Shakti Caterina Maggi shares a message of awakening to our true nature as One Consciousness since 2003, with workshops and meetings held in Italy, Europe, and around the world.
“The opportunity to meet what we are, and to embody it in everyday life, is the very meaning of life itself – not as human beings who seek God, but as the Divine itself that experiences itself through the human experience.”
Although in the vein of the Advaita and non dual tantric tradition, Shakti shares a very contemporary approach to self-realization and reveals the real possibility of seeing what we are and embodying it in our everyday life with clarity, wisdom and humour.
The first glimpses and non-definitive openings to the Self and the true nature of reality began to occur for her at a very early age. At around 27, these temporary windows of our true nature brought her to a state of great inner openness, without having the cognition that what was happening was called “awakening” or “enlightenment” in other cultures.
In January 2003, while working as a financial reporter in Milan, she had the first experience of kundalini awakening.
“Everything vibrated from its infinite nature: my body, the room, the bed I was on were all a unique vibration of love that expanded and dissolved itself in a space without borders. I was myself and at the same time I was no longer me, Existence itself was my nature. After about two hours everything disappeared into nothingness and I was surprised to wake up in the morning still alive. Honestly, I was certain I was going to die that night. Now there was something vast and completely silent that looked at a funny little me, acting like a cartoon character, moving but also loving. “
For the first time, she realized she needed a spiritual guide. Before that, though she had encountered several masters through various and unusual circumstances not directly related to her inner search (including SS Dalai Lama, Fausto Taiten Guareschi, and Swami Veda Bharati), this desire had never presented itself. All her internal experiences and research were entirely kept private. Knowing that all this had occurred without her conscious desire or intentional action, she simply waited for life itself to deliver someone able to clarify what was unfolding. Each prayer became a simple “amen”, may thy will be done, in the recognition that existence itself, and the Divine through it, always carried what was truly needed.
Four months later, she met Bodhi Avasa in a satsang in Milan, and after only five days she encountered a definitive experience of self-recognition.
“I suddenly realized that Caterina had never existed. It was just a thought of My Mind, and that My Mind was the Divine Mind. No separate identity existed, but only a single Self, empty and aware, from which Existence itself was born as in a dream. “
It took a few months for this quantum leap to stabilize, as mind and body were traversed by profound and transformational understandings. Avasa’s guidance supported her in crossing through those energetic phenomena without attaching to any of them, and in developing an understanding that could erase the fear that emerges in this integration process.
Encouraged by Avasa, she soon thereafter started to share her experience, although it was only in 2011 that she began to hold true satsang. The process of integration of the awakening, and purification from what Ramana Maharshi referred to as vāsanas (latent tendencies), required several years, allowing her to develop a deep understanding of the path that takes place after awakening and its integration into daily life.
Since then, many people have met her and recognized the vast and transformative reach of such a simple and direct message.
In recent years she has also directed a non-duality series for the Laris publishing house (for which she has been translating the books of Tony Parsons, Ramesh Balsekar and Jeff Foster), and she has been involved in art and spirituality by coordinating events and exhibitions. Along with the therapist Giusi Carrera in 2015, she created the course “From Me to Self, a New Vision on Therapeutic Relationships”, a master seminar on the exploration of non-duality in the world of therapy.
In 2015, together with other professionals in the communication world, she launched the ANIMAle, a project for the creation of events and seminars related to the world of non-duality and inner growth.
For almost 14 years (until 2015), she also supported Avasa’s sharing in the world, to which her eternal gratitude goes. In August 2016 Avasa’s heart ceased to beat, but continues to expand into the hearts of those who met him.
“We Are One Self, a unique breath of Life that lives in seven billion men and women that can live in a new world. All that’s needed is to stop believing in the illusion of illusion and fear, and to cross its intensity to reveal that it is just the fire of Love that calling us. It’s been always calling us and we are Its Answer. “