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New Release — Let Us Dance! The Stumble And Whirl With The Beloved

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Let Us Dance! The Stumble and Whirl with the Beloved.

Let Us Dance! The Stumble And Whirl With The Beloved is here to inspire you to harness your beautiful, dynamic power and look the world directly in the eye. It emboldens the reader to let go of shames and shoulds with The Beloved and entices you to step up to the dance floor of your life and ask The Divine for a whirl. It has within it a potency that cracks open old ways that no longer serve us and brings us to life. Let Us Dance! is more than just poetry. It catalyzes and transfers to its reader living, inspired energy that is made to propagate light.

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The Mystics’ Front Porch

You are warmly invited to our cozy, joyful, interactive porch — where the views and companionship are beyond belief.

Contemporary mystics Chelan Harkin and Mary Reed look forward to gathering with you to discuss the real life applications of extraordinary wisdom they receive directly from Divine masters and poets. From healing humor to piercing grace, their cosmic perspectives take transformation to luminous new heights.

Register on Zoom for this five episode livestream series.

Center for Contemporary Mysticism Panel

Dialogue with some of today’s leading visionary women as they share experiences of living as a contemporary mystic. They will address topics such as: How did we learn to trust what we receive? How did we come to accept ourselves and “come out” publicly? Where do we see humanity now and what’s ahead? Tangible ways YOU can connect to Divinity? Suggested donation is $25 and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. So SAVE THE DATE

Interview with Inspiration is Contagious

Chelan is a modern day mystic poet. Her poetry is major medicine for me – reading it shocks me into remembering my aliveness, somehow reaching my deepest places while simultaneously making me laugh at the absurdity of how wrapped up my mind can get. Her style of writing started when she promised to write one bad poem per day and on the second day a majestic symphony of words just seemed to channel through her – her poem “Say “Wow!””. This poem is one of many in her first published book “Susceptible to Light.” Her next book “Let Us Dance” is on the way to be published soon ❤ Her next book “Let Us Dance: The Stumble and Whirl with the Beloved” is on the way to be published soon

Interview with Finding Hope

We are starting Season 3 of Finding Hope with a budding heart-centered mystic poet, Chelan Harkin. I was captured by Chelan’s poetry because she reminds me of a modern day feminine Hafiz and Rumi. In my interview with Chelan she revealed that growing up and in her early 20s she suffered from acute loneliness and an eating disorder. When this became too painful she sought out ways to become more authentic and to feel good again. Poetry has become one of her tools. She shared that she has learned to “receive” the poetry that comes to her and tries not to do much editing to them. Chelan graced us by reading her poem “Say Wow.” Listen in to hear these profound words about the choices we are presented with each day to say “WOW!”

Chelan Harkin recently published her first book of poetry, Susceptible to Light. This process has been the most satisfying, door opening, and wildly rewarding and encouraging of her life. Shalan’s path is somewhat direct. She feels, she heals, she accesses new insights and inspiration through living on her growth edge and moving through shadows into new horizons of understanding. Then she writes about it. She cares about living truthfully, open heartedly and honoring the authentic self.

Interview with Women Seeking Wholeness

What do you need for your spirituality to “work”? Creative gift expression. Chelan Harkin’s recent book of mystical, ecstatic poetry, Susceptible to Light, is a gem. In our discussion, she shares her experience of growing up in the Baha’i faith, and how she bridged an “honest, wholehearted relationship with Spirit”– by expanding her poetic gifts. 

  • Faith transitions drive one to the depths within
  • Receiving “torrential inspiration” 
  • Luminosity, flow & healing from your artforms

Eccentric God

If you think
the Eccentric God who made
the octopus
is gonna judge you
for your sins,
I’m afraid you’ve missed
the mark.

If you think this
Wild God
that spins galaxies
as a pastime
cares to get fussy
about your mistakes
or has ever made anything
that wasn’t born
perfect and luminous,
you might need to repent.

If you can’t yet admit
how lovable
and infinitely worthy
the fullness of your human nature is
and if you think God
wants to do anything
but perpetually pour
an abundance
of love gifts
upon you,
well, my dear, your soul
just might need
to go to confession.

Image credit: Laura Makabresku

"The sea of joy yearns to attain your presence." ~Baha'u'llah

The Worst Thing

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.


Chelan Harkin

Image credit: Vlad Gradobyk

"The sea of joy yearns to attain your presence." ~Baha'u'llah

Susceptible to Light

Susceptible to Light

Susceptible to Light is here to remind you of your joy, to assist you in reconsidering ways of relating to your life that better serve and open your heart, to deconstruct anything about God that doesn’t feel close, intimate, authentic, and warm, and to remind your soul to break the surface and take a breath.

Hafiz says, “God and I have become like two giant fat people living in a tiny boat. We keep bumping into each other and laughing.”

May this collection help you feel the possibility of that kind of laughter.

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I No Longer Pray

I no longer pray—
now I drink dark chocolate
and let the moon sing to me.

I no longer pray—
I let my ancestors dance
through my hips
at the slightest provocation.

I no longer pray—
I go to the river
and howl my ancient pain
into the current.

I no longer pray—
I ache, I desire,
I say “yes” to my longing.

I no longer pray as I was taught
but as the stars crawl
onto my lap like soft animals at nighttime
and God tucks my hair behind my ears
with the gentle fingers of her wind
and a new intimacy is uncovered in everything,
perhaps it’s that I’m finally learning
how to pray.

— Chelan Harkin

Image courtesy of Ana Novaes, LTG – Artes

(c) Chelan Harkin