Conscious Life Journal: How did you wake up to this particular industry? Was there something personal that set you on this road?
Rikka Zimmerman: I’m from a very normal family. If you said the word “energy” they would all make fun of you. When someone’s from Ojai they often have a huge spiritual background and spiritual upbringing. That wasn’t the case for me. Ever since I was a little kid I loved looking up at the stars and felt more at home on top of my roof than I did in my home with my family. I wondered about in infinity, life, and what was possible. I felt like I belong up here. That being said, I’ve always felt that more was possible than was being presented to me.
When I was eleven years old my father passed away. He was the love of my life. When my dad died it set me on a path of feeling really broken, like I knew I should be able to love more and couldn’t. I just hurt inside, and I found myself with different boyfriends, not feeling love, not protecting myself, I’m pushing them away, I’m doing all of this stuff. And I felt inside that it was still from that hurt.
I began looking through books on personal development and found a few therapists and fired them because I felt like I knew more about my life than they did. Personal development really began to make sense to me. Oh, wait, I’m the creator. I can change things. I can help let things go. I can create new possibilities. I was hooked from the very beginning. OMG, everything’s getting so much better. This is so good. And it gave me a sense of being able to choose my own destiny.
At that time I was doing music but I was in total self-judgment. I thought I wasn’t good enough. I thought I wasn’t deserving enough. I didn’t feel that anybody should listen to what I say or that I had any real value or self-worth. But I still wanted to do it. So even though I was crippled with judgment and worried about what everyone was going to think, I made myself do it because I just couldn’t not. I love this but I’m so scared of it. I’m scared of being judged, but I’m going to do it anyway.
I got up on stage and said, “You know, the music is just a hobby, so please, nobody judge me, and if you could just listen then that would be great.” Then I’d play and afterwards I’d go around the room and say, “Do you like me, did you like me, was it good, was I okay?” I had so much self-judgment looking for love and acceptance and just feeling like I couldn’t seem to get out of this. But I kept going deeper and deeper into personal development as I began realizing, one, that I was stopping me, and two, that I could actually make a different choice and reprogram my mind and my consciousness and my beliefs and shift my vibration. I’ve been on that path ever since.
I’ve been teaching full-time for ten years. I jumped in head first and have not looked back. I’ve been traveling the world and training hundreds of thousands of people to have their most magnificent life. Wherever they are we can help transform them out of that energetic space and into a whole new one.
CLJ: That is awesome. Do you feel that your singing is your teaching? Tell me about that relationship.
RZ: In my teaching I began coming through with spontaneous conscious songs and/or toning. Divinity began using me. I would feel energy beginning to open up. I would be with a group of hundreds of people and divinity would come forth with a possibility of hey, this is their next step and I’d begin asking them questions and getting people to choose and getting people on board with the greater, more expansive life and energy field that was being presented. There was a certain point at which their mind has been updated, their consciousness has been updated, they’re like a whole yes, they don’t have any more resistance. But the energy change still hasn’t taken place.
I found just in letting go and opening up I can sing transformation into people’s bodies. Just by connecting to “upstairs” that energy comes through and begins shifting their energy. I can feel where their energy is and then this toning begins coming through and then after the toning I look around and they’re all glowing. And all the information that was no longer required is no longer here.
CLJ: Wow! If I understand you correctly, you’re channeling and reading the room and allowing that to come through you to basically recalibrate the audience.
RZ: Totally. The cool thing is that there’s science behind it. A GDV (Gas Discharge Visualization) machine gives you pictures of people’s chakras and if they’re out balance, how big the chakras are, and their auras and energy in their bodies. We had the toning tested by a GDV machine and it increases the energy in people’s chakras, it aligns their chakras, and it gets rid of old emotional content so it repairs and restores places in their auras where the energy is not owing through.
CLJ: That is incredible.
RZ: Isn’t that cool? Love is such a miracle. Source is incredible. You open up to it and magic happens.
CLJ: Are you still doing this? Where are you doing what you’re describing?
RZ: I have one hundred and fifty coaches all over the world who are teaching these tools and processes and vibrational shifts. I can actually train people on how to connect to that kind of divinity and how to bring that divinity through in their own way. We help them unlock themselves to that potential and possibility and show them how to do that again and again. My new record, The Miracle, has about eighty different layers of toning underneath that you can’t hear. It’s the energy and consciousness and vibrational alignments happening underneath the music that’s healing people’s bodies and bringing them into more possibility. It can reach the masses because people don’t resist music for the most part. They’ll be listening to it on the radio and feel really great and they don’t necessarily have to be in a place to choose consciousness. They can just receive the vibrations.
CLJ: That is a really big deal. We’re here at this particular time in the world’s existence in order to participate and facilitate that raising in consciousness and your platform could be huge with the music. So what would you say to our readers about your work and what’s happening in the world?
RZ: We are at a point in human consciousness where it’s time for the beings that are here to awaken. To allow themselves to step into the divine connection with Love, God, Source, Universe. To step forward boldly and fully and allow themselves to shine and to give everyone else permission to be that too. It’s exactly the time to completely end the paradigm of fear so it’s no longer part of anyone’s mindset or anybody’s energy field. That’s why everything is so up in everybody’s faces right now. The energy and the consciousness are asking everyone what they are going to stand for. Are you going to stand for love or are you going to stand for fear? Are you going to believe in separation or are you going to allow yourself to embrace oneness? You have all the reflections of what’s acting out in our culture and the behaviors, and it’s like everybody’s last straw. It’s amazing what choosing love will bring. One choice for love, and love takes twelve steps towards you. We’re being assisted greatly on this journey.
In May 2015 I was diagnosed with stage four melanoma cancer, which was a huge shock. I see that I signed up for it before I came here to help transform consciousness, bring me even closer to God, love and an even greater level of compassion. I was faced with the possibility that my life might end; there’s no greater experience that will bring you into a level of knowing of what you’re here to be and what you’re here to bring forth.
I could see that I’m actually meant to transform stadiums of people and to bring them into so much love and so much God that they walk away and create massive transformation on the planet. And I hadn’t allowed myself to love that much. I hadn’t given myself permission to really open that way. When I was diagnosed and went through that process I thought, “You can’t take me. I haven’t done this, I know that I’m supposed to do this. You can’t. There’s more.”
I made this deep divine promise to myself and to God and to love that if I got this second chance at life I would show up fully, I would love fully, I would go to the ends of the earth and beyond and just let divinity have its way with me for this music. We’ve got to realize what really matters. When you get to that place, the only reason why you want to live is because you want to love. Life and love became synonymous. The reason why you wake up every day is so that you can engage with all of love, open your heart and let that love in. We get to live with what really matters. It’s amazing.
CLJ: It is amazing and so many people don’t quite get that. Did the music come after that or were you always singing and performing?
RZ: I had an album that came out a few years before I was diagnosed with cancer, but it was more about facilitating and transformation, so the songs were, “You outshine the sun, you’re amazing, you can live the greatest life.” The Miracle album is so deep in my heart, it was just written from God to God inside of me. Walking in the deepest places in my heart and letting it all come through. The other album was for other people.
This new album is for God, for God in the soul. When you’ve gone through something like cancer, you see how many moments in your life you’ve spent not fully being yourself. People are robbing themselves of themselves and they don’t even know it. I’m going to honor my heart no matter what, I’m going to show up as me, I’m going to love fully. Making that transformation is so important.