Bestselling Author, Personal Empowerment & Business Mentor, Intuitive Advisor, D. Takara Shelor
Takara is a two-time bestselling author, award-winning speaker, engineer
, and mystic. She helps people discover their unique magnificence, regain their courage and confidence, as well as find happiness and inner peace. She teaches meditation, holistic health, thriving under stress, how to raise your vibration, heal the past, connect deeply with nature & your true essence self.
A little history …
After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1987 with a degree in Industrial Engineering, she headed off into the business world and the climb up the corporate ladder. She received awards as a corporate trainer and for successfully managing multi-million dollar projects. She then went into pharmaceuticals manufacturing first as an engineer and then a manager with over 40 people reporting directly to her. Her career success was won at a high price, however. The more success she achieved, the higher her stress level became. Eventually, she hit the wall. Realizing that stress was literally killing her, she decided her life needed to head in an entirely new direction. She soon left the corporate world, moved to an island, and co-founded a non-profit for dolphins and whales. And that was just the beginning …
She spent the next 20+ years exploring meditation, inner peace, world travel, alternative healing methods, how life works, metaphysics, how to discover and heal the root cause of issues, as well as expanded consciousness and awareness. In addition to her spiritual and metaphysical practices, she traveled extensively throughout North America, lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for over 9 years, and also aboard a million-dollar yacht in the South Pacific for a while.
Takara has been leading workshops for over 30 years both locally and internationally. In southern California’s spiritual community, she was dubbed the “Seminar Queen” and had a whole group of people who attended most of her classes. They didn’t seem to care what the topic was or where the class was being held, just that Takara would be leading it.
Her metaphysical mentor was Stuart Wilde, considered by many to be the greatest metaphysician of our time. She is one of only 300 people in the entire world who attended his 8-day Warriors in the Mist training (60 students went through the 8-day intensive at a time). Other students include the drummer for the Eurythmics, Kris Krepcik (the Hooded Sage) as well as Dr. Wayne Dyer and his wife. Her experience there was so life-changing and transformational that she later moved to Santa Fe. While spending a few days at the same location where Stuart wrote his Taos Quintet, she wrote her own book on advanced meditational energy healing techniques which she “received” directly through what she terms “Divine Revelation.”
Takara with sound healing pioneer Jonathan Goldman holding the Essence of Sound. Takara is holding Holy Harmony. Jonathan is holding the Chakra Chants Chakra Kit.
She is personal friends with many famous notaries in the spiritual/new age community including Jonathan and Andi Goldman. Jonathan is an award-winning author, Grammy-nominated musician, and sound healing pioneer. She has had extensive training in sound healing through Andi and Jonathan’s workshops. Jonathan and Takara are the co-creators of a product line called the “Essence of Sound” that infuses his music into her Dancing Dolphin Alchemical Synergy oils and mists. She did a similar collaboration with award-winning meditation and jazz musician, Richard Shulman, called the “Essence of Camelot.”
In addition to the intensive meditation and metaphysical training she received with Stuart Wilde, in the early 80’s she learned a form of Transcendental Meditation from Gregg Schweitzer. Greg had formerly been the official TM instructor for the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster, MA (Dr. Deepak Chopra was a Director there at the time). Greg personally trained celebrities from
Linda Shay, Takara, and Roberta Goodman in Sedona, AZ for their #1 bestselling Dolphins & Whales Forever book tour.
all over the globe including the Beatle’s George Harrison, Dr. Wayne Dyer, and many others.
When she first learned to meditate, dolphins began to spontaneously appear in her meditations bringing with them a powerful, extremely high-vibration healing energy which she now embodies, radiates, and transmits to others and infuses into her Dancing Dolphin Alchemical Synergy product line.
She is considered an expert in human-dolphin connection. She enjoys friendships and often collaborates with other well-known cetacean
communicators and visionaries such as Joan Ocean, Linda Shay, Roberta Goodman, Teresa Wagner, Sierra Goodman, Laurie Reyon, Grandma Chandra, Cyndie Lepori, and many more.
Takara, Roberta Goodman, Laurie Reyon, and Master Cat Puddah leading a workshop with their #1 bestselling book Dolphins & Whales Forever.
She is known as the “Chalice of Divine Frequencies” and has the ability to bring through and transmit a full spectrum of energies and insights, precisely what each individual needs in the moment. She is extremely intuitive and works one on one with clients for both business success and to activate spiritual and harmonic codes, clear blocks, provide activations & initiations, give insights, upgrades, and lay in entirely new energetic “operating systems.”
