The Art of Enchantment
Enchantment: a feeling of great pleasure; delight; the state of being under a spell; magic.
Synonyms: magic, witchcraft, sorcery, wizardry, charms, spells, incantations, mojo; allure, delight, charm, beauty,
attractiveness, appeal, fascination, irresistibility, magnetism, pull, draw, lure, bliss, ecstasy, heaven, rapture, joy
There is just something about the word enchantment that has always captivated me, inspiring feelings of magnetism and joy. The first time I remember encountering it was when I was driving across the state of New Mexico on a road trip back in 2000. As I crossed the state line, there was a sign welcoming me to the “Land of Enchantment.” I was immediately fascinated that a state would describe itself as enchanting, but after driving across the state twice on that trip, I had to agree that they were on to something. I was so enchanted with the landscape and the expansive feeling that it gave me as I gazed upon its beauty and grandeur that I dreamed of moving there one day to experience that level of enchantment and freedom on a daily basis, Five years later, I moved to Santa Fe where I resided for 10 amazing years!
This is just one small example to illustrate how being enchanted by something can have a powerful impact on your life.
But what makes something or someone enchanting and why is this even important in the grand scheme of things?
In my opinion, enchantment fulfills an innate human need to experience the value of story and fairy tale as medicine. It harnesses the power of pleasure, fantasy and possibility into a collective dream that inspires us to greater heights within our imaginations by speaking to our souls’ deepest longings and desires. Enchantment draws out of us the courage to explore why we are here and to have fun chasing down our wildest ambitions. We are transformed by potentiality into the creatrixes of our own fantastical stories, and through these transformations, we add to the enchanting stories of all of humanity.
Enchantment harnesses the power of pleasure, fantasy and possibility into a collective dream that inspires us to greater heights within our imaginations by speaking to our souls’ deepest longings and desires.
One of the surprising gifts that belly dance has given me is the opportunity to explore what I call the art of enchantment in the most personal and profound way. This started through the repetitive act of self-love and discovery that I experienced with each layer of belly dance I learned, enchanting myself as I became more coordinated and in control of my body. As my interest deepened and I delved into costuming, makeup, dance and cultural history, musicality, stage presence, rituals, sensuality, and archetypes, unbeknownst to me, I found myself embarking upon a lifelong study of the enchanting arts.
Over time and through the many performance opportunities I have experienced, my study and practice of these enchanting arts have come together to the point of actually embodying enchantment every time I step on a stage. I become the enchantress who dances my unique story complete with the raw emotions of being a woman. When I share my dance and open up to my deepest self in front of an audience, this is where the magic happens. The mystical experience of saltanah transpires, and I feel divinely connected to and transformed into the goddess of my own fairy tale.
I believe that anyone can experience divinity in this way, both through the ritual of dance and through mastering the art of enchantment. My vision is to create a new pathway of exploration into the enchanting arts and to offer coursework for becoming more enchanted within your own femininity. I invite you to join me on this exciting new journey of discovery!
Awakening the Feminine®
Connect with your true femininity with this fun coursework designed for women at all stages of life.
Feminine Spiritual Qualities—
Develop Your Inner Trust, Modesty, Grace, Innocence, Serenity, Tenderness, Patience, and Love
The Triple Goddess Archetype—
Explore How the Maid/Priestess, Mother/Goddess, Crone/Empress Archetypes are Relevant in Your Life
Strengthen Your Womanly Wellness through Rhythm and Ritual for a Better Relationship with Yourself and Others
Etiquette and Charm—
Utilize Poise and the Feminine Mystique to Create a Life of Positivity, Passion, Playfulness, and Power
Femininity in Motion—
Incorporate Self-Love, Inner Strength, and Sensuality into Feminine Exercises to Tone Your Body, Mind, and Soul
School of Enchanting Arts®
Explore the Art of Enchantment with this finishing school designed to expand your worldview and deepen your feminine studies.
What are the Enchanting Arts?
- Radical Self Love
- Ecstatic Movement and Dance
- Sacred Sensuality
- Personal Beauty
- Womanly Wellness
- Creative Expression
- Musicality and Rhythms
- Ceremonies and Rituality
- Mythical Archetypes
- Cultural Appreciation
- Etiquette and Charm
- Emotional Freedom
- Stage Presence
- Bodily Adornment
- Positive Thinking
- Healthy Choices
- Community Service
- Practical Magic…and more!