The Art and Path of Sacred Sexuality

April 22, 2015
Hosted by Mara Evenstar

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Sacred Sexual Healer & Transformational Guide, Leslie Blackburn, speaks with us this week about sacred sexuality as a path of transformation. We will learn about this powerful path, hear about Leslie’s personal journey and developing this work, and explore the deep gifts of this practice.

The Art of Transformation

The Art of Transformation

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Transformation is more than just change. It is a change so radical that a shift in identity or form occurs. Even positive transformation is unsettling. How can we become allies with this powerful force? How can we move through our transformations with less fear and more grace? How do we become the artists of our own transformation?

Often we perceive that change is happening to us, rather than from us. However there is an alternative way to experience change and transformation, and it is one that works with the natural patterns of our world. This alternative way of experiencing allows and empowers us to be artists and creators of our own lives.

Here, on The Art of Transformation, we playfully explore transformation from several dimensions. We search out the patterns and mechanics of transformation at work on our personal, cultural and institutional levels. This deepened understanding allows us to participate with change more fully in all aspects of our experience.

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Mara Evenstar

Mara Evenstar

I believe that within each of us is a drive toward wholeness and unitive experience. Personal, spiritual, and professional growth are different aspects of the same impulse, to actualize our full potential and experience our true selves. To support this I continue to learn, practice and teach transformative arts, which I have been doing for over 20 years.

As a consultant, my practice is supported by knowledge of the human condition through studies in psychology, religion and spirituality, anthropology, integral theory, organizational leadership, and the arts. I have a BA in Anthropology and a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology, specializing in spiritual psychology and organizational development. I am working on my doctorate in organizational leadership and social transformation, studying directly with Jean Houston.

My practice is grounded in professional, real-world experience with research and development in education, business, and technology. In this arena, I have led high-performing teams, designed and built software systems and processes in support of furthering human knowledge.

My practice is also expressed through co-creating organizations, notably New Myth Works, where my partners and I design and deliver programs that support human awakening and potential. I was awarded the 2014 Soaring Phoenix award. “Your journey of hardship, perseverance, transformation and accomplishment are an inspiration!” That is the Art of Transformation in practice!

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