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Meet Natasha Elías of Manifest Taksu in Virtual

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natasha Elías.

Natasha, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Sure! I founded Manifest Taksu while I was attending an artistic program in Bali. The word Taksu is a beautiful Balinese concept that talks about creating with your highest divine power. I fell in love with the word as it represented everything I was searching for.

At the time, I was in the middle of the most difficult heartbreak of my life. I was alone and living in New York City auditioning for theater and film as an actress. I remember asking myself how people got through heart-wrenching moments, how they lifted themselves and began creating a day to day life that they loved – a life they were excited to wake up to. We all have an amazing day once in a while but I was searching for a life that I could love every day including any contrast that came along.

One day, I peeled myself off the ground in my tiny upper east side apartment and realized that no one was coming to save me. The biggest lesson I learned in my early 20’s is that the person you fall most deeply in love with is usually the person that most accurately represents who you are at your core. These people are beautiful mirrors that are very very difficult to look into but I dare you to do it anyway. As most artists know, the best way out is through. I found solace in writing and creating work that felt aligned with my curiosities and life experiences. I learned in college that the best stories we tell are the ones we know and that has always been true for me.

In 2014 I began writing Manifest Taksu, a blog where I interviewed various change-makers, high rolling creators, and spiritually knowledgeable guru’s. In my interview process, I discovered the qualities, choices, and action plans that they used in order to manifest the life they were living. By asking the right questions, I quickly realized how even small changes are so crucial to surpassing the resistance we face on our path.

And then in 2018, my best friend in the whole world passed away: my Dad. I would say that the death of my father has been the most growth-inducing shift in my life. My father was a spiritual energy healer and often treated patients for free or by donation. He taught me about meditation, the law of attraction, and the simple power of being present. Without him, I would never be who I am today and yet ironically, now that he is no longer touching earth something liberated inside of me.

Pain is funny like that. If addressed and embraced, pain can be the truest shedding of the false being. I love harder and I see people with my heart more than I ever have. I would say, it’s not so much about appreciating every single giant moment, but being unafraid of living the truth of who you are RIGHT NOW TODAY. This “no waiting to live” thing is real. I think there are experiences in life that can either pull us away from ourselves or bring us back home. I intend that any work I do helps bring others home.

Today, I am still an actress and a screenwriter. In fact, I’ll be making a fun appearance on GENTEFIED the new NETFLIX series coming out on February 21st! My original TV show based on my experience growing up with a father as an energetic healer is currently being pitched and my creative partner Elizabeth Rogliani and I are pitching our original comedy ‘Natushka & Elena’ alongside our previous Awesomeness TV producer, Anthony Genovese. My work as a manifestation coach is by far the closest to my heart and I am overjoyed to share it with the world.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No WAY! Contrast is just so necessary to growth – as annoying as it sounds. I like to use the word contrast instead of struggles because it feels more accurate to me. I really love how Abraham Hicks describes it. She says that the contrast is step 4 and that step 5 is not beating the drum of it over and over when it happens. That’s the most fluid way you can start moving back into creation: knowing the contrast is happening to help you find clarity. Nothing clarifies what you want more than what you DON’T want.

When I lived in New York, I put in such a strenuous amount of effort into my acting career. And I really felt so heartbroken after three years of living there and always being that girl right behind the girl that got the part. I didn’t know what I was ‘doing wrong,’ and I definitely didn’t understand how I got such positive feedback (because in New York they are really honest with feedback) and wouldn’t land those roles. Once I shifted more into film and started writing ManifestTaksu, something released inside of me.

I started booking more regularly and focusing solely on the craft and who I was as a creator. I didn’t realize how deeply I was searching for this external source to tell me I belonged or that I deserved to be an actress. It sounds absurdly contradicting but releasing all that effort, having a ton of fun, and falling back in love with what I was doing was the only way I was able to release the resistance that was in the way of all the amazing manifestations sitting right in front of me.

I can’t ignore that the most difficult time in my life was in 2018 when my father was hospitalized and passed away three months later. About one month after he passed, I was back in LA and I tried to attend one of my favorite filmmaking events. I felt so strange, so raw and authentic that when I was talking to people, I felt like I couldn’t hide who I had become now that I lost my father. It was like I was suddenly more myself in a way that I didn’t even know was hidden. Soon after that, I began writing the original TV show.

