Transformation Through Intimacy: Relationship As a Crucible/Sanctuary For Transforming Human Consciousness & Culture

For a very long time, intimate relationship has been viewed and lived, with few exceptions, as an alternative — and not necessarily an equivalent alternative — to spiritual life. Now there is not only a significant opportunity for something profoundly liberating to happen in and through intimate relationship, but also a greatly increasing need for it. So intimate relationship has, at its leading edge, become less a prelude to spiritual opening and awakening, and more a crucible/sanctuary for it, modeling a deeply embodied “we”-space into which human culture needs to transition.

In truly intimate relationship, we learn to find freedom not from limitation, but through limitation. And we also learn to become intimate with all that we are, high and low, dark and light. So no matter how unpleasant or uncomfortable a quality in us may be, we choose to relate to it rather than from it. Such intimacy cuts through the us-versus-them mentality and projections that plague our culture.

Relationship then becomes not something to partially participate in, but rather something to fully embody and live, especially as we realize, right to our core, that everything — everything! — exists through relationship. In the liberating bondage and radical transparency of real intimacy, everything that arises can serve our healing and awakening, both personally and collectively.

And what a wonderfully sobering and illuminating joy it is to enter so deeply into shared living that everything is permitted to awaken us! And to do this not just for ourselves, but for all of us, shifting from “me” to a dynamically inclusive “us” without any homogenizing of our differences…

In this dialogue, with Robert Augustus and Diane Bardwell Masters, we’ll explore the spiritual and cultural relevance of relational intimacy, the stages of relationship, and the need to equally honor the personal, interpersonal, and transpersonal.

BIOS:

Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D., is the author of 11 books (including Transformation Through Intimacy and Spiritual Bypassing), as well as a teacher of spiritual deepening and a highly experienced psychotherapist and bodyworker (and trainer of psychotherapists) with a doctorate in Psychology. His uniquely integral, intuitive work (developed over the past 32 years) dynamically blends the psychological and physical with the spiritual, emphasizing full-blooded embodiment, authenticity, emotional openness and literacy,  deep shadow work, and the development of relational maturity. For more information on his work and writings (and to subscribe to his free newsletter), visit www.RobertMasters.com. For his online work, visit www.MastersCenter.net

Diane Bardwell Masters, Robert’s wife and beloved partner in all things, works side-by-side with him in their sessions, groups, and trainings, contributing deeply to the work being done, being a highly skilled psychotherapist in her own right. She is also an intuitive healer and Reiki master, as well as a professional singer with a special talent for accessing and transmitting heartfelt spirituality through her original music and chants. Her most recent CD is O Breathe Us Deep, with a forthcoming CD  featuring music that supports deep healing and awakening. See www.DianeBardwell.net

At essence Robert and Diane’s work is about becoming more intimate with all that we are, in the service of deep healing, awakening , and integration.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

Thursday, November 4th @ 5:00pm Pacific,
with Robert Augustus Masters and Diane Bardwell Masters

Transformation Through Intimacy: Relationship As a Crucible/Sanctuary For Transforming Human Consciousness & Culture

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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We look forward to your attendance!

Sincerely,
The Beyond Awakening Team