Thinking Magically™ | Lighting Fires in the Ordinary Land of Weariness (Chapter 0)

August 2, 2015 1 comment

(A quick note: what you are about to read is a portion of a larger project. I don’t quite know where this is going, yet. I normally don’t post “unfinished” musings. But, I’ve been writing to you for quite some time about getting outside your comfort zone and thinking outside your comfortable box so it’s only fair that I do the same thing. Here’s to being uncomfortable and thus getting more out of Life!)

LIGHTING FIRES IN THE ORDINARY LAND OF WEARINESS
A Collection of Over-Adventures
For Those Who Fancy Something More In Their Lives

by
Scott Grossberg

CHAPTER 0
FOUNTAINHEAD
in which you learn that a saunter is better than stagnation,
breakers actually fix things, and it is possible to move what is stuck

You stand nearly motionless in the middle of a commonplace street. Common people are walking and talking and frequently laughing all around you. Then it starts. “Take a step,” you hear. “Hop. Skip. Jump.” It is both relentless and unsettling, that voice.

“Do something,” it bids from what seems like every direction.

It is almost a whisper.

“Do anything. Just move!”

Yes, it is almost a whisper.

Of course, as Luck would have it—and she always has her way, doesn’t she?—it is your own voice that faintly pesters you to set things in motion. It is your own heart that beats heavy with the thrill of something new and the terror of . . . something new. It is your own aroused skin that prickles to the point that it almost pains from the all-too-real alchemy of mischief and make-believe, chances and choices, aspirations and attachments.

You close your eyes now with a deep, dependable breath. That’s right. It’s time to be dour and down-to-earth, again. Still, you think, if you’re going to be down-to-earth, you might as well walk upon it. So, you open your eyes suddenly even as you find yourself putting one wary foot forward. Then another. Then another. What was an uncommon uncertainty deep down in your gut now turns to a celebrated compulsion deep down in your soul; as if you have been charmed, and the irresistible fascination to see what is just around the next blind corner, or inside the not-quite-so-closed box, or hidden within the pages of a found—or was this left for you—letter has possessed you. And being under such a heady spell, you really have no choice but to now turn the handle and push open the door that has just appeared in front of you. Is this a trick? Or, has the door been there all along, simply waiting for you to notice it? Either way, you cross through the doorway.

On the other side of the door, you stand—feeling a little more liberated than ever before—on a high white cliff overlooking the ocean. It’s as if you can see to that place they call Forever. You breathe in deeply and there it is: that unforgettable and unmistakable whiff of salty water.

What’s this? You notice you are not wearing any shoes. Being clearly distracted before, you must have innocently left them behind. Your mother-naked feet dig with a familiar thrust into the sandy ledge that is dotted green with wild grass. (Now don’t ask why there is sand on the top of the cliff—the sand cliff was created, of course, when some of the waves dissolved into fits of laughter and the outburst then carried the sand from the beach to the bluff. Where was I? Oh, yes.) While you tunnel with your toes, your undefended skin, no longer tingling, is instead delightfully moist from the waves’ familiar leftovers.

And what’s this? You begin to hear the steady pulse—the measured throbbing—of the legion of waves that lives far below you. The Swell Swells (as they’re known by locals) break on the shore in such a calculated and grand way that even they have forgotten that they have been lured there. Yes, the Swells have been as captured in their measured flows as you have been willingly taken prisoner by the promise of a treasure to be won.

You look back towards the door you suspiciously walked through moments before . . . wondering, for a moment, if you should go back from whence you came. But the door you entered is gone. You cannot go back even if you want to. Once you took that deliberate step forward, your peewee world changed forever. And, you would not have it any other way because change – whether in your pocket or in the world at large—is what keeps us all in the land of the living and makes life all the more interesting.

The-Most-Magical-Secret-Cover-3dOne More Thing . . . Do you want MORE in your life? If so, then consider reading The Most Magical Secret – 4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life. You can order my new book right now through Amazon  >>> http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692420010

One more thing (again) . . . I’d love to know what you think of this little exercise and whether you would like to see the next chapter. You can join in the conversation by subscribing to my blog at http://thinkingmagically.com or you joining me on any of the major social media sites to take this discussion to an even deeper level.

