Selfistry: A Guide to Embodying Timeless Spiritual Wisdom
by Sarah Marshank
Studies estimate nearly 25% of the world’s population does not ascribe to any religion and roughly 25% of people in the US consider themselves “spiritual but not religious.” Many of these people are searching for a life of integrity amid an increasingly polarized global landscape filled with religious extremism, political turmoil, and environmental uncertainty. Disillusioned but seeking to contribute to the well-being of the planet, many are finding guidance in emergent integrative systems that develop all aspects of the modern human: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and social. “Selfistry” is one of those systems and this book is a guide to its unique and simple approach.
“Selfistry” offers a fresh take on embodying authentic spiritual principles. It is an innovative and integrative framework for self-reflection-an opportunity for the genuinely curious to reconsider their relationship with themselves and the cosmos.
Readers will learn about the nature of the “self” as described in ancient texts as well as modern science. They will come to understand what it means to observe oneself and engage in mindfulness in daily life, as well as how to address their assumptions about the fundamental nature of existence. Orienting readers to these concepts through self-reflection allows for clarity and insight to come forth. With this embodied knowing, the path to a spiritual but not religious life emerges on its own.
Being Selfish: My Journey from Escort to Monk to Grandmother
by Sarah Marshank
Sarah launches into adult life with back-to-back unplanned pregnancies. Following a second agonizing abortion at 22, she is ready to call life quits. Desperate to find a reason to live, Sarah turns to orthodox Judaism, Native American spirituality, new age self-help books, traditional psychotherapy, and radical sexual exploration before following an ascetic renegade to rural Oregon, where she spends her thirties in near total isolation meditating, fasting, and practicing yoga.
Sarah’s journey begins when she is ready for her life to end.
She returns to her religious roots thinking perhaps there are some secret teachings she has missed along the way. Following a disappointing year at a yeshiva in New York, two years in grad school, and a series of highly-charged sexuality workshops, Sarah meets a madam on a three-day vision quest in northern Michigan. Now a 27-year-old with a masters degree in history and philosophy of education, Sarah asks her new found friend, “Am I too old to work for you?”
During three intense months of giving herself wholly to anonymous Johns, Sarah explores the intersection of sexuality and spirituality before being raped by a new boyfriend. Shattered again, soaking in a bathtub one night after her rape, Sarah realizes what she must do. She quits her teaching job, sells everything, and drives to Oregon in her Chevy Sprint to join Sam, the self-styled celibate monk with whom she had previously shared a summer learning how to meditate.
Ten years later, Sarah emerges from her self-imposed seclusion having crafted a new take on spirituality minus the trappings of traditional religion.
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