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Meet Darren Marc of Awaken with Darren in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara

Today we’d like to introduce you to Darren Marc.

Darren, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a spiritual teacher of the heart. I help people still their minds, open their hearts, and access the divinity within themselves. With over twenty years of experience teaching yoga, offering reiki sessions and classes, and transforming lives through sound vibration, it is my absolute pleasure to support you in any way I can.

I meet you with a heart full of compassion because I, too have experienced the suffering that comes with being human! When I was younger, my mind would race a million miles an hour 99% of the time. I was constantly reacting to the outside world in a way that created emotional turmoil for myself. Achieving a state of balance was very difficult for me and never lasted for very long.

My life began to shift in my 20’s when I moved to Los Angeles and discovered yoga. Yoga taught me to still my mind. Stillness allowed me to access my heart and allowed me to listen to my soul. Inspired to share in the same way that my yoga teacher was sharing, I studied yoga and began to teach myself.

At the time, I was pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter. As a recording artist, I was blessed to get a lot of songs placed as background music on well-known television shows. But by way of my yoga practice, I also discovered Kirtan, the call and response singing of devotional mantra music. The discover of Kirtan changed my musical path as I began to incorporate mantra with uplifting English lyrics. One of my favorite things to do in life now is to offer Kirtan which utilizes sacred sound vibration to elevate one’s consciousness.

Shortly after discovering Kirtan, I also rediscovered reiki which I had been introduced to in my early 20’s. Simply put, reiki is love. It is the universal life force energy that sustains us, nourishes us, and guides us in the right direction. Inspired to share reiki with others, I completed all three levels of training and then became a master teacher. I love offering reiki to people and love teaching reiki classes which allow people to learn how to use reiki to heal themselves and others. Reiki created space for my intuition to bloom in an unexpected way to serve my clients. I receive clairaudient messages from the divine to pass along that support their highest growth. My intuition also serves to guide me forward with grace and ease moment to moment to moment.

Now in my mid 40’s, I’m happy to say that most of my suffering is over and I owe it to my spiritual practice. Every morning begins with at least 30 minutes of mediation. And every evening ends with at least the same. Through meditation and my other spiritual practices, I have been awakened to the peace, love, and joy within myself. I love sharing the practices that have benefited me with others.

In addition to the services I provide as a healer and a musician, I have also had a long successful career as a realtor in both NYC and Santa Barbara. My real estate clients often comment on my zen like demeanor. I tell them I owe it all to yoga, meditation, and other transformative practices!

Has it been a smooth road?
I have learned that being spiritual does not always mean we are always feeling peaceful and happy. Life has a lot of ups and downs. And it’s perfectly normal to have downs. The key is to allow ourselves to feel emotions deeply when they come. We need to let them flow through us so that another layer of the onion can be stripped away. At our core, we are all the same… beautiful, magnificent lights. But we need to strip away the layers to get there. The struggles are all part of the path. Like everyone else, I have them all the time. And my own struggles allow me to be more compassionate and loving toward others.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a reiki master. I see clients for 1:1 healing sessions that integrate reiki, sound healing, and channeled messages from the divine. I am also a kirtan artist. I lead kirtan (call and response singing of mantra music) at yoga studios and other conscious event venues around the country. I am also the writer of Create Your Dream Life Now: A Workbook & Guide For Manifesting Your Destiny. I am proud to offer heart-centered services that truly improve the lives of others.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely. Los Angeles is a great place for a business like mine. There are lots of people in Los Angeles who are in need of services such as the one I provide.


  • Reiki sessions are $125.

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