Also they involve danger and suffering. If there is an enchantment or a spell, there must be someone who has an agenda which is for their benefit, not ours.
Thus the story has a villain as well as an innocent hero or heroine.
With great risk of life and limb the spell must be broken so the hero/heroine can awaken from the disabling “curse.”
The poet Rumi describes the situation like this:
“Sit down and be quiet. The reason: you are drunk and you are standing on the edge of the roof.”
Enchantment is just another word for living unconsciously.
It is wise to sit down and wake up before we take action. We must assess the situation with a clear mind.
One form of enchantment is depending on something or someone to bring us happiness.
The sobering truth is that no one can save us but that which is within us. And this saving grace is here now.
When we just sit quietly to be with what is taking place in the mind, the spell can be broken.
Mind is the beginning of everything, and this mind is our responsibility. What is happening here? What seeds (thoughts) are being nurtured?
As the saying goes: “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.”
We are not victims of any circumstance. In fact, “victim” is a good word to remove from our vocabulary, for God didn’t create victims. They are strictly human made—an enchantment.
If we find ourselves blaming others, feeling resentful or overwhelmed, we have bought into a spell.
We needn’t feel guilty about this, for the world has been telling us these stories for years. How else could it sell its products to us—all those things that will save us?
Worldly consciousness is a spell—a delusion.
Instead of acting out the feelings of victimhood (the spell), we need to stop the action!
First, sit down, breathe, notice what our thoughts and feelings are, and how much grasping is going on within us. To what are we clinging? What must we have, or not have, in order to feel happy?
Our thoughts and beliefs seem so real! But our thoughts are just thoughts. Why believe them? What power do they have over us that we haven’t given them? Thoughts can be changed.
Remember the story about trapping monkeys in the jungle? A desirable sweet was placed inside a hollowed out coconut. When the monkeys reached into the coconut to get the sweet, they discovered the hand could only be removed by releasing the sweet. Refusing to do so, they were easily trapped.
Clinging to the bait, we also get trapped into believing what conditioning has taught us. For it was comfortable to believe someone knew. Someone else had the answer.
This is what Rumi spoke of as being “drunk.”
An enchantment is a desire that causes us to lose our ability to see clearly. All we can see is “the sweet, the reward.”
An “enchanting” idea is thinking we can accomplish more than time and energy permit, and instead we end up stressed out.
Or trying to “fix” someone else’s life. We think by pointing out what they need to do, our own brokenness will get fixed. We’ll feel better. But it doesn’t last. We must have the next “fix” and the next.
We are enchanted when we think the next job, relationship, car, home or thing will bring us happiness.
We are enchanted when we try to run away and escape the pain and uncertainty that is part of the human package.
What captivates us captures us. Like a fish or a monkey, we bite and get caught.
The sobering truth is that within us is the power to break free, but we need to awaken.
We become enchanted each time we move away from our fear, from our pain and sadness, instead of gently, steadfastly embracing these uncomfortable emotions—sit with them, breathe quietly and watch the feelings rise and fall away, as feelings do.
Oh, this takes time, effort and practice! The gift is free but the price is skillful work. A paradox!
We just need to sit down and stop repeating the story we have been taught.
Our minds may be screaming about how awful it is and insisting that we do something—that there is no time left and action is required—now!
It’s called surrender! We can’t think our way out. There is no “figuring it out.”
Wisdom arises when we can patiently face what is unpleasant, as well as the pleasant, without clinging to either. When neither pleasant nor unpleasant binds us there is a letting go, a freedom, and wisdom arises within us.
We are now free to act from our authenticity.
Whatever and whomever is around us right now has the power to help us awaken.
If we are alone, this is the perfect place to be. The next breath is waiting to pour its generosity into us!
We simply need to back away from the edge of the roof, sit down and practice remembering who and what we really are—Radiant Mind, free, filled with wisdom that is beyond perceptions, commentaries and thoughts.
The Great Pure Mind of the Universe is flowing through us right now.
Let’s stop believing what our thoughts may tell us about how awful it is (the spell) and trust life to blossom in its own time and perfect rhythm.
Life is perfect in every stage.
By generously opening our hearts with gratitude, amazing things continue to grow and unfold!