About this book
The Enchanted Life
Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday
Taking as her starting point the inspiration and wisdom that can be derived from myth, fairy tales, and folk culture, Dr. Sharon Blackie offers a set of practical and grounded tools for enchanting our lives and the places we live, so leading to a greater sense of meaning and of belonging to the world.
Enchantment. By Dr. Blackie’s definition, a vivid sense of belongingness to a rich and many-layered world, a profound and whole-hearted participation in the adventure of life. Enchantment is a natural, spontaneous human tendency — one we possess as children, but lose, through social and cultural pressures, as we grow older. It is an attitude of mind which can be cultivated: the enchanted life is possible for anyone. It is intuitive, embraces wonder, and fully engages the mythic imagination — but it is also deeply embodied in ecology, grounded in place and community.
To live this way is to be challenged, to be awakened, to be gripped and shaken to the core by the extraordinary which lies at the heart of the ordinary.
About the Author
DR. SHARON BLACKIE is an award-winning writer and internationally recognized teacher whose work sits at the interface of psychology, mythology, and ecology. Her highly acclaimed books, courses, lectures, and workshops are focused on the development of the mythic imagination, and on the relevance of our native myths, fairy tales, and folk traditions to the personal, social, and environmental problems we face today. As well as writing four books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestselling If Women Rose Rooted, her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Irish Times, the Scotsman, and more, and she has been interviewed by the BBC and other major broadcasters on her areas of expertise. Sharon lives on a smallholding in the mountains of Wales.
Awards and Praise
PRAISE FOR SHARON BLACKIE AND THE ENCHANTED LIFE:
“Blackie holds up the lens of enchantment to show us the world as a rich, multifaceted place that invites wholehearted participation in all it offers … Filled with ‘acts, antidotes, and alternatives,’ Sharon Blackie’s book is a guide to re-enchanting ourselves and our world.” — Foreword Reviews
“Magical … Be sure to check it out.” — Urban Yenta
“This is a wonderful and important book … [It] is thought-provoking, beautifully written, and well-researched.” — Dancing in the Mist
“The Enchanted Life is ambitious and well researched. A book for dipping into — and for returning to as well.” — Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine
“A master of her craft, Blackie weaves beautiful threads of folklore, psychology, history, philosophy, and much more into this remarkable work, reminding the reader of the magic inherent in all of our lives, whether we live in the suburbs, the city, or a remote wind-swept island. Enlightening as it is poetic, The Enchanted Life is a fable for our modern times. I will walk differently through our world after reading this book, paying attention to what is alive, which, if you look closely, Blackie shows us, is absolutely everything.” — Emily Urquhart, author of Beyond the Pale: Folklore, Family, and the Mystery of Our Hidden Genes
“Engaging and inspiring, Sharon Blackie’s beautiful book will empower people to find wonder in everyday life.” — Clover Stroud, author of The Wild Other
“A new Sharon Blackie is always a cause for celebration.” — Melissa Harrison, author of Clay and At Hawthorn Time
“It’s inspiring, yes, but so much more than that — it’s empowering. Readers are encouraged to take action to live a life that is enchanted — filled with creativity and play and meaning and belonging. For me, it’s exactly the kind of book that my soul is searching for — one that digs deep, prods, and turns over the self-limiting beliefs that hold me back. Complex, intelligent, and thought-provoking, this is for seekers of authenticity and purpose.” — Monique Mulligan, author of Wherever You Go
“Sharon Blackie weaves a rich tableau of what a life full of wonder and authentic connection might look like, supplying practical ways to approach ancient wisdom. Her book is a beautiful roadmap to purposeful change.” — Lynn Thomson, author of Birding with Yeats
PRAISE FOR SHARON BLACKIE AND IF WOMEN ROSE ROOTED:
2016 NAUTILUS BOOK AWARD WINNER
“I love this book. Truly, it’s mind-blowing in the most profound and exhilarating sense. This is an anthem for all we could be. It’s an essential book for this, the most critical of recent times.” — Manda Scott, author of Boudica and Into the Fire
“A powerful and inspiring exploration of the female relationship with landscape.” — Melissa Harrison, author of At Hawthorn Time
“Destined to become a classic … Blackie does an admirable job of describing a beautiful, rich, intoxicating, messy, terrifying, and ultimately illuminating pathway into the heart and land of our own souls.” — SageWoman Magazine
PRAISE FOR SHARON BLACKIE AND THE LONG DELIRIOUS BURNING BLUE:
“Hugely potent. A tribute to the art of storytelling that is itself an affecting and inspiring story.” — Independent
“It is that rarity, a first novel that smacks of not merely confidence, but authority, a sense that the story is true and clearly envisioned, with the technique to make it seem seamless, dynamic and written with verve and a care for the English language … The ending is powerful (reminiscent of The English Patient), filmic, and achieving the kind of symmetry that novels often aspire to, but rarely reach.” — Scotsman
“A cleverly-woven presentation of how violence and lies within a family work down the generations.” — Scottish Review of Books