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Transformation Through Intimacy - Robert Augustus Masters

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  •  11-06-2007, 9:46 AM 31387

    Transformation Through Intimacy - Robert Augustus Masters

    Arthur/adastra says:
    I'd love to hear another dialog with Robert Augustus about his new book Transformation Through Intimacy.  His previous dialog with Integral Naked was very popular and generated huge amounts of positive feedback.  I've spoken with several people who did phone and/or individual/group work with Robert as a result of hearing that dialog, in a couple of cases moving long distances to be close enough to do more work with him! 

    It would be great to hear Robert talk about his latest thoughts on embodied integral therapy and shadow work, especially his feelings on relational intimacy as a transformational process.  Working with Robert and studying his work has been a great help for me and my wife Liz/Tamgoddess, who I originally met on Integral Naked some years ago. 

    In any case, the book itself is fantastic and I highly recommend it! 

    spiral out,
    arthur


    Comprehensive, deeply effective guidance for those who (1) want more loving, passionate and liberating intimate relationships, and (2) are ready to work through whatever is in the way.

    The journey toward mature monogamy is not necessarily easy, for it asks — and has to ask — much of us. Nevertheless, it is an immensely rewarding passage, bringing us into deepening intimacy with all that we are, awakening and transforming us until we are capable of being in a truly fulfilling relationship.

    Immature monogamy entraps; mature monogamy liberates.

    Freedom through intimacy.


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    Transformation Through Intimacy
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  •  11-06-2007, 9:54 AM 31388 in reply to 31387

    Re: Transformation Through Intimacy - Robert Augustus Masters

    Here's the description of Robert's first Integral Naked dialog:


    Radical Intimacy and the Search for a More Integral Wholeness

    Robert Augustus Masters
     




     







    Robert Augustus Masters is author of numerous books on the integration of body, sex, emotions, and spirituality, including The Anatomy and Evolution of Anger, Freedom Doesn’t Mind Its Chains, and Divine Dynamite. With a Ph.D. in psychology, Robert has practiced psychotherapy for over three decades, and is also skilled at bodywork, meditation, and group facilitation.

    In response to Stuart’s curiosity, Robert begins by sharing the event that fundamentally changed his life nearly a dozen years ago. As he explains, everything shifted dramatically after an extremely intense experience with a variant of the psychedelic, DMT. Even though this variation of DMT was (and is) legal, Robert stopped breathing, nearly died, and proceeded to endure nine months of unrelenting anxiety, terror, and psycho-spiritual hell.

    Because of this experience, Robert learned the art of bearing the unbearable, and now part of the work he does is guiding others into those inner places that scare them witless. But this is no masochistic endeavor. Robert understands that hidden in the shadows of our psyche are pockets of energy, awareness, and self that can be liberated if approached skillfully. For those who want to undertake such a journey, Robert can help one digest difficult experiences directly, with no running away, no escape, no wallflowers allowed, only a naked willingness to dance with all of existence.

    Robert and Stuart go on explore how a more integral psychology uses a deep toolbox of methodologies to initiate authentic healing, because the essential foundation for spiritual awakening is a whole person, not a fractured one. Ideally, there should first emerge a strong ego, with all the boundaries and distinctions of a healthy human psyche, before it’s recommended that one start attempting to transcend that individual self-sense. Robert contends that bodywork and psychotherapy are important tools to help avoid spiritual bypassing or the error of using meditation and ego transcendence to escape lingering issues and disowned shadow elements.

    Likewise, an integral, AQAL approach to spirituality would posit that yes, if you try, you can realize the very Ground and Suchness of reality with a fractured self-sense, but your vehicle of enlightenment, your unique manifestation of infinity, will remain exactly as shattered. Just because psychological fractures aren’t as grossly obvious as a broken leg doesn’t mean the fractures don’t exist; they simply go undetected more easily. But whether you’re enlightened or not, a broken leg is a broken leg, and in both cases you can’t walk. The same is true for a fractured psyche: enlightened or not, it’s still just as broken, and it will hobble one’s expression of liberation.*

    This general concept is something Robert understands deeply, and one of the ways that he expresses this understanding is through his emphasis on radical intimacy. As he explains, he used to pursue “freedom from” life. Now, freedom can be found through radical intimacy with life—all of it. “For me healing is to make whole,” and as Robert so skillfully shows us, sometimes a deeper freedom is found in going towards the darkness, not the light.

    We hope you enjoy this inspiring dialogue exploring the exhilaration and satisfaction of a truly integral wholeness; the wholeness of unified parts, and the wholeness of a Unity that could never be otherwise....

    (For those who are interested, there is an extremely active thread in the IN forum exploring Robert’s work, including responses from Robert, which you can participate in here)

    *To learn more about an integral approach to spirituality, check out “What Is Integral Spirituality?”


    transmission time: 36 minutes

    keywords: authenticity, psychotherapy, integral toolbox, DMT, ayahuasca, radical intimacy, altered states, intuition, spiritual emergency, spiritual bypassing, The Anatomy and Evolution of Anger, prepersonal, transpersonal, interpersonal, pre/trans fallacy, regression, the shadow, skillful means, conscious relationship, Genpo Roshi, trans-verbal, Freedom Doesn’t Mind Its Chains, “What Is Integral?,” A Theory of Everything.

    most memorable moment: “It used to be ‘Freedom from’... but now I understand that real freedom can be found through limitations, and, even more germane, ‘Freedom through intimacy....’”

