Nowhere is the split between mind and body more apparent, and sometimes vexing, on the seekers path than in the realm of sexuality. As multi-dimensional, polyphonic beings, we bridge many realms: divine to lusty, sublime to ridiculous. People in search of erotic fulfillment will do strange and contradictory things, as clay-footed souls with their eyes on the stars.
How is it possible to integrate these seemingly irreconcilable parts, to have spiritual awareness while indulging our beasty selves and allow the creature its appetites? Does sexuality hinder awakening as some traditions suggest? Or are we meant to fully honor “lower” desires without compromising our “higher” calling? These are some of the questions that we will explore in this month’s edition of The Seekers Forum.
Seekers Session Teleconference
Guest Interview with Esther Perel
Esther Perel is recognized as one of the most insightful and provocative voices on personal and professional relationships and the complex science behind human interaction. She is the best-selling author of Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, translated into 25 languages. Fluent in nine of them, the Belgian native is a practicing psychotherapist, celebrated speaker and organizational consultant to Fortune 500 companies. The New York Times, in a cover story, named her the most important game changer on sexuality and relationships since Dr. Ruth. Her critically acclaimed viral TED Talks have collectively reached over 10 million viewers.
Known for her keen cross-cultural pulse, Esther shifts the paradigm of our approach to modern relationships. She is regularly sought around the world for her expertise in relational health and communication, team building, erotic intelligence, couples and family identity, work-life balance, and corporate relationships.
Esther’s innovative models for building strong and lasting relationships have been widely featured in the media across 5 continents spanning The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Le Monde, Ha’Aretz and The Guardian, The New Yorker, Fast Company, and Vogue. She is a frequent guest on radio and television shows including NPR’s “Brian Lehrer Show,” “Oprah,” “The Today Show”, “Dr. Oz” and “The Colbert Report.”
In addition to Esther’s 30-year therapy practice in New York City, she also serves on the faculty of The Family Studies Unit, Department of Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center and The International Trauma Studies Program at Columbia University.