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Using the Creative Process as a Healing Modality - Lira Kay | Episode 36

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

Join Lira Kay, founder of 111 Healers Conference and a School Of Inspired Life, on this week's episode of The Quest for New Inspiration. We discuss using the creative process as a healing tool or resource. Her bubbly spirit is sure to leave you inspired! Press play now!

Lira Kay is the world's leading expert in innovative therapeutic methodologies. She is a founder of 111 Healers Conference and a School Of Inspired life.

At 17 she started counseling famous spiritual gurus, artists and therapists on a daily basis. Three decades later she had worked with thousands of people and had mentored and influenced most talented healers, coaches and doctors around the world.

Her work is focused on creating seamless but highly effective processes and systems for high performance, therapy and healing. Lira’s been called a secret weapon behind sanity and phenomenal breakthroughs of many celebrated transformational leaders, elite coaches and creative entrepreneurs.

After traveling the world with her husband and 5 daughters Lira lives and works in Hawaii.

Learn more about her work:

Transcript: (Autogenerated)

Lira Kay: [00:00:00] So my name is lira Kay. And I love the capper CP and speaking out. Um, Lira. Kay. And, uh, I've been, um, basically leading people in transformational processes for over 33 years. Now. I started when I was just 17 years old and of course, uh, you know, thought that was a very shy introvert.

So the very intuitive kid and then was put on the stage and this had been my life since then. So. Thousands of people around the world, troubled the world of five kids and, uh, you know, live in Hawaii now. And I started my own school, asked to teach my school. Specifically, I would say, I mean, now it's called coaching.

The time I started it, I don't think we even knew what coach. It was something interesting, I guess like a Heela transformational, so something mentor. And [00:01:00] of course now I've been teaching and certifying people in the methodologist and it's been very successful and I'm very excited about.

KT Maschler: What kind of led you to being interested in coaching, as you said, and where, how did you end up in Hawaii?

Is that where you're from? Or how did you end up there?

Lira Kay: I actually was born in Estonia. Estonia used to be part of Soviet Russia. So that was also the place in Europe. And, um, so at the time when I started doing my work, it was very strange, very unusual, but I'm coming from a family of, I would say there's a lineage on my mom's side, the Siberian Sharma.

Who is still practicing to this day and I've never actually been there, but I will, was in touch and hearing a lot about the tradition. And then on my dad's side, he's a famous [00:02:00] artist and a guru also very unusual at the time. So I was kind of, if you want, like planted, I think very interestingly into the spot.

And then, you know, when you crop, I think parents like that. Permission, I guess, to be yourself and to do the work. So to me, that seemed very natural. And then I lived in England. I lived in France. I lived in the states, both coasts. I love the, I love ocean obviousness while everywhere.

I lived on the option and I was in, uh, California, also on a coast. And then coming to Kauai was just the kind of natural progression because it's, I love, you know, I love the song as well. Now I think coming from sort of. Typically sort of, coldish sort of climate I'm really enjoying this. This is where I'm [00:03:00] finding that this place is very transformational.

Like it's really interesting.

KT Maschler: Yeah, no, I totally agree. I am blessed to go again here soon, so I can't wait to be back on the islands, but, um, do you have any certain, you mentioned like Hawaii and the native, like vibe around there kind of gives you inspiration, per se. Do you have any other things that you kind of go to for inspiration?

Lira Kay: Definitely I'm a big, uh, I think I'm kind of Chemonics. Yeah, some way inside the car. So I've really looked for nature in nature, inspires me hugely and all kinds of energy. I've always been very sensitive to energy. I feel it, and I love dramatic landscapes dramatic. So the weather, if you want. And to provide it definitely brings that.

And, uh, they have huge, amazing culture of shamonic arts here. So of course it's [00:04:00] not like open, it's not for everyone, but because I am right in that, in the middle of that, I'm very interested and there is one very interesting sort of practice kahuna here. That I experienced myself very spontaneously. And then I started investigating.

So what was happening with me when I felt like somebody is actually have the hands on me and healing fully, nobody was there. I was just at night sleeping in my room next to the ocean. On the north shore. And then, uh, I started looking like it. W what was that? And then I actually found that it's a, it's a real experience.

And apparently you become a teacher or a healer or a kahuna healer. If you learn from the nature for eight years, There's nobody to teach you this stuff. You have to actually go to the ocean, go to the, uh, forest and you have to speak with the nature and it will teach [00:05:00] you. So it's very interesting concept that I absolutely love.

Uh, when I was 17, I read the book by Carlos Castaneda. I think maybe a very spiritual seeker in the teens have read that book, at least in my, of my generation. And it was a lot about native Indian. Practices also learning from nature directly. It's very, that's

KT Maschler: awesome.

I noticed the beautiful art behind you. And then you also mentioned that your dad was an artist you kind of get inspiration from are, or do you have a favorite piece that you could share with us?

We'll not really share, but you know, share the story with this.

