Skepticism About the Enchantment of Life

Written by avenefica on February 16th, 2014

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Skepticism and the Enchantments of Life

I get tons of emails filled with great questions.  I got this inquiry from Roger (name used with permission), and had to share it with you.  Roger writes:

‘All of this stuff you write here is very entertaining, but is that all it is? Entertainment? For example, is there proof of earth elementals, magic, and anything else you describe that is out of the norm? I am very interested in knowing this stuff, but I don’t want to delve deeper if I am going to be let down in the long run.’

I think this is a great email.  It appeals to my innate skeptic, and it smacks of a willingness to go beyond the mundane – to reach out for more – even if tentatively.

Well, Roger…I’ll be honest…it takes a certain amount of belief and faith to encounter elementals, or enchantment in life. It takes attitude, that’s for sure.  This is not to say we all frolic willy-nilly into fairy land.

Too much dreaming without substance is all fluff.  That’s why I appreciate healthy skepticism. It’s necessary to question.

In my experience, I’ve encountered things that logic cannot explain, and so my inquiries persist. Science comes close to explaining the enchantments of life, but it cannot fully explain the human-element which deals with attitude, perception and the dynamism of mind/spirit.

So, I guess my answer is circumventing the question, in that I’d say the realness of magic would be dependent upon your perception and reality.

I once wrote: ‘Magic is inherent in every inhalation of life.’ and that really is true. From a studious stance,  science and metaphysics can track down logical, organized connections within energetic phenomenon taking place in every moment of our conscious existence.  From a creative, imaginative stance…magic just “is”.  It’s in every atom, every cell, every nook and cranny of life.  It doesn’t have to be explained, or shoved under a microscope – it’s just present – at all times, and in all things.

It’s the glimmering sword of reason humans must wield in an effort to slice away doubt. But we’ve got to be able to suspend our doubt long enough to marry logic with imagination.

Life requires balance, and living a conscious life represents an endless Q&A between provable tangibles and intangible mysteries.  It’s healthy to be skeptical.  I certainly am.  Believe it or not, I’m hugely suspect of most things I encounter that deny logic.  But I think that makes me a great intuitive.  Why?  Because I’m not mindless.  I pick apart the unexplained.  In that process of picking, I usually come across a loop I can hook my psychic claws into.  Once hooked, I can suspend my analytical mind just long enough to peer into an opening of magic, wonder and wisdom. 

Plus, I can’t help but revert back to my ancestry – and the ancient lineage all humans share.  Native Americans, Vikings, ancient Celts, Aborigines, etc….all the Old People of the Old Ways.  They had old school psychic chutzpah.  They knew stuff that went deep into the core of what it meant to live and be alive.   We can argue they didn’t have the science to explain stuff as we do today.  But does that make their wisdom any less significant?  I don’t think so.

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Take sympathetic magic for example.  This is a kind of practice that sees corollaries in nature, and mimics them in ritual to bring about a similar, binding effect.  An illustration of this is the Celtic Druid approach to mistletoe.  Science tells us mistletoe is a parasite on the oak tree.  Druids saw it as a snuggly, symbiotic partner to the oak.  As such, Druids harvested mistletoe and used it in sacred ritual to bind their community.  It was used as an omen or a symbol to keep marriages together, and bind the clan together.  Mistletoe in ritual was used to imitate a clinging, a kinship, a glue to that which is deeply rooted and strong like the oak.  Were the binding rituals effective?  I can’t say.  But I’m certain the divorce rates of ancient Celts were far less than that of the population today. Am I suggesting that all marriages end in divorce because a hand-fasting or a mistletoe ritual wasn’t employed?  Certainly not.

What’s relevant here is the connection and collaboration with nature.  I wholeheartedly feel (and have experienced) the effects of natural energy when profoundly, respectfully connected to it. 

