Sunday, May 31, 2020

The purity of the wound


Many of us interested in spirituality, creativity, and healing have been wounded in our lives, whether physically, emotionally, or at a soul level: within the context of our relational histories, as the byproduct of intergenerational trauma, and through personal and archetypal betrayals as open and sensitive human beings.

In the face of this wounding, we experience discontent and dis-ease in relation to a world that has lost connection with the sacredness of the body, the sanctity of the emotions, the mysteries of nature, and our place in the stars. A soul loss that at times can manifest in certain forms of depression and dark night. This response is not pathology, but an emanation of wisdom.

While the grief can be overwhelming, some are starting to sense the immense power and high-voltage intelligence within the wound, sensing the alchemical silver and gold buried inside.

It is an act of mercy to tend to the wounded one, providing sanctuary and safe passage for them to come into this world, where they are so needed. To offer a home where this one can seed this place with their unique light.

It is not an easy life, that of the wounded healer – one that we do not choose consciously – but is the honorable inheritance of many who are called to the path. It requires that we walk in this world against the grain and remain open to further wounding and revelation of shadow.

For some, initiation occurs only by way of transition, illness, and loss… through an embodied confrontation with uncertainty, groundlessness, and psychic dismemberment. These are not signs of error or mistake, but a call to depth. For some of us, deeper healing will take form as more subtle unfolding of the wound in psyche and the body.

In the end, the goal is not to eliminate our woundedness, for this would sever our connection with life and annex the gifts of soul from this world. Not even to “heal” in any sort of conventional sense, but to uncover new myths, images, and metaphors through which we are able to touch, integrate, dance, and play within the love that has been given.

Not only for ourselves, but for others, for this planet, this star… for all sentient life.




My new book - A Healing Space: Befriending Ourselves in Difficult Times - is now available for pre-order at Amazon and will be published by Sounds True in November. 


We've decided to leave our monthly online community, Befriending Yourself, open for enrollment during these uncertain and challenging times. For more information, please visit the course page here

Sunday, May 24, 2020

If a child were to appear...


If a child were to appear at your door – cold, frightened, alone, and tired from a long journey…

If he or she were anxious, heartbroken, raging, and confused… unsure of why they have come here, where God is, whether or not they have been forsaken…

Would you refuse entry to the little one? Would you first demand that his fear dissolve, her anxiety be healed, his confusion clarify, or her heart be mended?

In your most authoritative spiritual voice, would you urge the little one to first "get over it,” accept everything the way it is, urgently forgive those who have harmed them, or quickly “raise their vibration?”

Or would you provide sanctuary and safe passage from a long voyage? A warm, safe, contained temple in which the stories, the feelings, and the images of this one ragingly alive nervous system can be illuminated and held, articulated and metabolized in an environment of open, tender interest, curiosity, and love?

Inside this majestic human body the beloved is at work, spinning out worlds of experience which are soaked with intelligence, sacred data, and saturated with both sweet and fierce grace. Things are rarely what they seem here… doorways and portals opening and closing by way of the breath of the divine as it makes its way into form…

… as it finds its way into this rare world of time and space… with you as its vessel.




My new book - A Healing Space: Befriending Ourselves in Difficult Times - is now available for pre-order at Amazon and will be published by Sounds True in November. 


We've decided to leave our monthly online community, Befriending Yourself, open for enrollment during these uncertain and challenging times. For more information, please visit the course page here

Monday, May 18, 2020

Free live webinar with Matt Licata on Wednesday


Dear friend,

As part of my upcoming The Path of Wounded Healer: A Five-Week Online Course to Open Your Heart, Tend to Old Wounds, and Find Meaning in Your Life, I want to invite you to a free webinar happening this week.

You can get the details and join me here:

→ Click here to register now: Working with the Wounded Healer Archetype for Healing and Transformation

We have all been wounded in our lives and the path of seeing our wounds as initiation and a call from the deeper Self has been explored since the earliest recorded history by shamans, yogis, alchemists, and mystics. To see our wounding not as an obstacle to our path, but the very path itself opens us to deeper layers of transformation and healing.

During the session we will explore:
  • The archetype and mandala of the wounded healer and why it is essential not only for “professional healers”
  • The various types of wounding and how the wound can be a form of initiation and calling
  • Three core practices of deep inner soul work
  • Shadow work and tending to the wound
  • The fruits of this work - an embodied sense of spontaneity, creativity, aliveness, and compassion for self and others 
It is my intention for the webinar to be a reminder of what is most important to you, and to bring about some newfound curiosity, confidence, and trust in your experience and your life. I hope you’ll join me here:

→ Click here to register now: Working with the Wounded Healer Archetype for Healing and Transformation→

I look forward to connecting with many of you on the call!

Warmly,

Matt