Zeeva International

Chief Inspiration Officer, Zeeva International Inc
Los Angeles, CA, United States

About Zeeva

Bio

Lifelong Artist, Dancer, Performance Artist, Peak Performer & Peak Performance & Natural Wellness Expert. Natural Healing MIRACLE. 1st-generation American, mixed Eurasian Blood, NYC child-UN brat w/ pre-birth global perspective: attended Atomic Energy Commission in-utero as Mom covered meetings just before my entrance into world. Mythologist, Storyteller, lifelong environmentalist (tied posters on trees in Central Park for the FIRST Earth Day) & High Priestess of Zeeva's Art of Wellness: a Body-Mind-Spirit Balanced Wellness Lifestyle. Travelled the world studying arts & mythologies of people around the world, collecting their stories, became a Master Storyteller in many media. Local & global community service from a childhood trick-or-treating for UNICEF to performing, organizing, canvassing, activism & sitting on boards of orgs from UNICEF, OXFAM World Hunger Foundation, Greenpeace, RAN, Native American Children's Committee, & LA's first Downtown Neighborhood Council's Arts Aesthetics & Culture Committee. Started teaching Art, Music, Dance as healing modalities in institutions & psychiatric facilities in 70's, focused on experiential learning, Humanistic & Transformational psychologies. Advanced training in NLP & variety of holistic healing modalities, 2nd degree Reiki, performance artist & peak performance consultant for more than a quarter century when astounding disaster hit. MD's didn't know if I'd live or die. I chose life. I BEAT Blindness and Brain Damage caused by Acute Toxic Chemical Exposure--though MD's said I'd be Brain Damaged, Blind & Disabled for the rest of my life. Went to Braille Inst. Learned talking computers to research, to be able to work & be independent. Lived a life online in newly forming holistic communities who shared my battles & journey back to Wellness & Sight. ART saved my life, gave me inspiration & reason to live. Found refuge & healing by sharing art I could no longer see with those who could, curated a gallery called Beyond Vision with art by both sighted & blind artists--not specifying to visitors which art was which, urging them to close their eyes, touch, & experience the world of art Beyond Vision. Sat on Getty Center's Blind & Sight-Impaired Advisory Board to assist them to make their collection accessible to sight-impaired visitors. Became Storyteller & tour guide at Getty to keep experiencing Art thru eyes of others & in my own mind's eye. While blind, started creative company Zeeva Intl, opened & acted as Creative Director of Bashtet Movement Arts Studio--a Body-Mind urban retreat in LA's Arts District. Got off Disability while still blind & on O2. As blind board member of Downtown LA Neighborhood Council's Arts Aesthetics & Culture Committee, helped create Gallery Row--transforming an area of urban blight into a major Art destination in just a few years, revitalizing downtown LA. Though much better than anyone ever thought I could be by '03--I was still blind, still dependent on supplemental O2 for hours each day. Went south of the border to get Medical Detox & holistic alternative treatments far better & more cost effective than what's available in USA. Got back my sight after 5+ years just in time to help late Mom thru her last years. In '06, in response to 10's of 1000's of requests, shared HOW I got my sight back & got better via natural wellness e-zine-the Z'zine, which became Zeeva's Wellness Weekly. Collated questions & wrote Zeeva: the Art of Wellness the True Story of How Z Got Well Again & You Can Too! Committed to the power of creativity, faith, desire, action & LOVE to create change. Having attained several high-level degree's from the School of Hard Knocks I'm still here, still dancing, still creating, finally starting to make Art again, still practicing. As one of my masters, Martha Graham said: "Practice means to perform, over & over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired." Lost the place in high desert just n. of LA for Mom who never made it there. Named it Helicon--after old Greek myth--where the Muses dwell & Dance. LOST it in crash. Now rebuilding life, catching up & making sense of a life interrupted by toxic disaster--just in time to come out into a post BP Gulf Disaster World. Advocating WELLNESS, sharing HOW to beat beating brain injuries & multiple toxic chemical-caused syndromes & illnesses they said were permanent, telling my own & others' stories, inspiring people to transform, beat the odds, get Well as they can get, learn from the past, live in the NOW, & Dance into the future, co-creating a better more conscious, more loving, more evolved world for the 21st Century.