I guess I’m saying we can’t put all our eggs in one basket.   Yes, indeed, there is such a thing as magic.  Look around at the miracle of Earth and our galaxy…that’s proof enough of magic.  Yes, magic can be conjured too.  Is it the end-all-be-all of an outcome?  No.  I don’t think so.  I think magic requires fortitude.  I think tapping into the enchantment of life requires intellect, imagination and a willingness to believe while still maintaining an even mind. 

I rarely make guarantees.  But I promise you this:  There is absolutely a superior, enchanted life taking place beyond our bills, our jobs, our kids crying, and long lines at the grocery store.  There is more to this life than what we see day-to-day. 

There is a gossamer veil that divides common experience from uncommon experience.  Luckily, that veil is translucent and ephemeral. Luckily, if we want to, we can venture behind that veil to access otherworldly experiences.  It takes an altered perception, and a balanced perspective to straddle the common and the uncommon.  Am I saying it’s easy?  No.  But I am saying it’s doable. 

Other articles of interest: 

Fan Mail From the Devil

Tapping into Nature’s Energy

Earth Meditation

Moon Meditation

 

 

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Evergreen Symbolic Meanings and Reminders

Written by avenefica on February 13th, 2014

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Evergreen Symbolic Meanings and Reminders

I have a few evergreen (conifer) trees around the house and they mean infinitely more to me than mere landscape features.

Our ancient kin, particularly of the Celtic ilk, observed evergreens as hugely powerful in symbolism. Because they stayed green through the ‘dark half’ of the year, evergreens symbolic meanings included qualities such as:
• Strength
• Stoicism
• Invincibility
• Determination
• Immortality
• Revitalization

Unbending against heavy winter snows and brutal winds – the evergreen won a high place of honor amongst the Celts. In fact, these early clans brought evergreen boughs into the home as a reminder of the indomitable spirit inherent in all life.

I observe the evergreens in my midst as heroes in this winter grip. Ever-bright and ever-clear, their likeness reminds me of the ever-green nature within the core of every human. And so, those glimmery evergreens remind me of the Anahata (the green heart chakra) qualities.

We too have the ability to stand strong in the midst of adverse conditions. Whether comparing them heart chakras, or Celtic wisdom, evergreen symbolic meanings deal with life-loving qualities such as:

• The capacity to love in the coldest of times.
• The inner resources to feel warmth (empathy) in spite of austerity.
• The ability to feel deep magic in a sterile, fact-finding world.

Those are some of my thoughts on the evergreen, and how they remind me of emerald potentials forever glistening within the strongholds of our souls.

What does the evergreen remind you of?

If you need more inspiration, feast your ever-bright eyes on these green gems:

Celtic Symbolism of the Fir

Celtic Thoughts about the Yew

More Celtic Meanings of Trees

Symbolic Meaning of Trees (general)

Pinecone Symbolism

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Picking Off the Labels…(a right-good rant)…

Written by avenefica on February 2nd, 2014

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The only thing I have ever run away from in life is labeling. I have this neurotic aversion to being labeled, judged or pegged into a constricted personality-type.

It’s the terror of being pigeon-holed that keeps me running like Roger Bannister away from labels. Slap one on…and what if it won’t come off???

This is why ‘branding’ in the world of marketing is a challenge for me. I just don’t fit.  I suspect many of you don’t fit either…and that is a VERY good thing.

Thankfully, you and I  have far greater forces working for us than the powers of PR. ;)

We have Divine Design on our side.  We have the variability of the Universe working on behalf of our uniqueness.  Our world, our galaxy, our lives….these are all highly diverse.  I say so diverse that labeling and square-pegging is neigh-on impossible.

How can you contain something so monumentally awesome as…let’s say….the Andes mountains, or the Grand Canyon, or the intricacies you experience with your children, or a bit of basil seed thrusting itself out of the soil to reach the sun?  There are so many colorful threads in our lives – it’s just plain silly to water-down our experiences with stupid labels and stereotypes.

