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Shakti Malan facilitates the awakening of conscious sexuality for women and men across the world. She has a passion for spiritual awakening, a deep love for people and a unique understanding of the body and sexuality.
Shakti was born in South Africa and has an extensive international and online teaching presence. She has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, a discipline that teaches the practitioner to listen to the reality of groups and individuals from an insider perspective, through immersion in the texture of their lives. She spent many years translating the realities of vulnerable communities to decision makers in the fields of poverty management, economic development and environmental management. In that time, Shakti realized that the collective will only transform if individuals awaken to their true nature. Shakti has a gift and passion for supporting realization of truth in collectives.
For the last decade, Shakti has been guiding and supporting individuals and groups across the planet to awaken consciousness in our sexuality and in our bodies, to release sexual trauma and body armouring, to bring more awareness to the relationship between the inner and outer masculine and to awaken the deep feminine in women’s sexuality. Her book Sexual Awakening for Women is used by women and groups of women to awaken to the feminine in their sexuality. She has a particular interest in supporting practitioners in deepening their work, and does so through longer residential and online trainings and coaching.
Shakti’s quest for realizing the divine in the body started when she was young and led in her twenties, through the mystical tradition of Christianity, to start a meditation practice for which she developed a passion. Tai chi, yoga and immersion in shamanic practice contributed to her initial development. Shakti’s first realised teacher was Leslie Temple Thurston. She was initiated into Tantra by Rahasya of the Advait Tantraschool of South Africa. Her style of work has also been influenced by that of Arnold Mindell.
She is currently studying with Bernie Prior, Aisha Salem, Judith Blackstone, and Thomas Hubl.
I grew up during Apartheid in South Africa with parents who were intellectuals who questioned the political and religious regime of the time. In my twenties, I was driven by the desire to change the state of my country, and attempted to do so through working in the fields of poverty and environmental management. I worked in development organisations, in government and in corporates, and finally started my own highly successful consultancy.
By the time I was 28 I had a Ph.D. and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This, together with the end of a significant relationship, took me into depression and deep questioning of everything in my life… my dark night of the soul. It was a breakdown that led me to beginner’s mind, into deep meditation and a committed desire for spiritual awakening. This came along with an arising desire to discover what the feminine really was, and what it meant to really be embodied.
From this decision followed a decade of deep initiation into the feminine, the path of awakening and Tantra, the art of sacred sexuality. The journey of exploration started through creative expression, dreamwork and sounding and spending hours finding feminine flow in my body while in deep meditation.
At age 33, I went through a ceremony in the wilderness where I was given the name Shakti, which means Feminine Sexual Power or Energy. I was told that my name signified that my work in the world was about the awakening of feminine creative and sexual essence.
Following this ceremony, I lived alone in the wilderness for 18 months and after that worked with profound teachers and awakened masters. I let my life unravel and open into a new place of deep inner knowing. Alongside my own inner work, I facilitated workshops for women and ran an environmental consultancy dealing with the relationship between social and environmental sustainability.
At the onset of my work in facilitating sexual awakening, I was intensely focused on one-on-one session work with clients. The next evolution was BlissDance, a dance and movement practice I developed to facilitate deepening intimacy in people’s relationships with themselves and each other. I moved between these intimate embodied spaces with clients and meetings with cut-throat corporate officials that demanded the highest clarity from my inner masculine. This life taught me to dance seamlessly between different expressions of my masculine and feminine aspects, and to deepen the relationship between them.
When the time came for me to focus on conscious sexuality work, I moved to Cape Town and started a solid practice there with BlissDance, WaterBliss (a version of BlissDance that happens in water), private sessions, workshops, courses and retreats. These years were the incubation period where I learnt immense amounts through working with people and going through my own shadow work.
From there came the calling to teach abroad. I have found the journey across the globe immensely enriching as I get to know the sexual nuances of highly diverse cultures. But mostly, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to love so many women and men, and to support them in discovering more of who they are, on the deepest, most delicious and profound levels of their sexuality. The desire grew to be more continuously available to support, and also to reach more people. My first exploration of online teaching was a two-year facilitation training in Totality Therapy. Since then, my online offering has grown extensively and brings me a joyous opportunity to share deeply with many more across the globe.
A male student shares about Shakti:
“I thought you were a marvellous facilitator – sensitive, clear, centred and supportive.
Two things I particularly valued. One was experiencing how you have entered into your power and fullness as a woman – your radiance, self-assuredness, playfulness, seductiveness, gentleness, joyfulness. How you embody what you speak of. It was a privilege for me to see you, a powerful woman in the fullness of her beauty and her power.
The other was the lightness and playfulness and gentleness with which you held the whole affair. It is a big thing, to hold such a group of powerful people; and you did it with deceptive simplicity. You truly are a hollow bone; a clear channel for the love you are bringing into the world.”
… and from a female student:
“To have had the privilege to be entrained by you and have your transmission and initiation into this Sacred art is a priceless Gift. I am endlessly grateful.”
Shakti is an ancient Sanskrit word that has many layered meanings.
Some interpretations of the word are:
Feminine creative/sexual power
Feminine life force
The bestowal of blessing
Kundalini fire/ the rising of energy along the central energy channel of the body
Divine mother or devi
The active, dynamic aspect of feminine power
In Hindu mythology, Shakti is a collective term used to describe the feminine deities.
Whereas Shiva, the male principle of the cosmos, embodies transcendence and merging back into oneness,
Shakti is the cosmic force that creates the diversity of life expression from the core.
Shakti is described as follows in the Hindu sacred texts:
“I am Manifest, Unmanifest, and Transcendent Divinity;
I am Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva,
As well as Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati.
I am the Earth, the Sun and the Stars,
And I am also the Moon.
I am all animals and birds,
And I am the outcaste as well, and the thief.
I am the low person of dreadful deeds,
And the great person of excellent deeds.
I am Female, I am Male, and I am Androgenous.”
From the Devi Bhagavatam Purana
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