“When you’re touched by magic, nothing’s ever quite the same again.
What really makes me sad is all those people who never have the chance to know that touch.
They’re too busy, or they just don’t hold with make-believe,
so they shut the door without really knowing it was there to be opened in the first place.”
– Charles de Lint (What the Mouse Found and Other Stories)
In this article, I’m addressing the real you.
The habitually restless.
With your great thinking and great dreaming and great doing comes great freedom.
And with your great freedom comes the luxury of the great frustration you feel from time to time because you know how matters of this world could be different . . . if only “they” would listen to you.
Too often, however, the magical folk I know eventually become too cunning. They look outward and see things they want to be different. They take to heart Gandhi’s saying, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” In creating, then, they tend to adopt an arbitrary, vague, and external mindset.
Imagine how things would be different if, instead, you become the very change they wish to see in yourself.
That’s a very important and often overlooked distinction. Given enough time, we get so caught up in the act of creating that we overlook that our Magic lives and breathes and grows inside us. You cannot find it out in the world without finding it first in yourself.
You risk a great deal of confusion unless you come to understand and know this fundamental aspect of Magic.
Your adventure, quite frankly, is to initially ignore what you believe to exist outside of yourself and discover what has been with you from the time you were born.
Your responsibility is to be an architect for your outcomes. To intend and plan and attend to results.
But that’s not all . . .
You also have an obligation to be the carpenter who takes the intentions and plans of your architect and then works and builds those desired outcomes so they have a tangible existence.
We miss so much Magic when we neglect to see ourselves as BOTH an architect and carpenter. So, I want you to start looking at your Magic with the following—often overlooked—principles in mind:
1. Great Magic exists in the Present. It is recalled from the Past. It is imagined for the Future.
2. Great Magic is—in equal measure—both a function of your will and a purpose for your character.
3. Great Magic reveals your spirit. It strips you bare.
4. Great Magic is what makes everything else seem real. (And you thought it was the other way around, didn’t you?)
5. Great Magic is fearless. It is cunning. It is reassuring. It’s use is a lot like coming home.
6. Great Magic is an honor. Always—always—deserve your Magic.
7. Great Magic is what people will remember about you. Everything else is nonsense.
8. Great Magic requires your care. If you don’t care, why should anyone else?
9. Great Magic changes you. You will be pared down into a significance you haven’t even imagined, yet.
10. Great Magic uses as little fantasy as possible. It will destroy the deceptions you have about yourself (and just about everything else).
Rebels, nonconformists, and the habitually restless create legacies through their Magic. Can you take these 10 overlooked principles to heart so that you, too, become unforgettable?
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