The Enchanted Life
Written by Sharon Blackie
Enchantment. By Dr. Sharon 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.
Taking as her starting point the inspiration and wisdom that can be derived from myth, fairytales, 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. 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.
Dr Sharon Blackie’s work sits at the interface of psychology, myth and ecology. She holds a Ph.D. in behavioural neuroscience from the University of London and an M.A. in creative writing, and she is completing an M.A. in Celtic Studies at the University of Wales Trinity St. David. She is the founder of EarthLines Magazine and the author of The Long Delirious Burning Blue. Her most recent book, If Women Rose Rooted, is a nonfiction work about Celtic women in myth and contemporary life. In early 2017 she founded the Hedge School, both an online space and a physical location in Connemara, Ireland, for teachings in myth, wild mind, and enchantment. Sharon lives in the hills of Donegal, in Ireland.