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Hitting Rock Bottom Then Hitting Upon Her Highest Self

When her mom died of pancreatic cancer at seven, Biet Simkin, the balls-out mediation guide of our new What’s Underneath, was told by her yogi Russian immigrant dad, “One day, everything will work out for you.” Fast forward to hitting rock bottom, where a lifetime battle with an alcohol-cocaine-heroin addiction that masked her lack of self worth awakened Biet to the veracity of her father’s words. As Biet states, "My value was wrapped up in how I was perceived. But then I realized that my value was indestructible, because it wasn't what you saw in front of you, it was invisible, and they can't take away from me something that is invisible." No longer letting her hedonistic whims drag her around, the Cleopatra-by-way-of-Jackson-Heights is feeling less full of shit and more like her highest self as she helps others discover their higher self: "What I’ve seen in my spiritual work is that we’re all light. My body, though,  is matter, and that allows me to remember what light is. My body is what I’m not, and by remembering what I’m not, I remember what I am.”

To see Biet’s entire journey from self-indulgent scenester to selfless mediation guide, watch her story above, then spread message that sometimes you need to fall apart in order to come together by by sharing this post with your friends and loved ones.

We are so thankful to Olie Biologique, one of our favorite natural skin care lines. Not only did they make Biet’s episode possible, but they gave her the opportunity to create a limited edition oil that embodies their own unique and unapologetic spirit. 

Buy Biet’s oil here. Ten percent of the proceeds go towards our movement.

Follow Biet on Twitter: @guidedbybiet
Follow her on Instagram: @center_of_the_cyclone
Biet’s video was edited by Andrea Cruz
The What’s Underneath Project is produced by Elisa, Lily, & Mona

All editorial decisions remain in our hands and are in keeping with our mission.

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  • Marmalade

    So real and beautiful.

  • Claire Geist

    Loss truly is a gift, and I had lost sight of that myself for a second there- through my own trials and with those I have had to let go. It's amazing how a reminder to change your perspective can do so much good, so much healing. Thank you, Biet. Thank you, SLU.

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