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The Search for Enchantment: Part Three (Dreams)

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What Dreams May Come
After an evening of intense writing and playing guitar (and singing) that followed a meditation session in the park earlier that afternoon, I fell asleep as soon as my head touched my pillow. And I slept great. 
The dreams were so intense. I rarely recall a dream. At most, maybe a snippet for a brief second - but one in its entirety? Never. 
It was so vivid, I had to write it down as soon as I woke up. It wasn't just vivid but incredibly strange. Check it out.  Into another realm.
I was in a large room – a bunk room, I think. I heard something a few bunks over from where I sat, and as I looked up, I realized that there was a massive Black Bear there with his back turned. Luckily, he was preoccupied with something, for the moment. It was huge and probably would have stood close to fifteen feet tall on its hind legs. A magnificent beast. It didn’t take long for him to notice me, and I turned and bolted for the door but he followed.
With the bear in pursuit, I w…

The Search for Enchantment: Part Two (Music)

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Music is the Language of the Soul One of my favorite hobbies is playing guitar and singing. I've been playing for over twenty years and I've become good at it, but not great. Nothing I'd ever pursue professionally anyways. It's just something I do for my own well being.

That evening after I pumped out an essay twice the length that was required about my enchantment experience in the park earlier that day, I pulled out my guitar and began to pick away at the strings. I was still feeling somewhat euphoric. It hadn't quite worn off yet. 
I plucked away at a succession of minor chords and had a great little rhythm going. It sounded pretty good. I kept at it for a little while but I needed to sing too. 
I opened up my internet browser on my computer in front of and looked for some guitar tablature that fit the moment. I don't recall what I had picked but I played it. And well. 
I went for the next song with the same result. Everything seemed seemed easier. 
When pl…

The Search for Enchantment: Part One (Meditation)

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The beginning of something bigger... What a strange 24 hours. It started yesterday afternoon when an assignment for my Mythology and Symbols class required me to do an enchantment exercise. It was meant as a way for us to break away from the left brain control and focus on the right brain instead. Leave behind our leashes to the outside world and attempt to become closer to the real world and all of the living things around us. We had to find an area where we could be close to nature. Sit next to a tree or by a creek, and just listen and observe for an hour or two.

An hour or two without checking my phone? Yikes.

Part One: The Journey Begins I tried the backyard first. We live right next to a busy intersection and the constant vehicle noise, loud music, people talking, dogs barking - well, you get the point. It was just too much for me. So, I went and drove around looking for a park that was away from things.

I didn't have much luck with that at first either. Things seemed too n…