My story about how I went in search of my Ikigai
I live in Mumbai, India., where I wear two hats – one, as a newspaper editor, and the other, as a personal energy coach. Both require a keen sense of observation, a curiosity about what makes people tick, and a fascination about unravelling the unknown. Both these broad yet converging life paths form my story. They have helped me find my Ikigai, and I help people find theirs.
The Japanese have a secret recipe for a long and happy life. It’s called Ikigai. Simply put, it means the reason for living – the thing that gets you out of bed each morning. They say that everyone should have an ikigai to live a fulfilling life.
My ikigai – which I pursued without realising that it is one – is to study, practice, experience, experiment, live, breathe and learn about energy. I have been fascinated with this subject for close to 30 years now, and have pursued interests, vocations, professions, and passions with a missionary zeal simply to study the subject of personal energy and human behaviour.
I always wonder why human beings behave the way they do. And a single-minded pursuit for an answer to this question has led me on a fascinating path of discovery leading to innumerable aha moments along the way.
I am employed as Consulting Editor with The Times of India Group and specialize in niche journalism. I have been fortunate to launch and spearhead several publications for the Times Group which today are its mainstays.
I have taught journalism to under-grad, post-grad, and school students, and have been a mentor to many. I have also been a columnist for many years for my paper writing on the subject of energy management.
While my training in journalism helped in my core job, it also helped immensely in developing a questioning mind and a curiosity to find out the hows and whys of spirituality and metaphysics. What's noteworthy is that this subject doesn’t have ready answers, where learning is subject to interpretation, and where much happens in the unseen, invisible world than the visible.
Hence, alongside my main job, I pursued the study of energy by first becoming a therapist, treating people, developing an acute understanding of how energy moves in the body and then creating a course to share this knowledge.
When I became a Reiki teacher
I was a Reiki teacher in the early 2000s, and later created my course, Personal Energy Management (PEM) because, my research showed that spirituality is simply science explained in a different language.
That, the ancients were extremely advanced and spoke scientific concepts in a different language. I didn’t find any course that taught the physics, chemistry, and mathematics in spirituality in a simplified form to the common seeker.
I have pursued both these interests for close to 30 years, and added several more interests to this mix – caricaturing, digital art, photography, predictive sciences like palmistry, graphology and numerology, singing, cartooning and punning.
All these varied interests have a common thread - they allow me to observe human behaviour closely and that in turn helps me to gain a deep insight into the wondrous world of energy.
It’s said that everything, every skill, every experience teaches you something. In my case, I have pursued many paths to learn about one truth: energy.
The Connect-Ticket experiment
This path led me to conduct many experiments, read innumerable books and listen to great masters. One of the best experiments I conducted was conceiving of the group ‘Connect-Ticket’ in 2001 as a platform for people to express their goodness.
Based on the concept of group energy, Connect-Ticket or CT as we refer to it has seen innumerable healings of people in real hopeless situations.
This "Energy" journey and has been one beautiful ride . I don't have all the answers, but I'm happy to share what I've learned so far. Thank you for being part of my life! I invite you to a walk down the energy pathway with me.