“We stand upon the precipice of change.
The world fears the inevitable plummet into the Abyss.
Watch for that moment…and when the moment comes, do not hesitate to leap.
It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly.”
~ Flemeth - Dragon Age 2
Level 1 (SSSEx) begins its work once the decision is made that this is the way we want to live and not just a peak experience in a workshop.
Level 2 (SSSIn) guides you through a series of self initiations that say goodbye to old patterns of relating and anchor the identity in the deep self that is already free, inherently loving and dynamically creative in the world.
ISTA’s initiation provides the teachings and experiences we didn’t receive around our spirituality, our relationship with the transpersonal and its integration with the personal and universal.
This provides us with the opportunity to shift our identity into the soul and become the source of our own life, love and empowered expression in the world.
Its symbol is the offering up of the heart. Once the life is ‘given up’ or ‘taken over’ by this deeper part of ourselves then we are ready for the greater mysteries – the identification with the universal life of our cosmos and planet.
The self becomes a source of inflowing current to our surroundings enabling others to awaken, initiate and transform. We become a creative force in our environment.
Level 2 deepens the experience of Level 1 allowing for more hands-on practice with some of the tools and techniques taught.
It provides an alchemical container for transformation through group practice, ritual and meditation.
Its core is death and rebirth. This overcomes the fear of death in the base chakra and also sets the shaman apart from the tribe to serve the tribe in a special way.
It is an essential component to the integration of sexual and spiritual worlds because it results in the transcendence of ego and the dedication of one's awakened powers to the collective.
The result is Power.
The rituals of self-pleasure and sacred spot in Level 1 awaken a deeper relationship with our sexual energies. In Level 2, we explore the unification of our masculine and feminine, conscious penetration and sacred union.
The result is Love.
Meditation training and essential identity inquiry open us into our primordial awareness and provide a taste of Sunyata or the void experience.
Invocatory temples combined with a personal vision quest provides each individual an opportunity for deeper levels of their being to be contacted, honored and integrated.
The result is Presence.
Please note that this is an individual process that happens in a group environment and a level of ability to be s self-responsible is needed to navigate the spiritual sexual shamanic space.
ISTA is a mystery school and approaches trauma from the shamanic perspective of connecting with the body and soul.
We recommend that if there is known deep-seated trauma, individuals seek one on one sessions and get approval to participate from their therapist before entering the group process.
A native New Zealander with a global heart, Rex Rafiq has been leading transformational programmes with men and women for 25 years. Founder of Essentially Men, the ground breaking mens work of Aotearoa New Zealand, co-founder of the Heart Politics Gatherings and author of Fatherless Sons (Harper Collins) and On Their Own (Finch)
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Triambika is a Soulful Sexuality Coach and Founder of the Ecstatic Awareness Institute™, Triambika Ma Vive has been featured on Playboy TV and on the cover of Raw Attraction Magazine. She teaches spiritual sexuality globally, helping men and women to heal, gain confidence, learn to have extraordinary sex and create healthier relationships overall. Read More >
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KAMALADEVI IS A MYSTIC, A MENTOR AND A MUSE. HER MISSION IS TO AWAKEN HERSELF AND OTHERS TO THE ECSTATIC CURRENT THAT RUNS BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH. SHE WORKS WITH ARTISTS, HEALERS, AND VISIONARIES AROUND THE WORLD TO BECOME LOVE LEADERS. WHEN SHE'S NOT TRAVELING THE WORLD TO FACILITATE RETREATS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF TEMPLE ARTS