Sex Shamans: True Stories of Sacred Sexuality and Awakening (Paperback)
20 transformative stories and sexual healing practices from international pioneers in the sexual shamanism movement
• Reveals intimate details about how each sex shaman overcame personal struggles with heartache, jealousy, mental illness, or social shame to realize their calling as a sacred sexual healer
• Includes 20 in-depth embodiment exercises such as soul gazing, contacting your spirit guides, sexual divination, energetic sex, self-pleasuring, moon blood rituals, and sacred sexual storytelling
• Includes contributions from 20 diverse voices in the sexual shamanism community, all part of the mystery school ISTA: International School of Temple Arts
Drawing on traditional and modern practices, a sex shaman uses the power of erotic energy as a healing medicine. They channel divine love and embrace sexuality freely, practicing polyamory, sexual healing, and even sex magic. They teach tantra, trance dance, kundalini yoga, and other techniques for healing shame, guilt, fear, and sexual trauma.
Designed to guide the reader on a journey into their own sacred sexual awakening, this book shares true stories from 20 visionary pioneers in the sexual shamanism movement, all of them associated with the International School of Temple Arts (ISTA), a mystery school that works to illuminate the path of sexual shamanism and heal the split between sex and spirit, release the shame surrounding sexual awakening, and inspire more sexual liberation around the world. The teachers reveal intimate details of their life stories and sexual awakening journeys, showing how, by surrendering to the wisdom of the erotic current of the universe, transformation occurs.
Each story is accompanied by an in-depth embodiment exercise with step-by-step instructions, including soul gazing, contacting your spirit guides, sexual divination, energetic sex, self-pleasuring, moon blood rituals, and sacred sexual storytelling. Underlying these exercises is the belief that the body is a temple that opens with pleasurable worship so spirit may dwell more fully within.
The 20 contributors include Baba Dez Nichols, Bruce Lyon, Crystal Dawn Morris, Dawn Cherie, Deborah Taj Anapol, Ellie Wilde, Janine Ma-Ree, KamalaDevi McClure, Komala Lyra, Laurie Handlers, Lin Holmquist, Matooka Moonbear, Mia Mor, Ohad Pele Ezrahi, Patrik Olterman, Raffaello Manacorda, Ria Bloom, Sean O’Faolain, Stephanie Phillips, and Stephen SouLove.
About the Author
KamalaDevi McClure (aka KD, pronouns: they/them) is a pansexual, genderqueer, tantric mentor, speaker, and author of seven books. They've been navigating a polyamorous marriage in San Diego for almost 20 years with their husband and family who appeared in Showtime’s hit docu-series, Polyamory: Married & Dating. They've also appeared on Dr. Drew, Ricki Lake, Tyra Banks, and the award-winning documentary Sex Magic. KamalaDevi travels around the world teaching sexual shamanism as a lead facilitator for ISTA (International School of Temple Arts) and touring two new books, Sex Shamans and 52 Fridays: A polyamorous queer, kinky love story. They are also the creator of Tantra Theater and Poly-Palooza. KamalaDevi's mission is to awaken artists, healers, and visionaries to become love leaders around the world.
“A fascinating and informative look at the lives of the sex shamans of the International School of Temple Arts tribe. As you pore over these pages, you will be entertained, educated, and have your mind blown open to new possibilities.”
— Charles Muir, president and director of studies at the Source School of Tantra Yoga
“The sexual and the spiritual are connected, and the importance of ritual in sexuality is a potent truth. Sex Shamans helps us move toward that great truth, through personal stories and accounts of transcendence through sex, the divine in the erotic, and the rituals that have helped many seekers and teachers to meet their own divinity through sexual energy, power, and expression”
— Amy Jo Goddard, author of Woman on Fire
“Incredible and profound stories with something to offer anyone exploring their sexuality. These stories are bound to titillate your imagination, while providing you new insights into what is possible to experience in your body.”
— Destin Gerek, author of The Evolved Masculine
“There are tons of stories about shamans who cultivate plant medicines or use psychedelic drugs for shamanic journey, but there are too few accounts about those who truly know the power of using sex as medicine. This book is an invaluable resource on many such taboo topics, helping one to come into right relationship with their own primal power and magic.”
— Katie Weatherup, author of Practical Shamanism
“This intriguing book of diverse personal stories is a vital awakening call for the return of the sacred fire, the transformative element so needed in our sacred culture. As we enter into a new era that values one’s energy and vibrations more than gender orientation, we must celebrate the feminine and the masculine energies within each of us. Only then can we bring a real balance and a lasting peace to our societies. I highly recommend it.”
— Itzhak Beery, author of The Gift of Shamanism, Shamanic Transformations, and Shamanic Healing
“This book busts through myths, stereotypes, and stigmas around sexuality as a career path. I’m profoundly grateful that KamalaDevi and all the contributors are coming out of the shadows, with their heads and hands up high, to show us how sex as a healing profession is just as important as school teaching, doctoring, cooking, or any other valuable profession.”
— Michael Ellsberg, author of The Education of Millionaires and coauthor of The Last Safe Investment
“If you’re still imprisoned by your sexual wounding, Sex Shamans delivers hard-won wisdom from a remarkable array of the liberated, a deep dive into the river of healing, and an utterly daring road map into the reclamation of the magic we’re all born with--our original innocence.”
— Steven Starr, producer of FLOW: For Love of Water
“We are entering a real revolution based on a new culture of consent, particularly in the realms of power and sexuality. With her new anthology of parables, myths, and stories, KamalaDevi seeds the growing field of spiritual sexual consciousness on Earth. Let her take us spiritually into the caverns of consciousness together!”
— Kelly Bryson, author of Don’t Be Nice, Be Real
“Be very careful when you choose to sit down and read this book, as you will not be able to put it down. And, it could just change your whole life. Set aside the time to dive into a new world of possibility for your future.”
— Alexis Katz, founder of Eyes Wide Open Life and author of Wear Clean Underwear!