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Panache Desai Panache Desai teacher. vibrational catalyst. emissary of love.

Panache Desai is an old friend you asked a long time ago to remind you at this very moment of your brilliance, perfection, and connection to limitless potential. [www.panachedesai.com]

Something happened to me ten years ago that forever shifted the way I see myself, how I perceive life, and the way I see every person on this planet. I had a direct encounter of the Divine. It wasn’t the result of a near death experience, a head injury or a drug-induced hallucination. I was awake, clear-headed and present throughout the entire experience.

I had been told my entire life that I was here to facilitate a change in human consciousness, a heavy burden to place upon anyone let alone a young adolescent who was trying to find their place in the world.  A perpetual misfit, I couldn’t imagine a role as one of God’s point people.  In my skepticism I called God out. “If I’m here to do something like everyone keeps telling me then you must show me that you’re real.”

So it happened. In a moment of quiet, I experienced God.

The Divine exists as an infinite ocean of energy, an expanse of pure golden light so brilliant that it almost appears white. The love that was emanating and pulsating was so encompassing that language cannot adequately describe it. In fact my mind was too limited to understand. Yet my heart was infinitely expansive enough to feel it all. This energy is free of judgment and expectation, fully encompassing and embracing of all that is, and unconditional in its expression. There are no checklists, rules, or criteria to which one must conform. My life, my perceived mistakes, misfires and shortfalls were enough. I was enough. In fact, I was perfect.

And so are you.

I was shown that you, just as you are right now, are a part of this energy and this energy infuses you. You are not broken. You don’t need healing. No part of you requires fixing. The Divine was not having an off day when you were created.

Now I am humbly committed to reminding you of your true essential nature. If God is not judging you, then why are you judging yourself?  The acceptance of you and your life just as it is in this moment allows you to experience a peace that transcends all things. Peace is the undercurrent of your life and is accessed through the simple awareness that you are already Divine. With each breath, God is renewing your lease. You are being gifted with another moment to unconditionally love yourself and all that is unfolding just as your creator does.

– Panache Desai

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