Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.
– W. Clement Stone
There is a saying that the danger of being a mystic is that a mystic can stand so close to “Infinite Intelligence” or “All That Is” that they sometimes forget there’s a difference. I often write about containing, controlling, and centering the magic in your life in order to get the success that you want. Today, I want you to focus your mind on a major component of my system for success – a concept of non-attachment that is both freeing and empowering. It is this: YOU ARE NOT THE MAGIC. You are your desires, wants, ambitions, goals, needs, and urges. But, you are not the magic, itself. Once you come to that realization, you understand that you constantly need to keep your path and purpose aligned with the magic that surrounds you and works its conjuring through you. Magic is the ever-present fuel that is consumed, that which helps you to manifest what “must happen” for you, and then replenished.
You are constantly changing. The magic is not. You are constantly working to transform the world around you. The magic is not. You are constantly holding onto those things that you desire and letting go of those things you dislike. The magic is not. Don’t get caught in the trap of believing you are the magic. YOU ARE NOT THE MAGIC. The moment you confuse yourself with the magic, the stirring and electricity starts to scatter and you feel that sense of division and separation. Ironically, only when you accept that YOU ARE NOT THE MAGIC do you have a sense of being united with the magic you want to wield.
What this means for you is that the moment you realize that the magic is something that works with and through you, you also appreciate the absolute need to start thinking of yourself as a obsessive, heat-seeking missile. You must develop an inner guidance system that constantly and consistently directs you toward that magic fuel and away from that which is not part of your wizarding world. In other words, start recognizing the sometimes subtle differences between those people, things, events, and places that release magic into the world and you, and those that drink the very soul out of you. Start accepting that there is a difference between people, things, events, and places that encourage you, and those that are spiritless and leave you confused or, worse, indifferent.
One quick way to achieve this directional programming is to start internally (okay, you could say it out loud but you’ll sound a bit strange) seeing people and things and saying, “Not the Magic” when you encounter a non-magical source. As soon as your inner voice says, “Not the Magic,” your inner guidance system takes over and moves you in a different and more potent setting. If you need a little help getting started, perhaps the following will help cement the “Not the Magic” idea in your core.
From 1991 to 1994 there was a marvelous television series called “Dinosaurs.” Produced by the Jim Henson Company, the show centered around a family of dinosaurs who lived in a modern world (e.g, television, electricity, appliances, jobs, etc.). One of the characters in the show was a baby who became quite famous for constantly saying “Not the Momma” whenever he saw his father. Here’s a YouTube sampling of what I’m talking about.
I want you to start hearing the Baby’s voice in your head saying, “NOT THE MAGIC,” each time you bump into a non-magical person, place, event, or thing! In fact, here are the steps to my “NOT THE MAGIC” technique:
STEP ONE. Every time you do something, meet someone, or experience some place or event, ask yourself: Is this a magic moment? If the answer is “no,” hear your inner voice yelling out, “NOT THE MAGIC.”
STEP TWO. Anytime you hear that inner voice (“NOT THE MAGIC”), ask yourself: “What could I be doing instead that would provide me with a magical experience, energy, or emotion?”
STEP THREE. Take your answer to Step Two and move as graciously, elegantly, and nicely away from whatever or whomever has triggered the “NOT THE MAGIC” voice to THE MAGIC you’ve identified.
STEP FOUR. Develop a “NOT THE MAGIC” habit. Keep being perceptive and insightful so that you begin to instinctively move towards the magic and away from non-empowering situations.
You want to systematically start standing as close to the magic in your life as possible (without confusing yourself for that power). Only when you are willing and determined to say, “no,” to non-magical situations will you begin to be truly independent and an accurate creator.
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