In this vibrant, experiential course, Sanskrit scholar, Religious Studies professor, workshop leader, and intuitive counselor Constantina Rhodes, Ph.D. will introduce you to the gracious goddess Lakshmi and how aligning with her divine essence can help you experience greater harmony and well-being in your life.
According to classical Hindu teachings on the goddess, a life well lived encompasses four essential “Paths to Abundance”…. very loosely translated as Harmonious Relationships, Material Prosperity, Pleasure, and Spiritual Connection with Divine Source. Each is recognized as a different aspect of the goddess’s essence and therefore all four together represent the most satisfying and bounteous life experience.
Each week, Constantina will introduce one of the paths with teachings from the ancient texts; she’ll then offer practical self-exploratory exercises relating to that path; and finally, she’ll lead you in a blissful, guided meditation to facilitate your own personal connection with the magnificent energy of the goddess.
Constantina Rhodes is an acclaimed scholar of Sanskrit and the spiritual traditions of India, as well as a Certified Intuitive Consultant and Certified Instructor of Intuitive Development. Constantina holds a doctorate in South Asian Languages and Religions from Columbia University. She was a full professor with tenure at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida before moving back to New York City, where she teaches in the Program in Religion at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She has served on the steering committee of the Society for Tantric Studies; was an inaugural member of the Tantric Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion; and has held prestigious elected office as President of the American Academy of Religion. Constantina has practiced yoga and meditation for most of her life. She spent two years living and studying in India, and over the course of several decades she has received mantra initiation in the lineages of Transcendental Meditation, Integral Yoga, and Siddha Yoga. She is a Level II Usui Reiki practitioner and draws upon healing energy within her sessions. As a Certified Intuitive Consultant, Constantina engages in an ancient art that both enhances and is enhanced by her longtime meditation practice.