The Most Powerful Enchanted Symbols in the World

Religion
Religion (Photo credit: Rickydavid)

This post concludes my brief and cursory exploration of symbols of enchantment in this blog.

Outside of this blog, I’m currently writing more stories and in-depth discussion for a book that I hope to have published this fall, but can’t include it all here.

My goal is to share the highlights of this new book freely with you, and hope you’re enjoying this journey through our Enchanted Oasis.

When I was thinking about the topic of enchanted symbols, I asked myself:

What are the most powerful enchanted symbols in the world?

My mind immediately went to the powerful symbols we see in the external world:

  • Symbols for money
  • International Business Logos
  • Stories and Movies
  • Flags of Countries
  • Religious Symbols

All of these symbols influence our actions, whether we realize it or not, and are very powerful in both good and negative ways.  We need to understand our personal and collective relationship to these symbols of power and control, as well as their positive side of freedom, peace and prosperity.

Iraqi girl living next to Al Daura Oil Refiner...
Iraqi girl living next to Al Daura Oil Refinery in Baghdad pauses for a smile, 7 Mar, 2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yet, when I asked my spirit and heart this same question about the most powerful enchanted symbols in the world, I received a different answer.

One that may sound too simplistic or trite, but I don’t believe it is.

Spirit told me that our most powerful symbol of enchantment is our smile.  The smiles and genuinely kind expression on the faces of the people around us are more powerful than we often recognize.  Symbols of currency, business, country, and even religion are temporary.  They will pass from existence some day.  Some stories may endure for thousands of years, but if we put much focus on these symbols, even religious stories, we can miss an important piece of life.

Smiles are also temporary expressions.  They can be recorded through art, but the true power and enchantment of smiling comes from daily use.

Smile
Smile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We may not understand or appreciate other people’s customs, food choices, beliefs, religions, points of view etc.  Fortunately, the creator of Life made us capable of communicating unconditional love and peace through our face. No expression is more powerfully good than a genuine smile.  It not only transforms others, it transforms us.  Scientists are now recognizing that sometimes we can act as if, until it becomes true for us, though I’m not suggesting that you discard difficult emotional experience and only smile.

There is a reason, that this simplistic symbol 🙂 is used in so many places, including social media. There are other emotive symbols, and other expressions, but none of them bring as much good will and connection as a smile.

The most powerful stories share the timeless wisdom of how we need to cherish the gift of Life and be our best self in the moment. Every religion teaches this.   And we can show our understanding and faith in something bigger than ourselves through our choice to smile.

Smile to the world..the world will simle back ...
Smile to the world..the world will smile back at you (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We cannot hoard our smiles and save them for another day.In fact, the more we use this enchanted symbol to connect and appreciate the people and loves of your life, the more enchanted our life becomes.

There is much in life that can cause us to feel pain and sadness.  Look at the News any day and you will see suffering. We cannot run away from heartbreak.  Yet, even in the midst of whatever is happening in our life or the world, each of us, no matter what our situation, has received this gift to create the most powerful enchantment in the world – a smile.

For me the question for today,  and the rest of my life is:

How have can I use my own magical power of a simple genuine smile to enchant my world today?

What do you think the most powerful enchanted symbols are in the world?  I’d love to hear your ideas.

I leave you with this blessing:

May you every day enchant the world around you and receive the very best enchantment that life has to offer!

The Enchantment of Everyday Living

Enchantment Goat
Enchantment Goat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before we go much further in this blog series on accessing our inner and outer Enchanted Oasis, I want to offer a few disclaimers:

  • The word Enchantment can be off-putting to some people.  There are many people who fear anything that has an element of magic to it.  My belief  is that enchantment is like the goat in this picture – natural. I suspect  prohibitions against magical or intuitive ways go back to times when “magic” was used against people in manipulative ways by priests or shamans. Or healers with superstitious or evolving medical practices ended up doing things that were hurtful instead of helpful.  This negative type of magic is NOT the kind of enchantment that I am talking about..
  • My idea of enchantment is to work with and expand the natural energy within each of us and outside of our selves to create results in our lives that feel magical or enchanted.
  • Also before going further in talking about accessing our inner and outer enchanted oasis, I want to be clear that I don’t consider myself to be a spiritual sage or saint, or to be fully awakened to the God-consciousness within.  I am on a journey of spiritual growth and expansion as much as anyone else.
  • My views are meant to stimulate your own discernment and spirit, not to dictate any particular path for you.

Our Energy

You may not think about this often, but everyone creates an energetic transmission with their words, presence and actions.  It’s up to each of us to choose to open up to and create an enchanting presence with our life.

My chosen spiritual task this summer is to increase the connection with my own enchanting energy and increase the amount of enchantment in the world.  I’m hoping that some of you will also work to increase your level of enchanted living for your own sake and for the sake of our world.

