“The word beauty is related to the Latin root, bells, connoting not just physical attractiveness, but also goodness. Bellus is also related to bene, meaning well, and beatus, meaning to bless.” (from the book Nature-based expressive arts therapy)
Beyond the Heroic…Guardians of Idun’s Garden
Enchantment is the oldest form of medicine.” – Carl Jung
Instead of lecturing, arguing or debating facts, instead of waiting for “leaders” to tackle the crucial challenges of our times….we can live and show the way.
Enchantivist = enchantment + activism
“Enchantivism describes the many ways we make lasting change by sharing reenchanting stories about our relations with ourselves, each other, or our ailing but still-beautiful planet; and then letting these stories lead us into creative and thoughtful responses to how things are.
Being an enchantivist requires no shouting or preaching, although at need it can supplement more conventional and confrontational forms of activism and reform. The quiet can use it so long as they possess a lively imagination, a deep care for life on Earth, and a willingness to plant stories in the space of fertile soil between real and ideal. An enchantivist by vocation is a transrevolutionary.”
In its own quiet way, enchantivism draws on the power of imaginative vision through telling and retelling of old myths, fairy tales, reborn legends, surfacing fantasies, and personal accounts.
Unlike lecturing or debating, storytelling invites us into a shared imaginal landscape, leaving its interpretation, if any, to the listener. It seeks common ground by collecting visions of times and places that can delight us. In story, the activist and corporatist, rebel and cop, artist and financier come together in a commons of image and language as fellow humans dwelling in more-than-human terrain.
The enchantivist approach recognizes the importance of stating facts but sees clearly that this will not suffice to change actions or worldviews, especially when the facts bounce off an entrenched story tenaciously held. Only a better story movingly told can overcome that. Not louder words or cleverer arguments. As Le Guin expresses it.
Craig S. Chalquist, PhD, founder of Worldrede Academy and its important World Soul Books and founding executive editor of Immanence Journal.
It is by such statements as, ‘Once upon a time there was a dragon,’ or ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit’—it is by such beautiful non-facts that we fantastic human beings may arrive, in our peculiar fashion, at the truth. Ursula le Guin
Too much dharma and drama makes us forget Yacana. (MaRi Eagar)