© 2015 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved. thinkingmagically.com

Thinking Magically™| Choosing Peace of Mind So You Can Take Life in Stride

July 26, 2015 2 comments

Stride forward with a firm, steady step knowing with a deep,
certain inner knowing that you will reach every goal you set yourselves,
that you will achieve every aim.
– Eileen Caddy

By now you know that I’m a proponent of you taking things in stride. Of you taking an “of course” attitude to what comes your way.

But . . . I have a confession.

When it comes to this particular Life Lesson, I’m the poster child for Richard Bach’s saying: “We teach best what we most need to learn.”

You see, my first response to stress, irritation, attack, and the craziness of life is: I get angry. I immediately shift into warrior mode. I want to demolish what stands in my way.

That type of response does not always (nor usually) serve me well. My guess is that it does not serve you well, either.

So let’s have a magical healing session and remind ourselves, together, how to take life in stride.

Let’s begin with a mutual understanding of the phrase “take things in stride.” The Free Dictionary describes it as: “to accept advances or setbacks as the normal course of events” and “accept something as a matter of course, not allow something to interrupt or disturb one’s routine” and even “to calmly deal with something unpleasant and not let it have a bad effect on you.”

Wiktionary provides the following definition: “To cope with something unfortunate without much effort; to accept or manage difficulties well.”

Okay. I get it. When something “bad” happens, we are informed to be calm, cope, and concede.

Hmmmm.

That’s not much help.

Simply telling a Magician to “stay calm,” “just cope” and “make a concession” aren’t too practical. So, perhaps the following will give us a little more guidance.

Rather than dealing with “meanings,” let’s start where every good creator begins —with “outcomes.”

The idea behind taking things “in stride” is to bring you or help you maintain peace of mind; a state of tranquility. Or as the Frank Constanza character was instructed to say (or perhaps yell) on Seinfeld: “Serenity Now!”

I don’t have to go over the various studies and findings in detail. I think we all understand that the absence or control of stress is a healthier alternative for you. Because we want to be healthier, it should be a no-brainer that taking life “in stride” is something we want to make happen. It’s a habit we want to put into play as quickly and easily as possible.

But is it possible? Or are we relegated to grand visions of what a life without stress could be like?

Well, the Dalai Lama said, ““The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.”

Here are 5 simple techniques to start developing your positive emotions RIGHT NOW:

1.  Stop caring what other people think. I’m willing to bet that this very first step, upon you reading it, caused a stress reaction in you that almost made you want to stop reading further. That should be proof enough that overly caring about other people’s opinions of you is killing you.

2.  Start living in the Now and not so much in Wonderland. It’s one thing to imagine a desired future and then take action steps to make that future a reality and quite another to ruminate over future troubles. If you’re one of those who seems rooted in a worrisome future, catch yourself and direct your attention to the Now. Be mindful of what’s going on around you.

3.  Start realizing that there’s no real reward to be won from competing with others. You can frame it anyway you’d like, the truth is that no one else is competing with you. Everyone else is so self-consumed that they’re all just doing what they can to survive day-to-day. It just looks like competition with you. If you find yourself entangled with someone else, take a mental step back and find the reward you’re really looking for by competing further. I think you’ll find there are some much deeper insecurities going on that you didn’t appreciate until now.

4.  Stop hanging around with people who don’t make you smile. You know that you’re making concessions for many of the people you call friends and colleagues. You make exceptions and exemptions for your dreams to conform to their usually negative and disempowering thoughts and emotions. Find those who lift you up. Find those who brighten your day. Find those who support you, cheer you on, and propel you forward. Then cherish them.

5.  Stop believing that what you’re stressing over involves something important. Most of us are majorly stressing over and reacting to things that are simply not major life stressors. Here are some major life stressors: death or impending death of a loved one, divorce or relationship problems, moving, major illness or pain, and loss of a job. Is what you are being afflicted by caused by one of these? Probably not. It’s time to put what you hold as important into focus.

One last thing . . . I’m not suggesting for a moment that you stop caring. I’m urging to you start choosing, instead, what you care about. We don’t do that enough!

 

The-Most-Magical-Secret-Cover-3dOne More Thing . . . would you like to learn more about how to deal with the challenges that come your way? If so, then consider reading The Most Magical Secret – 4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life. You can order my new book right now through Amazon  >>> http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692420010

 

Remember, you can also continue this conversation by subscribing to my blog at http://thinkingmagically.com or you joining me on any of the major social media sites to take this discussion to an even deeper level.

© 2015 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved. thinkingmagically.com

Thinking Magically™ | Are You Letting Your Magical Studies Destroy Your Magical Life?