Our Time in History

We are living through times when perhaps being frugal or constricted is going to be more valued for a while.  That doesn’t mean that we have to give up enchantment,  perhaps quite the contrary. In the next week, I’ll be sharing about the ways in which we create enchantment through our everyday choices of where we live, how we live, what we eat, what types of clothes we wear, who we spend our time with, and connecting with the spirit of the earth.

Yesterday, I asked you how it is that you stay connected with the Enchanted Oasis inside of you.

For this weekend, I ask you:

How could you increase the level of enchantment in your life over the next two months, between now and the next season?

I ask this question to prepare you for the months ahead.

My intuition says that the intensity of life is going to increase in a new direction by October of this year.  Some of that intensity is normal seasonal change. Beyond that, if you’re quiet within yourself now and the next few months, you can feel an energy building up.

We see it reflected in global economic challenges, climate change, growing gaps between the rich and poor, and so many other outer trends.  If you’re astrologically inclined, there are major alignments shifting between now and October.  We’re moving into a very intense time for most people.

It’s best to be shifting yourself now, before this more intense time hits.

That’s part of the reason that I’m writing about enchantment.  To live an enchanted life, does not mean that everything goes the way you had planned.  With a focus on looking for creating enchantment, you make your life and that of those around you easier.

So, again, I suggest today and this weekend think about how you might increase the enchantment in your life, because the changes you make now could make the rest of the year a one of dazzling intensity versus one of overwhelming intensity.

Are any of you feeling this same rising wave of intensity coming?  Just curious.

What is the Enchanted Oasis?

St. Nectan’s Glen Waterfalls, Cornwall, UK | A...
St. Nectan’s Glen Waterfalls, Cornwall, UK | A magical, mystical and sacred place (1 of 10) (Photo credit: ukgardenphotos)

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!

Your Enchanted Oasis

For some time during this summer of 2012, I’d like to share some ideas on what it means to discover and create the Enchanted Oasis within ourselves.

This theme and the following poem is in part inspired by the sweltering heat enfolding much of the United States and in part by the beautiful poetry of awakening by the Sufi Mystic Rumi.

I begin with a poem of invitation from my Enchanted Oasis to yours:

The Enchanted Oasis

Come to a place

You Know is Waiting for You

A place where you choose

the questions of your life,

guarding those diamonds,

bright as guiding stars,

in the dark night of the crimson desert

of your own making.

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You may be parched,

slaked with thirst,

Dying for a drop of refreshment,

from a Long Journey.

love

You may be overburdened,

carrying a load too great and mighty,

for your delicate gentle shoulders

to Endure a Moment longer.

love

You may be swift and sure,

speeding along on a black stallion,

through the tall dunes of the tawny desert

with the ease of a Master.

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You may be a light as powerful as the sun,

wandering through the delights of life,

a living expression of the Enchanted Oasis,

in your every word and deed.

love

It matters not.

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At the Enchanted Oasis

All are welcome.

love

All Travellers

have a place at the table

the feast of Awakening.

love

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Writer of Destiny: Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a philosopher who ...
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“There is but one possible way in which human elements, innumerably diverse by nature, can love one another:  it is by knowing themselves all to be centered upon a single “super centre” common to all, to which they can only attain, each at the extreme of himself, through their unity.”

Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

Last week, I shared my perspective about the challenge between staying true to our own nature and finding a way towards positive collective behavior.

As I continue to focus on novel-writing this week, I’m keeping the blogs shorter this week, and adding a new feature — Writers of Destiny.

Thought you might enjoy quotes from great thinkers, artists and poets who have provided us clues on how to maintaining our individual uniqueness while we strive for unity.

Hope you are inspired by these great men and women from across different times, places, and cultures who have much to teach us about creating an enlightened destiny through their writings.

Perhaps, you are one of the inspirational voices for future generations!  Keep writing!

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Are You a Master of Your Destiny?

Certificate of the Master title in the United ...
Certificate of the Master title in the United States of America. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I once had a teacher who taught that each person would be wise to work towards becoming a Master of their own life.  To do this, she said we need to learn how to serve others.

 

There all kinds of masters.   We can become masters of our craft or career.  Some people are the master of their family.   Others master their time on earth.

If all masters served their students or followers or a higher good, I would find the term master to be something to seek after.  Unfortunately, being a master has often provided opportunities for abusing power over others. I tend to associate with patriarchal power used against the defenseless.

 

Yet, there is something about becoming a master of our own destiny that is an inherent aspect of not only American culture but personal development.  The type of master that has most appealed to me in recent years is becoming a spiritual master.  I have seen glimpses of the one reality that underpins all of life during my spiritual questing in the last few years.  There were even times when I have been able to hold on to states of bliss for months on end.  However, attaining bliss is not a form of spiritual mastery that satisfies me when so much of humanity deserves to be able to live in states of greater security, balance and comfort.

