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Chandra Alexandre, Ph.D.

Chandra Alexandre, Ph.D.

Address:

Rashani Chandranath Alexandre
San Francisco, CA 94127
United States
T: 415-505-6840
F: 415-723-7299

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Description        

Through SHARANYA, a 501(c)(3) Devi Mandir (Goddess temple), I offer counseling services for individuals and couples centered in their spiritual beingness. Utilizing traditional and alternative methodologies, including energy work, divination, guided meditation, deep listening, intuitive reflection and other spiritual techniques, I bring an east-west approach to the healing, transformational, and growth journey. Ritual practice and methods for continuing unfoldment may also be pursued as appropriate to the process.

Areas of Specialization: eating disorders, tantrick practice for spiritual development, couples therapy, spiritual counseling for all life-affirming paths, goddess-centered explorations and practices.

Birthed in India over 15 years ago, SHARANYA exists to empower seeds of change on individual, collective, and planetary levels towards healing, respect, responsibility, and the fullest awareness of an interconnected, interrelated cosmic reality. Our origins are rooted in a commitment to social justice and to the (r)evolution of consciousness across space-time realities that we might transform increasingly toward peace.

Profile and Credentials        

Chandra Alexandre is a Tantric Bhairavi, an initiator in the tradition of Kali, serving SHARANYA as clergy. She is a householder and a regular pilgrim to the birthplace of Tantra in northeastern India, where she studies and practices with her teachers. Chandra was first initiated into the mysteries of the dark goddess in 1998 in Puri, Orissa on the dakshinacara path, and then, five years later, she accepted the non-dualistic path of vamacara Tantra at Kamakhya outside of Guwahati in Assam. Her maternal grandmother was her first guide into the ways of spirit in the world.

On her initial return from India, Chandra founded SHARANYA to serve those committed to embodied and engaged spirituality for social justice and transformation. This was the birth of Sha’can, an authentic lineage tradition of Shakta Tantra contextualized and made relevant for people and lands distant from the source. Chandra and community complement San Francisco Bay Area worship, events and services with an online mystery school, Kali Vidya, to serve an international community of spiritual seekers and lovers of Maa.

Chandra is known for her passionate engagement of theory and practice. She holds a PhD in Asian & Comparative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies, a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wisdom University (formerly the University of Creation Spirituality), and an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School. In addition to SHARANYA, she engages her commitment through several community-based nonprofit organizations working for educational equity, poverty alleviation and the empowerment of women and girls.

Originally from New York, Chandra has, since 1995, called San Francisco home. She is a devoted wife and mother and also conjurer of The Aghori Bakery: Everyday Spiritual Conversations (forthcoming).

Philosophy and Comments        

My practice is holistic and integral with deep concern for widening and spiraling connections on spiritual, emotional, rational, intuitive and physical levels. I bring many tools, along with dialogue and listening, to the process work and consider my own spiritual practice and passage through anorexia nervosa to be instrumental in shaping my ability to facilitate others' transformation and ultimate healing. I look forward to hearing from you to set up a free consultation appointment.

Jai Mata ki Jai!

Work Hours and Fee Schedule        

Schedule by appointment only. 15 minute consultation is free. $125-225 sliding scale for 50 minute sessions. Skype and phone sessions as well as in-person counseling offered.

The Path        

The Sha'can tradition offers many opportunities for the neophyte as well as the initiate on the path to practice, worship, learn, deepen, and cultivate spiritual leadership. At SHARANYA, those seeking an understanding of and way into Sha'can begin with sitting in circle, joining us regularly for puja, service and teaching circles. Those who receive initiation are welcomed into the Kaula, or family of initiates.

Begin The Path

Join us for the next Teaching Circle to learn more about the Sha'can path and the road to initiation. Formerly articulated through Daughters of Kali, a year-and-a-day teaching circle, the path of study and devotion now aligns with the initiate path of practice to increase mentorship, engagement in community and direct access to practices for deepened sadhana and worship.

After monthly Kali Puja (1pm), stay for Teaching Circle and engage your practice through spiritual technologies and devotion.

For more information please see this page.

About SHARANYA        

SHARANYA is a unique 501(c)(3) religious organization and Devi Mandir (goddess temple) evolving Śākta Tantra from ancient roots to serve those who seek to know the Divine beyond the boundaries of geography and religious dogma. With an authentic lineage in embodied, goddess-centered tradition as birthed in northeastern India and contextualized for today, ours is path of strengthening oneself to employ spiritual technologies in service to personal transformation and social justice. Our tradition is called Sha'can.

Our vision is of a harmonious global community where our inherent divinity—the essence of female, male, and that which lies between and around—is welcomed, balanced, sustained, honored, and celebrated as quintessential to creation. Through open hearts, surrendered egos, willingness, and a deep commitment, we create a compassionate and strong, safe space to engage spirituality that brings Devi, Goddess, home to each one of us.

The word SHARANYA is from Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, and means "refuge" or "sanctuary." Founded on August 2, 1998 by a scholar and activist, this public charity (EIN: 94-3334334) received federal tax-exempt status in February 2002 in order to support a local and international community through a variety of programs and services.

Priorities

Our community is open to all seeking to better understand the ways of Goddess—particularly in her antinomian, chthonic, relational, cyclical, and embodied forms. In our community:

  • We seek to know Her throughout the spaces of Self and World


  • We dedicate ourselves to Her devotion.


  • We make a commitment to action and service for the betterment of all beings


  • We embrace the work of conscious relationship and own a strong commitment to compassion.


  • We strive to resacralize the Feminine/Female and unpathologize the Masculine/Male.


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