Sue Newsome: 07866 520352
I want to share a recent experience which links me back to the start of my love affair with tantra. Over 12 years ago, I clearly remember sitting in my first workshop and feeling that so many of the structures that I had learnt and experienced were so applicable to many people in my life. Consequently I put on my tantric uniform of a pair of embroidered wrap-around trousers and a top adorned with beads and bells and eagerly tried to spread the word of tantra and persuade everyone to sign-up to a workshop. When my enthusiasm was met with raised eyebrows, nervous giggles and the occasional damming judgement, I realised that this was a mirror of society’s confusion, shame and fear around sex.
I then focused on my own learning and, as my relationship with tantra deepened, I planted a very small seed of yearning deep within my being. My dream was to be able to stand with confidence, authority and credibility and talk about how our work within Shakti Tantra can be translated and widely applied to individuals and couples with relationship and sexual difficulties. I had a sense of translating the teachings to make them more accessible for different groups in society. The gestation time for this dream has been long as I have learnt, questioned and re-learnt every aspect of my understanding. Recently this dream was realised when I was invited to present to a group of NHS professionals who were interested in hearing how bodywork can be used as a therapeutic option. This felt like a fantastic opportunity and I drew on all of my knowledge and experience to present aspects of our work as viable treatments for sexual difficulties. During the talk, I used my nervousness and excitement to fuel my passion and conviction and I felt immensely proud as I presented to an attentive audience of doctors, nurses, psychologists and psychotherapists. They listened, nodded and asked relevant and meaningful questions – it felt like such a breakthrough – a significant step in taking the work of Shakti Tantra to the NHS.
Sue Newsome, Shakti Tantra