Lira Kay: Yeah, sure. Well, the piece behind me at school, the blue mountain. So this one, and I've been exhibiting artists also my whole life and, uh, you know, traveled the world, showed my work in many galleries, et cetera, et cetera. So. Yeah, definitely. [00:06:00] Uh, I would say discipline of art is something I grew up with, I think, because I worked with a lot of creative, some often, or people who are, want to be creative, some really want to make it big.

We often talk about that, that they think when people talk about art, they assume that it's some kind of a. Crazy creative, just come in. And that was like, well, you know, it's actually like very much like martial arts. You have to be very disciplined. You have to show up every day. So my practice is showing up everyday in the studio and do the work.

And this particular work had been very interesting history, very dramatic. This is the you know, I've been on the news a lot, you know, for my work, but that was the one that was kind of, I was on the national news in England, in UK because I got lost in a, in the mountains, in Scotland for the new year.

Was it the Christmas for Christmas Eve? Yes. I went to visit my dad. We went to, I was visiting Scotland, you know, just. [00:07:00] And we went for a little hike, you know, and my dad is a big Mountaineer, so I was like, yeah, we are going, he knows what he's doing. Apparently in that particular spot. Let me remember. What was the spot called?

Lake a pour into something. Yeah. I mean, it's a famous spot for people getting low. So they'll end like local people would never go there, but we didn't know we were tourists. So off we went, the snow storm came. We completely lost our plot. We didn't know where we were and they had to rescue us eventually with helicopters, but I walked about 14 miles into the.

Almost died many times. And I was actually managing to take pictures like how the camera is me. And I remember just taking pictures and then I did an exam and all of it, the older pictures, they looked blue. All of those photographs. I took [00:08:00] literally in the middle of the night because the rescue does like 4:00 AM in the morning.

And. And the next day I had the whole Christmas dinner and there's all the rescue team and my family were waiting for us and we will discussing, and they were saying, you know how dangerous? That was like six people die that get lost every year. And you guys went like, what were you thinking? I was like, oh my God.

I was really lucky. So I didn't know about. About that place. But when I came back, I did an exhibition in London when I showed my blue photographs. And then later on I did this painting and I remember I was kind of almost going through that. You want that trauma of near death. 'cause. I mean, it was, I didn't know.

I was so close to them, but you know, so sometimes when we go and reach to our limitation, somebody else's, things could happen. Right. That's a bit dangerous. So that's the story about this [00:09:00] painting? Yeah, that's interesting.

KT Maschler: When I asked that question. Not what I was thinking I was going to get, but that is definitely the best answer I have ever gotten.

I, that is incredible. Wow. I'm like shocked. That could be a whole podcast and story of its own. Like you could write a book on that. You should write a book on that.

Okay. Any last piece of advice that you have to share with me?

Lira Kay: I would say from the nature of my work, I attract a lot of people who are creative. So I would definitely give advice here to become more systematic about your art process, really lean into it and understand how you work. What's good for you.

And on the other hand, I, as a healer also train psychotherapists, they invite a lot of people. Went through [00:10:00] trauma in your life and had a very difficult upbringing and traumatic upbringing. So I work a lot with people who need healing and then I would definitely recommend creative process as a healing.

Uh, modality because I find that when you lean into your shadows into your own, those unacceptable parts of you and can express them creatively, you can actually really liberate yourself from the pain, from everything you thought that was really destroying you and become a really. I would say advanced individual because actually people who had experienced they on par have such a great potential to heal the world, change the world.

That is

KT Maschler: such great advice. I love it. Thank you so much.

If anybody wanted to learn more about you or connect with you, where would they go? [00:11:00]

Lira Kay: They would go to lyric K built com or they can go to school of inspired So those are my websites and one is more for private work. And the another one is for my certifications, coaching advanced I work with already advanced therapists or coaches or healers.

And it's just about taking your work to the five sick of. Six figure price points, or you would kind of like, sort of have that lifestyle that you, I think deserve as a leader and can, uh, give your work unconditionally to everybody. So it's about teaching that business model and of course, specifically how to succeed in a transformational business.

KT Maschler: And then do you have, do you still do any like art exhibitions or any place somebody could buy a piece of your art?

Lira Kay: Oh, it's hard these days. Uh, my [00:12:00] art, because I I've, I've been doing also video or I've been doing film, some kind of performance art. I do all sorts of art. That is kind of, you can't really specifically buy anymore for money, but I'm more interested in creating, like, if you are yourself, an artist that would be interested maybe in showing you how to.

Elevate the work and present it. So the kind of, you know, I'm a curator in the love project. So actually if anybody's interested in maybe collaborating, if you're a really, really cool artist, if you're really cool, uh, leader, then, uh, right now I am, uh, I just put out the amount founder of 411 Hilo. Actually look into that as well.

It's called hundred 11 healers and you can apply to be the ambassador of the healing message with creativity. I think it's great. That would be something interesting, but to by artists it's hard right now because [00:13:00] I'm keeping all my pieces.

KT Maschler: Very cool. I will be sure to put all of those links in the show notes below, but thank you so much for your time today.

Lira Kay: Thank you so much.

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