry could barely sustain their fashion business past the first six months mainly because they were stubborn and resistant to change.
In retrospect, I would say learning to be flexible and adaptable to change, as well as the lesson of humility, are the top takeaways from owning a fashion business that I still apply today in my present career as a life coach and spiritual practitioner.
SS: Do you find that there is a conflict within you at times straddling the rational entrepreneurial side and the esoteric spiritual side?
Luke: I am a maverick and have always advocated taking the road less traveled. As such, I embraced head on the challenge of my divinely inspired overnight decision to transition from the fashion/media industry over to the spiritual/esoteric arenas. At that time, it was a huge contrast for me, and I was stepping into a brand new and unknown territory of which I had no work experience in. At the beginning of my complete career switch, I did struggle a fair bit as I realized that I had awoken to a more sublime consciousness much earlier than the vast majority of the population.
When you listen to a pleasant sound, your brain and gut will secrete the feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine; thereby kick-starting your body’s own self-regenesis.
Back then, many people were still asleep and unaware and were not interested or receptive to anything beyond their mundane daily survival concerns of making money, or what they could perceive with just the logical side of their brain and with the extreme limitations of their five human senses. As I was once also oblivious and stuck running the rat race, I only had compassion and empathy for the slumbering masses. Nonetheless, it was still quite a frustrating learning curve for me at the onset, and I even tried to go back to doing more mundane stuff such as internet marketing, affiliate marketing, and other online stuff.
But I lost money doing those kinds of things and only seemed to be able to make money doing spiritual work, so I saw this as a heavenly sign that I had to stick with my true soul purpose. I stuck with the bohemian ideals of expressing truth, beauty, freedom and above all: Love. A burning desire and passion to be of selfless service to humanity and the greater good. The highest possible calling that I could think of.
More than before, there is an ever-increasing number of people hungrily seeking soul expansion, and to quench their thirst for esoteric knowledge that I am able to handle on my own
Thankfully and fortunately, as a direct result of more and more people rapidly awakening, the demand for meditation, spiritual guidance and holistic related services has been growing exponentially. Spirituality, sound medicine, homeopathy, quantum healing, and other holistic fields are therefore sunrise industries.
More than before, there is an ever-increasing number of people hungrily seeking soul expansion, and to quench their thirst for esoteric knowledge that I am able to handle on my own. This is an active call out to my fellow co-creators to step up to the mantle of partaking, participating in, and assisting with this amazing journey and process of our planet’s evolutionary ascension.
SS: Sound meditation is rapidly growing in many circles. What is the appeal of this form of healing, and what got you into it?
Luke: Sound is a close derivative of light energy, both of which are the original foundational basis of all the energy that exists in this universe. Sound is very tangibly perceived and easily received by the human senses. Because of that, sound medicine is one of my favourite healing and meditation modalities to use and apply as it is highly enjoyable and appeals to a very wide audience, including those who are not yet spiritually awakened.
When you listen to a pleasant sound, your brain and gut will secrete the feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine; thereby kick-starting your body’s own self-regenesis. Healthy cells vibrate at a particular frequency of harmonic balance. Before a disease physically manifests in the body, it first started out as an energetic imbalance. Thus, all illnesses are at their core a disharmonic discordance in the natural vibrational frequency state of the affected organ or body part.
A whiff of pure, high-quality essential oils can give us a mild adrenal rush of pleasure akin to that obtained from exercising and having sex.
Restoring back the original healthy vibrational alignment of the cells will reverse the effects of all illnesses. For example, the very latest scientific studies and laboratory research that just recently came out have proven that sound waves tuned to exact matching frequencies can eliminate cancer cells in the same way that the correct matching sound wavelengths can shatter a wine glass. More and more of these scientific proofs, such as in the field of “Cymatics” are arising to support the evidence that sound waves have the profound ability to bring forth deep resonant healing and total well-being.