Twenty years from now you will be more
disappointed by the things that you didn’t do
than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines,
sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore, Dream, Discover.
– Mark Twain

Working with people who have chosen to live a magical life has been very interesting and intriguing. You see, there’s one big factor that seems to stop people—dead in their tracks—from really living the life of their dreams. They think they have to “be” different than who they are right now. They believe they have to “act” differently.

So they take up rigorously studying very magical things of one amazing sort or another. And in the course of such intense studying, they also start waiting for wondrous and enchanting things to happen to them. That’s not living a magical life. That’s living a life of hunches and intuition and out-of-the-blue surprises. This latter lifestyle isn’t bad (provided you’re getting good hunches and reliable intuitive messages and profitable surprises). But, it isn’t the lifestyle of consistent success.

Here’s the important thing I’ve learned. You don’t have to “be different” to start living the dream. You just have to “be yourself.”

What you do have to do is to “do” differently. Most people don’t have abundance because they don’t “do” things that will bring them abundance. They think there’s some special and esoteric way of being. Or some just-always-out-of-reach way of looking.

I assure you . . . there’s something much more certain you can do to bring you what you want in life . . .

Creating a pattern of “magical doing.”

You can call it a habit of success.

You can call it a pattern of triumph.

You can call it just about anything you’d like.

It still boils down to the same thing—Doing Magic.

I find that many times people who choose to live a magical life set unreachable standards for themselves. Today, it’s time to relax a little. In fact, here are a few things to consider about your own life. If you find that any of this is happening to you, it’s time to stop studying for awhile, get off your ass, and START DOING!

1. You don’t choose what you want to create each morning when you awake. There are only two things you can do each morning. One is to decide what you want your day to be like. The other is to let the day decide what you are going to be like. Guess which one powerful Magicians choose?

2.  You are daydreaming—a lot—about what a life of Magic might be like. I’m all in favor of envisioning your dream life. But if you’re spending your time imagining a life different than the one you’re actually living, it’s time to start putting together an action plan to change things. Stop wishing. Start having.

3.  You’re not seeing magical reactions of any sort from others. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—Magic needs to be shared. This isn’t some conjecture on your part or delusional performance. We’ve all seen people who believe they’re magical or have some superpower and, let’s be blunt, their reality is not shared by one other person who sees them. If you’re not getting the reactions and responses you desire, then it’s time to switch things up. The problem isn’t your audience. The challenge is that you’re not communicating clearly or powerfully enough.

4.  You think you always have to have big results. Magic is just as much about the little details and small steps as it is about the flashy consequences and powerful outcomes. If you are constantly wishing that things were more dramatic, that’s probably a good indication that you need to slow down a little, reassess what’s not currently working for you, and start DOING small actions that are consistent with the big outcome you desire.

5.  You’re winging it through most of your day (and night). Much like #1, if you’re ad-libbing your way through life, it’s time to reevaluate what’s working for you in a positive manner and what’s not. That’s not to say that being a good improvisational artist isn’t part of the craft of being a Magician. However, appearing as if you’re ad-libbing (to others) and really ad-libbing (to yourself) are too different things. Going through life unprepared and in a makeshift fashion isn’t effective or efficient. Many Magicians reach a point in their journey where they feel like frauds—like they’ve risen to their own level of inability. That soon passes. If you’ve been experiencing this feeling for too long, it’s time to change what you’re doing.

6. You don’t have and use a magical system. I want you to wield Magic that brings reproducible, repeatable, and reliable results. That happens most powerfully when you discover potent and straightforward methods and techniques that can be simply applied over and over again. I wrote my book with this entire premise in mind. Consistently successful Magicians are very precise in framing what they want to manifest and meticulous in the techniques they use to get there.

When you stop studying so much and start living more, you will find out how much Magic is just waiting for you!

The-Most-Magical-Secret-Cover-3dOne More Thing . . . would you like to learn more about choosing to life the life of a Magician? If so, then consider reading The Most Magical Secret – 4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life. You can order my new book right now through Amazon  >>> http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692420010

 

Remember, you can also continue this conversation by subscribing to my blog at http://thinkingmagically.com or you joining me on any of the major social media sites to take this discussion to an even deeper level.

