Category: Art – Books – Poetry – Literature

The Portal of Fear ~

The Portal of Fear ~

~ By Matt Licata But love has no opposite, for it is whole and without division. Love is the field in which all form comes and goes, including the temporary, wavelike appearance of fear. It is the vast, tender space in which all emotions, feelings, and physical sensations arise, play in light and dark, and […]

The Magic of Your Own Heart

The Magic of Your Own Heart

~ By Matt Licata It’s so natural to want to alleviate disturbing feelings, transform difficult emotions, and heal unexplainable somatic manifestations. This yearning need not be pathologized, but held in spacious awareness. Honor the longing for relief, while simultaneously opening into the mystery. Before you turn from the symptom, enter into relationship with it. Practice […]

A Humble Lover of The Mystery

A Humble Lover of The Mystery

~ By Matt Licata The surging of hope and hopelessness, joy and flatness, anxiety and rest. The shakiness and uncertainty in your belly. The tightness in your throat. The raw breaking inside your heart. The sense that a miracle is here, just beyond the veil, but how to reach it? How to fully show up […]

Here's To Men ~

Here’s To Men ~

~ Here’s to the men who are learning to get themselves out of the way. Here’s to the men holding space for those around them. Here’s to the men who are facing their darkest selves. Here’s to the men who are facing their light within. Here’s to the men who each day test themselves to […]

Finding Your Sweet Spot

Finding Your Sweet Spot

~ by Sharon Lyn Shepard We’re living in a time of pandemonium, chaos and upheaval. A time of r-evolution where the old paradigm is breaking up and the new one is filtering in… all at the same time. The Light is shining upon all that has been in the shadows. Old beliefs and hypnotic trances […]

How Do You Know That You Love Somebody?

How Do You Know That You Love Somebody?

~ Philosopher Martha Nussbaum’s Incompleteness Theorem of the Heart’s Truth, from Plato to Proust “The alternations between love and its denial, suffering and denial of suffering … constitute the most essential and ubiquitous structural feature of the human heart.” By Maria Popova “The state of enchantment is one of certainty,” W.H. Auden wrote in his […]

Perfectly Imperfect ~

Perfectly Imperfect ~

~ We have all heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Each snowflake takes the perfect form for the maximum efficiency and effectiveness for its journey. And while the universal force of gravity gives them a shared destination, the expansive space in the air gives each snowflake the opportunity to take their own path. They […]

She’s Spinning Back Her Whologram ~ Joyous Woman

She’s Spinning Back Her Whologram ~ Joyous Woman

~ by sukhvindersircar She’s spinning a new life into her (w)hologram. Astonishing things are happening as she becomes her natural essence. She’s claiming riches hidden deep inside her earth. Nature is giving her powerful keys to wholeness. The forest holds the secret to regeneration. Her wild, feral side is bringing back to her an intelligence […]

What Crosses My Mind ~

What Crosses My Mind ~

~ Yes, I’m a bit quiet and I don’t share a lot of what’s going on in my mind.  But, it’s not that I am afraid to. It’s just that I don’t feel the need to.  I don’t share everything that crosses my mind, because I know better than to believe everything that crosses my […]

Astrology Ascendants in the Zodiac Signs ~ Find Your Rising Sign

Astrology Ascendants in the Zodiac Signs ~ Find Your Rising Sign

~ Your rising sign is the sign that shows how “others” see you, which is reflected in your first house Once someone gets to know you, then they’ll see more of your sun sign characteristics, but until that happens they’ll form an opinion about you based on your rising sign. This means you take on […]

The Achy Call of The Beloved

The Achy Call of The Beloved

~   By Matt Licata It is no secret that, for many, intimate relationship is one of the great amplifiers of the unlived life. We can count on our partners to relentlessly illuminate everything that is longing for wholeness within us. Not because they have some agenda to do so, but simply by the nature […]

It's All About Love

It’s All About Love

~   By Matt Licata Our expectations in relationship – how much we will allow another to matter, whether it is safe to assert a need, our fears around being loved as we are, the excitement and terror around leading with our vulnerability – originated in a fragile little nervous system that was longing for […]

Twas the Night Before Christmas ~

Twas the Night Before Christmas ~

~ Twas the Night Before Christmas Poem Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions […]

The Magic Juniper Trees ~

The Magic Juniper Trees ~

~ The Magic Juniper Trees From past lives and kindred spirits; the boughs whisper the secrets of time, standing tall, high on a mountain, a voice is heard as a gentle echo, softly as wind that blows in a chime. Words are not enough to describe the rare beauty a child sees, hidden in the […]

Yuletide Traditions ~ Greening, Lights, Warmth

Yuletide Traditions ~ Greening, Lights, Warmth

~ By Molly Hall Yule is a naturally sacred time, especially if you reach back to its simple yet profound seasonal origins.  The three traditional rites come from the reality of long and dark Northern winters — lack of greenery, lack of light and lack of warmth. Yuletide or Wintertide are ancient names for the […]

The Path is Everywhere

The Path is Everywhere

~ By Matt Licata Never, ever underestimate the power of love. Even one moment of empathetic, attuned contact can change a person forever. Please don’t forget that for many, they have never actually known the erupting power of unconditional holding. While you may be burning with the need to talk a struggling friend out of […]

