Category: Art – Books – Poetry – Literature

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 […]

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 […]

William Blake’s Most Beautiful Letter: The 20-Year-Old Artist’s Searing Defense of the Imagination and the Creative Spirit

William Blake’s Most Beautiful Letter: The 20-Year-Old Artist’s Searing Defense of the Imagination and the Creative Spirit

 ~ “The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way… As a man is, so he sees.” By Maria Popova “The genius,” Schopenhauer wrote in his timeless distinction between genius and talent, “lights on his age like a comet into […]

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

~ “Loneliness is personal, and it is also political. Loneliness is collective… We are in this together, this accumulation of scars… What matters is kindness; what matters is solidarity.” By Maria Popova “You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love,” artist Louise Bourgeoise wrote in […]

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 […]

The DragonFly ~ Timelessness

The DragonFly ~ Timelessness

~   THE DRAGONFLY A Dragon Fly lay at my feet, a symbol of renewal, Its perfect shape defined the moment of interrupted travel, Its wings spread in flight. A beautifully emblazoned jewel like body, Observed as the Power of Light.   At every turn our intuitive eyes may feast upon nature, that elevates us […]