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Shakti Durga is a popular author, speaker, musician and living guru from Australia.
As a western, educated, female, she connects with those looking for spiritual answers and solutions in the west through a practical and grounded approach. As a 'guru,' she is very effective at igniting people’s spirits through her teachings and helping them to feel empowered to shape and improve their lives.
Shakti Durga has developed a spiritual path called The Path of Ease and Grace, which is filled with tools, techniques and practices that are very effective at creating more peace, happiness and grace in people’s lives than they ever thought possible. Her books provide the core of that path and they offer a toolbox to managing anything life throws your way: whether you are depressed, going through divorce, having financial issues or simply want to find your purpose. You'll wish you had been taught the lessons in these books in school.
Shakti means ‘spiritual energy’ and Durga is the fierce and protective form of the divine mother. As her spiritual name suggests, Shakti Durga’s teachings are highly charged with energy as she embodies the divine mother, teaching and role modelling the transformational power of unconditional love. Her approach blends together western and eastern concepts but focuses on the cultivation of the virtues and awareness of the spiritual laws that underpin all spiritual and religious paths.
Shakti Durga didn’t start life aspiring to be a spiritual teacher. In fact, she started life as Kim Fraser – a modern, educated woman and mother of two who had a successful practice as a barrister for 16 years. Shakti Durga was sceptical of spirituality, lived in a waterfront home in Sydney and experienced a life of great material wealth. Yet despite a life of success and achievement, she was miserable inside.
As her marriage was breaking down, a colleague suggested meditation might lift her spirits. She took a five-week course that changed her life. It was as though a black drape lifted, revealing a brighter world and a new sense of hope.
She developed a veracious appetite for new spiritual concepts and read hundreds, if not thousands of books. She also studied with many teachers and Gurus in Australia and overseas and learned numerous energetic and spiritual healing modalities.
In 2006, Shakti Durga experienced a profound spiritual awakening and expansion of consciousness in which she realised her name was Shakti Durga, that she was a guru and her sole purpose in life is to serve and help others and humanity. “No one was more surprised than me to learn that I was supposed to be a guru. At the time I thought that it was impossible for a white, western, female to be a guru; I thought gurus only lived in India. Over time, people’s lives around me kept transforming and I had to accept my new path in life. I watched as people's spirits were being ignited, just by being in my classes, which I have come to understand is exactly what happens. A guru's flame is lit so that they can then light the flames of others to help them realise their true potential and purpose,” says Shakti Durga.
Shakti Durga now introduces the sacred guru tradition to westerners and demystifies the transformational power held within. "You wouldn't try to learn a sport without a coach, so why do we think that spirituality and life can be done without a coach? It's not about giving power away, it's about learning from another person to become empowered in life," Says Shakti Durga.
She is also the spiritual director of a charity she founded called Shanti Mission. Shanti means peace, and as the name suggests, it is a peace mission dedicated to helping create an age of peace on earth. Shanti Mission operates centres and ashrams throughout Australia and offers courses and seminars, mostly by donation, around the world and online. “We blend Eastern and Western traditions, draw on the work of many spiritual teachers and bring like-minded people together to help them discover and awaken their unique purpose and mission,” says Shakti Durga.
Shakti Durga also offers weekly mentoring, online, to students around the world by donation. She also holds regular online classes. For more information, visit her website.