Susceptible to Light - An Evening of Ecstatic  Poetry with Chelan Harkin

Susceptible to Light - An Evening of Ecstatic Poetry with Chelan Harkin

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Be enthralled by the wild and mystical joy of Susceptible to Light!

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Ecstatic poetry has been flowing through Chelan for years though her publishing journey is only a little over a year old. This stage of the ride has been mystical and transformational and filled with "prayer experiments" gone right.

She is 33 years old and lives in a geographically spectacular region of Washington State in the US with her husband and their two small children. In her poetry and in her life, Chelan continually invites the fumbling, suffering parts of our human nature along with our divinity to meet for tea in the heart, to have a great laugh and share a big hug.

She is honoured and truly delighted to connect with you in June and looks forward to a gathering characterized by collective uncorking of our inherent light.

Poem from Chelan's book of poetry, Susceptible to Light

The worst thing we ever did

was put God in the sky

out of reach

pulling the divinity

from the leaf,

sifting out the holy from our bones,

insisting God isn’t bursting dazzlement

through everything we’ve made

a hard commitment to see as ordinary,

stripping the sacred from everywhere

to put in a cloud man elsewhere,

prying closeness from your heart.

The worst thing we ever did

was take the dance and the song

out of prayer

made it sit up straight

and cross its legs

removed it of rejoicing

wiped clean its hip sway,

its questions,

its ecstatic yowl,

its tears.

The worst thing we ever did is pretend

God isn’t the easiest thing

in this Universe

available to every soul

in every breath.

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