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To Be and How to Be

Transforming Your Life through Sacred Theatre
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May, 2010
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Legendary workshop leader Peggy Rubin brings decades of experience coaching in Sacred Theatre to deliver dynamic and creative visioning methods for perceiving your life as a grand and ever-changing play. Each of us wears an assortment of costumes and embodies multiple personas. ‘Parent’, ‘spouse’, ‘boss’ and ‘customer’ are a few of the many familiar “parts” the average person might play through the course of a typical day. To Be and How to Be demonstrates how to transform these roles, bringing realization and adventure to your divine purpose.

Drawing from the plays and rituals of many cultures, but principally from Shakespeare, she leads you, the reader, into experiences that explore, evoke, and help resolve your most pressing and confounding issues. Everything is here: life in its incandescence and with a cast of characters that encompasses the entire human condition. You discover personae and capacities you probably never knew you had and, through the great nine powers of the theatre, glean the wisdom and practices to bring you home to the deep truths of who and what you really are. —Jean Houston, from her foreword

The nine powers in Rubin’s ‘Sacred Theatre’ (The Power of Incarnation, The Power of Story, The Power of Place, The Power of Now, The Power of Expression, The Power of Point of View, The Power of Conflict, The Power of Audience and The Power of Celebration) are explained in detail with rich personal testimonies, artistic exercises and uplifting poems.

Exercises such as Explore Who You Really Are and meditations from Buddhist greats like Thich Nhat Hanh enable readers to view their lives with greater clarity and to become champions of their own destiny. To Be and How to Be also offers vivid descriptions of theatre’s eight most prominent plots, demonstrating how these plots are often played out in daily life. We all enact a sacred play lit with drama, antagonists, props and plots. This book directs us how to be in the midst of them. To Be and How to Be is an enlivening visioning guide for the individual and group work alike!

“Her love of theater and wisdom about life brings the reader right onto the stage and into the essence of their own story and how they fit into the great drama of life. Bravo!” —Michael Meade, author of The World Behind the World

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Life can be experienced as a great play sometimes a comedy, sometimes a tragedy, sometimes an epic, sometimes a satire, but always a play. We can think of ourselves as the main character in our own story. Author Peggy Rubin brilliantly uses traditional theatre as a metaphor for living life more authentically and joyfully. To understand our lives as a sacred art form, Rubin traces the roots of theatre to ancient rituals that celebrated the eternal nature of the soul. She provides the tools to tap into the nine powers of sacred theatre so that our lives can resonate with our highest purpose, including The Power of Incarnation, The Power of Story, The Power of Place, The Power of Now, The Power of Expression, The Power of Point of View, The Power of Conflict, The Power of Audience, and The Power of Celebration. "Playing the play of life is a daring adventure," says Rubin. "It takes courage, focus, excitement, and intention to stop just letting our stories happen and instead enact them with verve and delight." Here she invites readers to take the stage of life and play their story for all it is worth.

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