The Enchanted Life
Written by Sharon Blackie
Publication Date April 21, 2018
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 Connemara, Ireland.
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.” — The 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.” — The Scotsman
“A cleverly-woven presentation of how violence and lies within a family work down the generations.” — Scottish Review of Books