Phillia Kim Downs — Bio
When you meet Phillia, you will be immediately impressed and charmed by her endearing bright personality, her vibrant dynamic style and become curious of her progressive path to living a free-spirited life full of joy and well-being. Her mission is to help the people of NYC to "Find Your Sanctuary" with her combined unique background of a powerhouse real estate agent and a trained shamanic healer.
Phillia graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park Honors Program with a B.S. in Cell Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2000. She was a therapist for autistic children, did cancer research and had plans to go to medical school, until her inner artist and entrepreneurial spirit was unleashed in 2004. Without any knowledge of fashion and business, she launched her own self-taught clothing and accessories line called pH by Phillia – pHnewyork.com – which was covered by Teen Vogue, Nylon, The NY Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, MTV, VH1, among others. Phillia also worked with clients like SONY, Bloomingdales, various celebrities like Jennifer Hudson, Alan Cumming, Donald Trump Jr, and top photographers Richard Corman, Kenneth Cappello and more. She consulted numerous others how to follow their own fashion dreams, as well as teaching workshops at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Forced to close the doors on her fashion dream, in 2009 Phillia entered NYC’s competitive real estate industry with determination to sell unique luxury properties and developments, soon afterward selling millions of dollars of properties and garnering press in The Real Deal, The NY Times, Broker's Weekly and CurbedNY.
In 2011, a twist of unusual fate through the world of real estate connected Phillia to a real estate developer in Brooklyn. Phillia had a buyer in the midst of a bidding war for one of the new apartments, where the outcome looked grim for her client. With courage and determination, Phillia made a bold move by reaching out to the developer with a heart felt letter, expressing how much her client had to have this dream property, and offered to give up her entire commission, in order to sway the decision her way. The developer called her immediately, surprised that in her 15 years of doing real estate, never once has she ever met an agent willing to do anything like that.
Fast forward and end of story — her client is happily living in her dream apartment. Phillia got her hard-earned commission. And an instant deeper soul sister connection between the developer and Phillia began from that moment on. They began to dream together what to do with the empty commercial space in the building, combining the developer's passion to teach yoga and Phillia's love to restore power and light to people through her shamanic healings.
In 2012, with their combined passion toward holistic wellness, healing & vibrant health, Phillia assisted and co-founded the Awakening Holistic Center — a 7000 SF eco-green urban sanctuary for healing and well-being - www.awakeningny.com - where she helped get it off the ground in its first year. Now in it's upcoming third year, the center is thriving and invites everyone to come experience the wide spectrum of holistic offerings to bring well-being and balance into the lives of busy New Yorkers.
At the same time in 2012, Phillia was so moved and inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement in NYC and across the world, she bank rolled all of her previous earnings in real estate, and began pursuing a massive dream of her own called Live Love Collective, www.livelovecollective.com. The grand vision was to form a global network to connect the most powerful, influential, wealthiest members of the world directly to the visionaries, innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs with game changing projects and companies to help heal our planet and help move humanity forward by providing their resources, connections and financial backing. As the Collective grew bigger and faster, Phillia was being connected to many amazing powerful people in the world, when she realized deep within that she was not quite ready to be a Leader of Live Love, until she had properly learned how to walk the walk of Live Love in all areas of her life.
Since then for the past three years she has been working with Shamans in Peru, Colombia and Brazil to understand the meaning of Live Love and is currently writing about her life's journey and revelations in her upcoming book "Love, Sex, Magi(k)." And for over a decade, Phillia has already been on an epic spiritual journey to heal and transform her life through following her passions and dreams and transforming her own spirit from deep within through the power of shamanic healing. Her journey has opened her heart and mind to discover a natural invisible energetic world that is mystical, magical and interconnected.
Through her own scientific observations and theories based on her life experiences, being the guinea pig of her own life's theories and experiments and through being exposed to the metaphysical sciences and witnessing the many life journeys of those close to her, she realized the importance of spiritual health and how key it is to balancing physical, mental and emotional well-being. Realizing how powerful and authentic this form of 'medicine' Shamanic Healing is, she became a shamanic healer herself, in order to help the people she loves and those who cross her path.