Certified Intuitive Consultant and Certified Instructor of Intuitive Development, Constantina Rhodes, Ph.D. is also an acclaimed scholar of Sanskrit and the spiritual traditions of India.
Constantina combines her academic and intuitive backgrounds to access subtle dimensions of divine consciousness and spiritual guidance. These serve as a foundation for her intuitive consultations, writing, creating CDs of guided meditations, and teaching in both academic and metaphysical settings.
Constantina maintains a flourishing practice as an intuitive consultant, working with clients both over the phone and in person in New York City. Constantina's intuitive consultations are deeply focused sessions to access guidance from an expansive, meditative perspective. By sensing the energy in a personal object (psychometry) and by meditating on the client's questions, she imparts accurate, clear and compassionate responses to questions about relationships, career, finances, and other issues. Constantina treats each session as a sacred encounter for the client's benefit and wellbeing. After setting the sacred space and accessing her guidance, she invites the client's own guides to come forth to contribute to the session. This may be in the form of spirit guides, beloved ancestors, angels, ascended masters, devas, or whatever is appropriate to the client's needs at the time. The process of addressing the heaviest problems can actually be quite delightful as the guides come in to offer assistance!
Sessions are conducted over the telephone or in person in Manhattan. To read more about the process or to book a session, click on Consultations above.
Books, CDs, and on the Web
The author of several books, including Invoking Lakshmi: The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony, Constantina has also scripted and recorded three CDs of guided meditations: Attracting Abundance: Meditations on Lakshmi; The Four Paths of Abundance: Meditations on Lakshmi, Vol. 2; and Experience Your Intuition: Guided Meditations for Intuitive Development.
Constantina contributed "Shri-Lakshmi: Majesty of the Hindu King" to the edited volume Goddesses Who Rule (ed. Elisabeth Benard and Beverly Moon), and her "Lakshmi, Hindu Goddess of Abundance" is the inaugural chapter of the three-volume work Goddesses in World Culture (ed. Patricia Monaghan). Her online article "Prayers for Invoking Lakshmi" appears on www.beliefnet.com. She is interviewed about classical yoga in the acclaimed documentary filmYogaWoman. Constantina is also the subject of a featured interview by Jacob Kyle, the mastermind behind "Embodied Philosophy" and host of "ChitHeads," ("chit" means "consciousness" in Sanskrit), a podcast program featuring world-renowned scholars and practitioners of various wisdom traditions. View or listen to the podcast at www.fivetattvas.com/chitheads -- Podcast #57: "Constantina Rhodes on Invoking Lakshmi, Prosperity and Intuition."
Constantina has translated large corpuses of Sanskrit devotional poetry that have never before been translated from their original language. Among these are Kashmir Shaiva hymns to Shiva and a wide-ranging collection of sacred invocations to the goddess Lakshmi. Introducing these texts to the English-speaking world surely has been a labor of love. As she works with the Sanskrit, Constantina enters into a very special relationship with the language itself. She strives to translate the literal meanings with integrity while lending voice to their spiritual essence, presenting these verses and their traditions as a gateway into the sacred realm of their origins.
For further information and for samplings of Constantina's books and CDs, click on Works above as well as Selected Works to the right.
Classes and Workshops
In addition to her university courses, Constantina offers lectures, classes, and workshops relating to her books and CDs. She serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center, where she teaches Intuitive Development. She also offers workshops at various yoga studios and in yoga teacher trainings. These include workshops on the Goddess and on Hindu metaphysics, as well her specialty course, Intuition For Yogis. Lectures are followed by contemplative exercises and guided meditations. Unique each time, these meditative segments encourage students to experience the depths of their own luminous consciousness and to engage it in every aspect of their lives.
For upcoming workshops and holistic fairs (including discounted readings), click on Events above.
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/SE.
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.
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