It’s easy to get lost in the idea of this industry and feel like your voice is drowning underneath all of these powerful and accomplished creators but we all have something so uniquely authentic that is meant to be heard and seen. It’s why the Latinx community is growing louder and louder – because our stories are REAL, RAW, and RELATABLE to every human being. I have to share my gratitude for Ben Lopez and every single creator that is a part of the amazing organization that is NALIP. I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for their support.

Last year on my way to Disneyland I found out I booked a role on ‘GENTEFIED’ the new Netflix series created by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez. It was one of the most exciting and life-affirming experiences to be on set with such an incredible force of Latinx talent and to be directed by America Ferrera who I had grown up watching.

All this being said, I can confidently give 150% credit to my Vedic Meditation practice for saving my peace of mind, guiding my grief, and helping me manifest more powerfully. It is the best gift I have ever given myself and I am so appreciative to have learned it from a powerhouse like Emily Fletcher of Ziva Meditation. Emily has this really beautiful way of describing the practice: you meditate to get better at life, not to get better at meditation.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Manifest Taksu story. Tell us more about your work.
Manifest Taksu is a manifestation coaching practice where I offer a variety of sessions to help you understand manifestation and how to operate from your highest divine state. In the Balinese culture, Taksu is a concept that is defined by operating and manifesting from your highest divine state of being.

In my personal coaching sessions, I work with clients to find where their resistance lies and create practices that release that resistance (that gets in the way of the manifestations). My teachings vary and are deeply based on the learning I experienced with my father as an energetic healer, Vedic meditation, and the Law of Attraction.

In my first session with a client, I talk about the process of manifestation and what is working and what to move towards. We begin the process of establishing small shifts that will open up the space to receive. With my clients who are in my Action Plan coaching, they receive one coaching session per week where we create a plan with daily practices that bring them into alignment and in their highest divine state in order to manifest their desires. We map out their goals and create inspired action plans. In the process, we also work toward releasing resistance and learning how to practice manifestation in segments.

I offer many different coaching sessions which are all listed on my website. I have a Manifest Taksu Space coaching that helps design and set your home or workspace up so that you are living in a high and clean vibration as well as a Manifest Taksu Health session where I create a new daily lifestyle/routine to optimize your health and clean any stuck energy that is causing physical ailments. I never imagined that I would so organically follow in my father’s footsteps, and I hope to share his legacy through his teachings that were so significantly life-changing for me and the people he worked with.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I would say that my parents are the best thing that has ever happened to me. My dad was a force of nature and my mom is the most stable and grounded person I have ever known. It gets a little complex to talk about manifestation while you’re in the womb so we can call that luck for fun!

I believe that luck is just another word for alignment. If you’re in alignment, it feels that everything is always working out for you but when you fall out of alignment (which we all do), it can feel like a burden of heaviness. I would say that if you can be in alignment at least 80% of the time, you will move swiftly into a constant positive manifestation mode. Part of that is being ok with the contrast and allowing it all to be a part of your journey.

Sometimes grief, turmoil, and chaos is very strong and staying in alignment is very challenging in those moments. I don’t intend or pretend to be perfect – in fact, I welcome any contrast that will show me what I don’t want so that it becomes very clear to me what I do want. It’s also ok to kick and scream it out – in the safety of your home, car, or pillow! I’m a big believer in letting it out and not letting your emotions get jammed in a facade of ‘I’m ok.’ Acting has always been such an unforgiving tool for me in that way – if you don’t do it in life, it doesn’t come through on screen.

I believe wholeheartedly that we are the creators of our reality. That’s not to say that there aren’t things that we can’t control. In those difficult moments, it becomes incredibly challenging to practice surrender which is why it’s so powerful when you do. I believe in Source and I believe in God – that’s just my way of saying it but it doesn’t matter what you name it. In my opinion, a connection to your inner being is the most profound and full way to be alive.

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Leslie Hassler, Leah Huebner, Getty Images, Abigail Gorden and Angel Miranda.

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