Languages

English, French, Russian, Spanish

Areas of Expertise

Art, World Mythology, Storytelling, Peak Performance, Natural Health Approaches , Activism, Consciousness In Creativity, Consciousness Outside and Beyond Human Consciousness, Wellness & Movement

An idea worth spreading

Wellness is a choice & an ART. An Art of Living that entails Wholism, Self-Awareness, Ecology, & Creativity. As I got better & then got my sight back after five+ years blind, everyone thought I was a MIRACLE & wanted to know HOW I got well again. Everyone wanted to know the "magic bullet"--that ONE treatment "that did it," demanding I "share my secret" so that others could get well from devastating illnesses deemed "permanent" too. Trained by ancient Russian ballet diva's in Body-Mind-Spirit Natural Health practices (including herbs & yoga) & a perfectionist MD/Medical professor/athlete father from childhood, I'd also been trained "if you want to learn to do something you must go to the masters, learn what they do, & practice it until it's yours." I got Well Again because I wouldn't accept being a disabled managed chronic disease & practiced the well-ingrained Body-Mind-Spirit Peak Performer habits I'd lived --& taught others-- long before they go the name: "Wellness Lifestyle."

I'm passionate about

Art Love Life Peace Consciousness the Earth the Moon the Stars Creating Connecting the Beauty of Diversity Empowerment the power of Creativity-in-Action and taking better care of our Mother Earth

Talk to me about

ART, Empowerment, Transformation, Zeeva’s Art of Wellness & my 21st Century Principles of Natural Wellness: Holism, Self-Awareness, Ecology, Creativity & HOW I BEAT TOXIC CHEMICAL EXPOSURE to BE WELL!