 

skills-3
skills-3 (Photo credit: Vancouver Island University)

It bothers me that the technology and skill to feed everyone on the planet exists, yet I’m not sure what I could do to help that process.  The earth is the home to billions of people who if we could work together could create paradise on earth. Instead, most of us stay stuck living the same old materialist life.

It’s not so much that there are a few people who are truly evil that are making the rest of us suffer.  It seems to me that the problem lies in the challenge that we don’t know how to master collaborative living.

In America, we have a country of basically good people in America who can’t come to agreement on how to move into the future, even though we all know the visions for the next era of human growth cannot be the same as the last era that brought us to this stage of our development.  It’s not just the top 1% of America that is clinging to a materialist way of life, it’s much of our society.

 

A composed satellite photograph of North Ameri...
A composed satellite photograph of North America in orthographic projection. The observer is centered at (40° N, 95° W), at Moon distance above the Earth. Español: Imagen de satélite de América del Norte (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My sense is that the earth and nature want to teach us a new way of being a master, and for the next few days I’ll share some ideas about the era of learning self-mastery in partnership with nature, as well as the idea of collaborative mastery without all of us becoming borgs or robots.I sincerely hope that North America can take the lead in a new kind of personal and group mastery.

We have the resources to do this if we can find the will and wisdom!

 

 

 

Does the Soul of Your Book Have Cravings?

Kashmir: Symphonic Led Zeppelin
Kashmir: Symphonic Led Zeppelin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In many ways, I’ve had an ideal writer’s life for the last few years.  For a while,  I was very frustrated with myself, because I felt like I was doing the novel-writing process in the wrong way, and that I was missing some right way to be creative.

For the last six months, I’ve taken a different approach to giving birth to my novel.  Rather than thinking of novel-writing as a project or task to be completed, I’ve begun to work with the soul of my book, and treat it as though it were a person rather than an inanimate object that will sit on a shelf or in the Amazon cloud.

One thing that has been helping me to move forward is to look even more closely at the parallels between creating a novel and giving birth to children.

My child-bearing experience was different from many women.   I stopped working as much as possible when I had both my kids and enjoyed the pregnancy.   I believed and still believe that women should treat themselves very kindly when they are pregnant.

On the whole I look back at my pregnancies as some of the most enjoyable times of my life, because I felt that I was doing sacred work.  My belief was that my children were special people being sent by God to live in the world and take part in the Great Turning of our world.  I still believe they are my greatest creations.

Yet, I also feel that the books that I’m writing could be contributions to changing the way we look at the world to support a Great Turning towards honoring life and the earth more than greed and materialism.  Creating the novels has actually felt more difficult for me than having children.  So, I’m starting to honor more and more what I did when I was pregnant.

Here are a few things I’ve noticed.

During both pregnancies, I had cravings for foods that I never liked before then.  The one I remember the most is pink grapefruit juice.  I couldn’t get enough of it while I was pregnant with both of my children, and hated grapefruit juice before that time.   I still like to drink it every so often, because it reminds me of that special time in my life.

Led Zeppelin, January 1975, Chicago
Led Zeppelin, January 1975, Chicago (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My novel has different cravings.

While I’ve been writing my novel, I’ve had a strange desire to listen to Led Zeppelin music, which I didn’t like at any other time in my life although, though I had always loved the song Kashmir.  As I started writing more deeply, I started to get weirdly obsessed with listening to Kashmir, and then decided maybe I should listen to more Led Zeppelin and found I now like it.

It’s the strangest thing to me, but I feel like somehow Led Zeppelin music has a certain kind of soul to it that the soul of my book craves.  For someone who is fairly introverted and loves quiet, lyrical New Age and Classical music this attraction to Led Zeppelin music feels odd.

On top of that,  I started writing my own music and lyrics.  That has helped me to hear the book’s story.  I attribute these new connections with music to the soul of the book requiring me to be lyrical in a different way for it.

When I was pregnant with both of my boys, I had a certain way of living that I’m now embracing with novel-writing. While pregnant, I allowed myself to:

  • Trust that something bigger than myself was working through me.
  • Treat that time of giving birth as a holy gift and treasured it.
  • Enjoy the process of listening to what the soul of my book needs to grow and flourish.
  • Act upon what the soul of the new life in me needs.
  • Appreciate that giving birth takes a lot of energy so I deserve to be kind to myself.
  • Allow the new life to come forth when it is ready.
Past Childbirth Scene
Past Childbirth Scene (Photo credit: nep)

This is my way of giving birth to children and novels.  It’s not for everyone.  Other people who I knew worked very hard while they were pregnant and it was not a big deal to them.  They could multi-task.  For the most part, I could only do one thing.

Other women’s childbirth experience was very different from mine, but also good for them.  Just like there are other people who work full-time and write great books, there are many ways to be a writer.  Some people need quiet, some need to be writing around other people.

We all have to find the way to give birth that is best for us.  There is no one size fits all approach to writing.

Have you found your own path to honoring the cravings and soul of your writing?

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