We had the good fortune of connecting with Giselle World and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Giselle World, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important aspect of my success has been in realizing success is not measured by a number in your bank account, or the amount of material possessions one may acquire, but rather on the level of fulfillment, contentment, and joy one feels with the journey of their career. How authentic do I feel with the work I’m doing and what I’m sharing with the world? How much integrity is behind it? Am I losing myself, or finding myself more in the process? These are the questions I ask myself often. The more aligned I feel with what I’m putting out into the world through my music, my art, my rituals, and classes ( I teach as well), the more successful I feel, and the more my work expands into the world bringing my brand more success with the continued opportunity to grow, create, and share more. There was a time I was not truly doing with my art and music what felt most true to me, and I was not thriving. This was crushing me energetically and emotionally as following this path of what I thought I needed to do to be “successful”, and make loads of money, and become more known was not actually placing me in spaces I wanted to be in, nor did I feel safe, nor was I surrounded by the right people. Once I had a major awakening shifting completely the course of my life, my work and music, my relationship to myself and this wonderful earth I inevitably began to thrive. I started writing, playing, and singing music that felt true to me and in alignment with my dharma, and people felt this. They connected and my music began to spread across the globe, and I took off touring all over in wonderful settings among people who share this vision of a new earth and unity, and healing for the world and its people. Yes, I have packaged it and presented it in a way appealing to most by looking intriguing, and fresh, with a touch of ancient mysticism, and ultra femininity, fused with tribal, and new world rhythms inspiring one to dance. Yes. There is this. But truly, it’s not any of that. It is the ability to connect to the hearts of all these people. This came from the authenticity. This has been the source of my success. The other factors I believe to be extremely important to my success has been professionalism, and kindness. I always show up and do what I say I’m going to do. No matter what. Also, I build teams every where I go because it’s crucial to success. We all rise together. This is all I can say and share for now.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started my journey with music at the age of 4 singing, and at age 10 playing the flute. I went on to pursue a career in music and trained classically in music conservatories where I earned my Masters degree in Music Performance. By the time I graduated I felt quite far from the world of classical music, and decided to explore other genres from middle-eastern fusion, to jazz, electronic music, and world. I still had not felt I had found what truly resonated and felt authentic to me. Instead of continuing my pursuit of a doctorate degree I decided to take a break to figure out where I wanted to be with music. In the meantime, I landed a position in a university as a Music and Humanities professor. Finally around 2010 I found myself in the presence of powerful master plant medicines and began a deep, profound inward journey of self-discovery, healing, spirituality, and reconnection with the earth and all her elements and gifts. My life was only just beginning and every thing changed. Every thing about my life was being shaken, rattled, recalibrated, and re-directed. Suddenly, my music and voice had purpose. I was guided with clear instruction and creative direction as to what I would now begin to dedicate myself to and work with using the gift of music. The music I sing and play is known as a niche, yet growing genre of “medicine music”. This is music created for healing, and evoking feelings of well-being in a deeply intentional way, inspired often by plant medicine, connection to the earth, the water, as well as indigenous cultures mainly from the Americas. My music became one infusing ritual and indigenous culture into the electronic scene through soundscapes of unique, conscious textures and fusion of tribal electronic medicine music whilst curating an alchemic experience honoring the elements and inspiring healing through powerful use of indigenous chants and ancient mantras. I’ve dedicated myself since to musical healing contributions in the medicine community via singing & flute working with various different Native American tribes, organizations and ceremonies, as well as in creating awareness on the sacredness of the precious element of water. I’ve been extensively in service to plant medicines, & advocating for indigenous rights, as well as sharing about indigenous wisdom and culture all over the world using music as my main tool by teaching about the cultures through workshops and song circles. It is my mission to bring unity & consciousness to our earth and purpose as humans through medicine music, and by fusing it with electronic textures connecting people to the frequency of our Pachamama in all kinds of settings throughout our beautiful Mother Earth.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My ultimate favorite spot is definitely always and forever the beach. I love to show my visiting friends around my beautiful city of Miami and our beach is something I’m proud of and truly enjoy very much from it’s beautiful, soft powdery sand and warm, turquoise waters. I tend to stay from the more touristy parts of Miami Beach though, and love to hang a bit more or right at the beginning peak in South Pointe. Otherwise, I love hanging out in Wynwood and enjoy sharing our unique and inspiring art district, as well as our picturesque neighborhood of the Buena Vista area with its gorgeous big trees and cute cafes and boutique shops. If it aligns I would likely take them to any offering a friend of mine may be creating of something along the lines of a delicious sound healing, ecstatic dance, cacao ceremony, medicine music concert, or special yoga class if my guests appreciate this kind of action, and that is also, if I myself am not hosting one of these as I do so quite often. An afternoon/sunset picnic and jam session in Key Biscayne where you can see the sun dip down into the water would be a must, as well as eating at my favorite spots like Aromas de Peru, Planta, or La Caja Caliente. In the right time of year, around our version of winter, I find it important to introduce my friends to the Everglades National Park. It’s such a beautiful and unique experience to see those waters, the alligators, and all the wild life there, while acknowledging the source of life it is. On Sundays, I love driving to visit the farmers markets more down south near the Redlands Miami. If I’m in the mood for a more lux-chill experience I would go to the Standard Hotel for sunset, dinner, and the fire pit, or the 1 Hotel in South Beach. I will admit these days though, I am enjoying my own paradise, sanctuary I’ve been creating at home since quarantine times that hosts a version of most all these activities and attractions I love so much. 🙂

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We all know in reality, no success happens completely alone, and I certainly could never have done any of this alone. I am beyond blessed and grateful to my family, especially my parents who support every single action I take and have always been behind me with my musical path & it’s because of them I feel safe to take risks out there in the world, and be completely 100% true to myself without ever selling myself short or dishonoring my values & integrity out of fear of losing a job because I know they will always have my back and support me, and I will always have a home to come back to. I recognize this is a blessing not to be taken for granted, so to them, I say a whole hearted THANK YOU & I LOVE YOU.

Website: http://giselle.world
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_giselle.world_/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gisellemusic.world/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj5DrNgcDwNAja3Q6-JfcOQ

Image Credits
Some photos (red and orange dress) are by Luis Villalobos.

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