© 2015 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved. thinkingmagically.com

Thinking Magically™ | The Most Effective Way to Change Your Life (3 Minutes at a Time)

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes.
“A magic beyond all we do here!”
– J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

Now that The Most Magical Secret – 4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life has been released, people are discovering how just the right music combines with the other techniques from the book to create a powerful, stimulating, and positive outcome. I’ve also written about this before in these blog posts (so take a look):

Sacred Music for Hallowed Doorways – 2014 Version
(https://scottgrossberg.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/thinking-magically-sacred-music-for-hallowed-doorways-2014-version/)

Sacred Music for Hallowed Doorways – 2011 version
(https://scottgrossberg.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/the-vitruvian-square-sacred-music-for-hallowed-doorways/)

Ancient Magic, Modern Tools™ – 60 Minutes to Rapture
(https://scottgrossberg.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/thinking-magically-ancient-magic-modern-tools-60-minutes-to-rapture/)

The prior posts involved placing music into categories and taking the time to mindfully select the tunes that best represent your various life themes. Today, I want to make this simpler and share with you a more general playlist; one that you can use just as I’m going to outline or one that you can use as a springboard for creating your own compelling soundtrack.

Before I share my personal list with you, take a moment and consider the music you routinely listen to on a daily (or perhaps weekly) basis. Most of the time, we listen to songs that are selected randomly (or perhaps not so randomly) for us by programmers, radio hosts, and advertisers. We just experience the music that’s fed us and let it soak into our heart and soul without any type of filter or vetting of the content. Every now and then one of those nasty ear worms shows up—you know . . . the song that keeps playing over and over in your head and stubbornly refuses to leave. Most of the time, those ear worms aren’t preselected by us.

Imagine how much more powerful and effective that music would be if you started choosing the theme songs for you life. In fact, in my book, I talk about how easy it is to reprogram and rewrite and reinforce your thoughts, emotions, and daily living with music. All you do is create a playlist that you choose to listen to at a chosen time in order to make it the most effective for you.

For today, I simply want us to start easily choosing better music to listen to.  In making your selections, I want you to decide upon songs that seduce you, inspire you, and change the way you feel and see things. You don’t need to worry about choosing music for any particular life theme (as I did in the prior posts outlined, above). For this exercise, you’re just going to select those songs that—no matter when you hear them—turn you on and get you going!

Here’s the list of my current power songs to get you started:

I’ve Been This Way Before (Neil Diamond)

Batman Evolution (The Piano Guys)

Lift the Wings (Bill Whalen)

Highwayman (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristoferson, Waylon Jennings)

George Bailey (Jana Stanfield)

I Want it All (Queen)

Return to Innocence (Enigma)

Glitter in the Air (Pink)

Hallelujah (k.d. lang)

Show Me the Way (Styx)

Let Me Fall (Mathieu Lavoie)

Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)

Bring Me to Life (Evanescence)

Roar (Katy Perry)

Hall of Fame (The Script)

Burn (Ellie Goulding)

Homegrown (Zac Brown Band)

Hold on Tight (Greg Holden)

Hymn #35 (Joe Pug)

Kingdom of Your Own (Matthew and the Atlas)

Tomorrow Never Comes (Zan Brown Band)

Love the Century (The Elders)

If you want to take this to the next level do this >>> After you create your collection of power songs, select ONE OF THEM to be your go-to song for empowerment. Can you guess which of the foregoing is my go-to song?

Once you work through all this on your own, you’re going to find that music is one of the strongest forms of your personal Magic!

The-Most-Magical-Secret-Cover-3dOne More Thing . . . would you like to learn more about the sacredness and power of music? If so, then consider reading The Most Magical Secret – 4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life. You can order my new book right now through Amazon  >>> http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692420010

Remember, you can also continue this conversation by subscribing to my blog at http://thinkingmagically.com or you joining me on any of the major social media sites to take this discussion to an even deeper level.

© 2015 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved. thinkingmagically.com

Thinking Magically™ | The Meaning of Magic – Part 2 (an excerpt from The Most Magical Secret)

From The Most Magical Secret – 4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life

 

by Scott Grossberg

Copyright © 2015. Reprinted by permission.

 

[Continued from May 28, 2015]

We copy failure.

The challenge is that most of us act like very non-magical beings. Oh, we read our fantasy books and watch our fantasy shows and listen to our fantasy recordings. We use those books and shows and recordings as a way to pass the time or distract us from reality.

I’ll ask it again: Why? Why do we do these things?

Because most people don’t have an original thought in their brains. Oh, they might think that they do. But, they’ve never even attempted it. They think the same things today that they thought yesterday. And yesterday they had the same thoughts as the day before that.

