Kelly Keefe

Occupation: Reiki Master Teacher ; Founder, Heartspace Academy

Website: www.heartspace.co

Instagram: iamkellykeefe

HOW DID YOU IDENTIFY YOUR PASSION AND THE WORK THAT SATISFIED YOU VERSUS WORK THAT JUST PAID THE BILLS?
My spiritual path that became my career swept me onto an adventure that was captivating, empowering, magical, and fulfilling. In college I went through a huge body transformation that led me to yoga, meditation, and the teachings of Law of Attraction. 8 years ago while in deep meditation, I received my first clairaudient message, “look up healing modalities. You are a healer”. This led me to finding Reiki and two days later, I serendipitously met my first teacher. Ever since that day, life has never been the same. Witnessing the transformations, magical encounters and changes in my life and how colorful living from my Heartspace made my human experience, it was clear to me that a part of my mission here is to help others… because I want to live in a world where we are all shining, winning, and loving deeply together! The journey has been winding, and continues to surprise me every day – but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Living and leading from the Heartspace makes space for Spirit to flow in, and let’s us co-create an experience that makes our hearts sing every day.

WHO WILL ETERNALLY BE A WOMAN YOU ADMIRE AND RESPECT, AND WHY?
Hands down my sister, Jenn. She is the definition of a strong loving woman. We live very different lifestyles, but that makes knowing the universal truth of “same same, but different” ring through so loudly. Jenn is always so easy going and would give the shirt off her back to someone in need. Every day she exudes what it is to be an amazing friend, wife, sister, and soon to be mommy! She is one of these women that makes slaying the game of hey game look effortless and I truly believe many times it is to her because she moves with such grace in her life.

IN LIGHT OF YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF OUR HASHTAG #WHYITRIBE, WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO CELEBRATE WHO WE ALREADY ARE TODAY?
We are already whole, complete, perfect, powerful, and divinity expressing itself through a human experience! Especially as women, we can overlook all the growth, accomplishments, and magic that we have brought into the world and that we bring into the world simply with our existence alone. We are the creators of the world! Who runs the world!? Girls! Okay, we are all co-creating and making the world a better place, but you know what I mean! The gateway to Heaven lies within the womb. We create worlds… we are the magic. We are the medicine.

NAME A TIME RECENTLY WHEN YOU SAID SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF/HOW DID THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?
Practicing positive self-talk and pumping myself up has been a lot of my transformation work and return to daily! One evening last week, I found myself forgetting who I am… so I went to the park, soaked in the sunshine and did my Reiki practice returning to alignment. Then I came back, looked in the mirror, and said “oh there you are! You remember again! You are so powerful. You are so beautiful. You are magic! And look at that hair!!!” I headed over to my altar, lit some incense, and took in the vibe that I had created. I said out loud to myself “Girl, not only do I dig the vibes.. you ARE the vibe”. I rode that wave of appreciation and good vibes for the night. It was amazing. We ARE the vibe.

WHY DO YOU THINK WOMEN SHY AWAY FROM CELEBRATING OR PRAISING THEMSELVES SO MUCH?
We are going through huge shifts of old paradigms where women were brought up to be quiet, hand their power over to someone else, or teased or silenced when being “too much”. I think we are in a time of remembering the truth of our infinite vastness and power. It can take time to unlearn and relearn the truth of who we are.

HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THE TENDENCY TO DISCREDIT COMPLIMENTS YOU ARE GIVEN?
Oh, I love this question! A practice that I have adopted from a friend of mine is “feedback filter”. This is the process of deciding if the potential input into the mind/body/spirit will be taken in. If it is something that is positive, uplifting, or empowering – I place my hand on my heart, smile, and say “I receive that”. This allows me to fully receive the gift of the kindness just given to me and supports further embodying it. If it is something that I can see strongly in myself and in others as well, I receive it and then with loving kindness also respond with, “divine mirrors”. We are all mirrors here. 🙂

WHO WAS THE FIRST FEMALE TO TEACH YOU OR INSPIRE YOU TO FEEL THAT #YOUAREENOUGH?
My whole life up until the end of freshman year of college, I was extremely insecure as I was always doing the comparison game with my sister and my mom who were slim and what I identified as beautiful and I was very overweight (over 200 pounds). My friend Carly, by simply being a beacon of boosting my confidence and without directly saying or doing anything alchemically stirred something in me that brought me to an A-HA moment that was the start of the transformational journey that I have been on ever since. I appreciate this question so much; I spent much time contemplating it. There is no grandiose story with it, it is a reminder that we can inspire so many people by simply being who we are and the influence we have on others lives in positive ways when we are loving ourselves and showing up for ourselves. By simply loving all and being our best selves for ourselves, it helps others realize they can do the same.

