“This work you are bringing forth is not just a book. It is a shining guidepost to point lightworkers who are feeling and experiencing the highest calls. This book has done things inside me that I can’t even explain – all I can say is that it has accelerated me on this path and has given me newfound strength and awareness to overcome the deep entanglements that have clouded my growth for so long. I felt like I was alone, crazy, perverted, shameless, cursed by God – for a good portion of my life.

This story underlies many of the stories that have been presented in this book. Other people are experiencing the same thing. Other people want to change the world and it’s OK. Other people feel ashamed and guilty about their bodies and sexuality. Other people have overcome these same hurdles that wanted to kill me so many times up until this point – Without this book – those things would still be alive and casting doubt within me.

Everything in each of the pieces was deeply raw and authentic. I as a reader got to see inside the lives of other people in the deepest and intimate way. This book has quickened my soul and provides me the strength to take new and radiant steps forward in the subsequent weeks. This book is an energetic activation and a deep healing to all those who will read it. Many may be energized and submerged into even deeper healing and transformation to speed them onto their path.

It was deeply beautiful and vulnerable in a way that could not be accomplished in any other way. People’s deepest thoughts, fears, worries and experiences laid out in such a beautiful way as divine truth. That divine truth is not something that can be experienced very often at all in this world anymore. The beautiful anonymity of stating these things in words and not having to stare the person in the face as they are told – just laid out in the most vulnerable and loving way… It’s a very beautiful thing.”

“This is a series of vignettes that will show a patchwork of different ways that sexuality and spirituality are intertwined. I love the myriad of different topics. Some fun, erotic. Others very serious. Some about overcoming physical or mental challenges or significant life-changing events. Also very high profile names from the polyamory and Osho movements; regardless if readers recognize the names you’ve certainly made excellent selections as far as contributors.

Love the opening, describes feelings we all feel, almost perfectly. It also speaks of the connection we feel to others if we are open enough and spend enough time with them. As well as that sexual energy, and our sacral chakra, is a great force for creativity, passion, imagination, and improvisation. I love how sex-positive the chapters are and that there is a true mix.

There is something about sexual energy and acknowledging ourselves and others as sexual beings that is liberating, euphoric and life-changing as well as affirming. A release of shame, an understanding that it is communication of feelings and expression that is not only needed but finally realized as something that is actually allowed. We are allowed to be sexual beings, to enjoy sex, to utilize the energy of sex to set forth real energy, actions and intentions to make manifest all sorts of wonderful things in our lives.”

“I appreciate how this book goes deep into the definition of a sex shaman, giving etiology, references and also in describing how ISTA does not claim to represent indigenous cultures/dogma/traditional practices. It offers a path to sexual shamanism that is inclusive and honoring/respectful of other paths is extremely important to those of us who have been burned by spiritual paths/teachers/dogmas that attempted to put us in a box and define spirituality by narrow concepts or methods.

The timing/placement of it in the book is right on and relevant. Especially with all the focus on ethics in the Me-Too movement and how Me-Too has impacted the tantra world/teachers. This is a unique and daring book, full of exquisite stories and reflections on the spiritual path. I think it has the potential to change the way we view sexuality and how it interfaces with spirituality. It helps us rediscover the core of our humanity, challenges us to address our often misgiven concepts of the divide between sexuality and spirituality, and honors the deepest places and threads of truth within us.

It was such a pleasure to read, that I did not want to put it down, and when I finished it, I felt the strong pull to pick it up from the beginning and read it again. I savored its depth and the journey that it took me on. This is a poetic, kick-ass treatise on what spirituality means at its core! This was the most profound book I’ve read in a while.”

“This collection is a page turner. I read it in two days and wouldn’t put it down. At the end of each personal story I wanted to go to the next one. I also appreciated the way the Introduction and Foreword prepare readers for the adventure. Yes, there are prejudices against sex shamans, and it’s important for this tribe of healers to have their stories and inside perspective be heard.

As the editor of the Ecosexuality, I know what it takes to put together a collection with multiple authors. A lot of patience, intuition, flexibility, and wisdom. It takes faith in the principle that multiple voices speak more eloquently and completely to a central core of wisdom than any single voice could do.

Each story in its unique way reminded me of something I always knew, and sometimes forget. Not matter how many schools we attend or not, we all have access to a most valuable teacher: life. Life is an amazing teacher. And all its challenges are blessings to those who can understand its infinite wisdom. A family of affinity, or tribe is formed by people with diverse origins, educational histories, talents and experiences, who come together based on their affinity. This book offers a beautiful mirror to the ISTA tribe, and its affinity for the gift of sexual healing the world needs.

