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Conscious BDSM: Sharpening the Blade with Shakti Malan
The Looking Glass
Oakland, CA
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Conscious BDSM: Sharpening the Blade with Shakti Malan
Join us for a workshop that will address BDSM as a field of erotic exploration that lends itself to profound transformation - if it is approached consciously, and with totality. Totality in this context means not holding back at all in exploring the depth of feelings that is held in the erotic. Such feelings are most often mixed, particularly when there is a desire for domination or submission. The erotic response increases significantly with the presence of seemingly opposite states of feeling present, such as shame, guilt, repulsion and pain. I will explore in this workshop the workings of these parallel, paradoxical states and why it is important to feel it all.

Our erotic response is directly connected to the darkly delicious fertile soil of our unconscious. In my work with erotic genres such as BDSM, my aim is to uncover, welcome and integrate as much of the forgotten self into your conscious energetic being as possible. Every time this happens, something in our existing ego structures shatter - and we wake up more to the truth of who we really are, as embodied souls.

Totality with BDSM requires a fine scalpel - keen perception from both the sub and the Domme in identifying exactly what the desire-fear complex is, and how it is linked to the unconscious. This is not a theoretical exercise. It is felt in the body. Without identifying the exact focus of an erotic charge, this work simply cannot be total. It cannot go all the way through. And identification means going all the way through - into the depths of the experience.

Finally, this talk will address ways of working with the nervous system responses that occur in the presence of intense sensation. I will address ways of using forms of domination to touch and unwind deep contractions in the nervous system. By creating space for the full experience of the nervous system to be there, we free up the capacity to feel more, and start to experience life with exquisitely fine presence, awe and love.

About Shakti Malan

Shakti is a dakini (teacher of the mystery traditions of Tantra) and member of the Advait Tantraschool ( She has a busy practice involving sessions, workshops, courses and retreats. Shakti is based in Cape Town and teaches internationally. Her central approach is to enter the totality of experience as a gateway to awakening. Shakti believes that sexuality is the field which most powerfully directs us to this gateway. For more on her work, see and

Her style of teaching is influenced by Advaita teachings in general and specifically Advait Tantra, shamanism (most poignantly African shamanic traditions), systemic and process work psychology, her intellectual training as a Social Anthropologist and also her work as a dance and movement teacher.



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