We learned to walk by watching others.

We learned to talk by listening to others.

We learned to how to read, write, and think by being in school.

We learned to make a living by repeating what our parents or friends or mentors showed us.

We learned the best way to believe from the preaching and evangelizing of others.

Regrettably, what we’ve never learned to do capably is identify the Magic of those we respect and admire and then use that as a springboard for our own Magic. While we fervently seek to hold their successes in the palms of our own hands, we regularly overlook the Magic it took for them to attain that prosperity.

The very fact that you’re reading this book is proof positive that the ordinary life you’ve been experiencing is now ending and your own personal growth into a world of Magic is quickly beginning. Indeed, if we’re going to outlast the multitude of fast-growing and fast-acting challenges of today, an acute awareness and use of Magic is essential. Real Magic is not a plaything. It is not an artifact of days of olde. It’s not some cosplay performance art nor a cheap reproduction of a fantasy tale nor some song-and-dance routine.

Real Magic is an indispensable part of a sustainable success system.

So, what’s the source of this Magic that’s so powerful? I’ll tell you.

It is you. Magic is something that you do and something that happens to you. In fact, any distinction you draw between the two is completely discretionary and artificial on your part.

Magic turns you into a stirring of the Universe so that you become its purpose.

Magic demands that you become a companion of the legends. The fables. The fanciful.

Magic transforms you into a way of life. A bearing. A path worth taking. You become a secret door that leads others to a real life.

Magic brands you as an ally of myth and shows others the truth in fantasy.

Magic allows you to seduce others with intentions that are as strong as steel and introduce them to the everyday realms that are already around them and that are as extraordinary as any miracle.

Magic nourishes and completes you with the whispered voice of hope, the hidden presence of desire, and the invisible impulse of passion.

Magic whisks you away to safety with stolen moments so that your power can be reclaimed.

Magic gives you a hunger for, a pull to, and an expectation of what really matters.

Simply, Magic demands that you don’t pretend anymore.

If you will only notice its calling. If you will only remember it. If you will only come back to it.

But Magic has a cost. Most people are unwilling to pay it.

Magic—real Magic—brings with it adversity, disapproval, criticism, struggle, and friction. By its very nature it shows the unglamorous in people’s lives.

Magic also bears witness that there are those with the creativity, imagination, courage, and zeal who can be trusted to keep the world safe and blossoming and expanding and wonderful. Magic breeds comparison and, in that scrutiny, most people discover that their lives don’t have any Magic in it at all because they’ve learned a tiresome way of living and thinking and judging and behaving. Magic teases them by saying, “You can still be extraordinary . . . If you will only rediscover the truth. You knew it once as a child. You can still remember.” And because most people are too afraid to look and sound and act crazy, they continue to be average.

Trust me when I say to you: Those few of you who decide to bring real Magic into the world will scare the hell out of all the others.

You will be different.

You will be impractical.

You will be a threat to them.

Because you will be fantastic. And idealistic. And grand. And life-changing.

When people think of you, you will shake them to their very core.

So, who is willing to pay the price of living a life of Magic?

The-Most-Magical-Secret-Cover-3dOne More Thing . . . would you like to learn more about living a life filled with happiness and success? Then you’ll find my new book right up your alley. To find out more, click here >>> The Most Magical Secret: 4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life

Remember, you can continue this conversation by subscribing to my blog at http://thinkingmagically.com or you joining me on any of the major social media sites to take this discussion to an even deeper level.

© 2015 by Scott Grossberg. All Rights Reserved. thinkingmagically.com

Thinking Magically™ | What Everyone Ought to Know About Success and Happiness

The-Most-Magical-Secret-Its-Here
Good morning, Thinking Magically Tribe –

The day is finally here! The launch date for “The Most Magical Secret – 4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life.”

Here are some of the details. The print version of the book is available for online ordering from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

The book is also available in Kindle format at Amazon.

Naturally, I’d love it if you’d purchase a book today. It always helps the ratings for the orders to come in on the release date. (A little note: you might have noticed that both Amazon and Barnes & Noble actually posted the book a few days ago. Despite my best magical efforts, there are just some things you can’t control. LOL You’ll read about that in the book, as well.)

You can help me in spreading the word about “The Most Magical Secret – 4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life.” I’d appreciate you letting others know about it, you posting an Amazon link to your social media network of friends, or maybe even copying and sending the image (above) to those you believe would be interested in creating a whole new life for themselves.