Sacralizing love in all its amorous and sexual aspects is very important at this time. It helps humans recognize the sacredness of all beings, the magic in all forms of life, in all things.

As a school, ISTA revives the notion of the Temple Arts from Antiquity, a time when the sacred and the sexual were wedded to one another. ISTA celebrates these arts and performs the new marriage of the sacred and the sexual that we need in our era. This new marriage can be the place from where a new abundance of love comes to the world.

As a movement, ISTA is inspired by the shamanic quality of sexual healing. Shamans often embrace animal forms of life in their spiritual journeys. In the context of ISTA, honoring the animal nature of human beings is a way to reconnect us to spirit animals and to other forms of life that spontaneously honor the connection with the overarching metabolism of the partner we all share: the Earth. When practiced by sexual shamans, the Temple Arts can bring a new era of healing, courage, and abundance.

The readings in this book evoke wisdom from significant transformative movements, as in Romanticism, for instance. For animals, humans, plants, microbes, and all other beings, life is a supreme teacher. It is the force that really guides beings in experiencing the world like a natural school, or, as “nature s good old college,” as poet George Byron put it. The personal journeys narrated in this collection map the multiple aspects of that awareness for readers. The secret of the sex shamans who tell their stories here is that they allowed Gaia, the sovereign being that life as a

whole is, to guide their journeys toward the destinations where they were meant to be.

The collection itself is proof of the power of sharing a vision while expanding across countries and languages with courage, flexibility, and resilience.

Even the book’s glossary is very well organized and useful. It supports readers with different levels of familiarity with the book’s themes.

In closing, I congratulate all the contributors and especially the editor on this faith and prudence!”

“This is an important and thoroughly entertaining book. Spiritual transformation and sexual enjoyment have often been considered at odds, but with these stories, it is clear that sexual energy can be a great tool in the pursuit of higher consciousness.”

“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 to their own primal power and magic.”

“As we are now entering a REAL revolution based on a new Culture of Consent, particularly in the realms of Power and Sexuality there will need to emerge many New Sexual Healers, whose mission is about the Healing of Love and Power and Sexuality in a totally overarching, whole and new Paradigm, on a New Earth. This is where Kamala Devi comes in with her new anthology or parables, myths and stories to seed the growing field of spiritual sexual consciousness on Earth. Let her take us Spiritually Spelunking into the Caverns of Consciousness together!”

“This work you are bringing forth is not just a book. It is a shining guidepost to point lightworkers who are feeling and experiencing the highest calls. This book has done things inside me that I can’t even explain – all I can say is that it has accelerated me on this path and has given me newfound strength and awareness to overcome the deep entanglements that have clouded my growth for so long. I felt like I was alone, crazy, perverted, shameless, cursed by God – for a good portion of my life.

This story underlies many of the stories that have been presented in this book. Other people are experiencing the same thing. Other people want to change the world and it’s OK. Other people feel ashamed and guilty about their bodies and sexuality. Other people have overcome these same hurdles that wanted to kill me so many times up until this point – Without this book – those things would still be alive and casting doubt within me.

Everything in each of the pieces was deeply raw and authentic. I as a reader got to see inside the lives of other people in the deepest and intimate way. This book has quickened my soul and provides me the strength to take new and radiant steps forward in the subsequent weeks. This book is an energetic activation and a deep healing to all those who will read it. Many may be energized and submerged into even deeper healing and transformation to speed them onto their path.

It was deeply beautiful and vulnerable in a way that could not be accomplished in any other way. People’s deepest thoughts, fears, worries and experiences laid out in such a beautiful way as divine truth. That divine truth is not something that can be experienced very often at all in this world anymore. The beautiful anonymity of stating these things in words and not having to stare the person in the face as they are told – just laid out in the most vulnerable and loving way… It’s a very beautiful thing.”

“This is a series of vignettes that will show a patchwork of different ways that sexuality and spirituality are intertwined. I love the myriad of different topics. Some fun, erotic. Others very serious. Some about overcoming physical or mental challenges or significant life-changing events. Also very high profile names from the polyamory and Osho movements; regardless if readers recognize the names you’ve certainly made excellent selections as far as contributors.

Love the opening, describes feelings we all feel, almost perfectly. It also speaks of the connection we feel to others if we are open enough and spend enough time with them. As well as that sexual energy, and our sacral chakra, is a great force for creativity, passion, imagination, and improvisation. I love how sex-positive the chapters are and that there is a true mix.

There is something about sexual energy and acknowledging ourselves and others as sexual beings that is liberating, euphoric and life-changing as well as affirming. A release of shame, an understanding that it is communication of feelings and expression that is not only needed but finally realized as something that is actually allowed. We are allowed to be sexual beings, to enjoy sex, to utilize the energy of sex to set forth real energy, actions and intentions to make manifest all sorts of wonderful things in our lives.”

