Category: Literature

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Sacred Invitation ~ Matt Licata

A Sacred Invitation ~ Matt Licata

~ By Matt Licata The next time you find yourself complaining about your life, or another person, or about how you have failed, slow way down. This is no ordinary moment. An emissary has appeared out of the unseen, but has done so in a way that the mind cannot quite apprehend. But the body […]

So Much More Than Enough ~ Matt Licata

So Much More Than Enough ~ Matt Licata

~ By Matt Licata On this new summer day, it is so easy to take for granted that tomorrow will come – that another opportunity will be given to witness a sunrise, to breathe into the heart, to be astonished at the purples and the blues in an Aspen sky, to share a moment of […]

Feel The New Pathway Emerging ~

Feel The New Pathway Emerging ~

~ 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 […]

Neil Gaiman ~ Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

Neil Gaiman ~ Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

~ “Truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are.”   By Maria Popova The question of why we read and what books actually do for us is as old as the written word itself, and as attractive. Galileo saw reading as a way of having superhuman powers. […]

Love Has No Opposite ~

Love Has No Opposite ~

~ 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, open space in which all emotions, feelings, and physical sensations arise, dance for a short while, and […]

Which Of Our Dreams Are Important?

Which Of Our Dreams Are Important?

~ How Do We Know Which Of Our Dreams Are Important? by David Rivinus The most important dreams we have are those that are the most intense. When we dream during sleep, our dream messages have to filter their way through several states of awareness. Anyone who has kept a dream journal knows how tricky […]

Star Light, Star Bright

Star Light, Star Bright

~ “Star light, star bright,  first star I see tonight. Wish I may, wish I might, hope my wish comes true tonight”   By Andi Allen   Who remembers this beautiful childhood chant? Well, this was one of my favorites! I used to love to sit quietly and peer out into the dark and sparkling […]

Time Will Pass ~

Time Will Pass ~

~ It feels as if time is just slipping away, moving at the speed of light, steeling away our lives. By Andi Allen Minutes turn into hours and hours turn into days. Days roll into weeks until they all just melt away. We blink our eyes and it feels as if the years have just […]

A Story of Transformation ~

A Story of Transformation ~

~ “Transformation has nothing to do with changing the outer circumstances of life, rather it’s a stepping into the light of your soul”   By Andi Allen My transformation began in 2011, a year after my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. The first year of diagnosis I was in denial, choosing not […]

Why You Should Never Give Up On Love

Why You Should Never Give Up On Love

~   “To those who have given up on love: I say, “Trust life a little bit.” ~ Maya Angelou   Written by: Luminita D. Saviuc of Purpose Fairy |   You know what I really love? LOVE! I love LOVE! The way I see it, there ain’t no bigger and more powerful force in the whole […]

Healing A Midlife Crisis ~ Finding Yourself Instead of Running Away

Healing A Midlife Crisis ~ Finding Yourself Instead of Running Away

~ Posted by Enlightening Media Many us of experience what we call a ‘midlife crisis’. What does this really mean? For a lot of people, it means they have ignored their internal guidance system for so long, and that built up pressure now has to release. If you’ve been denying, lying and ignoring your inner […]

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on Anger, Forgiveness, the Emotional Machinery of Trust

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on Anger, Forgiveness, the Emotional Machinery of Trust

~ “All too often, anger becomes an alluring substitute for grieving, promising agency and control when one’s real situation does not offer control… Anger is often well-grounded, but it is too easy for it to hijack the necessary mourning process.”   By Maria Popova “We’ve got to be as clear-headed about human beings as possible, […]

How Music Helps Us Grieve

How Music Helps Us Grieve

~ “The springs of our reaction to music lie deeper than thought.” By Maria Popova Scientists now believe that language and music co-evolved to simulate the most abiding truths of nature. Indeed, for as long as we’ve been able to articulate the human experience, we’ve made music about the most inarticulable parts of it and […]

The White Cat and the Monk: A Lovely 9th-Century Ode to the Joy of Uncompetitive Purposefulness, Newly Illustrated

The White Cat and the Monk: A Lovely 9th-Century Ode to the Joy of Uncompetitive Purposefulness, Newly Illustrated

~ A wonderful counterpoint to our culture of competitive self-comparison, reminding us that we can choose to amplify each other’s accomplishments because there is, after all, enough to go around. By Maria Popova “If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work,” Muriel Spark counseled, “you should […]

Why Love Hurts: The Sociology of How Our Institutions Rather Than Our Personal Psychological Failings Shape the Romantic Agony of Modern Life

Why Love Hurts: The Sociology of How Our Institutions Rather Than Our Personal Psychological Failings Shape the Romantic Agony of Modern Life

~ “To perform gender identity and gender struggles is to perform the institutional and cultural core dilemmas and ambivalence of modernity.”     By Maria Popova “There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet, which fails so regularly, as love,” philosopher Erich Fromm wrote in […]

The Art of Living: The Great Humanistic Philosopher Erich Fromm on Having vs. Being and How to Set Ourselves Free from the Chains of Our Culture

The Art of Living: The Great Humanistic Philosopher Erich Fromm on Having vs. Being and How to Set Ourselves Free from the Chains of Our Culture

~ “The full humanization of man requires the breakthrough from the possession-centered to the activity-centered orientation, from selfishness and egotism to solidarity and altruism.”   By Maria Popova A pioneer of what he called “radical-humanistic psychoanalysis,” the great German social psychologist and philosopher Erich Fromm (March 23, 1900–March 18, 1980) was one of the most […]

From Zero to 15’000 ~ Some Thoughts on Building Community

From Zero to 15’000 ~ Some Thoughts on Building Community

~   By  James Radcliffe   One of the most frequent things I get asked is: ‘How did you build your following?’. It’s a fair question.  A few years ago I started as everybody does, with pretty much zero support and 5 followers (2 of which were my mother who had signed up twice to […]

The Creative Sympathies of Art and Science: Alan Lightman on What the Exhilarating Mystery of Creative Breakthrough Feels Like

The Creative Sympathies of Art and Science: Alan Lightman on What the Exhilarating Mystery of Creative Breakthrough Feels Like

~ By Maria Popova “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious,” Einstein wrote, “the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” Hardly any contemporary writer has done more to illuminate that cradle than Alan Lightman. A physicist and a novelist, and MIT’s first professor with dual […]