As a Spiritual Mentor, I guide women who have known deep loss, but also know there's a deeper purpose to their lives. I walk beside them on the journey from pain to purpose. My intention is to support them in creating a life they desire and follow their soul's calling.

Meet Uma

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Your purpose was coded into you before you arrived here. Perhaps it is connected to the most painful event you've lived through. Because a part of the old you needed to die so that the true you could emerge. What do you know now that you didn't before? What matters most to you? What do you need to let go of, and what do you need to let into your beautiful life? 

 

I'm so glad you found your way here.

If you have a few moments, I'd love to share who I am, what I do, why I do it, and what matters to me.

I was born and raised in Southern Indian (Chennai). My husband, 15-year-old daughter and I relocated to Chicago in the spring of 2008. I presently live in Dusseldorf, Germany, where we moved in the middle of the pandemic, for my husband's new job.

I think of the work I do as "soul therapy" which is deeply rooted in knowing you are divine and seeing you as a real human struggling through the challenges of living this human life. I believe that our human self + our soul self = wholeness. We're here to make mistakes, fail, learn, grow, trip up again, and do it all with as much grace as we can muster.

The spiritual mentoring I facilitate seeks to answer the question: How do I walk this soul journey with compassion and grace while paying my bills and taxes, being in relationship with people who trigger me, and knowing I don't want to forgive, even though I believe in forgiveness as a beautiful concept?

 

Hi, I’m Uma

My 68-year-old mother died in India exactly eight months after I relocated to the U.S. She died in the winter of 2009 when I was in brand-new in Chicago, a life where I knew no one and nothing about how life worked. And here I was, in the deep dark hole of what seemed like unending grief.

I traveled back to India for my mother's last rites. Seeing her lifeless body wrapped in a silk sari ready for her last journey to the crematorium, I had a remarkable epiphany. It started as a single thought: We come into this world with nothing, we leave with nothing. Why do we spend all our lives chasing after stuff, accumulating, and acquiring?

That was the beginning of my transformational journey, but I didn't know it then. I share the whole story in my Hay House memoir Losing Amma, Finding Home

When I returned to Chicago, everything about my old life fell away. The old me had died with my Amma. And my soul started to scream at me to serve, to care about who I truly was, and understand why I'd come to the earth plane.

My head was bursting with a fierce urgency to find answers to the questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose of my life?

I wanted to know why we're born  and where we go when we die. I wanted my time on earth to be all about intentionally creating what I would leave behind; not about what and how much I could take.

Step-by-step I followed my soul's whispers and began to live a life aligned with my purpose. I served as a bedside companion to the dying for five years in a hospice center. I worked with the elderly in a retirement community for almost twelve years. I supported grieving women and guided them to find and serve their soul's calling.

When I show up to work each morning, I do it with the deep knowing that this is my legacy, my destiny, my gift to the world.

Why does my work matter?

  • Because too many have lost their way
  • Because people are feeling the deep pain of living a lie
  • Because many are wandering through life aimlessly, afraid to be their true selves
  • Because there is life beyond loss
  • Because life can be joyful and meaningful
  • Because women are the transformational leaders of the future and our time is NOW

With an International Diploma in Teaching & Training from Cambridge University in the U.K., certifications in Dream Coaching, Healing Ancestral Trauma, and Human Design, I guide my clients to live their best life by creating meaning from loss.

My first book Understanding Death: 10 Ways to Inner Peace for the Grieving addresses the top 10 questions I had (the same questions most grievers have) about grief, loss, the soul's journey, death, dying, and reincarnation.

My second book, a transformational memoir titled Losing Amma, Finding Home: A Memoir About Love, Loss, and Life's Detours tells the story of how my mother's death guided me to my life of meaning and purpose.

My third book Lessons From Grace: What A Baby Taught Me About Living and Loving captures life lessons inspired by a spitting, drooling baby. Baby Grace reminds us that we all started life as pure essence trusting in the perfection of divine guidance. But we lost our way and forgot our origins. This book helps you find your way back...to you.

I am a Guide

My work weaves in the wisdom from EFT, mindfulness, gratitude practices, rituals, breath work, forgiveness, embracing the divine-human you are and creating the ability to be present to LIFE. Within the safe container I create, I listen, question, guide, redirect, and walk beside you as a sherpa on the journey.

My latest passion is Human Design (which I call the Soul's Blueprint), so much so that I trained to become a reader. If you know Human Design, I am a 6/2 Mental Projector serving in the Role Model/Seer/Wise Woman phase of my life. My intention is to infuse Human Design into all my services. If you have no clue what HD is, it will be the starting point of our work together.

My Soul Values

My biggest values are Connection, Freedom, Simplicity, Spaciousness, and Creative Expression. Writing, mentoring, teaching, and speaking are the gifts I incarnated with. When I use these gifts in service to humanity, I sleep easy. Because I know that the souls I touched are sleeping easy that night.

I've discovered that we're all here to take sacred responsibility for everything we create--but healing is not an endless endeavor.

We have the capacity to choose joy, create, learn, and grow.

I care about you and your soul's purpose. Because when you find your way, everyone you touch will find their way.

Your Purpose Blossoms In You

You don't have to go looking for your purpose. It has been in you since the day you were born. What's important is to open up a quiet space in your life so that you can hear your soul speak.

How will you turn your life experiences into gold? What is that unique thing you came here to do as YOU? What matters to you about the vision you wish to create?  How can you take what happened in your life and turn it into a legacy of loving service to the world?

These are the questions my clients and I seek answers to.

My view of purpose is rooted in a deep connection with your true self and the Divine. Whether you choose to call that energy God, Buddha, Mother Earth, Nature, or Universal Consciousness is less important. What's important is your belief that this energy guides your life.

When I look back to that defining moment—my Amma’s death—that led me to this moment, I have nothing but gratitude for every step of my journey. If you're ready to begin, you can get there too.

If you're at a point in your life wondering what's the point of it all, please visit my Work With Me page or email me at uma@umagirish.com.

In our session Uma helped me identify that I was struggling with a big guilt issue. She also helped me get clear about how important self-care is to emotional wellness. When we started the session I was feeling confused, overwhelmed, and unfocused. When we finished the session I had more clarity around what was keeping me stuck and how I could move through it.

~ Liz W.

Chicago, Illinois

After my session with Uma, I released most of the stress related to my father's death. I have more energy and am more open to life.

I love the simplicity and effectiveness of your approach. Thank you for your compassion, your willingness to listen and your own example.

You inspire me.

~ Cristina Campofreddo

Novara, Italy

I had the great opportunity to experience Uma's beautiful method of helping others. I was struggling with the loss of a close family member.

Uma was very compassionate. I got off our call feeling lighter and confident that I'll get through this hard time with the advice and tools she gave me.

~ Tiane Tuliao

Los Angeles, California

Podcast Episodes Featuring Uma Girish

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Satori Prime
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Real Talk
Radio

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Awakened Woman
Self Care

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Hay House Radio with
Gerry Gavin

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Hay House Radio with
Anita Moorjani

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Good Grief with
Cheryl Jones

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Death By Design with
Kimberly C. Paul

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Before The Afterlife
with Suzanne Falter