THE new sunday express MAGAZINE Voices Devapriya Roy Rajat Chaudhuri Ravi Shankar Gautam Chintamani Amar Bhushan Mata Amritanandamayi Buffet People Wellness Books Food Art & Culture Entertainment april 4 2021 SUNDAY PAGES 12 The Spirit is Willing Spiritual influencers offer online solutions to followers seeking mystical remedies. They have become quite the rage during the uncertain days of the pandemic. By Noor Anand Chawla G od is not available on speed dial, but his agents can be accessed through YouTube, Instagram and Facebook on demand. The pandemic saw a boom in the following of spiritual influencers. With millions of virtual ‘followers’, they dominate the marketplace of mindful solutions. Click on the follow button for advice through a phone call or email—rituals are either done by proxy or directly yourself. There are crystal healers and witches. Some are quacks, while many digital gurus are trained in specific methods or have spent years at the tarot board. Marketing classes are offering lessons in spiritual influencing. As the coronavirus mutates, a second wave rises and places go into lockdown, memories of isolation and despair stoke fresh fears. The problems of human beings are not original; they concern money, heartbreak, profession and property However, there is nothing like a . free lunch; for a fee the Instragram gurus with USP (Unique Psychic Proposition) will tell you how to lead a mindful life free of troubles. Just log in. Alyonna Parveen Sheelaa M Bajaj ALYONNA.ANGELICA, AUSTRALIA Bengaluru/Dubai Pick-a-Card Readings Moon Energy Healing 30K+ Followers 150K+ Followers T his spiritual influencer credits her mixed parentage, multiracial family and exposure to different religions and cultures for her spiritual attraction. Though most popular for her Shamanic plant medicine-based healing sessions using special concoctions of spices and ceremonial grade cacao, Parveen is known on social media for her pick-a-card tarot readings. These made her practice accessible to everyone during the pandemic. USP: Videos in which she pulls three-four cards from an energised tarot deck, asks the viewer to pick a number and proceeds to give bespoke readings, which are then uploaded on YouTube free-of-cost. This enables potential clients to sample her style of divination and communication skills. Her take: “Social media is a portal to our energy Clients are able to . truly feel me before booking a session.” M oonchild Sheelaa M Bajaj took to spirituality at age 15. She is placed among the top three podcasters in the world in the personal development category Bajaj . is the high priestess of the ‘Temple of Miracles’ dedicated to the goddess Elegua in Bengaluru—the first Yoruba temple in India. Thus, the YouTuber advices people with problems—students to professionals, housewives navigating midlife crisis, to people having affairs. She claims to maximise the energy of the moon during her tarot and numerology readings. She has also started a spirituality startup called Rising Pheonix, which provides access to numerous spiritual healers for different services and at different price points. USP: Banishing negativity from life through candle services at the Yoruba Temple on new moon nights. She believes lunar energy shifts can solve money problems, professional setbacks and relationship issues by rewiring the brain. HER TAKE: “Life’s varied problems, whether related to money, professional or relationship issues can be properly solved only by rewiring the brain through energy shifts.” Seema Midha Gurugram Mobile Number Numerology 200K+ Followers T his trained child psychologist started out dispensing free psychological and spiritual advice to wives of defence officers over 30 years ago and went on to became a TV numerologist celebrity Her eidetic memory was an . advantage; she stored in her brain the phone numbers of her tens of thousands of callers. One day she had a startling epiphany—repeating number patterns were associated with specific problems, allowing her to predict what the caller was going to ask her about even before it was voiced. You can write to her and take an appointment. USP: A special secret formula for mobile number numerology corrections. Being social media savvy helped during the pandemic. ADVICE: “Give something every day, and you will feel uplifted. This is the right time to contribute to society .” Jai Madaan Delhi Astrology And Palmistry 500K+ Followers S Anisha Dutt Zariya Healings, Delhi Magick 10K+ Followers I nterested in tarot and mysticism since her teens, this Wiccan read up a lot before turning into a professional witch. Dutt explains the ‘K’ in Magick distinguishes the work of witches from magic shows. She conducts tarot readings and healing sessions using akashic records, magick and other occult mediums. USP: Uses powerful herbs such as cinnamon, chamomile flowers, and marjoram with oils and specific candles to heal relationships, manifest job opportunities or banish negativity . You set an intention wherever you are. She works with specific herbs to heal from her end. She may ask you to keep some herbs on yourself. These can be picked from her premises. Client CLAIMS: Helped a woman conceive despite having only one Fallopian tube. Exorcised spirits in a new house enabling its owner to settle in. HER TAKE: “My work has always been relevant but when the energies of the world shifted with Covid-19, people were forced to look within, and discover alternative methods.” he has the touch. She claims that since she was 13, she can know everything about an object or person merely by touching them. Through her popular YouTube channel and Instagram page, she shares information on astrological sciences. Her camera-friendly personality and simplification of rigorous, often expensive, alternative remedies have made her a recognised spiritual influencer. Social media is the best way to reach her for tarot readings/astrology/palmistry and vastu consultant. She also charges for consultation as a life coach. USP: Bury a piece of paper in the earth and take care of it, watering it daily, while saying one’s desire aloud. Follow this method, she says, no matter how kooky it sounds. HER TAKE: “I believe people come to me instead of priests or babas, because I look like them. I wear saris, jeans, dresses and am approachable.” Turn to page 2
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