Shamala Tan

Shamala Tan

3 July, 2012
On being a holistic life coach
Spiritual entrepreneur
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Shamala Tan is a writer, speaker and I AM University certified coach trainer, based in Singapore. A self-defined spiritual entrepreneur, Shamala shows her students and clients how to fulfil their life’s mission and create abundance on the energetic, emotional, mental, spiritual and financial levels, using spiritual knowledge. Shamala is also an environmentalist who contributes positively to the environment and community through her lifestyle choices and community work.
 
Ecozine: How do you help people with your coaching?
 
Shamala: I’m a holistic life coach, so I help people on many levels. There are those who just want to grow spiritually and then there are those who just want to have better mental health but are not spiritually inclined. Not only do I coach, I teach, conduct seminars/workshops, and do counselling (private sessions). I also channel and do healing work.
 
Ecozine: How did you become involved with holistic coaching?
 
Shamala: I got into this because of my own past. Basically I was an alcoholic for about 10 years or so, and then one day I woke up and decided that I have to do something about my life... and so I did. Since then, I have been doing this. It’s been about 11 years now.
 
Ecozine: What do you think your students get most out of your teaching?
 
Shamala: The focus in my classes is always to empower and share with others what I have learned. However, the thing is that people do not want to be empowered! Most people just want to be spoon-fed. But I try to teach them slowly… star with spoon feeding, and then I wean them off and get them to empower themselves by doing what they need to do to better their own lives.
 
Ecozine: What types of people come to you for help?
 
Shamala: There are working professionals, homemakers, children, retirees, and teenagers, and issues can range from personal development to relationship issues to money issues and beyond.
 
Ecozine: Could you describe how you help people when they first come to you?
 
Shamala: There are several ways. One is through seminars, which can be a one or two day process to share information, pinpoint areas of weaknesses and then for people to learn how to work through them and transform themselves, in a group setting. Another option is through one-on-one counselling where we meet once a week, or once every ten days, depending on the needs of the person. Most of the time, the issues are more than just being stressed out. There is almost always a core underlying unaddressed problem from the past that is 'haunting' the person, so we work on a step-by-step process to move out of the negative zone. I also help my clients through email programs, where they complete weekly assignments and send them to me, and I give feedback. This program ranges from 6 months to a year. I've had people on the email program for 5-6 years ongoing, because they find it highly beneficial for their personal growth and having someone to guide them along helps.
 
Ecozine: Did you also have a personal mentor/holistic coach?
 
Shamala: My mentor Dr Joshua David Stone has since passed on. He founded the I AM University. I learned a lot from him when he was around, and I am continuing in my learning and always keeping his wisdom in my mind.
 
Ecozine: How do you make the environment and human connection in your teaching?
 
Shamala: I am an advocate for vegetarianism. I have a blog: foodorjunk.blogspot.com, which I offer as a resource for my students. Many who attended have been converted to vegetarianism once they realize how eating meat has such negative environmental and social impact. My company also plants a tree for every client we have through www.eco-libris.net. In addition, I am a supporter of the River Kids Project [www.riverkidsproject.org], which is helping children in Cambodia to sustain themselves. In the centre that I have, we will be selling their items and 100% of the proceeds will go back to them. I've been doing a number of charity events, such as meditation for charity, and the money goes to Riverkids as well as other organizations.
 
Ecozine: What are some of your most popular workshops?
 
Shamala: For corporate clients, the most popular talk is “Positive Psychology”. In the area of spiritual workshops, the more popular ones are “How to Cultivate Abundance” and “Psychic Self Defence”. In fact I will be going to Hong Kong in March to do the one on “Psychic Self Defence”.

Ecozine: Do you mostly do in-person workshops or through online workshops?
 
Shamala: I travel to Hong Kong and Malaysia, and will also go to London and Australia. I was in Hong Kong in December, and on average I go there once every three months. Flying is an issue for me because of the environmental impact. However, I try to offset my carbon footprint! I do videos and blogs as well, but somehow people respond better face to face. I think it is the human connection that people want, and I think it is better for me, one person, to go to them, than for many of them to come to me.
 
Ecozine: How do you cater to the different needs of your students?
 
Shamala: In a group environment such as workshops, it is harder to work on an individual levels, but I also make an effort to relate to each person in the group. In the personal programs, it is far easier to cater to the individual's needs.
 
Ecozine: How to deal with your own personal difficulties?
 
Shamala: Whatever I give to my students, I make myself go through the same type of homework as well to gain clarity over the matter/issue. My personal program includes meditation, prayers, affirmations, visualization, processing, journaling, dialoguing. I also talk them out with my husband who is also a life coach and it helps to gain another perspective. I would say that both of us make good sounding boards for each other.
 
You can find Shamala’s videos here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Shamalatan

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