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The term “re-enchantment” describes a reawakening to the depth of soul that embraces us and the world, as is well described by Thomas Moore in The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life (1996). But first we have to extract ourselves from the old industrial worldview that believes it has abolished the credibility of enchantment and depends only on constructs such as subject and object. Moore says:

Science and technology have their underlying mythology, rituals, and eschatology – an interpretation of the future… They are both full of magic (Moore 1996, p. xiv).

To reawaken awareness of enchantment in all of life, we must return to our Beginner’s Mind, to our Original Mind.


The theoretical divide between subject and object is a modern cultural construct useful for scientific investigation. It strives to separate the “internal” thinking ego-consciousness from the “external” physical world and applies mathematical, logical methods to analyzing the world. But the proposed divide is...

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Bailey, L.W. (2014). Re-Enchantment. In: Leeming, D.A. (eds) Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. Springer, Boston, MA.

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