Sandra’s seen a leprechaun,
Eddie touched a troll,
Laurie danced with witches once,
Charlie found some goblins gold.
Donald heard a mermaid sing,
Susy spied an elf,
But all the magic I have known
I’ve had to make myself.
– Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends
If you’ve been to one of my live events or followed this blog for some time, you know that I talk and write a lot about how everyone needs to have real magic in their life. Most of us are so caught up in the daily grind of making a living, climbing the ladder of success, and surviving paycheck-to-paycheck, that we forget to enjoy the wonder that is part of each day.
Or worse — we have learned to treat those things that would otherwise charm, bewitch, and fascinate us with disdain and doubt. And with that disdain and doubt is born dissatisfaction, suffering, and anger. We become world-weary and blasé.
I know what I’m talking about when it comes to magic
When I tell you that choosing a life filled with magic is the key to living the life of your dreams, I know what I’m talking about. So, I’m here to give you some suggestions for putting the charm back in your life and for bringing the sensualness and allure of the world within arms’ reach of you.
The important question I started off this article with is — simply: Do you make good magic?
Think about those two words — “good” and “magic.” You just want to feel better and I’m telling you it’s as simple as have “good magic.”
Can it really be that simple?
While you’re trying in vain to make a difference by following someone else’s rules, what’s really going to work for you is learning to follow your own rules of “good magic.” So what do those two words mean?
“Good magic” is so easy to understand and apply
Good, in my way of thinking, means something that is “better.” It is something that is “worthy” and “honorable” and that which gives you an “advantage.”
Magic is the way you observe, interpret, and transform your reality. It begins with an intention and ends with a result — it is not one or the other; it is both. With magic, you see, an intention implies an outcome, and an outcome implies a purpose. It is also the way you choose to move in the world and have your soul seen and understood. And it is a conscious decision to play and have fun and move with certainty every moment of every day.
I’m not suggesting, by the way, that there is some special knowledge or supernatural information to which only a select few have access or that are exclusively gifted by the gods to an anointed handful. Far from it. The good magic that I’m inviting you to play with is out in the open and there for the taking and using and cavorting with by anyone.
There are only two things you need to know to begin
And all of this good magic involves only two simple and easy things to understand:
1. Dare to respect yourself. Most of us allow the various opportunities that come our way to dictate what our purpose is at any given time. Let me explain. Let’s say you have a major purpose in life to be an author (everyone tells me that they have a great work inside them waiting to be birthed). But then comes along an opportunity to make a little more money doing something other than writing that great work. So we say, “Hell, yes. I can do that.” And then we do “that” and in doing “that” our definite purpose of being an author fades a little. Another haphazard money-making opportunity comes along and, yet again, we say, “Hell, yes. I can do that, too.” And sure enough — you do. Pretty soon, you’re in the habit of letting other people’s agendas prescribe what you’re doing in life.
Yes, you’re making money. Yes, you’re keeping you’re restlessness and need for constant movement in check. Yes, you’re keeping busy. And in the process, you’ve become an action-packed hack — someone who’s working very hard doing things that someone else doesn’t want to do so they’re paying you to do it for them.
Don’t you think it’s time to have a little more regard for what you want to accomplish in life?
To put it another way — if you don’t care about your major purpose in life, why should anyone else?
2. Dare to respect your magic. Most of you will be too timid to follow a life of magic. For those who are courageous enough, however, I offer this — the world is in need of magic right now. But not just any type of magic. It needs your personal brand of wit, self-confidence, cleverness, and imagination. And . . . it needs you to act upon your dreams. We need you to “say and do.” Honor your magic enough to be willing to set aside politeness so that you can follow your happiness. Accept your magic enough to be willing to suspend your patronizing of other’s desires so that you can deliver your own ambition from mere idea to powerful result. Yes, I’d like to see everyone get along and play nicely with each other. But I also know that if you don’t give your own magic priority, you are doomed to a life of absurd servitude.
Respect your magic.
You are now armed with the only two things you need to get you started on a life filled with magic.
But, wait, there’s one more thing . . . .
And here’s one other little possibility for you to consider — As you embark on your life of magic, remember that the life of a magician is one of continuous and uninterrupted amazement. Stop dabbling with your life and your magic and your dreams. Launch yourself and your magic and your aspirations with wild abandon.
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