As I’ve been writing, I have become aware of the different meanings of the word magic. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it in three ways.
“1. The power of apparently influencing events by using mysterious or supernatural forces.
2. Mysterious tricks, such as making things disappear and reappear, performed as entertainment.
3. A quality of being beautiful and delightful in a way that seems remote from daily life.”
The first definition makes me think of the Harry Potter witches and wizards who cast spells, ride on broomsticks and make potions, as well as the real life versions – witch doctors, druids, shamen or medicine men.
The second category includes stage entertainers who use illusion and sleight of hand to pull off seemingly impossible feats. People like David Copperfield, David Blaine or the modern day psychological manipulations of Derren Brown who can seemingly persuade anyone of anything.
The third deals with perception, noticing the beauty and wonder around you.
A fair question would be ‘Which of these three definitions are the subject of this blog?’ I guess I am interested in all of them to an extent. The ‘power of apparently influencing events by using…mysterious forces.” is definitely something I have been investigating, although not in the supernatural sense. I am interested in the way our thoughts create our reality. We are now living within the new paradigm of quantum physics that demonstrates how we are all connected and the impossibility of removing the observer from the observed. This new way of seeing things still seems mysterious to our Newton-washed brains. Even Einstein had a hard time coming to terms with the new reality, initially calling it “spooky action at a distance”.
As for the second category, I’m not interested in making things appear or disappear, pulling a rabbit from a hat, or cutting someone in two to the gasps of a delighted audience (even though I’m sure that would be fun!) However I am very interested in the idea of what is real and what is an illusion? On stage I’m more likely to be the one underneath the magician’s
tablecloth trying to figure out how he’s doing what he’s doing. The way we see the world fascinates me. Many of the thoughts we think every day are illusions, illusions that in many cases cause pain. I’m interested in bringing awareness to these thought forms so that they can be dissolved and we can return to our natural state of well being. I am particularly interested in the idea of alchemy and transformation, of turning lead to gold.
Looking for the quality of magic in every day life was the real reason I set up this blog. The idea was to find the beauty in the moments before me and then expand upon it. As soon as I get a bit more comfortable with how personal this is (I didn’t expect that!) I’ll start sharing the details. But in the meantime, let’s talk about alchemy and transformation 🙂