One of the temptations of the artist is to believe himself solitary, and in truth he hears this shouted at him with a certain base delight. But this is not true. He stands in the midst of all, in the same rank, neither higher nor lower, with all those who are working and struggling. His very vocation, in the face of oppression, is to open the prisons and to give a voice to the sorrows and joys of all. This is where art, against its enemies, justifies itself by proving precisely that it is no one’s enemy. By itself art could probably not produce the renascence which implies justice and liberty. But without it, that renascence would be without forms and, consequently, would be nothing. Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society even when perfect is but a jungle. That is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
What authentic creation does the art of your life give to the future?
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
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.
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.
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.
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!