I’ve just posted my latest article The Year of Practical Magic… and The 5 Keys to Making it Happen. For those who know me, you’ll also know that this is a real shift for me. I have never been willing to write anything with that ’5 keys to’ or ’7 steps for’ flavour to it. I believe strongly that the genius of who we are does not need recipes or formulas for us to discover ourselves. We just need to be willing to open our eyes!
So why now? Because maybe we need to learn how to open our eyes. Maybe it will make a difference. Maybe it will appeal to someone who, in this moment, thinks s/he needs it and can’t see without it. Or maybe it will give someone a simple framework from which more compelling thoughts will tumble like dominos. Or maybe the potential of who we can become needs to be spelled out in the language of who we think we are. In truth, I’m not really sure – and it feels like it’s time.
I particularly like the notion of ‘practical magic’. The magic of our everyday lives. The magic of just being ourselves. The magic of inhaling and exhaling, and life unfolds. It’s already there. We’re already it! The challenge becomes: when we have been taught to see ourselves through the fog of cultural conditioning, do we recognize ‘self’ as being capable of clear lines and sharp edges, with intense color and texture? Or do we look away because we think it is not us; that it is not familiar to us? When we have been taught to see ourselves as small and ugly and broken, will our eyes allow us to see ourselves as massive, magical and wonderous? It is not ‘self’ that causes us the problem – it is how we’ve been taught to see.