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…I want to know you, in the biblical sense, from the inside, arising as you and tasting the delight of being this unique one, and at the same time, all ones. I yearn to be known by you— not for you to hear my story through the exchange of clumsy words and symbols, with their conflicting meanings, but to be known from the inside, to let you into and through the most intimate places of my being that have walked this sacred path. I want you to come inside me and be me…

…As a young yoga teacher, offering private sessions, I often felt torn and confused when I was moving energy with a client and my eros would spontaneously arise. This natural burst of shakti seemed to bring my instruction into a higher state of consciousness. The creative force was so strong, I’d feel compelled to try a new posture or sexual energy practice. Such experiences confounded me because they were beyond the scope of anything taught by my classical yoga mentors and spiritual texts, and I didn’t know how to talk about them…

An unsuspecting Swedish yoga instructor is seduced into a tantric awakening by a mysterious man who has sexual problems of his own.

Click here to read the full chapter…

In this posthumous collection of journal entries, a pioneer of the polyamory movement recounts the sublime and disastrous adventures of her quest to integrate sexuality and spirituality.

Growing up during the free love movement inspired this pioneer to teach sex magic in unlikely places such as a swingers resort in Jamaica and a community dedicated to immortality in Arizona.

A New York fashion model and performance artist meets a tantric rabbi and travels to Israel to lead sacred Sexual rituals in the desert.

An Israeli Rabbi receives non-conventional teachings while adventuring through mystical sites and must make a choice to break free from his orthodox training.

A dancer turned corporate coach has a critical accident that leaves her with no choice but to follow her soul’s calling into sacred templework.

A rebellious Christian minister is forced to leave his church after publicly questioning their stance on LGBTQ rights and goes on a quest to experience the mysteries of Tantra.

After starring in a reality show, this polyamory activist learns to listen to her panic attacks as shamanic messages from her hermaphroditic soul.

A skydiving instructor experiences a rip in reality during a sound healing session at an Australian festival, after which his sex life will never be the same.

A Japanese American artist wrestles with her hideous inner critic in order to step onto the path as an apprentice.

He grew up in Italy, fought the system in Barcelona, and lost his identity in Thailand. This rebel discovers his path helping people with disabilities reclaim their sexuality.

A series of wild escapades lead to a nervous breakdown, which turns out to be just what this gifted new mother needs to help her step into her shamanic soul purpose.

A wizard transmutes a chance encounter at a music festival into an opportunity to heal a young woman from years of mistrust of men.

An emancipated teenager leaves home and must overcome her impulse to please others in order to actually serve others, first as a nurse-midwife, attending over 2.5K births and then as a tantric priestess.

A pagan priestess falls in love with a trans-man and while learning to accept his transition, discovers her own sexual power.

After the devastating loss of her love, the death of her guru and the separation from her community, an Osho devotee allows her heart to break open.

From farming on a commune in Hawaii to selling supplements in corporate America, the founder of ISTA reflects on his early influences and illustrates how reality is created by the art of storytelling.

Instead of following the more conventional path of transcendence, an Australian woman takes us on a sojourn into the wisdom of her womb.

After un-learning the rigors of higher education, this temple priest is schooled in nonverbal embodiment by dolphins and other archetypal entities.

A modern muse uses her body to expresses devotional poetry.

Words are used in prayer as well as curses. Specific phrases in certain circumstances have been known to intervene with the cause and effect of physical phenomena. As ISTA travels the Earth studying and teaching the temple arts, our vocabulary of occult terminology is naturally evolving…

Secret Lives of Sex Shamans is a radical collection of more than twenty original essays by international leaders who are teaching and practicing sexual shamanism with the International School of Temple Arts (ISTA). Each mini-memoir not only expose details of the author’s vulnerable awakening, but their professional calling to become a modern sexual healer provoking key questions such as: What are the sexual wounds that need healing? How can a personal crisis lead to becoming a healer? What are the gifts and practices necessary to walk this path? This diverse tapestry of personal narratives weaves both theory and practices from traditional tantra, feminism, queer theory, and the postmodern sexual liberation movement. If you’ve been curious about the temple arts and how they can help you grow personally or professionally, this book is a must-read. It proposes a revolutionary new worldview wherein sex and spirit can lead us towards embodied enlightenment.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