“I appreciate how this book goes deep into the definition of a sex shaman, giving etiology, references and also in describing how ISTA does not claim to represent indigenous cultures/dogma/traditional practices. It offers a path to sexual shamanism that is inclusive and honoring/respectful of other paths is extremely important to those of us who have been burned by spiritual paths/teachers/dogmas that attempted to put us in a box and define spirituality by narrow concepts or methods.

The timing/placement of it in the book is right on and relevant. Especially with all the focus on ethics in the Me-Too movement and how Me-Too has impacted the tantra world/teachers. This is a unique and daring book, full of exquisite stories and reflections on the spiritual path. I think it has the potential to change the way we view sexuality and how it interfaces with spirituality. It helps us rediscover the core of our humanity, challenges us to address our often misgiven concepts of the divide between sexuality and spirituality, and honors the deepest places and threads of truth within us.

It was such a pleasure to read, that I did not want to put it down, and when I finished it, I felt the strong pull to pick it up from the beginning and read it again. I savored its depth and the journey that it took me on. This is a poetic, kick-ass treatise on what spirituality means at its core! This was the most profound book I’ve read in a while.”

“This collection is a page turner. I read it in two days and wouldn’t put it down. At the end of each personal story I wanted to go to the next one. I also appreciated the way the Introduction and Foreword prepare readers for the adventure. Yes, there are prejudices against sex shamans, and it’s important for this tribe of healers to have their stories and inside perspective be heard.

As the editor of the Ecosexuality, I know what it takes to put together a collection with multiple authors. A lot of patience, intuition, flexibility, and wisdom. It takes faith in the principle that multiple voices speak more eloquently and completely to a central core of wisdom than any single voice could do.

Each story in its unique way reminded me of something I always knew, and sometimes forget. Not matter how many schools we attend or not, we all have access to a most valuable teacher: life. Life is an amazing teacher. And all its challenges are blessings to those who can understand its infinite wisdom. A family of affinity, or tribe is formed by people with diverse origins, educational histories, talents and experiences, who come together based on their affinity. This book offers a beautiful mirror to the ISTA tribe, and its affinity for the gift of sexual healing the world needs.

Sacralizing love in all its amorous and sexual aspects is very important at this time. It helps humans recognize the sacredness of all beings, the magic in all forms of life, in all things.

As a school, ISTA revives the notion of the Temple Arts from Antiquity, a time when the sacred and the sexual were wedded to one another. ISTA celebrates these arts and performs the new marriage of the sacred and the sexual that we need in our era. This new marriage can be the place from where a new abundance of love comes to the world.

As a movement, ISTA is inspired by the shamanic quality of sexual healing. Shamans often embrace animal forms of life in their spiritual journeys. In the context of ISTA, honoring the animal nature of human beings is a way to reconnect us to spirit animals and to other forms of life that spontaneously honor the connection with the overarching metabolism of the partner we all share: the Earth. When practiced by sexual shamans, the Temple Arts can bring a new era of healing, courage, and abundance.

The readings in this book evoke wisdom from significant transformative movements, as in Romanticism, for instance. For animals, humans, plants, microbes, and all other beings, life is a supreme teacher. It is the force that really guides beings in experiencing the world like a natural school, or, as “nature s good old college,” as poet George Byron put it. The personal journeys narrated in this collection map the multiple aspects of that awareness for readers. The secret of the sex shamans who tell their stories here is that they allowed Gaia, the sovereign being that life as a

whole is, to guide their journeys toward the destinations where they were meant to be.

The collection itself is proof of the power of sharing a vision while expanding across countries and languages with courage, flexibility, and resilience.

Even the book’s glossary is very well organized and useful. It supports readers with different levels of familiarity with the book’s themes.

In closing, I congratulate all the contributors and especially the editor on this faith and prudence!”

 

“This is an important and thoroughly entertaining book. Spiritual transformation and sexual enjoyment have often been considered at odds, but with these stories, it is clear that sexual energy can be a great tool in the pursuit of higher consciousness.”

“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 to their own primal power and magic.”

 

“As we are now entering a REAL revolution based on a new Culture of Consent, particularly in the realms of Power and Sexuality there will need to emerge many New Sexual Healers, whose mission is about the Healing of Love and Power and Sexuality in a totally overarching, whole and new Paradigm, on a New Earth. This is where Kamala Devi comes in with her new anthology or parables, myths and stories to seed the growing field of spiritual sexual consciousness on Earth. Let her take us Spiritually Spelunking into the Caverns of Consciousness together!”