“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler;
solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”
– Henry David Thoreau
In getting people to recognize and use their personal magic, I am often amazed at how complicated they want to make things. Even those who are otherwise incredibly successful seem to want to add layer upon layer of elaborate intricacies. It’s as if more detail equates with more magic. It’s also as if adding more detail gives them an excuse not to execute on their “well laid” plans.
I suggest to you that the most effective magic usually comes from uncomplicated magic.
Now, don’t think for a minute that simple magic means you only get simple results. Using simple magic only means getting into an uncluttered mindset. Most of us move through the day with a confusion about what we want, when we want it, and how we want it to happen.
We remain disturbed when things and people don’t go “our way.” Yet, if we take the time to actually deconstruct what is happening in our lives at any given time, we come discover that we didn’t have a clear and concise vision in the first place. We don’t have an “our way” that can be thwarted.
As a magician, you are truly unlimited in choosing what transformations you want to happen in your world. Still, because magicians are so creative and imaginative, you will be tempted to choose nothing because you can choose everything. You can lead yourself to believe that, by choosing one thing, you eliminate another opportunity or creation or outcome. You stall. This vicious cycle of uncertainty and hesitation ends up costing you valuable time and you actually lose out on everything.
That’s no way for a magician to act.
I challenge you to start centering your magical intention and attention on one or two uncomplicated goals or outcomes. Albert Einstein actually described the perfect test to determine whether you’re dealing with uncomplicated magic or not: “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
Here are some themes to explore to help you develop uncomplicated magic:
1. What’s most important to you? (Hint: Your first answer will likely not be the truth. So, when you get your quick answer, then ask: “What’s important about that?”) By finally coming face-to-face with what you truly value in life, you get very clear about what you need to create.
2. What can you get rid of that’s not important to you? (Hint: Your first answer will likely be the truth. So, when you get your quick answer to this second question, go with it.) Michelangelo said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” So it will be with you. You will see the magic in yourself and reduce the complexities in your life until you set the magic free. In getting rid of what’s no longer important to you (or perhaps never was), you might consider using the mantra: “Let this bless someone else.”
3. Dismiss what everyone else wants and understand what you want. Part of the complications we allow into our lives come from others. Can you get to the point where you simply don’t care (for a short while) what anyone else wants? Allow yourself to actually live in the Now — in the moment — where no one needs anything from you and you don’t have any obligations to attend to. Learn to devote all your magical intention and attention on you.
4. Do small deeds to receive mighty results. Some of the people I work with believe they have to do epic deeds every single day. That belief eventually leads them to days when they are so overwhelmed with the thought of having to accomplish something imposing or impressive or impossible that they get stuck in place and do nothing. Or, they set out such a long list of epic deeds that they can’t bring everything they’ve got to any one thing. I love that you have larger-than-life goals. Sometimes, though, we let those same big dreams keep us from actually accomplishing them. You’re not living the life of a magician by merely dreaming big. Set your magic free by doing small magical deeds each and every day. They’ll all add up in the end and conspire to get you what you want.
5. Let there be a pause between your magical moments. You need to give yourself time to breathe and decompress. You need to give yourself a buffer in case one deed takes longer than planned. And you need to stop being busy in order to be successful. Many people I see keep flitting from one task to another, thinking they’re being effective and efficient. They are neither. Start to experience your personal magic like you experience music. Paolo Coehlo wrote: “ . . . music only exists because the pauses exist . . .” Take the time to create space in your life and you will be rewarded with even more focus, even more energy, and even greater magical results.
Magicians can be a very serious bunch. We want what we want, when we want it, and how we want it. We believe our magical work is all-important and all the rest is trivial. Some days, life is all about slowing down and taking the time to breathe and enjoy what you have. It is in that respite that you discover the fire and the passion and the momentum to continue on.
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