People don't know I'm good at

being still

My TED story

‘98--ACUTE TOXIC CHEMICAL EXPOSURE--fumes & vapors from neighboring industrial installation fill my ART Studio. MD's say: PERMANENTLY Brain-Damaged, Blind, & Disabled. Blind 5+ years, on O2 tanks for 4+. Got better via Body-Mind-Spirit Natural Alternative Self-Care, Alternative Med & cutting edge Science. I BEAT BRAIN INJURIES they said'd make me Disabled & blind forever! Fought my way thru "the system," started Zeeva Int'l Inc. Got OFF Disability while still blind--in less time than it took the govt to provide benefits to a woman gone blind. Went from Braille Inst to being Getty Center Storyteller & their only blind docent--challenging visitors to see what I could no longer see. Brought DANCE into LA City Hall on the Int'l Day of Dance 2003. Got back my SIGHT & OFF the O2 tank in time to caretake my late Mom, developed Zeeva: the Art of Wellness. LOST home, went broke in crash, now making a NEW MIRACLE, re-emerging into world to make Art & SHARE MY STORY to help others GET WELL AGAIN.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Zeeva International
Posted almost 3 years ago
Robert Gupta: Between music and medicine
It's pretty incredible that music--a healing modality since perhaps the beginnings of human beings & our healers, has taken so very long to make its way back as a respected appreciated tool; apparently as long as it has taken modern-day Science to discover that brain cells DO regenerate after the 20th century hubris that they don't. I too am a trained musician with an interest in neuroscience. I was a musician from childhood & a child of a pathology professor who team-taught some of the early med-school courses in neuropathology with a neurologist & a psychiatrist. I grew up looking through microscopes as my father pulled brains from buckets & made slides, directing me to find this cell or that & working his lecture on the brain to his teenage daughter as audience. Fortunate for me--because years later, when I became brain injured & all the MD's told me I'd "never get better, brain cells do not regenerate, brain injuries like yours don't heal" I not only knew how to do my own medical research, but I'd already argued that point at age 15 & chose to believe my father's response ("there is a lot about the human body medical science does not yet know")to my q: "do you know for SURE? or haven't you found the technology that will allow you to see that they do yet?" over the MD's doomsday prophecy for me. I took everything I'd learned about using the arts (including music) & holistic (called "eastern") medicine & start healing mySELF. Lucky that while my short term memory was gone--my long term memory was as fresh as if it was the day before. In the early 70's I studied many "alternative" therapies & was lucky enough to study GIM (Guided Imagry in Music Therapy) with Helen Bonny who was just developing it & testing it at Association for Humanistic Psychology conference attendees. I did a fair amount of work in psychiatric hospitals with music & art as a kid & we KNEW it was powerful THEN. I highly recommend looking into Bonny's work! http://www.gim-trainings
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Zeeva International
Posted almost 3 years ago
Antony Gormley: Sculpted space, within and without
Love this! As an artist who started out as a dancer--so very body-mind-spirit taught & oriented, who became a painter & a scupltor myself, spent 5 + years BLIND due to brain injuries (during which I turned completely to sculpting,) fought my way through the world, & survived probably because I always considered concepts like Anthony explores--I find his talk very moving. Amazed at the last work he shares--"Blind Light" --as the way it looks is very similar to the way I saw once my neurological injuries (from toxic exposure) had deteriorated over the course of a year to the point where all I had was a grey blur--lighter or darker depending on how much light there was & where it was coming from. Though its been many years since I got my sight back--it was quite eerie to see like that again--if only for a moment or two. Art is & has always been about the perception of the viewer as much as the intent of the artist. Perhaps it is really more about the perception of the viewer anyway... for only the viewer(s) can experience (or not) the intent of the artist. & the piece that he will not divulge location on? it goes to prove what I used to tell people when I was the Getty Center's only blind docent: "All art starts with an idea... you don't have to be able to SEE it to appreciate it..."
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Zeeva International
Posted almost 3 years ago
Aman Mojadidi: Art with a sense of humor ... about Afghanistan
Aman is not only immensely brave, interesting, effervescent, & funny-- I want all of you to know: he is a very KIND, thoughtful, & beautiful HUMAN BEING. It's been amazing to actually SEE my old friend, with whom this once -blind artist shared many talks about life, our worlds (local-to-global,) our experiences growing up in our refugee families' cultures while trying to grow up "American," dealing with the prejudices of our classmates & their families, art & artists, & cultural anthropology over coffee during some of the years I was blind. Years went by, I got back my sight & one day I finally got to SEE this beautiful human being I once only experienced thru his voice, his wit, & his energy via the magic of YouTube! & now on TED! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU AMAN! Kudos & be WELL! LOVE Zeeva
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Zeeva International
Posted about 3 years ago
Quixotic Fusion: Dancing with light
What BIG FUN! I should say--I don't know about lumens but Warren Stringer's comment (below)"The Ted view is a bit distracting; to watch in 720p without a white bezel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKIvop5hJ90 " is SO RIGHT ON! As an old dancer who remembers how long it took tv & film cams to get the techniques of filming dance right--I appreciated the TED view while thinking--OH! I WISH they could get it better--it must look AMAZING in person! Then I went to the YouTube link & BINGO! MUCH better view! (Why IS THAT?) Made me wish I were in my younger dancer level of fitness to be able to really partake & participate with this great new tech! Though it so reminded me of one summer I lived right on (& regularly swam & danced in) Long Island Sound. After a big hurricane--we had fluorescent algae that was as magical to dance in the water with as this high tech stuff! LOVE these high tech lighting possibilites--but decades before--Mother Nature --still the best artist of all--gave me the opportunity! EXCELLENT company, excellent work--look forward to seeing more of Quixotic Fusion--but TED--come on! you're TED! Whatever the problem that the TED view has & the YouTube view doesn't--please FIX! i LIKE to SHARE on my Zeeva International FB Page directly from TED! This one? A YouTube share!
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Zeeva International
Posted about 3 years ago
Quixotic Fusion: Dancing with light
Thanks Warren--I watched & thought WHAT FUN! As an old-school dancer I remember how long it took cameras to get hip to catching dance that was meant ot be lit & enjoyed from the stage on film... & thought--wow--this must have looked AMAZING in person. I wish they'd fix the lighting issues. then I read your comment & went right to the You Tube link! You are SO right--thanks!! THAT'S THE ONE I CAN SHARE!
