27 July 2010

Shakti is back: Time for sessions!

Hello beloveds,

I am back in Cape Town after an extraordinary two months' teaching in the UK and the US. If you are curious about what I got up to, go have a look at http://shakti.co.za/blog.

In the next few days, I will be sending you information about Tantra events coming up for the rest of the year. Let me know if you prefer to receive only one email with a summary of upcoming events.

 During my travels, I was again made aware of the power of individual sessions work. Below, a write-up on what private sessions involve. My rates are now R500 an hour. My doors are open for bookings.


Private sessions

At the center of my work as a Dakini is private sessions work. A session is an opportunity for you to sit in the fire of presence and to have your awareness be powerfully catalyzed. To see a detailed description of the goals, objectives and outcomes of sessions, see htttp://totalitytherapy.com

Do sessions involve sensual/ tantric/ erotic massage?

No. Please do not contact me if this is what you are looking for.

What happens in a session?

The purpose of a private session is to catalyze your awareness to the next level of what you are ready for. How this happens and what it entails depends on how I read your energetic, emotional and physical bodies at the time that you arrive for the session. I listen to your words, but I also feel into your nervous system and your energetic field. From this place, I make an assessment as to what would be the most potent course of action for our session. Sessions are therefore not pre-planned and they are highly individualized. I use a huge range of modalities that include

    •    conscious bodywork,
    •    breathwork,
    •    guided meditation,
    •    processwork psychology,
    •    shamanic techniques,
    •    yogic and taoist movement techniques,
    •    nervous system repatterning
    •    enactment, embodiment, roleplay, movement and sounding
    •    venting and other forms of emotional exploration

My role: Dakini

Dakini is a Tibetan word for a woman who teaches the deep mysteries of Tantra. Her sexuality and her whole being is devoted to the Divine/Existence/your awakening. She uses the power of the feminine, including feminine sexuality, to shatter illusions and bring the client closer to the truth of who s/he is. Being a Dakini is a deep calling that takes a lifetime of preparation, as the Dakini's own being is the main vehicle through which the catalyzing  happens. By doing her own inner work, the Dakini becomes able to accurately read and potently respond to the awareness needs of the client. For that she uses both ordinary and extraordinary perception and abilities. The Dakinis of our school are initiated by Swami Rahasya and we are members of the Advait Tantraschool; see http://tantraschool.co.za

Who are sessions for?

Sessions are for seekers of truth who are serious about waking up - this lifetime.  Be warned that this work is highly catalytic and not for the faint hearted. For the highly sensitive, yes. For those committed to feeling everything, yes. For those who are willing to show up and not hide from any aspect of their being, yes. For thrill seeking escapists ? no.

Solo or couples?

Tantra sessions are accessible for individuals or couples. The focus is on the awakening of the individual, which supports what is possible in a partnership in terms of opening to awareness. When partners can support each other in this work and practice the meditations together, this can accelerate the awakening of both. But be warned: Tantric work will also confront any illusions that the relationship may be supporting. The reason to come for a Tantra session is a deep desire - from both partners - to live in truth.

Men and women?

I do as much session work with women as I do with men. The modalities that we use in sessions may be different for men than for women, but the sessions are equally powerful and catalytic for both genders.

In work with women, I sometimes suggest sessions with Daka Stephen Tredrea, my colleague. We often do sessions with women together, which give women an unusual opportunity to integrate and confront issues to do with intimacy, masculinity and femininity.

Gay or straight?

Seekers of all sexual orientations are welcome in this work. If your orientation is same-sex, a key element of the teaching will be to show you who to work with inner male-female polarities in yourself and your partner.

Do sessions involve sex?

 Tantra is not an advanced form of sex work, and also not another version of sexology. If you just want a sexual condition addressed and are not willing to look deeply into your perceptions of love, security, belonging and identity - then rather look for a suitable sexologist.

Tantra is a mystery tradition that is known as a fast path for seekers of truth. One of the reasons why it is so powerful, is that it includes every aspect of our being - and so, too, our sexuality. When sexual energy is included in meditation practice, it adds tremendous power to our ability to wake up, this moment, to the truth of who we really are.

Tantrikas work with sexuality in two ways:

    •    As a gateway to access what is in the unconscious and
    •    As a vehicle for deepening presence.

Is there a set curriculum?

You can approach sessions from two angles: The traditional method is to arrive as you are, and to let the Dakini act as catalyst for what is most ready to open in you in this moment. This approach is very organic, and works with the basic assumption that life is your teacher who decides on the curriculum from moment to moment.

Another, more structured approach, is to come for a series of sessions. The purpose here is to be introduced to some of the basics of Tantric practice in a way that still is individualized in a private session format. I suggest a series of 6 - 8 sessions at 2 - 3 week intervals for this purpose. The themes that your learning will be focused on are:

    ⁃    Accessing vital life force/chi/ sexual energy
    ⁃    Preparing your physical, emotional and psychic being for the flow of kundalini (vital life force)
    ⁃    Embracing desires and fears
    ⁃    Deepening your capacity for experience
    ⁃    Developing kinesthetic intelligence and dropping body armoring
    ⁃    Conscious use of breath, the Tantric way
    ⁃    Raising sexual energy up the chakras

Cost and length

Sessions are R500 per hour and pro rata for sections of an hour. 

Sessions with Stephen and me are R700 an hour.

Sessions occur at my rooms in Fish Hoek. Follow-up sessions via skype or email can be arranged.

A one hour session is an introductory or follow-up consultation only, with no practical work. Regular sessions  which involve in-depth personal work, are two hours on average, and can go up to five hours, depending on the depth and intensity of catalyzing that your being is willing for at the time of the session.
Couple sessions are usually three hours.

To inquire about sessions, contact Shakti at shakti@shakti.co.za


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