Learning from Fairy tales

In an article on finishing things (that final push is the hardest!) I came across a quote that encapsulated an idea which resonates with me so strongly:

“People who’ve never read fairy tales, the professor said, have a harder time coping in life than the people who have. They don’t have access to all the lessons that can be learned from the journeys through the dark woods and the kindness of strangers treated decently, the knowledge that can be gained from the company and example of Donkey skins and cats wearing boots and steadfast tin soldiers. I’m not talking about in-your-face lessons, but more subtle ones. The kinds that seep up from your subconscious and give you moral and humane structures for your life. That teaches you how to prevail, and trust.”

~ Charles De Lint, The Onion Girl

This is so true. When we read stories they seep into our minds, our emotions, our bodies. We journey through the woods with the lost child, we scale mountains with the hero, we fall and we get up. In doing so, our heart is broken open and the light gets in. We allow ourselves to experience those things which we might otherwise protect ourselves from, and rightly so. In doing so we gain experiences to draw on in our everyday life and we are transformed by these experiences.

Aristotle spoke of tragedy as providing Catharsis and we see this role played by media throughout our lives still but, even more than this, we absorb the tales we read, see, hear. We take them to heart and we act them out.

As a child I loved The Little Mermaid. I would spend hours in swimming pools or by the sea pretending to be a mermaid. (And I still feel most me with ruby-red hair!) It is perhaps no surprise that I lost all confidence in my ability to sing when I gave up swimming entirely because, for some inexplicable reason, I became terrified of deep water. I lost my voice when I left the sea. Without realising it, I played out Ariel’s tale in my own life. Healing that fear has coincided with regaining my singing voice. I began working on both these things almost simultaneously and, shortly afterwards, recognised the story I was living that was not mine.

I’ve written a new ending to this tale. A new ending for me. But this is how powerful stories are. We take them to heart. And we can choose the stories we engage in. We can choose to follow the tale of Taliesin’s transformation to deepen our knowledge and understanding, or the Selkie stories to find our way home, or Persephone’s tale to step into our power to change the world.

And so a new story unfolds. The Temple of Tales begins to form, a sacred place where stories touch our lives with magic and we rewrite our lives using the tales we choose.

Welcome to the Temple of Tales, presenting; Persephone and your Power.

Enter the Temple of Tales with Persephone...
Enter the Temple of Tales with Persephone…

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The Nature of Enchantment

My dream is for life to be lived in an enchanted world.

A world of beauty and wonder, of delight and sharing of joy. Where creativity and following one’s heart is as common as breathing and care for each other and the non-human world around us is not only felt, but is acted upon.

Enchantment comes in the space which happens when we engage with each moment. We become enchanted when we connect with life.

Many of us feel disenchanted, disconnected. We are struggling through our days and saddened by the state of the world.

The world is as it is because so many of us have disconnected from our own enchanted selves. Deep inside us we remember what it is like to experience the world as wonder-filled and we secretly wish we were allowed to feel that way again.

I can tell you now:

You are allowed to find the wonder in the world.

You have permission to feel that sense of delight that happens when beauty kisses your spirit and you feel inspired.

You can reconnect with your enchanted self.

Take a breath now. Remember a moment when you felt open to the wonder in the world. Remember how that felt in your body. Remember the emotions it invoked in you. Allow yourself to feel grateful for that moment of enchantment. Choose, now, to be open to experiencing the world in that way again. Commit to choosing enchantment, commit to re-choosing it each time you remember that it is possible. Seek out beauty in your life and open to the wonder in each moment.

 

As you find enchantment in your life you become able to share this with the world around you. Each person who re-connects to wonder balances disconnection with connection and helps to heal the world.

 

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