Poetic Seeds of Awakening
The following audio poems are written and recorded by Gretchen Blycker. The first two are interpretations of the awakened feminine and masculine. An Awakened Aphrodite exemplifies an enlightened, confident, compassionate, bright, self-respecting female. She knows how to embody the sacred feminine. Since an Awakened Aphrodite respects her whole self, she respects her sexuality. She loves her authentic sexual self, and with that love and respect comes a reverence for the sensual experiences of erotic energy within. An Awakened Adonis exemplifies an enlightened, mind/body integrated, powerful, trustworthy, honorable male. He knows how to embody the sacred masculine. He is deeply connected to himself and knows how to deeply connect with others. An Awakened Adonis is also not constrained by cultural dictations of appropriating gendered limitations of emotional expression or enjoying the flow or embodiment of energy polarities, that innately exist in every one. His authentic self has been nurtured to know the freedom and full range of wisdom that is possible with the cultivation of emotional intelligence, articulation, and fluency.
Awakening Aphrodite + Adonis symbolizes the practice of bringing awareness and wisdom to our inner and interpersonal dramas. This is an integration of Eastern traditions of enlightenment with Western mythology and science of understanding our human nature, our basic drives and instincts. The poetry shared here is a distillation from experiences in life, from a mindfulness-based sexual and relational heath psychotherapy practice working with individuals and couples over years, and from 7 years teaching a human sexuality class at a university.
The poetry themes, that draw from the collective stories of nearly a thousand people, explore; the sacred feminine and masculine, perspectives on sexual mores and sexual scripts, healing from sexual trauma, objectification culture, problematic pornography use, pornography induced erectile dysfunction, managing communication and connection in relationship, boundaries in relationship, mindful living, sacred sexuality, and awakening sexual empathy.
These poems are offered as an exploration of these various human experiences and to convey expressions of inner emotions, sexual feelings, and relational dynamics that our verbal codes and contexts of language are often insufficient to capture with accuracy.
One suggestion, if you choose to listen to one of these poems, is that you do so while mindfully observing what arises in you as you take in the information.
- Be curious about your reactions.
- What resonates, what doesn’t?
- What is familiar or foreign?
- Are there any memories or images that are evoked for you? Are there any new or different perceptions or perspectives that you identify?
- Can you practice imagining yourself in any of the masculine or feminine perspectives that the different voices in the poems speak from?
- Please feel free to change the gender of the pronouns, the intention is not to be heteronormative or gender limiting, but inclusive and honoring of individual differences.
An Awakened Aphrodite By Gretchen Blycker
An Awakened Adonis By Gretchen Blycker
The Light Within This Home By Gretchen Blycker
Soul Filled Human Being By Gretchen Blycker
Her Body Is My Stimulant By Gretchen Blycker
Diamonds By Gretchen Blycker
Empathy Is The Bridge By Gretchen Blycker
Puppet or Master By Gretchen Blycker
Inner Sanctum By Gretchen Blycker
This Meeting Place By Gretchen Blycker