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I'm a shaman who coaches and reads tarot for entrepreneurs and CEOs. I've turned it into a $150,000-a-month business.

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 31 Mar 2021


<p><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/6061bdaa67187800184ad047-1080/Makhosi10.jpg" border="0" alt="Makhosi Hefisah Nejeser" data-mce-source="The Royal Shaman" data-mce-caption="Makhosi Hefisah Nejeser worked in Target and direct sales before becoming a shaman"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>I didn't grow up thinking, "One day, I'm going to become a shaman." I grew up in a very small town in southern West Virginia as a mixed-race child, and my single mom was a teenager when she had my brother and me. I didn't even know what a shaman was. But I was having spiritual experiences all my life.&nbsp;</p><p>When I was two or three, I told my mom all about my previous life in ancient Egypt, and I would walk her throughstep by stephow to mummify my body if I died.</p><p>I also remember just knowing about people. For the most part, I kept them hiddenor I just didn't focus on them, or talk about them.&nbsp;</p><p>But when I was 12 someone gifted me a tarot deck, and I started reading tarot intuitively. I pursued a pre-med path in college, and my fallback was business and marketing in case I didn't want to continue.</p><p><em><strong>SEE ALSO:</strong> <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/innovative-career-coaches-job-search-leadership-professional-development-personal-branding-2020-9">Meet 23 career coaches who helped shape leaders into stars at the likes of Goldman Sachs and Google</a></em></p><p>I gave birth to my son in my senior year of college. My pregnancy was really difficult. I decided not to go to med school, and first worked at Target as a manager, then ended up going into direct sales at a company called Pure Romance.</p><p>That allowed me to be home with my son full-time, and go and do parties in the evening.&nbsp;</p><p>I found a lot of success really quickly. You're getting to go on all of these free trips, and you're getting the designer handbags, and all of the glory, and I realized that all of it felt really hollow still.</p><p>So that was when I began to ask why so many of us chase success, and why we're always looking for the next goal.</p><p><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/6061bef467187800184ad049-2400/Makhosi8.JPG" border="0" alt="Makhosi Hefisah Nejeser in villahe" data-mce-source="The Royal Shaman" data-mce-caption="Makhosi Hefisah Nejeser spent three years from 2014 travelling back and forth to West Africa while still working in direct sales"></p><p>From 2014, I spent three years traveling back and forth to West Africa while still working in direct sales.</p><h2>I began to see that my calling was something much bigger.</h2><p>I went through my initiation to become a shaman in September 2018. It took approximately six months, and includes strict protocol around diet restriction, such as no sugar or dairy and lifestyle requirements, like waking up at 3 a.m. to cleanse in herbs and cold water.</p><p>There are also ceremonies, training and testing in how to perform divination, enter a trance, and find hidden objects.</p><p>A shaman is someone who in a variety of ways bridges the physical and non-physical realms. The process was really about de-conditioning the way I view the world. There's a series of tests and trials you have to pass in order to receive the title of "Makhosi."</p><p><em><strong>SEE ALSO</strong><strong>:</strong></em> <em><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/even-bosses-need-coaching-this-is-how-to-coach-coaches-2019-9">Even bosses need coachinghere are 4 tricks that make managers better at their jobs</a></em></p><p>I was initiated by my gobela, Makhosi Karen Singh, and witnessed by my spiritual grandmother, Gogo Phakathi,who was one of the first white sangomasa traditional spiritual healer.</p><p>When I came back to America, I was like, 'Hey, I'm doing readings." That's where I started. I got my feet wet, and then slowly it began to increase. When it really became viable, was in the last nine or 10 months.</p><p>Before COVID-19, I was doing individual readings for clients in real estate and HR, among others. That was bringing in around $2,000 or $3,000 a month. But when the pandemic hit, about half disappeared right away, because everyone panicked and budgets shrank.&nbsp;</p><p>I began offering individual readings on a pay-what-you-can basis. When everything happened with George Floyd and Black Lives Matter, there was this real opening for someone who was a woman of color and also could provide spiritual guidance. I started being invited <a href="https://player.fm/series/the-ceo-psyche-podcast-brain-based-online-business-sales-psychology/how-to-embody-divine-feminine-leadership-ft-makhosi-hefisah-nejeser-219">onto podcasts</a>. That ultimately catapulted me into working closer with some more high-level, elite entrepreneurs.</p><p><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/6061bfd08f71c3001853abdf-2400/Makhosi9.jpg" border="0" alt="Makhosi Hefisah Nejeser" data-mce-source="The Royal Shaman" data-mce-caption="'I simply activate whatever it is that spirit wishes to be the medium,'"></p><p>"What's important to me' Am I living my purpose'" I began assisting in guiding people back to having more purpose, and experiencing more prosperity in the process.</p><p>I now tend to work mostly with entrepreneurs looking to maximize their potential. I am truly the tool; I simply activate whatever it is that spirit wishes to be the medium. My clients tend to be what I would call already at least a little "woowoo." They probably meditate already.&nbsp;</p><p>In four weeks from mid-February to mid-March, we did something like $150,000.</p><p><em><strong>SEE ALSO: </strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/email-template-get-first-paying-clients-coaching-business">I left my $500,000-a-year job in tech after starting my own thriving coaching business. Here's the email template that helped me land my first 10 paying clients.</a></em></p><p>&nbsp;I have courses starting at $333, high-level masterminds starting at $30,000 a year, and spiritual advising for elite CEOs starting at $250,000 a year.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;The thing I think so many people stumble on, that blocks them from being able to create the business or the lifestyle they want, or the limits they place on themselves. I never just say: "This is how it is." I ask myself, "If it was possible, how could it happen'"</p><p>I hired my first virtual assistant in the summer of 2019. Now, I have a virtual CFO, who I hired in August 2020, as well as a bookkeeper and attorney. I have a PR, media and marketing strategy agency.</p><p>I have a CEO now, who is tasked with creating processes and systems day-to-day. I have a coach who I've trained who started in my programs, and I have my mom, who I brought into the business in November.</p><p>We have a copywriter, and we have someone who is enrolling our clients, and we have one spot open to bring someone in for social media management.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/this-shaman-made-150000-in-a-month-coaching-and-reading-tarot-for-elite-business-clients-2021-3#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/melissa-maker-clean-your-home-quickly-cleaning-expert-2017-4">A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly</a></p>
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