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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