An Embodied Enlightenment Practice
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Body as Sanctuary for Soul reminds us about “that primordial seed of memory” planted within, that once retrieved and nurtured, becomes the inner intelligence of the soul, the Tree of Life. As Plato affirmed, we all move through “the river of forgetfulness” upon being born, and for some it can take a lifetime to retrieve what we have forgotten.
Roberta Pughe teaches an embodied methodology to move this process along more quickly; to help call the soul home to live integrated within the container of the body. There is a specific skill-set required to understand conceptually exactly what is going on and to learn how to nurture this in daily life.
Pughe draws from Gestalt Theory/Therapy, Shamanism, Platonic Philosophy and Elemental Breath Work in a practical and easily accessible manner. Once you have applied the book’s information, you will begin to experience your soul’s intelligence informing the daily activities of your life.
Each enlightened soul seeks embodiment – simultaneously traversing both earth and sky realms– so that it can unveil its mythical knowledge in practical ways to create a life of greater purpose and fulfillment of destiny.
“Roberta’s Pughe’s Body As Sanctuary for Soul is a tour de force for our time. Pughe weaves the practices of psyche and the sacred together in an embodied way. She diagnoses our cultural malaise and how this is reflected in much psychotherapy today. Like Meister Eckhart, she paints a vision of the tiny seed buried within the soul, that once nourished with our invocation, we become alert to it, and as implicit memory of it unfolds, we grow in explicit clarity of our life’s Dream; we reconfigure our lives to support its embodied manifestation. Not only does she tell us about the seed and potential of our soul, she shows us how to live it, do it, be it. Readers will find in these pages teachings and practical methods for unveiling and actualizing of their deepest longings. Psychotherapists and shamanic practitioners will find Body As Sanctuary for Soul rich in insights into the intricacies of a soul-filled life, the healing of soul injury, and much more. I give it four stars.” – C. Michael Smith, Ph.D. (aka, Mikkal) is a clinical psychologist and international shamanic teacher, working on four continents. He is author of the classic Jung and Shamanism in Dialogue and the award-winning Psychotherapy and the Sacred. In 2014, he was inducted into Le Collège de Chamanisme Ancestral in Paris.
“Body as Sanctuary for Soul is a powerful book written by a scholar that creates a clear bridge between our everyday world of ‘things seen’ and the transpersonal worlds of ‘things hidden’ so familiar to shamans and mystics. It will offer healthcare providers and recipients of psychotherapy alike an enlightened perspective on the connection between our everyday selves and the realms of the soul. Roberta Pughe is to be commended for she has created very good medicine.” –Hank Wesselman PhD., anthropologist and author of eight books on shamanism including The Bowl of Light, the award-winning Awakening to the Spirit World (with Sandra Ingerman), and the Spiritwalker Trilogy.
“In this era of uncertainty, many people are desperately looking for guidance and direction. In this remarkable book, Roberta Pughe tells her readers that there is no better teacher than their own soul. This is an important message, one that will encourage people to seek wisdom from the deepest parts of themselves rather than from outside sources that could easily lead them into cults, extremist groups, and authoritarian movements. Drawing from shamanism, Yoga, and ancient traditions, BODY AS SANCTUARY FOR SOULdelivers a message that is upbeat, positive, and life-affirming.” Stanley Krippner, PhD Alan Watts Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University Co-author PERSONAL MYTHOLOGY and EXTRAORDINARY DREAMS
“What is so refreshing about this book is Roberta Pughe’s intelligent observations from cultures around the world of some very simple spiritual principles that many of today’s seekers miss – we have everything within to heal and transform our limited experience of life and it begins with an “unlearning” of things we were taught by well-meaning teachers, and connecting deep within ourselves and with the community of souls we have gathered around our lives. This is a book I will refer back to often” – Peter Sterios, yoga teacher, architect, and founder of eco-yoga products company MANDUKA
“Roberta Pughe, in her powerful new book, Body As Sanctuary for Soul, at long last unites the traditions of Shamanism, Gestalt therapy, Jungian psychology, Yoga, Buddhism, and Christian Mysticism as a means to develop ones true relationship with their soul. In doing so she makes a valuable contribution to the fields of psychotherapy and spiritual practice. This is a rich book that, rather than rushing through, you might want to linger and chew on to get the extraordinary flavors.” – Jose Luis Stevens Ph.D., author of Awaken the Inner Shaman, The Power Path, and Transforming Your Dragons
“With great expertise and intimacy, Roberta Pughe guides us through a deep and rich exploration of the inner landscapes where body and soul join. Synthesizing practices of shamanism, psychotherapy and wisdom traditions, Body as Sanctuary for Soul orients us to the essential and meaningful path of becoming a true and whole human being guided by soul. A wise and profound call to living the fullness of life!” –Felicia Norton and Charles Smith, senior meditation teachers in the Sufi tradition and authors of An Emerald Earth, Cultivating a Natural Spirituality and Serving Creative Beauty in our World
“How welcome to find a book that awakens our awareness to the deep and universal yearning to feel connected with our Soul’s source. The Soul is by nature illusive, but in Body As Sanctuary for Soul, Roberta Pughe gives help and comfort to many who suffer from a sense of separation in our turbulent and hyperlinked lives. She opens doors to the way in which mystics, shamans, artists, yogis, and people who live authentic lives in touch with the rhythms of nature have found to transform pain into love and return home to the essence of Soul.” –Angela Farmer, international inspiration for teachers and students of yoga
“Roberta Pughe’s hope is that we will all know more of the deep joy that comes from fully expressing our authentic soul selves. To support us on our Soul Realm journeys, she skillfully leads us along the practical pathway that serves her therapeutic clients so well.Body as Sanctuary for Soul is so much more than spiritual theory. These are practical lessons, taught with the gentleness that stems from knowing the journey oneself. I am left with deep gratitude for her willingness to open her own soul fully to the ancient and modern, and then share with us in such a beautiful way.” –Dr. Stephen G. Payne, leadership strategist and author of The First Rule of Leadership and The Joy of Work
“In Body as Sanctuary for Soul, Roberta Pughe presents a unique crucible in which she transmutes psychotherapy and spirituality with intelligence and insight. The alchemy that results brings both clarity and inspiration to the learning process that each of us seeks to embrace: living out daily soul embodiment as we move toward our unique, divine purpose. Her seamless weaving of Gestalt Therapy, Christian Mysticism, Jungian Psychology, Buddhism, and Kundalini Yoga into the fabric of her work gives the book its currency. The breadth of her knowledge and the extent of her expertise lend the book tremendous value. But it is the depth of her compassion and the purity of her vision that make it priceless”. –Gemma Farrell, yoga and meditation teacher and owner of Gratitude Yoga in Princeton, NJ