ISTA is a transmission of the life force, clothed in love and expressing creatively in the world. ISTA is part of a planetary transformational movement where human consciousness is being opened to its source as love and harmoniously integrating with other sentient kingdoms and dimensions. In particular ISTA works with spirituality and sexuality as two expressions of the life force. Our vision is a world where humans have a peaceful, delightful, shameless, fearless and loving relationship with their own bodies, sexuality, emotions, hearts, minds and spirit.
There have always been temples and mystery schools on earth where the deep teachings on sexual and spiritual wisdom were practiced, developed and taught. These centers were often the hidden cause for the advancement of civilizations. Now we have a global civilization and these temples are once again emerging into the light, blossoming like chakras and nadi points as the light body of the earth is awakened and energized.
ISTA is a modern synthesis of:
- A spiritual transmission – a Satsang of being
- A mystery school where the Temple Arts are taught
- A new era business and creative community who are networked together globally and sharing resources in innovative ways.
The vision of ISTA is to expand consciousness and healthy sexuality across the globe. We are a movement that brings a knowledge base and provides resources to everyone, especially practitioners and guides to enhance their skillsets in all aspects of life mastery. We do this in the form of bringing conferences, events, and training to all regions, tapping into the pulse of each culture thereby becoming the thread, or ribbon of intention, connecting these experts around the world. We do this by working with life force energy, the beginning, middle and end of everything. We as humans connect the spirit from above, through our bodies as conduits, to the earth below, and in this embodiment of all that is, can experience the essence of universal love.
ISTA was Founded in 2007 as a non-profit educational organization and is co-operated by a consortium of leaders in Sacred Temple Arts disciplines such as Tantra, Taoism, Sexological Body Workers and Sex Educators. What started as the Baba Dez World Tour quickly evolved into ISTA, a consortium of leaders representing every continent, to became a vehicle that connects experts from around the World and now operates in 6 continents, and in over 30 countries.
We live at a unique and critical time on earth. At the same time as we are faced with incredible challenges to the survival of the diversity of life and consciousness on our planet we are experiencing an incredible awakening of human potential. Not only are new energies emerging but for the first time in history, the wisdom heritage of all our cultures and traditions is available for integration just as it is most needed.
What ISTA offers experienced practitioners – a testimony by Laurie Handlers
ISTA collaborates with many groups, organizations, and communities in many locations around the world. Collaborations include International Goddess Congress, OSHO Communities, Tantra, Meditation, and Yoga Schools, Mystery Schools, Madonna Ministry International, and more!
Current countries on the ISTA World Tour include Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States.
We implement our vision by generating a living, loving culture amongst ourselves, then propagating this culture and educating others through conferences, training and other events across the planet.
Most organizations have a mission statement, a business plan with clear goals, budgets and strategies to achieve them. This will not work with the type of organism ISTA is – or not by itself.
To be truly transformative, we harmonize Awareness on what we are desiring to achieve, with the Presence of who we are.
A simple symbol for this is the word EARTH which has the H or the goal at the end. If we shift it to the beginning we get Heart. Once we are anchored in the heart then we can gently focus outward again and the result is HeartH. ISTA is a Hearth where the fire of spirit has been lit. This can be uncomfortable for people who are used to living in the prevailing earth culture. They want to know Why we are doing it, What we are doing, Who makes the decisions, How do we measure results and How much will they get paid? Our answer to this is often simply – we do not know!! What we do know, is that if we keep building the fire in the hearth then more and more people gather round. And, when they do, we share with them about building fire. We integrate the masculine energy of initiating, direction, and focus with the feminine qualities of living in the mystery, building relationships, and flow.
ISTA is committed to raising consciousness & sexuality education across the planet; to grow the community; provide conferences, events, and training to individuals, practitioners and teachers; and to provide business tools and collaborations to support the emergence of the Temple Arts around the world.
As an organism serving transformation we want to develop what works, let go of what doesn’t and stay on the evolutionary edge. We also want to propagate the essence of our work as quickly as possible so that it contributes to the global movement. We are not so concerned with protecting our investment of time and energy but making sure that investment is made well, is effective and pays forward through those we come in contact with. ISTA’s core values include that of embodying divine integration of masculine and feminine energies in communion with spirit.
To be a transformative force in the world we begin by embodying that transformation in our own lives – which means we are not in survival stress but thriving in our ease. This ease is not a function of our environment or circumstances for these are always changing but it flows out of our deep connection as beings of love to the life force. If we lose or start to lose this contact then the most important thing we can do is stop doing and reconnect. We make this reconnection our highest priority. This harmonizes the dominant culture on the planet which uses business and busyness to compensate for and distract from this core disconnection.
ISTA is in service to this life. We are not just an organization but one expression of a living organism, a movement of this one life waking to itself, recognizing and synergizing through resonance with all those other expressions of itself around the world. We are part of an emerging cosmic and planetary evolution and we are delighted to be sharing it with you.
Here’s how we make our contribution to that emergence:
- Through conferences on every continent, we serve the gathering of the global tribe, the cross-fertilization of the wisdom pathways and the emergence of the temples.
