Both quiet and silence are aids to enchantment, because they allow us to hear the “chant” of nature, the sounds of our interior lives, and music. The incessant and inescapable noise of modern life, standing in the way of an aural relationship with nature and making it nearly impossible to hear our thoughts, blocks enchantment. To be susceptible to the spells of everyday life, we have at least to perceive nature, both inner and outer.
Thomas Moore, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life
Yesterday, I invited you to take a journey of inner and outer exploration of our spiritual source in these white hot, thirsty days. You may live on the other half of the world where it is cooler, perhaps cold and blustery now. Some of us in the Northern hemisphere would love a blast of that cold!
Perhaps, in some way, the earth is sending us a message. Many of us believe that the earth and all of nature would like us humans to embrace a more enchanting way of life.
The metaphor of the Enchanted Oasis is not a particularly new one. It is one as ancient as human history and appeals to many of us, because no matter what time or climate we live in, we experience times in our life that feel like we are walking alone in a desert, searching for something magical to ease the burden of life. There are times in our life when we feel that the world has lost its enchantment.
In its biggest view, the Enchanted Oasis is a metaphor for the spiritual center that we all have, whether we recognize it or not. The Enchanted Oasis is NOT the entirety of our soul, it is the mysterious energetic diamond within each of us that allows us to be able to live joyfully on a constant basis, not just when we have peak experiences in life.
Often, we try to create an enchanted life by looking outwards and seeking to improve ourselves to be more appealing to our family, beloved, culture or world. We believe that if we become:
- Highly Accomplished
then, we believe we will deserve to live joyfully and create a more enchanted life.
Most of us have discovered if we are honest with ourselves, that transformations for external reasons don’t really work if we are not also connected to our own spiritual center.
On top of that, much of the time, when we hear the process of Awakening discussed, it is made to sound like an arduous journey that can only be accomplished through years of meditation, contemplation, celibacy, public service, and contribution to others.
Sometimes we have to be willing to look deeper into the enchanted world in which we live.
Have you ever noticed that there are people who the outer world would consider to be failures or at least not very successful who have a greater spiritual presence than many so-called spiritual people? These enchanted folk might wear unfashionable clothing, struggle to survive, be unhealthy or sick, have no great ambitions. Outcasts. Anonymous souls who will never be known in the greater world. Yet . . . because they are connected to their own Enchanted Oasis, they are a greater force for good in this world than many of us who seem to have everything.
I’m certainly not advocating that we all become poor and struggle or choose to define personal and global prosperity as a bad goal. It’s just that the Enchanted Oasis within and without does not require any of this.
This is what Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu and so many others were trying to help us see. We can tap into our Enchanted Oasis today and everyday, and there is no hierarchy of who deserves this gift.
As we begin this journey together, I’d love to hear your thoughts:
- Do you believe that each of us contains a compassionate, life nourishing spiritual center, an Enchanted Oasis within us?
- Do you have practices that allow you to maintain joy despite whatever outer events are happening in your life?
- Would you like your life to be more enchanting?
- Are you living out of the Enchanted Oasis within you?
I suspect that many of you are already living out of your Enchanted Oasis, but you might not have thought much about it in those terms. Let me honor you for being and creating an Enchanted Oasis in your part of the world.
Hope you are having an absolutely enchanting day!