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Exploring Life & Business with James Bene of Bene Mudra

Today we’d like to introduce you to James Bene.

Hi James, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My journey really began when I was a child. I have always been spiritually connected and as a kid, I had many unique and often frightening experiences with the supernatural. At an early age, I learned how to tap into my intuitive mind through daydreaming and escapism and although this didn’t cause these experiences to occur, it made me who I am today. I am a spiritualist and a healer and current owner of Bene Mudra Wellness. I have the ability to see beyond the known into the unfamiliar. I guess you can say psychic medium. I don’t love the word psychic bc of the connotations it comes with but…such is life. I didn’t ask for it, per say but was given this gift, to I feel, help guide and inspire people to live a more joyful and spiritually balanced life. I started my business in NYC years ago. I began seeing clients back east one on one for reiki healing and intuitive sessions.

As time passed and I studied, learned and grew spiritually…so did my business. I started life coaching and mentoring, teaching, running meditation groups and more. My work began to span across the country and I found myself working with people from celebrities to friends and neighbors. I began working with yoga studios as a wellness manager and even found myself in corporate America where I guided staff in initiating wellness practices on 5th Ave in Manhattan for a major brand. My goal was to create a platform of like-minded service providers and creative healing classes and wellness events on top of my own personal goals. Bene Mudra arose out of this and after I moved to LA four years ago, I began networking and creating my platform here…at first in DTLA and now in Weho.

Because of covid, I was forced to focus on online offerings and creating a modern spiritual platform available to people everywhere, not just in NY and Los Angeles. Throughout my life, I faced many challenges and issues that made me focus on my own personal self-care and healing. A child of severe bullying, I never fit into the world. I always felt like I was somewhere on the outside of life…looking in trying to find my place. I fought hard against my negative inner voice that told me that I wasn’t good enough. I learned how to create joy in myself and although it is still daily practice full of scrapped knees and bandaids… I feel blessed to be able to help people who may be going through hard times or who too…feel like they are not good enough. My struggle has shaped me into the person I am today and created the goals I wish to achieve. My other passion is music. I have been writing music since I was a child.

Music has always been the most electric healing outlet for me. I come close to my dream in my early 20’s when Sony records took interest, Long story short….that bridge collapsed but my dream has not. I am currently working on my ep album and am excited to share my music with the world soon enough. As a healer whether it is music, reiki, psychic readings, etc….my intention is always for the highest good of all involved. I never in my life thought that I would be on a path to becoming a spiritual influencer and teacher but I accepted my destiny with open arms. I majored in music and theatre in college and got my BFA. I thought I was on a one track path to becoming performing artists but when spirit knocks… I have learned… you answer. Let me know if there is more you wish me to include….. I can keep going and going. lol

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My biggest challenges were always within myself. I suffered through depression many years of my life and as a child, life was not as I had hoped it would be. Not only was my home and school life chaotic but I was having intense spiritual experiences. I would see spirit and those who had passed. I would have waking nightmares, sleep paralysis and out of body experiences. I was very drawn to the occult, angels, wicca and most religions at a very young age. I guess my fascination was tailgated by what was happening to me. At that time, I was not aware of psychic gifts nor did I have anyone to talk to about it. I did however hear many stories of family members who could connect with spirit or had supernatural experiences like my grandmother for instance. She had many stories of hauntings and being able to hear the angels.

As I mentioned before, I never fit in. I always felt like an alien and couldn’t comprehend that I was here…on this planet! In the 5th grade, all of my friends stopped talking to me. I was abandoned and thus began many years of bullying and depression. I was bullied for my appearance (I was a chubby child), but also for something at that time I could not understand….my sexuality. Being gay was a curse. The abuse I (and many young gay children) faced up until 12 grade really damaged my soul. I am a survivor. I never talked about it and many still do not know that I suffered in this way. It is a very hard feeling to carry as a child and it led to a real lack of identity… to this day I fight. I never felt right in my skin. I never felt attractive or worthy. I had body image issues and social anxiety. Funnily… I was the life of the party.

As a kid, I found ways of coping with these feelings but when I was old enough o realize that I could be popular and was liked….man I ran with it. I delved face first into indulgence… on all levels and lost myself a bit. NYC is an amazing place to grow up but one can get lost in the seduction of it all. Let loose and experience the feelings of acceptance for the first time. I got lost in the shuffle until spirit knocked…hard! So many of my childhood haunts came back. I began to see spirit again and have supernatural experiences. I chose to open the door and accept all of it. I found an amazing guru on the ups east side of Manhattan and began receiving spiritual healing. This changed my life. I woke up. Kelly (who has since passed away) was the angel I needed to get me back on track. I owe a lot to her as she showed me the way to God. Not the way my catholic upbringing and years locked away in horrific catholic schools taught ..but the spiritual way. The truth. After this, my work began. I found my tribe. I attended William Esper acting school in NYC and continued to work on my artistic and spiritual self.

We’ve been impressed with Bene Mudra, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Bene mudra is a modern all-inclusive spiritual platform where all are welcome. Bene meaning good or blessed in Italian and Mudra being a sacred hand symbol for empowerment or healing. Bene also being my last name. Personally, I offer one on one private spiritual consultations, life mentoring and intuitive sessions. I also lead meditation classes, reiki training, intuitive development courses, have a podcast and host cool workshops, etc. Aside from myself Bene Mudra is a home to other hand-picked and amazing wellness and spiritual professionals here in LA and NYC who offer a plethora of wellness services and weekly online classes via zoom. From reiki healings, yoga to past life regression to tarot and life coaching. I like to see Bene mudra as a one-stop shop for spirituality….done my way.

My goal is to brand bene mudra in a similar way that soul cycle did for spinning. A go to and reliable experience offering top-notch wellness and spiritual programming where our one goal is spiritual development. I also designed some cool activewear for the brand as well. All is available I offer my services through my business yes, but have always seen my purpose as bigger than myself. I have learned to dream big. I have learned to surpass my own limitations that have been chained to me for years. Bene Mudra looks to help others find freedom from their own chains and guide them in changing their story! We are all available for sessions online as of now. Once covid dies down, I will offer unperson sessions and experiences again in Los Angeles!

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Don’t ever give up on yourself no matter what anyone says to you or no matter how much you fear. You are the creator of your story….never forget it.

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