At present, I make use of a combination of various sound healing tools such as quartz crystal singing bowls, steel tongue happy drums, tuning forks, chimes, bells, and gongs to revitalize the senses and restore physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellness. Gong baths are fast gaining in popularity at the moment, and rightfully so as they are the most effective and strongest vibrational sound healing instruments that I have encountered thus far. “Sound is the medicine of the future. – Edgar Cayce”
SS: We know you have a passion for essential oils. What are your top 3 recommendations and how can they help someone?
Luke: Aromatherapy and certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils are another exceptionally useful technique in my medicinal toolkit that is easy for the masses to like and resonate with. Nothing evokes emotions and conjures up memories like scent does, especially when seamlessly combined with colour and sound healing therapy.
The molecules of these volatile essential oils travel through our nasal cavities to the olfactory bulb on the underside of our brains, thereby sparking the production of feel-good hormones such as serotonin and oxytocin, and endogenous opiates such as endorphins in the body. Thus, a whiff of pure, high-quality essential oils can give us a mild adrenal rush of pleasure akin to that obtained from exercising and having sex. Topical application and safe oral ingestion of pure and potent essential oils support a healthy endocrine glandular system and can heal various health concerns.
Love is the highest universal expression and the most powerful force in existence.
My top 3 recommendations for essential oils are Frankincense, Peppermint, and Lavender. These three are the most versatile essential oils around and can be applied to a broad spectrum of situations and usages. Frankincense was one of the sacred gifts that the three wise men gave to the Christ child when he was born. It is commonly referred to as the ‘King of essential oils”, and is a powerful anti-oxidant and natural cellular regenerator. Frankincense is great for smoothing out wrinkles and I use it for anointment during my meditative and healing practices.
If in doubt of what essential oil to apply, just use Frankincense. Peppermint is a refreshing pick-me-up and can be used for a variety of everyday ailments such as headaches, tummy aches, nausea, indigestion, fever, pain, etc. Lavender has calming and sedative properties and can be used for meditation, relaxation, insomnia, as well as to treat bleeding, minor burns, and other skin conditions. I always carry these three versatile oils as well as other essential oil blends on me so that I can whip them out in an instance to help bring relief and healing to all who require it.
SS: You lead a session at Soulscape Festival in 2016, what other festivals have you been teaching and sharing at since?
Luke: Plenty! Last year, I traveled extensively to participate in at least one festival per month. I taught and facilitated large group guided meditation sessions at Burning Man, Oregon Eclipse, Wonderfruit, Bali Spirit Festival, Heart Mind Body Festival, Rainbow Serpent, Mind Body Spirit Festival, Body & Soul, and several others.
The one at the Oregon Eclipse Festival was particularly memorable for me. I got to facilitate a mass meditation session under a huge exquisite pavilion that was attended by over 300 people, including several of my friends who came to support me.
For 2018, I am planning to conduct sessions at other festivals such as Afrika Burn, Boom Festival in Portugal, Sound and Silence Festival in Greece, Lightning in a Bottle in the US, Confest in Australia, etc.
I am always open to good ideas and suggestions and have been receiving invitations from event organizers to conduct sessions at their respective festivals. I always follow my inner guidance and the flow of highest excitement.
SS: It’s the New Year. What are your goals for 2018?
Luke: Love is the highest universal expression and the most powerful force in existence. My main goal of 2018 is to love myself and others unconditionally. I am fully open and worthy to give and receive love in all of its forms as the next natural progressive step forward and upwards in my personal evolutionary expansion.
I have a lot of pure love to give and much to offer. I intend and desire the experience and expression of freely and truly loving another in an open-hearted, committed, and unconditionally loving relationship. “The greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. – Moulin Rouge”.
2018 is the year of unity, partnerships, teamwork, collaborations, and illumination of duality/polarity. Flowing with these general collective energies, I aim to unite and come together with my co-creators so as to consolidate our collective strengths, talents, and abilities on various team efforts and projects that shall speed up and enhance the transformation and advancement of humanity’s evolution.
My other goals include traveling to new and exotic places that I have never been before to engage with different people and to have new adventures. I shall push my boundaries and be open to test out unfamiliar things that I have never tried before.
Finally, I intend to complete and publish two books that will greatly assist and advance humanity at this time of the Ascension. The first of which is already in the midst of completion. Stay tuned!