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Can You Let Me Love You as You Are?

 

Can you let me love you as you are?
Can you let me love the marrow of your bones, filled with the secrets and stories of all you have walked through in this lifetime and the ones before?

Can you let me love you as you are?
Imperfect and raw, heart and knees bruised from your devotion to love? From all the nights you have kneeled on the floor, heart aching, asking Why? How? When?

Can you let me love you as you are?
Life and hair disheveled, messy like the mornings when we are caught in the space between sleep and the waking world? Words not yet formed and bodies speaking loudly?

Can you let me love you as you are?
Through terror and joy of not knowing? The courageous act of surrendering your life to be reformed by something wiser and bigger than you or I?.

Can you let me love you as you are?
In the moments of exhaustion, bone aching with tiredness and in the hollows of feeling empty? When you have nothing left to give, no ability to do, and you are caught in the stillness of simply being human?

Can you let me love you as you are?
Swimming in liminal space of newness, not yet able to see a new way, but too far away from the shores of what you knew to go back? Will you share this pool of inquiry with me? Can our toes tenderly, and perhaps filled with trepidation, touch upon a new land? Will you let it be different and begin again with me?

Can you let me love you as you are?
All wide-eyed with wonder? Feral with possibility? Hungry with longing? You who are home to what is wild and divine. All the flavors of human. Can you let me love you in the moments of life that are both ordinary and divine? Through the seasons and cycles of the moon, reflected in both of our lives.

Can you let me love you as you are?
In this moment? In this breath? Simply because when love like this arrives, it is a gift, a moment to savor. It is the stuff of the cosmos and the spark that makes life possible.

Can you let me love you as you are?
I know this is no small thing to do. It requires a lion’s heart and bucketfuls of courage. It asks of you and I to be seen in all our humanity and brilliance, to meet naked and bare from the start. It requires the humble act of putting down stories and choosing presence. It calls on us to be rooted and fluid, bending yet holding the vastness of this experience. It is an act of learning to welcome and embrace the waves. Loving like this leaves no room to play safe or small. Loving like this can heal lifetimes and unlock an embodiment of love that truly could heal the whole world.

I can only love you like this if you’ll let me into the chambers of your heart. And love, I humanly want to know, can you love me in this way too?
Can we find ease and grace in this dance?
Can we call upon and conjure all the elements we need for this alchemy of love? I think we can.

My hope is that you’ll say yes.
Because the most radical and human thing we can do is to love.
To dance in the remembering, the reawakening, the returning to love,
again and again and again.

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CaityFlanaganCaity Flanagan is a modern-day medicine woman, shamanic healer, somatic life coach, holistic herbalist, writer, poet, and doula for birth from the body and soul. She currently lives in the jungles of Costa Rica, in deep devotion to tending to the body, healing through the elements, and birthing the words and work of her soul. When Caity is not in the embrace of the jungle, she travels throughout the US and world to bring medicine teachings on plant medicine, trauma-informed somatic healing and life coaching, tantric meditation, and what it is to be both human and divine. Caity is the creator of The Wild Calling, a 9-month mystery school and deep initiation into the Divine Feminine. Caity also runs a somatic coaching intensive called Embodiment, and a collective womb-healing circle called The Sacred Cycles Journey. Through her private somatic coaching practice and worldwide retreats, Caity works with individuals ready for deep transformation through the medicine of the Earth and their souls. Caity’s clients are those who are hungry to alchemize and make art from their trauma, to birth the stories of their souls, and those who are seeking to create lives of deep service and devotion to Spirit. To learn more about her work, you can visit her personal website.

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