…I want to know you, in the biblical sense, from the inside, arising as you and tasting the delight of being this unique one, and at the same time, all ones. I yearn to be known by you— not for you to hear my story through the exchange of clumsy words and symbols, with their conflicting meanings, but to be known from the inside, to let you into and through the most intimate places of my being that have walked this sacred path. I want you to come inside me and be me…

…As a young yoga teacher, offering private sessions, I often felt torn and confused when I was moving energy with a client and my eros would spontaneously arise. This natural burst of shakti seemed to bring my instruction into a higher state of consciousness. The creative force was so strong, I’d feel compelled to try a new posture or sexual energy practice. Such experiences confounded me because they were beyond the scope of anything taught by my classical yoga mentors and spiritual texts, and I didn’t know how to talk about them…

An unsuspecting Swedish yoga instructor is seduced into a tantric awakening by a mysterious man who has sexual problems of his own.

Click here to read the full chapter…

In this posthumous collection of journal entries, a pioneer of the polyamory movement recounts the sublime and disastrous adventures of her quest to integrate sexuality and spirituality.

Growing up during the free love movement inspired this pioneer to teach sex magic in unlikely places such as a swingers resort in Jamaica and a community dedicated to immortality in Arizona.

A New York fashion model and performance artist meets a tantric rabbi and travels to Israel to lead sacred Sexual rituals in the desert.

An Israeli Rabbi receives non-conventional teachings while adventuring through mystical sites and must make a choice to break free from his orthodox training.

A dancer turned corporate coach has a critical accident that leaves her with no choice but to follow her soul’s calling into sacred templework.

A rebellious Christian minister is forced to leave his church after publicly questioning their stance on LGBTQ rights and goes on a quest to experience the mysteries of Tantra.

After starring in a reality show, this polyamory activist learns to listen to her panic attacks as shamanic messages from her hermaphroditic soul.

A skydiving instructor experiences a rip in reality during a sound healing session at an Australian festival, after which his sex life will never be the same.

A Japanese American artist wrestles with her hideous inner critic in order to step onto the path as an apprentice.

He grew up in Italy, fought the system in Barcelona, and lost his identity in Thailand. This rebel discovers his path helping people with disabilities reclaim their sexuality.

A series of wild escapades lead to a nervous breakdown, which turns out to be just what this gifted new mother needs to help her step into her shamanic soul purpose.

A wizard transmutes a chance encounter at a music festival into an opportunity to heal a young woman from years of mistrust of men.

An emancipated teenager leaves home and must overcome her impulse to please others in order to actually serve others, first as a nurse-midwife, attending over 2.5K births and then as a tantric priestess.

A pagan priestess falls in love with a trans-man and while learning to accept his transition, discovers her own sexual power.

After the devastating loss of her love, the death of her guru and the separation from her community, an Osho devotee allows her heart to break open.

From farming on a commune in Hawaii to selling supplements in corporate America, the founder of ISTA reflects on his early influences and illustrates how reality is created by the art of storytelling.

Instead of following the more conventional path of transcendence, an Australian woman takes us on a sojourn into the wisdom of her womb.

After un-learning the rigors of higher education, this temple priest is schooled in nonverbal embodiment by dolphins and other archetypal entities.

A modern muse uses her body to expresses devotional poetry.

Words are used in prayer as well as curses. Specific phrases in certain circumstances have been known to intervene with the cause and effect of physical phenomena. As ISTA travels the Earth studying and teaching the temple arts, our vocabulary of occult terminology is naturally evolving…

Secret Lives of Sex Shamans is a radical collection of more than twenty original essays by international leaders who are teaching and practicing sexual shamanism with the International School of Temple Arts (ISTA). Each mini-memoir not only expose details of the author’s vulnerable awakening, but their professional calling to become a modern sexual healer provoking key questions such as: What are the sexual wounds that need healing? How can a personal crisis lead to becoming a healer? What are the gifts and practices necessary to walk this path? This diverse tapestry of personal narratives weaves both theory and practices from traditional tantra, feminism, queer theory, and the postmodern sexual liberation movement. If you’ve been curious about the temple arts and how they can help you grow personally or professionally, this book is a must-read. It proposes a revolutionary new worldview wherein sex and spirit can lead us towards embodied enlightenment.