She’s had extensive training and experience in shamanism, middle-eastern and earth-based spirituality, and women’s empowerment including workshops with Sandra Ingerman, Neil Douglas Klotz, and a 9-month Women’s Wisdom course at Heart of the Goddess in Philadelphia. She studied aromatherapy with world famous expert Dr. Jane Buckle from the U.K.
While living in New Mexico, Takara co-owned and managed the Spirit of Nature Retreat, a center for healing and ceremony that offered women empowering women circles, wise women’s manifestation masterminds and healing circles, sweat lodges, medicine wheel gatherings, drumming circles, hiking and ceremony at sacred sites, and more. She was host to shaman, medicine men and women, and other spiritual teachers and groups from all over the globe.
Takara at the President’s table for a National Association of Professional Women’s event as Star Jones speaks.
Never one to let her scientifically-minded engineering-self become bored, she built her first website in 1996. She has created and managed many for herself and other clients since then. After she and her husband separated, she became the Internet Manager for a Nissan dealership in Santa Fe. Using her highly effective and innovative internet skills, working only part time, she single-handedly ran the entire internet department selling almost as many cars as the Nissan competitors in Albuquerque with a staff of 6+ people. In addition, she got the business on the first page of Google search results for several highly competitive keywords – a feat no other local auto business managed to achieve.
Her web design business won an award in 2014 for best local web design company.
For nearly two decades she has shared her discoveries and unique transformational wisdom through live workshops, live and virtual group meditations and classes, numerous books, websites and blogs, and her monthly eNewsletter
, Here’s to Your Magnificence
, enjoyed by thousands of readers from over 100 countries across the globe.
Takara is the bestselling author of Peering Through the Veil: The Step by Step Guide to Meditation and Inner Peace
and Dolphins & Whales Forever
She has authored numerous other titles including: 7 Secrets to Dancing Through Life EmPOWERed, EnRICHed, and EnJOY!
; Dancing with Dolphins: Embracing Their Joy; The Dancing Dolphin Way of Pendulum Dowsing: The Fun Fast Highly Effective Method For Making Improvements in Every Area of Life While Fine-Tuning Your Intuition; Freeway to Freedom: The New Dance of Healing and Enlightenment; Life Works When You Are Happy, It Sucks When You Are Not; and Manifesting Your Beloved: Having a Love Relationship in
Joy. She is a contributing author in
Earth 2012: Oracles of the Sea: The Human-Dolphin Connection.
Her product line, Dancing Dolphin Alchemical Synergies
, has been thrilling customers the world over since 1998. Each Spring and Fall Equinox she leads the Golden Water Dolphin Meditation for Planetary Healing
In addition to achieving her own dreams of owning her own business and living on a yacht, she took her books, Peering Through the Veil and Dolphins & Whales Forever, to the top of the bestseller list. She now helps other authors do the same.
She is the founder and head instructor at Magnificent U
people in being healthy, happy, and whole, body, mind, and soul. Partic
Takara, Ivory Morgan-Burton, Star Jones and Louise at a NAPW event in Virginia Beach.
ipants receive wisdom training, integrative practice, energetic support, and community.
Takara is a polymath … or as Marie Forleo calls it, a multi-passion entrepreneur. She often writes several books simultaneously. Her depth of knowledge and interests span a very wide spectrum from deeply esoteric and spiritual principles that help people radically transform their lives to web design, author success, internet marketing, holistic health, and vibrational medicine.
She is an ambassador for dolphins and whales, former President of the local chapter of the National Association of Professional Women, and a homeschool mom.
Let her unique insights and Divine revelations help you to bring clarity, passion, purpose, joy and healing into your own life and business.
Let Me Tell You A Little About Myself
I’m an engineer turned bestselling author. I’ve lived in places that most people only visit on vacation. I work part-time and play the rest. I’ve grown enormously as an individual. I haven’t always had a lot of money, but boy do I know what it means to be happy and at peace. I have the things that most people only dream about.
I have great friends. I am both happy and healthy. My career allows me to do what I love. I get to spend tons of quality time with my son. I enjoy my life.
I have a deep connection with nature and with the Divine. I know who I am and what matters to me. I do what brings me joy. I help others improve their lives and that has meaning and brings me great fulfillment.
