Kassi Underwood is the author of May Cause Love (HarperOne/HarperCollins) and founder of a practice that teaches people how to feel peaceful and powerful, no matter what’s going on around them. Kassi first began her “spiritual journey” at the age of 19 when she became pregnant in college and, despite having always wanted to be a mother, chose to terminate. Rather than follow the rules and be silent, she decided to tell the truth; if just one woman could feel a little bit less alone, it’d be worth it. Once she started telling the truth about her abortion, she started telling the truth about everything, including her addictions to drugs and alcohol. Kassi got sober at age 20 and soon discovered the metaphysical text, A Course in Miracles, which transformed her mind and life and ultimately set her on the path of spiritual teaching.
Kassi is now the Harvard Innovation Labs’ first-ever Meditation Advisor, serving Harvard’s entire student body in one-on-one sessions and group meditation experiences. In her private practice, Kassi works with clients and creates online courses. Her most recent course was called Revolution After Abortion, the first program of its kind, leading women and nonbinary people to community, confidence, and peace of mind.
As a public speaker, Kassi has traveled the country to share her story and present no bullshit spiritual teachings everywhere from the University of California at Berkeley and New York City’s Lincoln Center to churches in Texas and live television audiences on MSNBC. She encourages people to meditate, tell the truth, and follow their gut—in that order.
Kassi is currently a masters candidate at Harvard Divinity School, with a focus on spiritual psychology, female spiritual teachers (mystics, shamans, witches), and innovation in business. She holds an MFA in literary nonfiction from Columbia University, where she taught writing for three years. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly digital, The New York Daily News, Women’s Health, Best Self, and many more. She is mom to a toddler named Wallace.