“The only real friend I ever had was Katie Morris, and she was only my window friend.” says Anne, the heroine of Anne of Green Gables.
Anne discovered Katie in the window of Mrs. Thomas' bookcase, which was the only window, which hadn't been smashed by Mrs. Thomas’ intoxicated husband. Anne wished she knew the spell to step through the glass into Katie's world, which was so beautiful.
There is a phase thrown around a lot, “rich inner world.” Of late, as I come closer to middle age I hear: You can’t live in fairytales. The real world is hard. The real world isn’t the stories you read as a child. You need to get with the program, and get real.
To them I say…walk down the road to Green Gables where Anne is being assaulted with carrots and dirt; mocked everyday for being different. Or Jane from Jane Eyre, standing on stool with liar strapped to her chest, repeatedly reminded of her circumstance; “humble and plain” (that’s Victorian for poor and ugly). Turn the pages for every Jane Austen heroine who must accept by the end of the novel, that happily ever after is predicated on the circumstance of the era and not on romance. Jane Austen wrote no sequels gentle reader for a reason! Her heroine is flawed in the procurement of marital obligation. Regardless of how ardent the love, Elizabeth Bennet still becomes property when she becomes Madame Darcy (and that is the truth, universally unacknowledged, as to why Jane Austen never married herself.)
The Rich Inner World that Carl Jung coined in his personality typing, isn’t really new, but of course neither is Jung. But it is not just for introverts, Dr. Jung, Buddhist’s refer to it as Shoshin or Beginner’s Mind, Unitarian Universalist's calls it Open Mind, Maria Montessori named it Child’s Play. For Buddhists it is always approaching things from the perspective of new and curious without fear and attachment. For Montessori it expands the perspective of approaching the new, with abstract thinking contained within and directed outward. But it grows even more.
One can psychologize and theologize it all they want, but Rich Inner World sounds a lot like plain old ‘imagination’! To me, imagination is the cornerstone of holistic magic.
Magic or Magick, and every other variant of spelling…whether you read it in Crowley, Cabbot, Starhawk, Coyle, Curott, Anderson, Gardner, Fortune, etc, etc, etc… in the end when the information is distilled, they all tell us to get still and connect with our Rich Inner World.
As Phyllis Curott says in WitchCrafting, “It starts with the ability to visualize the blue flame, first in our mind, then see it between our hands, spinning and growing.”
If the mind cannot conceive it and believe it, then it will not achieve it. Period.
I’ve stated before, that God Herself has always been real in my life. But many people loose their connection to child mind. As we become adults, we grow further away from what makes us incarnate beings. Millions of people walk the Earth blithely unaware of themselves, for example, we forget that water is a privilege and yet some have been aware that I am deeply connected to Anne, Jane, and the women of Austen. “Trapped in Gothic Romances.” Yet rather I am free. Those stories have enabled me to stay open. Anne survived. Jane survived. I have a published thesis all about the Men of Austen. I too, have survived. They still enable my rich inner world, which to this day continue to aide me in connecting to immanent divinity. And for the record, talking to reflective glass hardcore magic, we witchfolk call it scrying.
I cannot imagine a life depraved of my rich inner world. What some might call unrealistic expectations, I simply consider hope. Hope that love will save the day. Love, all lovely, a love divine. The love that is you and I, the love that is God Herself.
And so I issue a challenge to my readers. What is your hearts rich inner world? Where could it lead you? What lessons does it hold? And ultimately, how does that journey tie back to God Herself as you understand Her?