What is the Enchanted Oasis?

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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:

  • Rich
  • Thin
  • Assertive
  • Muscular
  • Famous
  • Brilliant
  • Self-sacrificing
  • Highly Accomplished
  • Perfected

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:

  1. Do you believe that each of us contains a compassionate, life nourishing spiritual center, an Enchanted Oasis within us?
  2. Do you have practices that allow you to maintain joy despite whatever outer events are happening in your life?
  3. Would you like your life to be more enchanting?
  4. 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!

43 thoughts on “What is the Enchanted Oasis?

  1. Writerlious says:

    What a lovely post. It’s all to easy to fall into that trap of thinking “If only I had x, y or z, or were more like g, h, or i…” Thanks for the inspirational reminder that we have to find our power from within. 🙂

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  3. thehealthywarrior says:

    I’d like my life to be sunny, bright, and positive all the time but I accept it as is with all of its flaws…Actually I believe my life is going in the direction just as it was intended to go.

    • Karen Wan says:

      There is a need for acceptance in life, I’m going through some experiences now which I’d rather not have, but still feel my life is moving as it should. Sounds like you have a great attitude and approach! I’m glad to hear that your life is moving in a good direction.

  4. jamieaaron03 says:

    Great post! When I get really stressed or down I have to pray and tell myself that god will do something about it. Then I try to get back to a “good place” in my head, leaving the negative thought out of my life.

  5. Kara Peterson says:

    Very Peaceful. As I am trying to live out of the Enchanted Oasis within you me it is still a struggle to follow my daily practice. You blog helps to inspire me.

    • Karen Wan says:

      Kara, I’m glad to be of help on your journey. As an actress, you have such a wonderful gift for helping others to open up to enchantment and at other times see the cost of what a world without as much enchantment as we deserve affects us. You’re doing important work in the world, keep it up!

  6. island traveler says:

    Inner peace and happiness comes from a soul that is contented, grateful and in harmony with everything around him or her. Just beautiful post, so full of priceless inspiration.Thank you…I wish an enchanted oasis for all of us…

  7. microrrelatososhortstories says:

    I have this little girl inside of me that suddenly decides to come up for air and to be enchanted by the most natural things, for example, I’ve found myself in a state of total enchantment when I eat something that exhilarates more than my taste buds, eating figs blows my mind away and impacts all my senses, avocados…and of course, there’s the enchantment of a sentence or a phrase in a book or a piece of art…mesmerizing…still the the enchanted oasis in me is undiscovered…please help me find it! read you soon, Alexandra

    • Karen Wan says:

      Alexandra, I like that you brought up the inner child, because we need to be like children to open up to the Enchanted Oasis from my experience. The beauty is that we can do things to work with the enchanted part of ourselves to expand its presence in our life. Glad you’re here with us!

  8. Three Well Beings says:

    You definitely speak in terms I understand, Karen, but I always need the encouragement. I spent much more of my life not understanding these principals than the shorter period of doing what I can to fully embrace the idea of an enchanted oasis. I need both nature and silence to stay grounded and whole, but it is sometimes a struggle to prioritize either one! I really appreciate what you’re sharing here…very valuable, and I love finding you as an ally in the journey. Debra

    • Karen Wan says:

      Debra, sometimes it takes us a while to realize that we deserve to experience our own Enchanted Oasis. I definitely know that it has been a journey for me. Thanks so much for sharing your journey here.

  9. yogaleigh says:

    I really believe in a divine essence and that the challenge is to get through the layers of other stuff we’ve put around it. I’d say the Emotional Mastery work I described in a long ago post has been my most helpful tool. Any time I find myself anxious or angry or anything but happy I learned that I can choose to shift my emotional state. Not that that means I always remember to shift…

    • Karen Wan says:

      I agree emotional mastery is a big part of creating and revealing our spiritual essence and opening up to the enchantment of life. Thanks for bringing up that point.
      I would also isay that mastery of the relationship between our thoughts and emotions as an important part of shifting our perspective, which I know you’ve written about quite eloquently in your blog. It is very difficult to even open up to the idea of a spiritual essence when your mind and emotions are stuck in repetitive patterns.

  10. stephenedwards425 says:

    Hi Karen, as you already know I am huge on developing a life of compassion and understanding. My practices for keeping balanced when life gets a little out of kilter involve writing, praying, and talking things over with Susie and Jake the Wonder Dog. Of course, there is always room to grow…actually I have a lot of room to grow…think like galaxy type room. My Enchanted Oasis is my carrot…I keep facing into the sun, letting life’s wind blow across my face, and hoping to share what little I have with my fellow travelers.

    Be encouraged!

    • Karen Wan says:

      I too feel like I have galaxy type room to grow! 🙂 I like the idea of being like a carrot facing the sun, letting life’s wind blow across your face and sharing what you have with fellow travellers. That’s a great image! I suspect in the process of being like a carrot you are also creating an Enchanted Oasis for Susie and Jake the Wonder Dog and many, many more people! 🙂

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