Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The Re-Enchantment Dialogues, Part 2: Suggestion Box

Here's the first installment of this series
Please be sure to read the comments as well.

The thing about Re-Enchantment is that no one can tell you exactly how you should go about it. It's up to you. What's powerful and meaningful to you might be flat soda to someone else and vice versa. I realize that might be a bit of a disappointment to some, but I see it as self-regulating. This is all part of what Jung called the individuation process.

To that end I have a few suggestions for very practical ways to begin this process or if you feel you're at a bit of an impasse, to jumpstart it. These are all simple but very powerful tools to change the direction of your life experience. A lot of this might be self-evident to some of you, so feel free to share your results with us...

We all have a catalog of moments in our life in which we experienced magic, so a good place to begin to reconnect with enchantment is to write them all down. I think you'll find that many more will bubble up as you go poking around for them.

Some not-so-magical moments might come back up as well. That's OK, though- they're doing so because they are wounds that need to be healed. Work on those do and get someone to help if you can't do it yourself.

In recording these moments it's important to be thorough as possible in exploring what made them magic. Try to recapture that feeling as best you can. Remember that these moments might not necessarily be unalloyed moments of bliss, they might be more complex than that.

Either way, work them out: the when, the where, the how, what color the sky was, how the air smelled, and so on. Sketch things out, even if it's just stick-figure type of stuff. Anything you can do to summon the magic, do.

Then write down your favorite- and not-so-favorite dreams. Again, work very hard to pull all of this out of your head. Keep a dream journal if you're in that headspace, but concentrate on recording dreams from your past.

As with the memories, those muscles will grow stronger from use. You'll not only find yourself remembering dreams you had, you'll remember remembering them as well, which is equally important.

Dreams are very powerful tools for changing your focus. Seeing the world through the prism of dream is the place you want to get to. If you've had moments in which dream reality encroached on temporal reality, write that down too. Paying attention to the lighting is important, especially what the sky might have looked like. A lot of you might be doing lucid dream work too, but let's save that for later.

Synchronicity is going to be one of the jewels in the crown of your re-enchantment, so start writing your syncs down. I generally get annoyed when simple coincidence is mistaken for synchronicity, but in this case don't worry about the distinction. Pretend everything is a dispatch from Olympus.

As time goes on you'll develop a very keen sense of discernment and you'll be able to separate the signal from the noise. And then you'll get to the point where Synchronicity starts playing fetch with you and that's always a pretty startling experience.

Now, here's the thing about all of this; you have to really do it. You have to dig in and put your nose to the grindstone. You have to write all this stuff down. No one can do it for you. I think most of you out there will enjoy it, but it's still a lot of work. It might be discouraging at first, but you have to get through that.

OK, there's my first round of suggestions (I have more to come) and I'm sure a lot of you out there have your own methods. Share them with us. My only request is that you keep it simple and direct and accessible.