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Beyond the Heroic… Guardians of Idun’s Garden

“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.

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.

Craig S. Chalquist, PhD, founder of Worldrede Academy and its imprint World Soul Books and founding executive editor of Immanence Journal.

Read the Prophecy about the Guardians of Idun’s Gardens.

 Photograph: The rainbow on 4 April 2014 as I travel on the ferry to my dzogchen meditation retreat for my birthday. The retreat is about discovering your true nature and wisdom. The weekend is to honour my mother and all my mothers from all dimensions and time and space..past present and future.