If you haven’t guessed by now…I’m on a right-good rant.  I’m pretty gosh-darned sick of stereotypes, conformity, and what “should be”.   I say we should be who we are without compromise.

Of course, my practical side will admonish acting out in unhealthy ways.  I mean….we do live in a society, and that entails living within certain parameters.

Perhaps we might all aspire to be wildly special in an effort to uplift humankind.  Meaning….what if we strived to be unique and special with a goal to help our community, our society, our Mother Earth?

We’ve all run into people who behave weirdly for the sake of being weird.  There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that…but what is the purpose?  I’m suggesting we take our diverse, beautiful perspectives and apply them to the world-at-large.  Let’s gather up our quirkiness.  Let’s gather up our weirdness’s.  Let’s take all our odd ways and channel them into a focused beam of delight that pours out in our families, our communities, our social circles, our work-places.

I say to heck with labels.  None of us are capable of being fitted with a trite definition.  We’re not soup cans, for crying out loud.  We’re not a list of ingredients, or a tally of calories.

We are human.  We are massive.  I’ll go so far and say we are beyond our capacity to understand our potential.

I’m a big fan of the human potential movement.  I think all of us (self included) are far more capable of moving beyond the mundane than we realize.

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What’s my point to all this?  As always…I have bullet points to summarize (just love those bullet points!):

    • Do not cow-tow to a label.  Just because a parent, a friend or someone you respect dubbed you as this, that or the other – it does NOT imply the truth.  The truth is – you are infinite.  You are pure potential.  You are worthy.  You are a freaking rocket of expression.  Launch out of those stupid labels.  You are NOT what people define you as.  You are what YOU dream yourself to be.  Remember that.  Embrace that.

 

    • Your unorthodoxy is an asset. Don’t allow anyone to tell you different.  My friend’s Aunt Thelma crafts blankets out of cat hair.  I think that is weird, but very awesome.  Those blankets are so warm and fluffy!  Is it proper?  Is it conventional?  Perhaps not.  But Aunt Thelma provides warmth to the Senior Center in Wisconsin, and I tell you – those folks love her cat-hair blankets!  It’s the thought involved.  It’s the ingenuity.  It’s the love and care in what we do that counts.  Be brave in your uniqueness.  Dare to give.  Dare to love.  Dare to be different.

 

    • If you think no one understands you…then accept that, because you’re probably right.  You don’t need the understanding of others to be your exquisitely awesome self.  All you need is belief in yourself.  I tell you – the kindling of your own soul is the only fuel you need to stand out an make a difference.

 

    • Okay…so maybe you have problems.  Goodness knows I have problems too.  They are not insurmountable.  In fact, many of our problems provide a fabulous platform for extraordinary growth, healing and perspective.  When we stretch our imaginations to make our problems assets – that’s the real deal.  It’s uncanny how our conflict can work in our favor.  Don’t down-trod yourself if you have an affliction.  Rather, try to turn that negative into a positive.  Just ponder it.  You might be surprised how a perceived handicap can evolve into a major benefit to you, your community and beyond.

 

    • Never get pegged.  I think the foremost irritation for me is observing media, and seeing all the “follow the leader” baloney.   I don’t think humans were meant to follow.  We are brilliant creations.  We are the utmost in terms of ability, potential and creativity.  Seeing my fellow man following the heard just grinds me.  We are so much more than what society deems us.  We are capable of so much.  It’s those stupid pegs that get us in a rut of disbelief about our ability.  Don’t get pegged!

 

Well, my friends, I don’t know if you feel better after this rant, but I certainly do.

Thank you for allowing me this space to spew out my frustration.  And thank you for your open-mindedness….to read and discern the real truth I hoped to convey.

In the end…just be YOU!  There is no one alive on this planet  like you.  The world needs you.  Your unusualness, your difference, your special view – we all need you.

As always, bright blessings,

Avia

 

 

 

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