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Often it requires an attuned other to help us access and articulate disowned experience, including those thoughts, feelings, and bodily material that have become dissociated and left behind in the shadowlands of the unconscious. Whether this is an actual or imaginary other – an animal, a god, a moon, or the earth – to be witnessed is sacred and can illuminate the darkness.

The main point is not in what form the “other” comes but whether they are genuinely interested in hearing about our experience, what we are feeling and thinking and what is most important to us. What keeps us up at night, lights our heart on fire, scares and inspires us, how we are making sense of holiness, chaos, and confusion.
(Matt Licata)

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