|The Enchanted Cottage
Decades ago, I saw a metaphysical movie that wonderfully illustrates
the alchemical power of love.
In "The Enchanted Cottage," a homely, self-effacing maid and a
blind, crippled war hero fall in
love. She blossoms into an attractive, self-confident woman and he
into a charming, handsome country
gentleman, both happier than ever before.
Oliver and Laura ascribe their transformation to the legendary
enchanted cottage, but one day, its
spell is broken by the pitying comments of people who see them as
ugly and broken. The magic
disappears until a magnificent tone poem played on piano by a
composer friend opens their eyes to
the true alchemy in every life: the beauty and music of love.
Sounds like a fairy tale, doesn't it? Yet this is exactly what
happens in romantic love. The world
is suddenly beautiful, and we laugh open-heartedly in joy, walking
on air. In Buddhist psychology,
this is a state of "attraction." Its opposite, "aversion,"
disenchants us from love.
Life is precisely what we make of it, isn't it? Love resides within
each heart, waiting to be
recognized as the transformer that it is: an infinitely powerful
vibrational expression of the One
Word, literally the "uni-verse." This transcendent viewpoint, with
its singular quality of
attraction, makes it easy to love without conditions or
expectations, and to forgive and forget
what is said and done by others, if we so choose. Love, a tone poem,
makes life beautiful and
My still, small voice has always claimed this, so I am delighted to
share with you some recent
proof of it. According to the HeartMath Institute, the higher
frequency and shorter wavelength of
love spirals through the strands of our DNA and, by interlacing more
amino acid "coding" sites,
awakens us to who we are meant to be and really are. Not only does
love raise our frequencies of
vibration, by resonance it attracts to us more light. We are healed
and made whole by the musical
vibrations of love, which transport us into the divine and draw the
divine into us.
To me, the secret of the "en-chanted" cottage is that each of us is
building one of our own with
the quantum energies of thought, word and deed.
So, what is the house of your soul like? What motto is written on
your front door, and does it need
to be rephrased? Have you swept the cobwebs from each nook and
cranny? Perhaps it's time to clear
away what does not belong and to place fresh flowers on each table,
bringing joy to yourself and
all others who enter in.
But what do we do when a guest is unkind and leaves us feeling angry
or hurt? Finding myself in
just this position recently, I asked the still, small voice of my
soul for insight and was told that
no matter what the cause, discord's only healer is sympathy and
love; giving these to everyone
disentangles us from the anger, misperception and separation that
confuse our minds and blur the
Within two weeks, this is exactly what happened. Once again, my
relationship was healed by
steadfast love, faith and a willingness to be present to anyone who
is lost (including myself!).
Just as in "The Enchanted Cottage," keeping the doors to your heart
open and clear will allow the
love in the Light to heal and transform you with its magic. None of
us can run or hide from the
mirrors in our houses, as they exist for our benefit. Rather, let us
be receptive to everything,
excluding nothing and pulling every experience into our "core star,"
or soul, as energy healer and
atmospheric scientist Barbara Brennan advises.
This is how to "walk between the worlds," teaches spiritual leader
Gregg Braden: by integrating All
That Is, we transcend duality and become whole through the union of
Let us all "enchant" our cottages with love to create a bright new
world on Earth. What better plan
for peace, already settling so deeply across our love-resonant
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Judith Pennington is an internationally published writer, spiritual
teacher and author of The Voice
of the Soul: A Journey into Wisdom and the Physics of God, a
critically acclaimed book on the step-
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