HOW DOES SOCIETY REINFORCE THE IDEA THAT WE, AS WOMEN, ARE NOT ENOUGH AND HOW CAN WE TAKE THAT POWER BACK?
We can see these reflections of old paradigms and societal beliefs in the majority of mainstream media and consciousness. We constantly see it in the roles women are playing in shows and films, music that is still blatantly or subtly objectifying women rather than honoring them as equals and the Queens we are. Many are fearful of change… especially the older generations and even if deep down its known there is a better way things could be – holding on and passing these ways along to generations is more comfortable. I grew up in a house where the power that my mother holds was given away constantly. She is a beautiful, powerful, magical woman yet comes nowhere close to owning it – she’s afraid. We can take our power back by Rising Above Fear of the known or the fear of our own highest potential, coming together with sisters who are going to walk side by side with you and pick you up when you stumble. We take our power back by taking up space, putting it all out there, and with a smile looking in the mirror and saying “ah yes, I remember who I am. And I give myself permission to be all of me in my fullness” every single day.

ARE WE TOLD ENOUGH AS YOUNG GIRLS THAT #WEAREENOUGH? IF NOT, HOW CAN WE CHANGE THIS MESSAGING FOR YOUNG GIRLS TODAY?
I like to believe that young girls are beginning to receive the positive reinforcement of their truth as more women are stepping into their power, however, we have a long way to go. Such as everything in these times, it is dependent on the access to role models and getting these truths to young girls in every environment and social class. Creating media(films, art, tv, music, etc) that is consciously constructed with positive reinforcement and builds girls up to speak of themselves in an empowering way is so important to support in wiring their minds to function from a place of deep self-worth and self-love. I believe we can change this messaging by being conscious creators of content and expressions of power and self-love. In the way we show up in the world, and what we are creating and putting into the world. I feel blessed to be creating containers for women to step further into their power, and be beginning to work with youth to help them stay in the knowing of how magical and powerful they are. We change the future, by being it today and leading by example.

WHAT WOULD YOU GO BACK AND TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELF, TO ENCOURAGE SELF-ESTEEM AND SELF-LOVE?
Kelly, you are magical and powerful beyond measure. The level of sensitivity you have, how deeply you care, and the things you see that others do not… these are your super powers and you are going to help so many people around the world with it. Embrace them. Shine! The more you laugh, create, play, and use your emotions and energy in your creative outlets – the more fun and amazing your life will be. Remember who you are every day, and celebrate it. You are magical.

WHERE DO YOU THINK THE NEED TO COMPETE WITH OTHER WOMEN COMES FROM? IS IT TAUGHT?

There are two things I think this derives from. First, I think the competition mindset comes from the programming scarcity mindset that the collective is currently in the process of realizing and rising above. For so many generations, we have been carrying in our DNA this idea that we need to protect what “is ours”. This is the patriarchal model that we are shifting away from and moving towards more matriarchy- embracing the Divine Feminine! From our resources, our ideas, our loved ones, etc. As we continue to elevate our vibration and open to the power of love we realize that life is abundant and the more we come together and share everything we have with our brothers and sisters, the more there is to circulate amongst everyone. Age of Aquarius we just shifted into is all about access to all wisdom, knowledge, and community. The more we come together and join forces – the greater the ROI (ripple of impact) we will see in everything we touch. Second, competition can come from a projection of insecurity. So often when someone is showing up as defensive, their Ego is activated and attempting to protect them from something. Perhaps it’s a fear of rejection, compared in the mind so it comes off as trying to prove they are greater than… unworthiness can reveal itself in so many sneaky ways especially in relationships with other women.

WHY IS THE TRIBE MOVEMENT IMPORTANT?
Together we rise! More than ever, us women need to be coming together to lift one another up, know we can lean on one another, and share all the wisdom, knowledge, and tools we carry in our magical mystic toolbelt. When women come together, the potential to create worlds is amplified beyond measure. The Tribe Movement is a way to learn from one another through example, connection, and inspiration. Thank you for having me in the Tribe and for anyone reading this right now, thank you for being here too! I see you. I thank you. I love you.