Finally, I’ve decided that I’m going to send out FREE, personally signed bookplate stickers to anyone who posts a social media photo of themselves holding the book, showing their Object of Affection (you’ll read about this) or out and about on their Walking Meditation (you’ll read about this, too). Once I see the posting, I will send a link to the bookplate order site. This should be fun!

Let me know how I can serve you and your Magic best. And thanks, in advance, for your help in promoting the book.

Dreaming of your Magic,
Scott

Thinking Magically™ | The Meaning of Magic – Part 1 (an excerpt from The Most Magical Secret)

From The Most Magical Secret – 4 Weeks to an Ecstatic Life

 

by Scott Grossberg

Copyright © 2015. Reprinted by permission.


The moment you doubt whether you can fly,

You cease forever to be able to do it.
– J.M. Barrie

I’m going to share with you the most magical secret. I’m going to show you how to have an ecstatic life, delight-filled experiences, and a joyous existence. Before I do these things I must first define what Magic is so we understand and appreciate what we’re going to create together. I suppose I should warn you ahead of time that author Tom Robbins is correct when he wrote: “Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef.”

With that in mind, the best explanation I have found comes from the Persian poet, Rumi:

Magic makes a straw a mountain by artifice;
again, it weaves a mountain like a straw.
It makes ugly things beautiful by means of sleight;
it makes beautiful things ugly by means of opinion.
The work of magic is this,
that it breathes and at every breath transforms realities.

So, how do we transform our realities?

We transform our realities by knowing who we are and understanding what we know. Magicians don’t just have beliefs—they have a deep-down-in-the-gut self-comprehension. When you have self-knowledge, you have energy and self-confidence. And when you have that energy and self-confidence, you have Magic.

We change our world by appreciating that what we want and what we create are not necessarily the same thing. All of it will change from time to time despite your best efforts. Still, you know that you’re responsible for the whole mess in the end. When you’re able to have an outcome without holding onto it, when you understand that everything that happens to you is because—ultimately and at a foundational level—you have asked for it to appear, only then do you have the Magic.

We reinvent our circumstances by persisting in our visions and by being engrossed in our desired outcome even when others say such purpose and resolve and intent is hopeless, impractical, not the real world, and even unacceptable. When you have faith in yourself and trust in yourself and certainty in your dreams, you have the elements of Magic that this book will show you how to combine in order to transform everything.

Erin Morgenstern, in her wondrous book, The Night Circus, wrote:

“’This is not magic. This is the way the world is, only very few people take the time to stop and note it. Look around you,’ he says, waving a hand at the surrounding tables. ‘Not a one of them even has an inkling of the things that are possible in this world, and what’s worse is that none of them would listen if you attempted to enlighten them. They want to believe that magic is nothing but clever deception, because to think it real would keep them up at night, afraid of their own existence.’”

In those words is the reason most people see and feel and experience so little Magic, if any at all, in the world and in themselves. Most have drifted away and estranged themselves from Magic. They think it’s something called “growing up,” or worse, “acting like an adult.” They live habitual and robotic lives so much so that they’ve stopped defying the impossible. Instead, they have convinced themselves that there is something normal about waking up, coping with daily difficulties, and then calling it a good day if they survive.

They’ve forgotten the thrill and the joy and the rapture of ignoring misbegotten rules, snubbing unoriginal thoughts, and waging war against soul-destroying opinions.

Think about this for a moment.

The majority of people copy the failure of others.

There are more than 7,000,000,000 people in the world.

Most of them would rather be somewhere else, be with someone else, and be something else.

Most of them are afraid of change. So they stay where they are, how they are, and who they’re with.

But transformation is what Magic is all about.

Most people think it impressive if they can keep up with their peers, if they can follow instructions from someone else, if they can be like-minded with their friends and co-workers, if they can “fly below the radar,” and if they can softly and safely belong to some type of group or tribe or clan or family unit.

But being unusual and being discontent and being a maverick and being strange and being an individual are the hallmarks of Magic.

We strive and strain, reach out and rack out brains, climb ladders of success and clamber over rivals. And then, one day, we succeed in getting to where we wanted to be. We finally make it. As if part of the Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller “Is That All There Is?” song, we look around and wonder what was so important and significant in the first place. Because we forgot, or never learned, how to enjoy the Magic of the chase.

We forgot that how we’re playing the game is the real Magic.

Why? Why do we do these things?

(To be continued)

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