On Sunday, May 8, I’ll be joined by the dynamic teacher of embodied feminine awakening, Sarah Marshank, for a dialogue entitled: The Dynamism of Stillness Emerging: Exploring Incarnational Non Dual Aliveness.
Sarah Marshank has just released a remarkable memoir, Being Self-ish: My Journey from Escort to Monk to Grandmother, which chronicles her dramatic life journey, awakening, and emergence as a teacher of embodied emergence.
Our dialogue will explore what it’s like to awaken as consciousness and drop more fully into the body, into our hearts and guts, into joy and sadness, into full sexuality and the freedom of vast silence and stillness. This is a territory that can be glibly invoked, but to live it truly is a profound matter. Sarah and I have both been exploring this terrain for decades. It’s a paradoxical pilgrimage, elusive and alive. That’s why I’ve asked her to join me in in a public conversation exploring how to awaken into it more fully.
Sarah is such a remarkably warm, welcoming, bright and articulate woman, that I’ve invited her to teach with me at Esalen. We co-led a magical week there last summer, and we will be doing so again this July 24-29.
She has written, “The way I see and experience life is that there is a fundamental ground of Being living in and through all of us. My life story is about fully coming into relationship with that ground of Being. The witness/awareness that I cultivated and speak to in Selfistry was the crowbar that helped me dislodge my inherited self identification and discover who I really am.”
Now Sarah helps others experience a way of living from the ground of Being where nothing is wrong and there’s nothing to fix. When we rest into this, and engage life from this new perspective, we step into our humanness, fully meeting the challenges of life, but without a strategy or agenda.
Traditional descriptions of radical awakening often evoke the sense of a static realization, but this freezes the profound and mysterious process of moment-to-moment emergence. As Sarah says, “The real embodied path of awakening is a forgetting and a remembering…it’s an exquisite love affair between myself and that fundamental ground. To be “Self”ish means to recognize that my self is being lived by something much greater than me…and to lean into That, to dance with That.”
Recently, I have been holding public conversations with people who have been facing “the dark side” of our possible human futures. Always though, in every conversation, we have affirmed the bountiful human spirit—that, whatever lies ahead, it’s good to be alive and awake. Sarah offers a bright passionate feminine perspective. She sees our crisis as “an opportunity for the evolutionary emergence to call us forth into an integrous, meaningful, authentic and sincere relationship not just with Divinity, but with our selves, with one another, and with all Life.” She says, “This collective human crossroad is forcing us to reform how we live as individuals and as communities and tribes.”
About Sarah Marshank
Sarah Marshank is the the founder of Selfistry, an integrative educational model for cultivating the artistry of being human. She is the author of the Being Selfish: My Journey from Escort to Monk to Grandmother. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Sarah teaches and speaks internationally, facilitates online courses, and works one-on-one with individuals. Her embodied teaching and presence arose out of the experience of spending ten years in meditative retreat. Her signature work, Selfistry, integrates Eastern and Western philosophy and psychology with meditative and embodied somatic practices. Through Selfistry, Sarah masterfully guides practitioners to a deep encounter with self and Self and Soul.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
*Sunday, May 8th 10:00am Pacific; 11:00am Mountain; 12:00pm Central; 1:00pm Eastern
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Please Note: There will be a limited number of lines available on the live conference call, so we encourage you to listen online if possible. To make sure you can get through by phone, we encourage you to dial in early.
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Join the Dialogue: About one hour into the dialogue, we’ll open up the lines and you’ll have the opportunity to interact with us directly over the phone or via instant message. Here’s what to do:
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We look forward to your attendance!
The Beyond Awakening Team