MEET KASSI

credit: ROISIN GILLIGAN

credit: ROISIN GILLIGAN

Kassi Underwood is the author of the memoir 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. She got sober at age 20, which sparked her love of practical spiritual tools, and spent the following decade exploring and mastering spiritual disciplines.

She is now Harvard’s first-ever Meditation Advisor, serving the entire student body in private sessions and group meditation experiences. As founder of Spiritually Blonde, she works with private clients and creates online courses that her students describe as “mind-blowing” and “magical.” 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 through a process influenced by principles from A Course in Miracles, the metaphysical text on which her work is based. 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 The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly digital, The New York Daily News, Women’s Health, Best Self, and many more.

CREDIT: Roisin Gilligan

CREDIT: Roisin Gilligan