Harry looked down at his body, or rather, what had been his body, for it didn’t look anything like his anymore. It was not invisible; it had simply taken on the exact colour and texture of the kitchen unit behind him. He seemed to have become a human chameleon.
– JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH YOU
Being passionately driven and acting like a heat-seeking missile all the time is naturally going to draw a lot of attention. Most of the times, others just aren’t that enthusiastic or driven. That can make you the “next shiny thing” all the time. There may be times, however, when being an attraction isn’t going to serve you well. In fact, every good magician will tell you that there has to be sometime when, out of the spotlight, you can take care of the mundane things that will enable the magic to work.
In fact, today’s discussion is all about the arcane power of being unseeable and undetectable.
Don’t believe that there’s power in that?
Well, consider this: when people are asked what magical power they would like to have, one of the top contenders is “being invisible.”
WHEN YOU’RE INVISIBLE, YOU CAN ACT AT WILL
There’s an amazing poem by William Wordsworth called “The World is Too Much With Us.” And it begins like this:
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—
Take a moment and think back to a time when there was so much attention focused on you that, quite simply, you were “wasting your powers.” You know those times. Your magnetic personality stood in the way of actually getting the real work done. Your bold accomplishments made you a target for naysayers and competitors. Your status attracted too much publicity that you became the story rather than the outcome of what you desired being the story.
There’s an even bigger downside to the attention you draw — when you are bolstering, nourishing, and feeding the attention of others, there is precious little time for you to take a step back from it all and judge what’s working and what isn’t from the perspective of your desired outcome. The world isn’t just too much with you, the world just becomes too much.
Being a successful magician (being consistent and effective in manifesting your goals) has much to do with attending to your intending. When you have the tools of cover, silence, and disguise, you really can do as you please. Even in the midst of others.
BEING INVISIBLE IS ABOUT GETTING THINGS DONE
Some of you must be wondering: “Scott, you always talk about living Life to its fullest and living big and living large. Now you want us to be invisible. What’s up with that?”
I’m not suggesting that you “be invisible” forever. Not even for an extended period of time. I want you to understand that — to accomplish your intentions — you may also need to be less conspicuous, less “out there,” less identifiable, at times.
Here’s the interesting thing . . . we are a society that moves so fast, has such instant access to information, and is so impulse drive that, for the most part, we are an “out of sight, out of mind” culture. That means all you need to do to be invisible is just be a little low-key for a short time. Trust me . . . people will move on to the next shiny thing until you appear, again, at just the right time.
So, how do we turn invisible at will (rather than being relegated to invisibility by others)?
THE “OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND” SYSTEM
Being invisible is about choosing a response to a given situation, not about a reactive, knee-jerk backlash. This means you need to practice these steps so that they become a mighty tool available for you whenever and wherever you determine. This will allow you the breathing room to make certain you are on track and the inattention necessary to circumvent or surmount challenges.
STEP ONE. DECIDE WHY YOU WANT TO BE INVISIBLE IN THE FIRST PLACE.
Magicians have always been afforded a place of formal power in society. They accomplish things. They are compelling. And they are generally influential. Effective magicians, though, have also learned that informal power — being able to manifest goals without formal recognition —has its place. Think of Merlyn as he guided King Arthur to greatness (or any other king-maker in history). You don’t have to be the center of attention all the time. Take a moment to consider whether a goal would be achieved faster and more competently by you being the power behind the throne for a short while.
STEP TWO. MAKE IT ABOUT SOMEONE OR SOMETHING ELSE.
Once you decide that being temporarily invisible will serve you well, it’s time to divert attention off of you and onto someone or something else. This means you need to step outside yourself for a moment and figure out where you want to direction to. If you want to move attention to someone else, figure out what’s important for that person and then do all you can — in words and deeds — to further that other person’s needs and wants. If you want to divert attention to some “thing,” then take the time needed to figure out why others should care about this other “thing.” Then — again, in words and deeds — start promoting this other “thing” so that people can jump on the bandwagon.
STEP THREE. KEEP YOUR INVISIBILITY UNTIL IT NO LONGER SERVES YOU.
Once you achieve invisibility, you will, at once, start seeing how selfish the rest of the world really is (they’ll all deny it, of course — no one likes to think they’re selfish). The interesting thing about being invisible is that you also start to see the opportunists and backstabbers and polarity responders suddenly have the spotlight shifted to themselves. Their real intentions will become transparent and, generally, won’t be able to survive the “heat.” This is your chance to then reappear at just the right time and in just the right place.
It was Sun Tzu in “The Art of War” who said: “O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible, and hence we can hold the enemy’s fate in our hands.” Here’s to you learning to hold your own Fate in your own hands!
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