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Zeeva International
Posted about 3 years ago
Mick Ebeling: The invention that unlocked a locked-in artist
As an artist who WAS blind for 5+ years & had to deal with the "system" I can tell you clearly have not had to deal with insurance or state rehab programs who are SUPPOSED to provide these when the "experts recommend them & instead waste money pitifully while earning their own salaries & benefits & keeping disabled people waiting for years if not flatly turned down for AAC devices that would make life way better & in many cases return people to WORK. When I lost my sight & HAD an arts related business & contracts to fulfill the Braille Institute expert ordered up a system designed for ME & state rehab made such a mess of it it was an apalling waste & highly frustrating. Calling the State office was no good--you have to deal on the county level for 3 years before you can call the State office. 3 years in when I called to say "I've fulfilled EVERY part of my contract with you & you have yet to provide the system that was designed for me 3 years ago & when I consider the fiscal irresponsibility & waste..." & suggested they look at my resume, & that i'd really rather just DO MY WORK--but if I continued to be stymied, I'd get on a bus or train, alerting media as to each stop to do interviews, get to Sacramento & TAP my way to their offices, where my O2 company would deliver enough cannisters of o2 to support my siege, get a bus company to donate unused buses to transport Disabled people in the same boat as me to Sacramento for a protest, & have my old Greenpeace & RAN colleagues hang a banner from the State Capitol building across from their offices that said "The State Dept of Rehab wasting it's most VALUABLE RESOURCE--it's CLIENTELE"--I got an "oh my--you're certainly very well-spoken..." my response was "I guarantee you I am as telegenic." They began to THROW equipment at me--including stuff i didn't need just to shut me up. YEARS later--friends at the Inde Living Disability Center I use tell me it has gotten no better & ask me to fight & advocate for them too....
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Zeeva International
Posted about 3 years ago
Mick Ebeling: The invention that unlocked a locked-in artist
I'm an artist & I LIVE in LA--a NYC gal who moved here in the late 80's. To you judgemental TED-ites who are all hung up about Graffiti--WAKE UP! No--it's not what I create but I used to love to watch TEMPTE paint & his work is beautiful & losing him as a street ARTIST is a great loss! I LOVE street art! I'm also an arts activist who's done so much for my community--as many of us artists do--the City Council honored me with a formal Resolution & a gold-leafed color calligraphied Wizard of Oz testimonial. FYI: There's a BIG difference between "tagging"--which is an adolescent male (sometimes now female but mostly male & often gang-related) activity much like dogs marking their territory. THAT is ugly & vandalism. STREET ART is a true expression of an artist & untainted by commercialism of the "art-world" & free of "gallerists" & "curators" & is the most honest expression of our times & our communities. It is like the rock art that we now honor in museums & protected sites around the world. It freely tells the STORIES of the cultures it pops up in. Check out my Zeeva International FB Page, where I have Street Art groups from around the world sharing street art from around the world. Some of it is political, some of it is decorative, some of it is beautiful, some of it is horrifically ugly. But it is ART in places where ARTISTS can express themselves... often in places that are beautified by it & NEED art. Where the people can't AFFORD to buy "gallery art" or get to a museum or afford entry! For those of you worried about artists & Street Art affecting property values--I'll remind you Soho was burned out empty warehouses with wino's sleeping on the sidewalks, when I was a little dancer climbing over the wino's to get to rehearsal & every other trashed out community I've lived/worked in that artists creatively made desireable for people like YOU to move in & raise the property values. Real STREET ARTISTS beautified a slum & made it worth something for YOU. Thank you.
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Zeeva International
Posted over 3 years ago
Greg Gage: The cockroach beatbox
Would anyone be surprised that even many MD's TODAY who are not brain specialists have a hard time understanding how a brain works? Trust me--as a brain injury surviver--I KNOW! It took a long time after my injuries in '98 to find the right neurologists, neurotoxicologists & neuroscientists who could accurately assess, diagnose, & HELP me. And even THEY said I'd never see again. As the child of an MD/Med Prof who co-taught some of the first psychiatrist-pathologist-neurologist Medical School classes on the brain, I sat in on these interesting classes at age 15 or 16! When I was brain-injured at age 42--I was amazed at how little the clinic Dr's I saw knew--& they all told me I'd never get better & I'd be BLIND for the rest of my life! Even the specialists I finally got to did not believe I'd get my sight back--this was BEFORE Science proved that brain cells DO regenerate--& before we knew what we know NOW about neuroplasticity. It took me 5+ years of solid holistic work--combiniing ancient technology like yoga, visualization, meditation with cutting edge tech like neurofeedback, ozone & hyperbaric therapies But even today--I see Dr's who simply do not want to believe my history. Despite my providing medical records to the contrary still prefer to posit-- as one did--"since she is convinced of her condition & has paperwork corroborating her story--either she does have this history/condition or she has a psychiatric condition responsible for her symptoms." I'd like to hook THOSE guys up to that Spikerbox! This is the first I've heard though--that "cockroaches have brains very similar to ours." Then again...maybe the Dr who wrote that on his report about me DOES have a cockroach-like brain!
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Zeeva International
Posted over 3 years ago
Tom Shannon, John Hockenberry: The painter and the pendulum
As an artist who was "Disabled" by Acute Toxic Chemical Exposure which injured my brain & central nervous system & gave me a LOT of environmental illnesses & syndromes to "manage"--& was able to "manage" them into a state where I could feel really WELL & still CREATE--I developed a teachable system I called Zeeva's Art of Wellness--sharing how the principles I lived my LIFE by: Holism, Self-Awareness, Ecology, & CREATIVITY allowed me to take back my life, get BACK the sight I'd lost for more than 5 years (& all MD's had said would be lost ot me for the rest of my life!) & how people can LEARN to use these principles to Get Well Again Too! I really appreciate seeing how Tom deals with his Parkinson's--a disease that DIS-ables so many people--& proves that "Disabled" is a really incorrect term for people who face physical challenges & choose to remain very very ABLE! GRATITUDE to Tom & TED.com for really showing how ABLE the "Disabled" can be! Brilliant & inspiring!