    ~~~~~

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  •  11-06-2007, 9:58 AM 31389 in reply to 31388

    Re: Transformation Through Intimacy - Robert Augustus Masters

    Here is the Integral Naked bio of Robert Augustus Masters:

    Who Is Robert Augustus Masters?


    www.RobertMasters.com

    Robert Augustus Masters was born in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1947. From an early age he was an avid artist and dreamer, but in high school switched under pressure to the sciences, which he stayed with until he found himself at the age of 21 in a Ph.D. program in Biochemistry. A year later, only a few hours after a dream of ecstatic dying, he left his doctoral program, and began an odyssey of intense travel, initially outer, then inner.

    As he did so, his passion for the arts reemerged, especially through writing. He began meditating, doing yoga, and exploring cutting-edge therapies. By 1977 he was working as a therapist and bodyworker. From the beginning, his approach was integral and spontaneous, creatively combining the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Structure was not (and still is not) preset, but was (and still is) allowed to emerge in accordance with individual and group needs.

    With the publication of his critically acclaimed, hard-hitting book The Way of the Lover in 1988, Robert became increasingly well known for the depth, creativity, efficiency, and transformative power of his sessions and groupwork, and his work soon spread worldwide. Two more books, Love Must Also Weep and Truth Cannot Be Rehearsed, soon followed.

    In 1994, his life abruptly and dramatically changed, following an extremely harrowing near-death experience (described in his groundbreaking book Darkness Shining Wild: An Odyssey to the Heart of Hell and Beyond: Meditations on Sanity, Suffering, Spirituality, & Liberation), after which he resumed his work, but in a more radically inclusive and compassionate manner.

    Evolving in fitting parallel with Robert’s work has been his writing. In 2000 his essay Wrathful Compassion: Transpersonal Approaches to Anger won the Editor’s Award for the best article of the year in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. His latest books (besides Darkness Shining Wild) are Divine Dynamite: Entering Awakening’s Heartland, Freedom Doesn’t Mind Its Chains: Revisioning Sex, Body, Emotion, & Spirituality, and Anger: An Integral Exploration. His poetry runs rampant through all his writing, keeping his prose on its toes.

    Robert’s passion is to fuel, illuminate, support, and articulate the living of a deeper life, a life of love, integrity, and full-blooded awakening. Much of his teaching is rooted in finding freedom through intimacy—intimacy not only with others and with various states, but with all that is. There is deep joy for him in passing on what he has learned, most recently through his apprenticeship programs (in Integral Counselling) and his newsletter. Details on this and his groupwork can be found at his website.

    Robert is also a father, husband (in such deep partnership with his beloved wife Diane that he’ll soon be writing a new book about deep relational intimacy) table tennis warrior, runner and dumbbell-lifter, wild salmon chef, fussy sleeper, and lover of the profoundly superficial. His next project is a book of his poetry that includes a CD of his more lyrical poetry set to music and sung by Diane, who is a professional singer/energy-worker with a gift for accessing the sacred through sound.


    “An extraordinarily poetic writer with great insights.”
    —Ram Dass

    “Masters transforms the spiritual landscape with the mind-bending freshness of his prose. With the dexterity of the true master, he shatters complacency and razes the familiar with startling beauty.”
    —Jenny Wade



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  •  11-06-2007, 11:33 AM 31397 in reply to 31389

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    yep, get him back on IN with another interview, talking about his new book.... that is a great idea. Jane
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  •  11-09-2007, 6:51 AM 31591 in reply to 31387

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    Re: Transformation Through Intimacy Dialog?

    Robert's dialogue with Stuart rocked. Another round would be great.
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  •  12-14-2007, 9:36 AM 33849 in reply to 31591

    Re: Transformation Through Intimacy - Robert Augustus Masters

    Arthur/adastra says:
    Robert is on a live internet radio program RIGHT NOW talking about mature monogamy; go to this link:

    http://006b886.netsolhost.com/coachingmoment/?page_id=18

    Sorry for the late notice; the show will apparently be archived, so you should have a chance to listen to it later.

    spiral out,
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  •  12-14-2007, 12:15 PM 33870 in reply to 33849

    Re: Transformation Through Intimacy - Robert Augustus Masters

    Arthur/adastra says:
    Hi all

    Here's the page that with the archived version of the show (in mp3 format).  Scroll down and you will see it listed thus:

    ~~~

    Fri, Dec 14, 2007 Authentic Femininity Show
    Length: 71 min.  (12691.592Kb) Open Podcast     Chat History  
    "Host: Robin Hoffman, MA-Denver, Colorado

    Technical Producer: Coach Steve Toth

    Guest: Robert Masters, Psychotherapist, author and facilitator ..."

    ~~~

    (Or just use the "Open Podcast" link above to download it.)

    It was a great show and I'm looking forward to listening to it again.  :)

    spiral out,
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