Dreams ~ The Nightingale

Dreams ~ The Nightingale

~ The Nightingale Last night the harmonious notes of a nightingale, stirred me from a profound sleep, or was I dreaming. Its melody tender, hearing its soft message, I awakened to feel my heart beat, foretelling of a pleasing being, The birdsong was crying out love to me. The melodious song in the night, carried […]

Intimate Reflections ~ Soul Seeing

Intimate Reflections ~ Soul Seeing

~   When we want to see deeply into the heart and mind of another person, soul seeing, also called soul gazing, allows us to see their soul. The soul is the purest expression of an individual and is not bound by physical forms or fleeting emotions. Through a simple art that involves looking deeply […]

Deep Defiance ~ Joyous Woman

Deep Defiance ~ Joyous Woman

~   By sukhvindersircar She’s redefining Deep Defiance. It comes from her roots going deep into the earth. There are too many happenings in her world wanting to break her down. Her rootedness makes her unshakable. That is defiance enough. It does not necessarily show up as a fist in the air. Defiance is the […]

In Harmony ~

In Harmony ~

~ In harmony hearts dance in the light of the rising sun, As it first appears dimly through the mist. Bathing in the light of fire, nothing to hold back. A kiss of divine, passion ignites a flame of electricity. Touched by fire, the energy is like powerful music. Angels glittering in the sky, his […]

To Never Hear Heard Sounds

To Never Hear Heard Sounds

~ “To hear never-heard sounds, To see never-seen colors and shapes, To try to understand the imperceptible Power pervading the world; To fly and find pure ethereal substances That are not of matter But of that invisible soul pervading reality. To hear another soul and to whisper to another soul; To be a lantern in […]

Trust in The Fires of Disintegration

Trust in The Fires of Disintegration

~ By Matt Licata Maybe there was an idea that as you awakened the spectrum would narrow. That you would feel less. Maybe care less. That your sensitivity, your vulnerability, the rawness… that these would dissolve into some state of invincibility. That somehow you would transcend the erupting reality that the beloved could come in […]

The Courage of The Human Heart

The Courage of The Human Heart

~ By Matt Licata Our expectations in relationship – how much we will allow the other to matter, whether it is safe to assert a need, our fears around being loved as we are, the excitement and terror around leading with our vulnerability – originated in a fragile little nervous system that was longing for […]

It Is Already Written Inside You ~

It Is Already Written Inside You ~

~ By Matt Licata Something happens and you get triggered. Someone says something or ignores you, or doesn’t show up in the way you want and need. You quickly become convinced that no one will ever see you as you are. Others are not on your side and the world is unsafe. And there is […]

Only Endless Unfolding

Only Endless Unfolding

~ By Matt Licata It’s probably a good idea to count on those around you to relentlessly remind you of what you have disowned in yourself. For this is their secret gift to you, emerging out of the relational field itself as a benediction of wholeness. It is tempting to interpret these erupting perceptions, emotions, […]

A Hidden Doorway Into Presence

A Hidden Doorway Into Presence

~   By Matt Licata What I’m experiencing right now should not be happening. This simple thought is the foundation of so much unnecessary suffering. As an experiment – with curiosity and kindness as your guide – you could open to seeing the ways that this belief becomes wrapped around your raw, naked, immediate experience, […]

Between Worlds ~

Between Worlds ~

~ By Matt Licata At times you may find yourself between worlds, unsure about anything, with no idea what is being asked of you. It is clear some sort of death has occurred and that things will never be the same again. But where is the rebirth? The new life purpose? The promised healing, intimacy, […]

The Day I Became a Bird: A Tender Illustrated Parable of Falling in Love and Learning to Unmask Our True Selves

The Day I Became a Bird: A Tender Illustrated Parable of Falling in Love and Learning to Unmask Our True Selves

~ Imaginative assurance that we are worthy of love just as we are. By Maria Popova In what remains the greatest definition of love, Tom Stoppard described the real thing as “knowledge of each other, not of the flesh but through the flesh, knowledge of self, the real him, the real her, in extremis, the […]

Into Somatic Illumination

Into Somatic Illumination

~ By Matt Licata Though it may seem obvious, there is a profound difference between feeling your feelings and engaging with them at an interpretive level. Staying embodied to surging sadness, rage, worthlessness, or abandonment – as feeling and sensation – is not the same as talking to yourself about why you’re sad, when it’s […]

Find The Sacred Middle and Rest There ~

Find The Sacred Middle and Rest There ~

~ By Matt Licata When powerful emotion surges – when you are hooked, triggered, and your vulnerability is erupting within you – it does so longing for two responses. First, to be met with your presence. To be held as valid, as worthy of your curiosity, openness, and warmth. You don’t have to pretend to […]

New Pathways of Aliveness and Creativity ~

New Pathways of Aliveness and Creativity ~

~ By Matt Licata At times, you may become aware of a subtle burning deep within you, early in the morning, before reality has crystallized and taken form. Before you remember the dream that something is missing. It can continue through the day, as you move from place to place, engage in conversation with others, […]

The Path of True Compassion ~ Matt Licata

The Path of True Compassion ~ Matt Licata

~ By Matt Licata It is important to realize that the path of opening the heart is not the path of becoming an emotional doormat for the unloading of others’ unconscious, unresolved beliefs, emotions, “teachings,” and behaviors. The only way to care for and metabolize the “other” within us – that which we have previously […]