No doubt it’s what Merlin sought and perhaps in his own mind and perhaps yours, he might have found. We mostly have an idealistic view that he did, and even that he did exist, for it fulfils our own desires too. Why do we, without a shred of evidence, still speak of Unicorns, giants and monsters?
All artists create illusion, in music, poetry, painting, sculpture, yoga, martial art, in fact all human activity where true mastery can be achieved. Dreamers do it. It’s the creation of a sense of reality based on a dream. A dream that so often captivates human interest and a longing to be a part of that dream. The soul is where the magic lies and that connection allows the dream to live on in our feelings of wonder and admiration for that which is perfection itself … but is not of our living world and bodies. Our soul shares the secrets with us in a way that can never be spoken.
True artists all see a magic beyond reality and the magic connects with the human spirit which actually is magic in reality.
The master crafts the song and the listener is gifted the understanding of a lifetime.
Enlightenment is not knowledge, it is understanding. Understanding is difficult to find and almost impossible to share. Excess knowledge is just clutter that litters the true path.
Truly enlightened artists only present the simplified lines of truth which express understanding itself and which is why we are moved by the image or illusion they present.
(We can use these terms in their broadest sense to encompass all masters of arts, painters, writers, dancers, gymnasts etc)