I’ve healed and moved beyond my past, my programming, my fears, and my worthiness issues – all the things that have limited me as an individual.
And I’ve attained peace.
“How do you thank someone who comes into your life and because of her influence your life is changed forever? Takara has graced my life with her many talents and skills. Especially through her healing arts, I have made quantum leaps forward in my life. At one crisis point she was able to facilitate my integration of a significant shift in only 10 minutes! Her knowledge, and keen ability to share it, have enriched my life forever! Perhaps due to her engineering and teaching background, she has an amazing ability to take extremely complex concepts and information and boil it down to bottom line usefulness with clarity. She makes things implicitly simple and understandable to a lay person. Her extensive studies in metaphysical and philosophical areas allow her to create freeways for those of us who don’t have time to sift it all out. The clarity she creates with her accelerated techniques allows you to quickly come on-line with the information, to transition, and to push past limitations.” – Theresa Wright, Carlsbad, California
I once had an 80-year-old man tell me that he had traveled the world over and met innumerable amounts of people. He shared that in all those travels he had never met anyone that exuded as much inner peace as I do.
Before you write me and say, “It’s easy for you to be happy. You’ve never been through the kind of life that I’ve been through.”
We need to dispel that myth right away.
I Was Living the Great American Dream
I had all the things the American Dreamers strive for. I was attractive, intelligent, and hard-working. I put myself through college and became an Industrial Engineer. I had a great home, a great job title, a little red sports car, a very attractive boyfriend with a prestigious career, and I spent many a day wining and dining in the finest restaurants, cruising the Caribbean, and enjoying all the places that tons of frequent flyer miles can take you.
I was living the great American Dream. But along with the dream came a lot of unwanted baggage and a huge decline in my happiness and health.
I had stress and worry off the Richter scale.
My health was heading in a very dangerous direction. I was no longer enjoying my job. The boyfriend was becoming high maintenance to be around. My bills were larger than I was comfortable with. And I had stopped laughing and enjoying life.
Maybe you resemble some of those statements?
So . . .
Eventually, I hit the wall . . . and hard.
My intuition suddenly “turned on” and I was inspired to seek out amazing people and methods that helped me immensely. One of those people was a very insightful and empowering energy healer and teacher, Karen Schweitzer, who I worked with weekly, sometimes twice a week, for many months. Another was Stuart Wilde, one of the greatest metaphysicians of our time.
Finally, I had to get out!
Takara and the rainbow energy dancing together along a nature trail.
I Walked Away from it All.
I left the lucrative career and headed off into the sunset to follow my dreams. I wanted to find myself. And I wanted to lead a life that had more meaning and involved a greater level of happiness.
I said goodbye to the boyfriend, quit the job, sold most of my stuff, packed my bags, changed my name, and moved to the San Juan Islands.
And, like Thoreau gazing over Walden pond, I contemplated the meaning of life as I spent time in nature, in meditation, in silence.
I Devoted Over 20 Years
And countless hours of prayer, meditation, teachers, books, seminars, guides, pilgrimages, personal challenges, and sacred journeys in order to discover the secrets to happiness, truth, empowerment, freedom, health, and lifelong fulfillment.
I inner reflected. I sat in silence watching the Orcas swim past, the bald eagles soar overhead, and the deer lazily munching on grass. I asked deeply meaningful questions.
Industrial Engineers are tenacious and they refuse to stop searching until they find the root cause of a problem along with the fastest, least expensive, and most effective way to fix it.
I had a problem.
I wasn’t happy.
So, I looked at myself and the great American Dream. I studied numerous philosophies, attended many seminars, read over 300 books, became certified in many techniques, and kept tenaciously after the answers to my pressing questions.
After ten years of meditation/prayer, observing human nature, reading piles of books, receiving inner guidance and insight, studying with various teachers and spiritual gurus, working with healers of various kinds and the Dancing Dolphin Alchemical Synergy Oils & Mists I’d been “inspired” to create, the “truth” began to reveal itself.
How to fix things became crystal clear.
Like you, I’m not interested in theories and schemes. I only want to know what works, why it works, and how to apply it in my life and to help others apply it in theirs.
“Takara is a dedicated, driven individual who holds the highest level of personal integrity. She believes strongly in what she does and strives to succeed at all costs. She is persistent, motivated and does not take NO for an answer. One of her strongest attributes is her desire to help others, working for excellence in all that she pursues. I have known for 15 years and have never seen her give up on anything. When she sets her goals she WILL achieve them. I can honestly say I know very few people who approach her level of professionalism, commitment and desire to be of service. If she has come into your life, it is for a very good reason.”
