SHAUMBRA MAGAZINE: How and when did you find Crimson Circle?
VILI: I attended an abundance class, I think it was in 2004, and they offered a lot of links to things we might like to take a look at. One of those was to Crimson Circle, so I clicked on the link and started going through the glossary. There was a such strong movement of energy within me, like I was in shock just to be reading what I was reading, that I finished the glossary, shut down the page and didn’t open it for another three months. It was like I didn’t know what to do with it at that moment, but I didn’t forget.
Later, I came back and started with Shoud number one, “Departing of the Guides.” I started reading every Shoud – it was already 2004 so it was a lot – but I didn’t want to get into the live webcasts until I was done. I read for almost one year and a half, and then finally jumped into the live broadcast. I had found home.
SM: Were you already on a spiritual search or you just found it like that?
VILI: I was on a spiritual search, but not deeply. I was more into religions. I grew up Catholic, and then my ex-husband’s family was Christian, so I started looking at that. But then I started feeling all this turmoil, because I was trying to find the guiding line of truth that went through everything. I knew it was there, but the Catholic Church and then the Christians were not giving me answers, so I was just about to drop everything. When I found the Crimson Circle, I found the thread again, and then I stopped searching.
SM: What skills did you bring to the Crimson Circle, and what new skills have you learned in the job?
VILI: Well, first of all, my love for languages and communication. I got a bachelor’s degree in communication, which involves things like writing and marketing, and then I started working and doing translations. So, I bring my ability to translate to the Crimson Circle. And the other part that I’m good with is with organization. I’m patient enough to look at things and then start organizing until they get into a good order, so to speak. I’m taking advantage of that with the IP Index project, something that brings things together in way that is searchable and findable and clear to other people besides me.
Also, I had never before worked for a company or had a boss. I had always been a freelancer, working for myself. So, although I already had the time management skills to work on my own, coming to the Crimson Circle has helped me develop the sense of teamwork, because there are so many things that need to be done, and I have to follow schedules and guidelines that are not necessarily mine. It was a little bit challenging at first, but I think I’ve got the pace of it now. The teamwork is the most beautiful part of it, and I just arrived on the best team in the world. You know, getting new requests and watching Geoff do something or ask for something and then the whole team makes it happen – that is so amazing, so beautiful and inspiring. I just love that.
SM: What is the most frustrating, difficult or challenging part of your job?
VILI: Sometimes it’s just my own energy management, because we are going through this path as well. So sometimes I’m going through very deep personal experiences and still have to keep up the energy to go through what we do for Shaumbra. Sometimes that’s the hardest part. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just something is going on within me that is so strong that doesn’t let me focus or ground myself enough to do what I have to do. But in the end, this work is so noble, I’ve learned there’s time for everything and it just gets done.
SM: What do you love the most? What’s the best part of the job?
VILI: Working with the teachers and the translators! The part I love the most is how much love is put into every contribution to the Crimson Circle, whether it is from Geoff as a channeler or us with our job. Every contribution that makes the Crimson Circle be is full of love, and it’s very transparent. It goes beyond just our human interests, and that’s the most beautiful thing to feel. That’s what makes me come back to it every day, because there’s a lot of love that’s already been poured into it, that when I start interacting with that – ooh! – it also nurtures me. That’s the best part. We seem to be doing it for the Crimson Circle, but it gives back.
SM: What are all the things that you do as part of your job?
VILI: I started with Advanced Studies, only posting the classes and registering students.
SM: What’s involved in posting a class?
VILI: Well, it is making sure all the information is right, and then putting it up on the website and registering it into the database so that all the records are undated. That way, everybody who takes a workshop, there’s a record that they did and who they did it with.
And also, working with the teachers, because being a teacher is a challenging experience. I was also a teacher myself before I worked for the Crimson Circle. It seems easy to just post a class and hope to get students, but really making it happen every time – setting up for it in your home, spending time with the students, listening to them, holding the space for them for three days – it takes an effort. So, knowing that, I try to help teachers and facilitate the other things that they have to do in actually teaching the class. It’s also making sure all the materials are accessible in all the translations so that they can provide it to the students. And it’s keeping their information and teacher bios updated so that people can know who is going to teach that class, because if you can see a face, it creates a stronger rapport or relationship or interest in really wanting to go to somebody’s class.
Another part is the translations management. I inherited this beautiful work of love and the library that had already been created, and applied my skill of organizing it, but in a different way, just kind of rearranging it. We make sure that the translators are registered with Crimson Circle, that they have signed their translation agreement, and that they are doing the best job in terms of translating by tracking whether people like it or complain, etc. I also do all the processing, send them for formatting to create the e-reader or pdf, and create the whole product to make it available in the store. So, the whole process from when a product is made till it finally gets a translation, it’s a long circle with several tracking systems, and there’s a lot of people involved and a lot of little steps here and there so that we can offer the best translations possible.
Another part is this reorganization we are going through (recommended by Adamus), making all these materials available for future generations or whoever is to come, and my part is helping to create the IP (“Intellectual Property”) Index. It’s working on the background to organize and label the thousands of products so that we know where they are and can create a reliable list of what we have, because the amount of materials that have been created over 20 years is utterly amazing, indescribable. So right now, I’m involved in that part. It’s sort of like librarian work, like when you used to go into the library a long time ago, you could open a drawer and find the cards, and then you knew where to go and find the book. That’s kind of what we are doing right but now with technology.
And the other part of my job is Facebook and social media. The part that I’m involved with is the Crimson Circle corporate page, where I add new posts and information, and then from there we share it to the Crimson Circle group and to other Shaumbra groups on Facebook. My involvement is creating all this movement that keeps the corporate page alive, because it is open to everyone. In a way, it’s an open window where anybody can see what we do, what we are, what we post, and if they become interested, then they can go deeper.
The final part of what I do for the Crimson Circle is all the live translation of the products into Spanish. It is one of the skills I brought, but it’s a passion! It’s a delight for me to connect with the messages that way, to just be in the moment and be able to convey it. It’s something I really love to do.
SM: Is there anything else you would like to say?
VILI: Well, I cannot be happier. The Crimson Circle has been a sort of cradle that I could step into and that has helped me all through these years. And that’s something I will forever be grateful for – all of you, Geoff and Linda and all the staff – and all the conversations, the crying, the holding.
It was perfect, thank you.