To Be and How to Be
Transforming Your Life through Sacred Theatre
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Peggy (Margaret) Rubin is Founding Director of the Center for Sacred Theatre in Ashland, Oregon. Primary activities of the Center include the creation of workshops in Living Life as Sacred Theatre, most often within the context of studies of the Divine Feminine. Peggy has led Sacred Theatre workshops in many locations in the United States, as well as Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands. Peggy is also the principal teaching associate of Jean Houston, Ph.D., in Dr. Houston's worldwide multicultural transformational work and in her schools of spiritual studies. For the past eight years, she has also been a member of the core faculty of the School for Social Artistry, an intensive leadership training program. Working with Jean Houston, Peggy Rubin has presented classes, workshops and trainings throughout the United States, and in Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Sweden, Greece, Egypt, The Netherlands, India, West Africa, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Jamaica, and on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme, in Albania, St. Lucia, Barbados, The Philippines, Kenya, and most recently the Republic of Maldives. Before joining Dr. Houston's staff in 1987, Peggy was for 14 years the Public Information and Education Director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, one of the largest classical repertory companies in the United States. Before that she was a bank executive for First Western Bank in Los Angeles. She has also been a teacher of English, a freelance writer and editor, an actor and director. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas, and has taken courses, primarily in Economics, at the University of California at Los Angeles, and in Environmental Studies at Southern Oregon University.
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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.
"From Sacred Theatre to sacralizing your life's story, Peggy Rubin takes you through an engaging and wonderful process that will expand your perspective in a myriad of ways and enrich your journey forever. We love this book." --Donna Eden and David Feinstein, authors of Energy Medicine
"Each of the arts offers models for the composing of lives, but, as Peggy Rubin demonstrates, theater perhaps most of all. This effervescent description of sacred theater should inspire us all as composers of our lives and caring actors in the world." --Mary Catherine Bateson, author of Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom
"This is a groundbreaking book in human and spiritual development. With her knowledge and love of theater as well as human life, Peggy Rubin has created a new guide to enable you to move through the dramas of your life, searching the ground of your being, exploding energy, aware, imagining and ever moving forward. This book is wisdom, don't miss it." --Elaine de Beauport, Ed.D., author of The Three Faces of Mind, Director of the Mead Institute for Human Development
"I have always been able to employ in real life what I've learned in my theatrical training. Peggy Rubin has now made that process available to anybody who reads this book. It's very readable and I highly recommend it." --Ellen Burstyn, Actress
"Peggy Rubin is a master of theater and the art of becoming. Her book-- a masterpiece in every way-- will hold you spellbound as you discover the drama of your soul and the purpose of your life. The unique expression of your essence--the Divine theophany that you are--emerges almost magically as you read this clear, penetrating, and insightful book and work with the exceptional exercises. Brava, Peggy" --Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Your Soul's Compass and A Woman's Journey to God