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"Let us allow the other to matter so much that we cry deeply with them, we join them in their sadness, we get on their side, we do whatever we can so when they look into our eyes they feel us fully with them. Perhaps for the first time, they are actually seen by another human being, the way they organize their experience is held, and the way they make meaning of their life is contacted and shared. Let us see once and for all that sadness, grief, depression, and rage are not pathology, but path. Let us go directly into the darkness with each other, willing for our hearts to be shattered over and over and over again..."
- Matt Licata
"Just to sit without expectation with someone who is in grief or fear or loneliness or despair, without trying to fix them in any way, or manipulate their experience to match your idea of how it should be; just to listen, without playing the role of ‘expert’ or ‘enlightened guru’ or ‘the one who knows best’; just to be totally available to the one in front of you, and to walk with them through the fire, to hold their hand when they are broken - this is how we begin to heal each other through love. Beyond our roles, unprotected, unresolved, undefended, we truly meet."
- Jeff Foster
ABOUT JEFF FOSTER
Jeff Foster studied Astrophysics at Cambridge University. In his mid-twenties, after a long period of depression and illness, he became addicted to the idea of ‘spiritual enlightenment’ and embarked on an intensive spiritual quest for the ultimate truth of existence.
The spiritual search came crashing down with the clear recognition of the non-dual nature of everything, and the discovery of the extraordinary in the ordinary. In the clarity of this seeing, life became what it always was: intimate, open, loving and spontaneous, and Jeff was left with a deep understanding of the root illusion behind all human suffering, and a love of the present moment.
Jeff was voted #59 on Watkins Review’s 2014 list of the world’s 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. Jeff has published five books in over six languages. His latest book Falling in Love With Where You Are is now available from Non-Duality Press.
Jeff's website can be found at: http://www.lifewithoutacentre.com/
ABOUT MATT LICATA
Matt Licata is a psychotherapist in private practice in Boulder, Colorado, and editor of A Healing Space, a blog dedicated to the exploration of vulnerability, intimacy, and the path of the heart. He is author of the forthcoming The Ache of the Beloved: Embracing the Joy and Heartbreak of Spiritual Awakening.
For the last 20 years, he has worked closely with many of the world's most respected psychologists, psychotherapists, authors, and spiritual teachers, as Editor-at-Large for the multimedia publishing company, Sounds True.
Matt is co-organizer of The Wake Up Festival, an annual 5-day of transformation, held each year in the glorious Rocky Mountains.
A Healing Space can be found at: http://alovinghealingspace.blogspot.com/