Episode 39 — Activating Awareness with Liana Naima

In this episode, Black Girl In Om Founder Lauren Ash and Art Director Deun Ivory share space, lessons, blessings, and laughs with Liana Naima, a reiki practitioner, voice alchemist, dreamwork facilitator, spiritual guide, and beloved member of our Black Girl In Om Tribe. In essence, Liana helps those who seek her guidance uncover, restore, and live fully as their higher self, an ability she became aware of when she surrendered to her own truth. We KNOW this episode is going to touch lives, a gift Liana bestows with her radiant presence and meaningful work. Listen in for a preview into the wonderful world of wellness Liana inhabits! This conversation encompasses so many different topics, but they all comes back to a central theme: awareness and honesty in your relationship to self. Press play and get inspired to live your best life today.


  • What you can do to be more aware of yourself & body with the new season
  • How energy shows up in our life, what energy work is, and how it’s related to eh-vuh-ree-thing
  • The definition of the chakras + how they connect to our lives creatively, physically, mentally, and emotionally (Liana recommends this book to get a deeper dive on the chakras
  • Liana’s deliberate approach to her sessions + affirming confirmation from Lauren on the powerful benefits from working with Liana
  • The force that approaching with intention truly is (y’all know we’re all about that here — Lauren shared a how-to tip on setting intentions with OWN!)
  • Inner child work + how childhood experiences can manifest in our present life
  • The link of science and spirit in wellness practices: awareness is key
  • Lessons and blessings that come when Pastor Deun comes through with the COME THROUGH!
  • Why it’s important, necessary, and healing to have people in your circle who keep it real
  • A breakdown of the definition, practice, and work of reiki
  • Vibrational resonance + methods of self-cleansing + the power of language
  • An incredibly moving excerpt from Liana’s BGIO Beauty feature (catch the whole thing and get your whole life!)

"I view the chakras as the journey into a deeper spiritual connection with myself and with the energy of the universe." — @LianaNaima click to tweet

"I need to release certain things and release them on a deep level because I’m holding onto certain things that aren’t serving me." — @HelloLaurenAsh click to tweet

"Inner child work is about reclaiming parts of yourself that you may have lost." — @LianaNaima click to tweet

"I love journaling because you can really get to the root of why." — @deunivory click to tweet

"I acknowledge where I am and who I am in this moment, but I’m not going to stay here. I’m going to hold this thought captive and release it." — @deunivory click to tweet

"The spiritual and the scientific too often get put into these binary, oppositional spaces when it’s really in alignment." — @HelloLaurenAsh click to tweet

"Through self-awareness you’re able to bring the rational part of your brain and the emotional part of your brain into alignment." — @LianaNaima click to tweet

"You have to be self-aware to change anything about yourself on a really deep, profound level." — @LianaNaima click to tweet

"You can rewrite your story at any given time." — @deunivory click to tweet

"Pride is what you do not want to acknowledge." — @deunivory click to tweet

"The key to healing is just being honest about whatever it is and calling it out as what it is." — @deunivory click to tweet

"We have blind spots. Sometimes, God will use the people in your life to show you yourself." — @deunivory click to tweet

"Let me hear you tell me where I need to grow. Let me hear you tell me what I need to work on." — @HelloLaurenAsh click to tweet

"I can receive what they’re going to say to me even when it’s not always the best or what my ego wants to hear." — @HelloLaurenAsh click to tweet

"I’m going to work through those discomforts and allow myself to blossom in a different way." — @LianaNaima click to tweet

"Art can be a healing, restorative practice for releasing." — @deunivory click to tweet

"This work is not about fixing yourself... It’s just illuminating the parts of yourself that are unseen." — @LianaNaima click to tweet