“Every day we’re confronted with a gap, often painfully wide, between the life we live now and a life of deep enchantment.”—Marianne Williamson, Everyday Grace
Yup— that’s me…right now. I’ve been trying hard to get a nice blog post together and it just hasn’t been happening. Now, don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the result of a shortage of ideas. It’s that I’ve got a jumbled mix-up of tangents and seemingly disconnected thought fragments that are proving to be rather incoherent and aren’t really working at becoming an actual post. My mind’s all over the place and I’m not sure which way to go.
“Being ‘in the gap’ can be disorienting and even scary. Nothing to hold on to, no sense of direction, not even a hint of what choices and possibilities might lie ahead.” —Osho
It is disorienting, no doubt. And, I’m willing to bet that we’ve all had this experience at some point or another where we simply feel disconnected. But, here’s the thing, the gap represents not our fall from that “life of deep enchantment,” but rather it represents the human experience. We experience our here and now— our mundane life filled with egoic concerns, but we also experience our enchanted side. That’s the beauty of being human, is that our consciousness swims between these two. We have to keep in mind, however, that we come into this human form for a reason. You see, we are meant at times, to find ourselves swimming in this sea of deep confusion and disconnectedness, because it’s in being there that we paradoxically find ourselves in the sea of pure potentiality.
In the chaos we are living among the multitudes of possibilities, the fragments here and there. It’s in that place that lies the unmanifest, waiting for our creative natures to mold and form something out of these bits and pieces. Whereas, in the enchanted realm, life feels so utterly connected that in its great beauty, it almost seems like each step and each moment is destined.
The key is to unite these two and understand that they are truly one. The chaos is the seed of creation and it represents our ultimate freedom and the enchanted is the fruit of creation being tasted and savoured and it represents serenity. Through the chaos we can manifest and be the sculptors of our reality. In the enchanted by virtue of our ability to be aware we are able to see the beauty that flows through us; we can see the beauty of existence. So, the idea here in swimming between chaos and enchanted existence is to realize that the source of the greatness of that which has been and ever will be manifested lies within our essence and in order to experience the enchanted life, we must recognize the beauty inherent in all existence. We accomplish reconciliation between chaos and enchantedness via intention. We have to set the intention to unite the two. This means bringing the magic from above into the mundane so that as we mold existence, we see and experience the beauty of the sculptor and the sculpted.
In every hour of every day, dealing with small details or dealing with huge issues, the alchemical power of our spiritual wands provides a portal into another realm, a magic carpet ride above the turmoil of the world. This is not illusion, this is reality. From the time we awake to the time we go to sleep, heaven’s light—the understanding of higher principles—is available to us, should we have the courage to bring it down. –Marianne Williamson, Everyday Grace
The magic carpet is inside of you. It becomes real in the here and now when you set your intention to connect with the Divine. The power of the Divine flows through all. Learning how to recognize and harness that power through intention infuses your life with light and allows you to live an enchanted life in which you see the beauty and potential in the chaos. You may recall from an earlier post that I defined light as enlightened knowledge that reveals truth and particularly the truth about ourselves. What this means is that through setting your intentions to connect, light is bestowed upon you. Sometimes this may result in spurts of inspiration. Other times this may result in an understanding that reveals why you were sensing the disconnection and disarray in the first place. The power of intention has been bastardized into “the way to get the material stuff that you want,” when in reality it’s about your ability to connect to the Divine and transform mundane existence into something magical.
Life glistens if you really focus and choose to see it. It is first and foremost a matter of setting the intention to create and see beauty everywhere. So to return to my story at the beginning, the lesson in this (that clearly I’m still learning myself) is that when we find ourselves in a place of disconnection and confusion, we have to shift our focus from overwhelm to fascination and excitement at the array of possibilities and paths that lie in front of us. Divine guidance is always there for us. We just have to choose to get on the magic carpet and enjoy the ride.
Intention is a powerful key. If you’re looking for information on how to really apply and amplify your abilities to execute your intentions, stay tuned. I will go into some specific techniques in future blog posts. But, rest assured that even without those, you have everything inside of you to get this intention-ball rolling! So don’t hold back, start living an intentional and magical life right now!
[Painting featured: The Flying Carpet by Viktor Vasnetsov (1880), public domain]
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