In 2010, while in Psychic Development classes in NYC, I had the privilege of being taught/guided/inspired by Constantina Rhodes.  Her teaching style is so kind and gentle, just what this developing psychic, responded favorably to!  Constantina’s deep knowledge of Eastern traditions added ballast and depth to the potentially elusive subject, of psychic development.  I wish you much enjoyment, in getting to know her here!

Q. You’ve always seemed very comfortable, teaching what some see as a heavy topic – psychic development.  Your teaching style carries a ‘lightness of being’ in it.  What or who, have been some influencers or shaping agents, of your teaching style? 

A.  I’ve been teaching a long time, and I feel that my style has evolved over the years.  A lot of the inspiration for my style actually developed as a professor at a small liberal arts college.  Faculty were encouraged to listen to the students and foster their voices.  I took that advice and built it upon my own view that students — whether in an academic or metaphysical setting — deserve to develop their own truths, their own voices. I view my students with respect and admiration of their entire being.  I like to encourage each one to his or her excellence. 

 

Q.  You’ve done much deep work in Eastern traditions during your career.  Is there a deity from the East that you feel strongly aligned with? 

A.  In India tradition holds that there are 330 million gods — so there’s a lot of choice!  I’ve written two books on the god Shiva and one on the goddess Lakshmi, so they have special places in my heart.  But actually I find inspiration in many of the archetypes and deities of the East as well as of other cultures.

Q.  You were such a comfort to me, as a new student to psychic development.  What advice might you offer those just getting in touch with their intuitive and psychic sides? 

A.  How nice to hear that! And for your part, you were quite open and receptive to what I was offering. You approached the classes with courage, intelligence, patience, and a wonderfully positive attitude.  All of these qualities will help a student advance and open up to their own abilities successfully. It’s always fine to question the teacher, but I find that students who approach psychic development as a process of continuous debate with the teacher will thwart their own progress. It’s best to save debate for the academic classroom. Psychic development requires a more holistic approach both on the part of the teacher and the student.

Q.  Working in psychic realms can put us in touch with, less-than-favorable energies and entities.  How do you choose to deal with these ‘lower’ energies?

A.  The Law of Attraction is a good one to keep in mind: Don’t give the less-than-favorable energies a resting place. I always begin sessions with space clearing and calling in protective energies.  However, from time to time if things slip through the cracks and if something like that manifests, I allow no interaction beyond communicating that we have nothing further to talk about. I call upon higher, positive powers to assist in escorting the culprits away. And I never engage in conversation with them.

Q.  What will you offer the world in 2013? 

A.  I’ve been showcasing my latest book, “Invoking Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony,” by offering experiential workshops on the goddess at various yoga studios. By combining goddess materials with psychic development materials, I’ve started developing workshops on ‘intuitive development for yogis,’ with some amazing and exciting results. The classical Sanskrit texts on yoga actually address psychic development as a spontaneous result of yogic practice, so I’m simply highlighting something that’s been there all along but just not noticed or proactively developed. I plan to offer more of these (and if there are any yoga studios out there interested in my offerings, you’re welcome to contact me for further details).  I’ll also be recording a 3-CD set of meditations. If there’s time (!) I’d like to start writing another book — this time specifically on intuitive development.

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Constantina Rhodes is a Certified Intuitive Counselor and Certified Teacher of Intuitive Development. By sensing the energy in a personal object and accessing spiritual guidance, Constantina offers highly accurate, clear, and compassionate responses to questions about relationships, career, finances, and other issues.

Constantina’s intuitive work is enhanced by her background as a scholar of Sanskrit and esoteric traditions of India. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and is the author of several books and dozens of articles on Hindu mysticism, Kundalini Yoga, and goddess worship. Her latest book, “Invoking Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony,” explores states of consciousness that directly contribute to living an intuitive life.

Constantina has practiced yoga and meditation for most of her life.  She spent two years living and studying in India, and she has received mantra initiation in the lineages of Transcendental Meditation, Integral Yoga, and Siddha Yoga.

Visit her website at http://www.constantinarhodes.com.

 

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