Reverend Aryshta Dean is the world's leading expert on the sacred Blue Lotus of the Ancient Egyptians. She is a graduate of the Center for Sacred Studies, a certified end-of-life Doula, Reiki Master, and an entheogenic facilitator with over seventeen years of experience in the spiritual use of plant medicines. During the past decade, she has traveled to Egypt, Greece, and Thailand to research the historic and religious use of the Blue Lotus. Rev. Aryshta has also been blessed to be one of the few modern women initiated as a Priestess at the Temple of Isis in Egypt and has dedicated her life to the restoration of the feminine face of God.
Rev. Aryshta has a unique story of personal transformation and the power of faith in her life. Born intersex, she was mistakenly assigned male and forced to live the first half of her life in that stereotypical role. That illusion ended in 1993 when she nearly committed suicide. In her spiritual crisis, Aryshta found God – or in her case, Goddess – and relates that faith and the power of divine intervention saved her life. Gratefully, she was accepted into the American Medical Association’s authorized gender reassignment program and after eight surgeries issued her correct birth certificate.
Aryshta believes her transformation was far more than just physical, but a profoundly spiritual metamorphosis. In the past, Intersex and Two-Spirit individuals were considered holy and messengers of the Gods. Aryshta believes her own history is a reflection of an embodiment of the Egyptian principles of Ma’at, and the larger social transformation of women in society occurring today. Her unique perspective of having seen the world through two sets of eyes provides her with an amazing social and spiritual insight few other people possess. She has spoken at universities and conferences on a variety of spiritual subjects, including her own story of transformation. Her teachings have helped hundreds of people realize their highest potential by breaking through the barriers of fear, doubt, and disbelief. It has been said Aryshta brings an understanding of a multi-dimensional life that not only blends modern science with ancient wisdom but the very nature of the path of the soul.