- Through training, we help individuals awaken to their inherent wisdom and calling as temple workers. We offer them the best modern wisdom and skills harvested from all the different traditions and we connect them with their community.
- Through annual peer group gatherings, we deepen our practice, purify shadow and strengthen our connection and service to the evolutionary impulse of the time.
- Through our website, multimedia presentations, resources, and workshops we provide many opportunities for learning and networking.
All initiatives that seek to open new evolutionary pathways for spirit face challenges from the status quo. That is why we place great store on building alliances with our brothers and sisters around the world who are standing up for love, each feeling and expressing this evolutionary impulse in their own unique and beautiful way.
ISTA’s website is available at www.schooloftemplearts.org where you can read about the global network, faculty, organizers, events, and practitioners passionate about supporting this flowering all over the planet.
What we teach is that real and lasting success in life and as a human being is not the result of circumstance, technique, relationship, job or spiritual pathway. It flows from Presence. Presence is a function of being in loving connection to the life force and allowing it to organize our lives and relationships in accordance with a purpose and pattern that we can not understand in advance but must live into. We are all at different points of integration and embodiment of life force awareness. As a new culture using the tools, techniques, and resources we learn in our training, we are supporting ourselves and each other to deepen and evolve.
Gifted by Bearcloud, the following serve to keep our choices in check as we walk our path.
1. Gift of Individual
Each person is made of the pure essence of spirit.
Each person is given the ability of perfection of sacred spirit, sacred mind, sacred body, sacred heart, sacred emotion. Each person is given perfection of the physical world in which to journey the earth plane.
The only limit of potential is those we place upon ourselves.
With all of this a gift of the earth plane each person is able work with the pure essence of the universe at every level creating their individual ways.
These are the ways as created through self. Because of the infinite nature of the universe these ways may not be the ways of another.
2. Gift of Polarity
In joining the earth plane each person is given the road of polarity. So each person is constructed of the realms of light and dark, day and night, harmony and disharmony, the moon and the sun. With the ability of sacred mind, one has the ability to rise above duality to see and move with all that exist.
In the gift of relationship, the door is opened to another level of these same energies. At this level one can shift and change their personal energies, views and ways of self. Because of the gifts of free will, changes in another person can only be accomplished by that persons inner world and not by forces, powers and energies existing within our world. We honor their circle, love, compassion, energies, and harmonies of the sun and moon existing within them.
3. Gift of Relationship
The gift of relation creates forward motion through the corridors of duality and oneness. The art of relationship and all energies that enter the circle are perfect. Passing into the circle of another must have agreement.
Oneness with another can only be truly understood when oneness is known through the eye of the inner self.
4. Energies of Agreement
The highest connection possible is the soul connection of spirit. One doorway of this realm is understood through the coming together of male and female within ones self. At another level, that doorway can exist with another person and is the absolute connection between the two coming together in the realm of sacred spirit, sacred mind, sacred body, sacred heart, sacred emotion in the perfection of spirit and the universe.
As two enter within each other’s circles, there is no right or wrong, only perfection. Their movement and connections are understood in the energies of perfect agreement.
All seek the highest energy flow possible with another. We can go as far as our understanding of our light and shadow, sun and moon within our own world along with our perceptions of their light and shadow, sun and moon as understood in sacred spirit, sacred mind, sacred body, sacred heart, sacred emotion.
Because each person is gifted the essence of infinite, there is no way for another to truly forecast the energies and conditioned response or views created within our personal world.
For those to be understood by another they first must be communicated, the door to assuming another might know ones inner self is always closed. The power to understand another’s inner world that has not been spoken or communicated is only for that of the Great Mystery.
All levels of connection are agreed upon that include, sacred spirit, sacred mind, sacred body, sacred heart, sacred emotion. Energies of Agreement 3 All resistant energy forms must be honored until agreement has entered the circle.
All communication which we offer out positive or negative are of our own creation and are the result of the conditions and teachings that have made their way to our inner circle. Partners are catalyst propelling forward motion of our motion of our energies and evoke those qualities we seek at the highest levels or spirit and healing.
Partners are not responsible for our responses. In harmonic movements of energies partners merge in agreement with all energies flowing in the circle.
We seek the highest form of positive response possible which is created through our forward motion of thought. Negative responses are our own creational energies unhealed doorways and fears. It can be up to the partners to inform the other of our negative flows which we may not see, so awareness can enter the circle. Such responses can only be heard through the doors of love, compassion, kindness and feelings of well being.
Connections to another are of the highest form of communication and allows duality to find oneness and requires no expectations of that circle or beyond that circle.
Possibilities of connection are always infinite and ever changing.
5. Laws of Attraction.
One attracts the elements found within ourselves which is felt in the unspoken circle of another. Understanding ones self will allow one to understand the other.
Understanding the other will allow one to understand the self.
Illusions of attractions and expectations are met with inner disharmonies and the gifts of polarity. These are doors to assist one in finding their own inner love, compassion and purity and healing and to attain clarity of sacred mind.
One is responsible for their own response in the circle with another. Disharmony will only create more disharmony and lower levels of spirit and energy in a downward spiral. Love and compassion will create more love and compassion.