“But love does not move unpredictably. It follows precise laws. Those laws are of a higher order than your current awareness reaches on planet earth. That is why you need our help. ”

Celebrating Post-Patriarchal, Post-Feminist and Post-Goddess Woman

By Shakti Malan | August 15, 2016

The appearance of Woman’s Day has me reflecting,

Post-Patriarchal Woman

At this moment in history, we find ourselves as a species steadily leaving the familiar harbor of Patriarchy which we all – men and women alike – created through our agreement. However much we may want to put Patriarchy in the Bad Box, the last 5 000 years of patriarchal paradigm has brought enormous evolutionary leaps to human consciousness. Simply looking at advances in science and internet technology makes this obvious. And yet, it is also clear that Patriarchy has served its purpose.

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There are Mermaids in Africa

By Shakti Malan | August 15, 2016

In popular media, mermaids are depicted as Barbie-like Disney characters that evoke in us a whimsical imagination of a certain quality of the feminine. I want to tell you today about the Mermaids of Africa – and invite your imagination to go to entirely new places.

Mermaids are well known in African culture – more than known, they are revered, and feared. In Southern Africa, they are called the Mondao. The Mondao is a water spirit in the shape of a snake that lives in water bodies. This shake has tremendous power, and she is said to be in charge of money and abundance. Years ago, I visited rural Zimbabwe where the villagers would not dare take any water from the local river before praying to the water spirit. In the tradition of African Shamanism, the Mondao is one of the non-familiar ancestral spirits that Sangomas (African shamans) may need to learn to work with. I was in a room once with a woman who had the calling to work with the Mondao but hadn’t been initiated into it. When the Mondao came and possessed her, her body was being flung around with a force so intense that it took four of us to hold her down.

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I Give You My Time Beloved

By Shakti Malan | July 21, 2016

Beloved. I wonder if you, like me, find that relating to time puts you instantly in a straight jacket. Deadlines, appointment times, schedules – relating to these can put me instantly in a more contracted state. I know this contracted state to be what Joe Dispenza calls The Habit of Being Myself. In other words, my relationship with time tends to get me identified with a familiar, habitual sense of myself.

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The Moon Whispered to Me….

By Shakti Malan | July 20, 2016

On Sunday night, I found myself lying naked under a blanket on the earth, tears rolling down my face, red embers burning in the fire pit and a sky covered in stars shining shyly next to the brilliance of the almost-full moon above me. It was an icy mid-winter’s night but a warmth was washing through me because I was being so intimately present with my tender self, and with this magnificent moment on planet earth.

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A Brief (and Contrary) Description of Tantra

By Shakti Malan | May 20, 2016

Tantra is a collective term for spiritual traditions that focus on practices which integrate transcendent awakening and embodied realization of the Self. The premise of Tantra is that we are not in a body only to realize our true nature beyond form, but also to bring that realization back into form and into our everyday living. Can we realize our divine nature and then let that realization shape and direct every choice we make on the earth plane? That is what Tantra invites us to.

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Lovers Unite Beyond Identities that Divide

By Shakti Malan | March 29, 2016

There is a force in this world stronger than any attempt by any superpower to create division, animosity and war between people. It is the force of Love. Whether we live in the Amazon or New York City, whether we are 14 or 94, black or white, straight, gay or transgender, rich or poor – Love is what makes our humanity sing.

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She Who Remains Hidden

By Shakti Malan | March 10, 2016

For a woman to truly open to her sexual nature as an embodiment of the feminine, is to embrace the veiled and hidden quality of it. Our sexual ambrosia is hidden within the inner folds of the yoni (vagina and vulva). It cannot be seen through the outer gaze, but only through the inner. That one who disregards the temptation to play with woman as an object of beauty and truly devotes him/herself to seeing the shimmering soul-essence of Her – only such a one will be given entry in beyond the veils, and will learn to ‘see’ in this space that which remains forever hidden – like a night creature that has eyes to see in the dark.

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The Pathway to Erotic Pleasure

By Shakti Malan | February 8, 2016

conditioned and trained into looking for the fast-high and the tension-release kick that sexual play brings. This game leaves us often wanting for more, or believing that we are never going to be lucky enough to ‘get the goodies’. Eventually, we get disillusioned and either accept that we have to play the game or lose all interest in it.

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Say Yes to the Eros of Life

By Shakti Malan | February 5, 2016

We have been trained to be productivity machines, which devoids our lives of true meaning and sensual pleasure. It is time to return the rhythm of our days to devotion of Eros. In early Greek mythology, Eros was a primordial God involved with the coming into being of the world. Later, he became depicted as the mischievous son of Aphrodite whose arrow would ignite passion between lovers. The word Eros means Love or Desire. It refers to the original impulse of life, bursting forth from the seed, and growing endlessly – for no reason other than as an expression of Love and Life’s Desire itself.

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On Having One Breast

By Shakti Malan | August 28, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I had a mastectomy as treatment for breast cancer. I now have one breast. A new imagination arises from within: one of unity within which Shiva and Shakti have become one. In reading Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s masterpiece Alchemy of Light, I know that it is time to release the old images – those of objects of desire, of which the breast must be the primary. In not being that object, I lose an illusory power. In embracing what is, including the severance, I get to see the new image that arises from within – one of unity that expresses our essential and unchanging divinity.

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