She Gathers Beauty | Living Your Wildly Naked Truth

Courting the Divinity of Pleasure: The Fire Has Always Been Lit

December 31, 2021

Today we explore the sacred threshold of endings and beginnings.

We dive deeply into our vision and trust with the poem:

The Truth About Gathering Joy 

There is a story I will tell 

about not compromising
living a life of big love
 
trusting truth
 
this story is rooted in magic 
beautiful but not always pretty
moments down on the ground 
wailing
praying
empty
begging 
 
do not be fooled
these times are perhaps the (w)holiest 
 
I will build a circle of sacred for you
to embody the desire you are holding
 
this is the medicine for all of us now
 
all
of
us
 
now
 
the fire has already been lit
many are waiting for us
to join them there
 
wisdom keepers are pouring gifts through the dense mists of fear
 
you will hear how to love your passion 
into creation
taste the truth perched 
on your lips
 
some of what you love will choose a new form
you will let your sadness want you
float in your blood like eager lanterns of hope
 
you will close your eyes and trust
your hands know what to hold onto 
 
and how to let go
 
you will let your desire council you 
visit the place where longings live
 
often
 
your soul will make itself known in your body
a new song will emerge from your bones
 
this is how you will know your own fierce story
the only one you can live
 
so many of us making new stories
from the ones already undone
 
sometimes 
it’s closer than you think
 
this is a story about deep love.
 
~Wendy Candida Havlir Cherry, 2020
 
Holding hope and fear, joy, and sadness at the same time.
 
Working with trust and the ways your body knows what to do. 
 
What will you hold onto from this year (and your entire life) and what will you let go of?
 
How will you be held?
 
A short guided meditation—flowing with the divinity and grace of your breath—available right here, right now, in the home of this moment.
 
The sudden uprising of yes in your inhale & the rest and letting go in the descent of your exhale—and the pause in between.
 
In the length of our longing, belonging arrives.
 
The Mistress of Longing comes to us as a dear friend and companion of deep love. She is hope and a reminder that we are never alone.
 
Moving into a deeper relationship with your life—and permission to (be)long. Imagine moving beneath what you perceive you long for and into the holiest and wisest doorways of your soul’s true knowing—an oceanic love—longing is an ever widening expansion into true home and union with the sacred.
 
Life is a constant divine invitation—a divine hand reaching for you—how will you reach back? What parts of yourself will you step toward? What parts of yourself will you no longer reject but instead gather and embrace? With wild and holy abandon?
 
Wind & Water poem from my first book, The Reach is (W)holy.
 
As you move toward 2021, how are you holding death and life? And the idea that grace is infused in every moment, even when you feel dismantled? 
 
Meeting ourselves and others from a place of compassion and messy alchemy. 
 
Writing prompt: How am I wild AND holy? When have I felt wild and free, liberated, holy, truly myself? When have you chosen yourself regardless of what might be the result? What is true about you now? What are you willing to choose no matter what? How is life asking you to come out of the darkness and say yes to something new and into the light? What am I willing to no longer compromise?
 
May you know boundless blessings. Thank you for listening. 
 
As always, YOU are sacred. This moment is ceremony. You do get to live your wildly naked truth. May it be so! 
 
Big love & rose petals,
Wendy
 

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