– Raven Hicks (my former husband – written after the divorce)
I began “receiving” information during meditations starting in 1993. Ten years later I felt inspired to go away for a weekend to write. And write I did – for 3 solid days and nights.
What “came through” were concepts, technologies, and meditations that revolutionize the healing process. They work to reprogram the subconscious mind back to its original divine blueprint all the way to the cellular memory, DNA, and adamantine particle levels.
I was inspired with techniques that radically shifted my world for the better and I discovered how to teach them to others. I found my joy and the inner peace I’d been seeking.
The end result was a totally unique, highly effective, Divinely inspired series of techniques that cause:
- inner peace regardless of outer circumstance,
- a deeper connection to your own spiritual Self,
- heightened intuition,
- increased synchronicity,
- flow, and
- the list just goes on.
Then for the next 10 years, I used the technologies to heal much of the pain from my past and continued to receive new insights, inspirations, and technologies to help clients, to face situations as they occurred in my own life, and to understand even deeper truths about how life works.
I had quite a few painful memories and experiences to overcome:
I’d been madly in love and forced to move in my teens, leaving forever the guy I thought was the love of my life. I was betrayed by my best friend. I was raped. I experienced the pain and betrayal of an unfaithful husband for many years because I was convinced that if I healed something within myself, he would change. In addition to the job I mentioned leaving above, I previously left another very good job to move across the country to be with a guy – only to have that relationship completely disintegrate as soon as I arrived.
Ten years of my life was basically lost because of poor health – sometimes requiring 16 hours of sleep a day. As a teenager, I was so miserable in a new school, not fitting in, and being treated so cruelly by other students, that I went home in tears every day for at least a year.
I could go on. But I know by now you get the picture. My life has been seriously challenging at times, and downright miserable at others.
Yet I’ve succeeded at moving beyond all that without bitterness, without the need for revenge, and I’ve done it with grace and maturity. I’ve been able to maintain dignity, poise, and happiness. And most people who spend time with me end up laughing a great deal! Some seek me out specifically because they feel uplifted by my presence. Some feel better just by hearing my voice.
The More Esoteric Bits
Over 20 years ago, dolphins (angels of the sea)
began showing up spontaneously whenever I closed my eyes in meditation. Many people say they can feel, hear, and/or see dolphins showing up whenever they do a session with me. I work with many well-known authors (on many topics),
coaches, group leaders, professional speakers (including tv personalities),
and other facilitators of transformation. Many years ago, a famous astrologer/numerologist said that I am a “healer of healer and teacher of teachers.” As my career has progressed, that has become quite true. I have also been called “The Chalice of Divine Frequencies,” as I have the ability to bring in, alchemically combine, and emit/transmit a vast array of healing and transformational frequencies. Many people come back into harmony and balance just being in my presence or hearing my voice. For a more in-depth explanation of my more esoteric side, visit this link
Let Me Help You
When you have healed the trauma drama from your past, let go of the shame, blame, and victimhood, forgiven others and yourself, blasted through your limiting beliefs, fears, judgments, expectations, and attachments to outcomes, what is left of you is the true you, the Divine you, the “whole” you. In that space of clarity, you can find true connection to Source and true wisdom.
I am a mystic … a seeker and teacher of truth and enlightenment. Every day I notice signs, I go within, I spend time in silence, I continuously “skim the lake” as my metaphysical mentor, Stuart Wilde, used to say, always looking for those things that are of lower vibration, denser consciousness, all the lower nature aspects of mankind mentioned above, and then I use the many tools I’ve learned or “received” (directly from Source) to heal those things.
About the Name: In 1997, I received “Takara” in meditation and began using it as my name. When I asked what it meant, the insight that I received was that it meant, “nurtures others into wholeness.” I found out many years later that it is a Japanese word, part of the I Ching, that means treasure and blessing. In 2009, I moved back to the East Coast of the United States where many family and friends knew me as Debbie. So I went back to using the name “Debbie” again for awhile. During that time, I got very involved on social media and set up numerous social media profiles with the name Debbie Shelor. Eventually, I realized that I resonated vastly more with the name Takara than Debbie and went back to using Takara. My books say Debbie Takara Shelor. Takara is the name I prefer.