Learning How to Relax into Who You Are: A Conversation with Panache Desai
Panache Desai, author of Discovering Your Soul Signature, is a transformation catalyst and inspirational thought leader who guides people to their authentic, essential nature. He has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on the Emmy Award-winning series Super Soul Sunday, and was a featured speaker for the United Nations Enlightenment Society. He has collaborated with many renowned spiritual teachers, including Deepak Chopra, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Elizabeth Lesser, and Ram Dass.
1440: Where do you find inspiration? Are there any teachers you turn to for wisdom?
Panache Desai: I’ve always had an impersonal relationship with God. I’ve always understood that God took whatever form it needed to take for me.
People show up in my life who share with me exactly what it is that I need to hear at the right time.
So I can’t honestly say that there’s been one central source of wisdom or information.
I’ve been very fortunate that, in my life, people have consistently shown up to support me, whether it be in the world of business or the world of spirituality or parenting, or whatever it is. Somebody always shows up to guide me. So it’s not been one singular person or book or methodology. It’s been God, the source of all, guiding me through all things. And the more I’m open, the more that happens.
1440: In recent years, you’ve become a parent to two sets of twins. What is that experience like?
Panache Desai: All of my children are doing well and flourishing and thriving. Celeste especially—she was born with a heart problem and is one-year post-heart transplant and is doing really well. You know, they’re all very strong, purpose-driven incarnations. My wife Jan and I just have to consistently get out of the way.
1440: How do you find stillness in the midst of all of that?
Panache Desai: Stillness is where they come from. Everything is that. I get to see life emerging and unfolding in front of me through them. My home has really become my sanctuary. I love being here. I love the energy of it. I find that it’s all here, and I don’t need to leave my house very much anymore. There’s a simplicity that has emerged.
When you’re living in the moment with all these little beings, what else do you need?
1440: What’s your current growth edge?
Panache Desai: So much of my own growth happened at a young age, so—while it sounds strange to say it—I’ve done everything that I need to do for myself.
At some point you fundamentally relax into who you are. When that happens, it’s no longer about anything other than just being.
It’s no longer about anything other than just relaxing into that over and over again. The adjustments become smaller. And the windows of time when you’re not in that state of connection become smaller.
My current growth edge actually has more to do with supporting other people as they relax into the truth of who they are. For me now it’s about service. I feel like my service has started, and everything that happened to me and for me prior to this phase of my life happened so that I could really be of service. So I’m always looking for new ways to do that, like creating Soul Spring, an online platform that empowers other teachers and authors and people who really are in alignment with the “change your energy, change your life” phenomenon that’s spreading across the world.
Life becomes about something else when you make the shift and stop playing the game. That’s what I want everyone to know for themselves.