Do You Believe in Magic?

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Do you believe in magic?

What comes to mind for you when you hear the word “magic”, or “magical”?

When I was a little girl my father promoted a band called The Lovin’ Spoonful, and they had a hit song called “Do you believe in Magic?”  Whenever I hear that song it makes me smile, first because it is nostalgic for me, and secondly because I can answer that question with a “full body YES!!”

Recently I posted a Facebook status that simply said, “I believe in Magic”, and apparently so do quite a few other people, because that status got more than a few “likes”.

I’m sure your definition of magic is unique, and I’m also pretty certain that most of the time when people describe something as “magical” it is because it felt wonderful, it was awe inspiring, it was indescribable, it seemed effortless, and it had qualities that were surreal, surprising, and even wondrous. Would you be okay with creating some magic of your own?

In my world, “magic” shows up as synchronicities, serendipity, miracles, and meaningful coincidences.

According to vedantic philosophy, enlightenment has only 2 symptoms: 1. You stop worrying.  And 2. You experience more meaningful coincidence.

I not saying that I’ve reached enlightenment, but I will say that I’ve made an intention to move in that direction. I’m on the path to enlightenment.  It isn’t always a smooth path, sometimes it’s a hard climb.  I still find myself worrying at times.  And, I experience meaningful coincidence, miracles, or “magic”,  on a regular basis.

There are some things that will bring the search for enlightenment to a screeching halt…or at least a slow crawl, such as judging and labeling.

We live in a culture that judges and labels everything.  We do it automatically. And yet, our level of consciousness is directly related to our lack of judging.

So, if we equate magic with enlightenment, and enlightenment with a higher state of consciousness, then the more judging we do, the less magic we experience.  Simple.

This judgment thing can show up when we are recognizing what we perceive to be someone else’s failures or shortcomings, as well as our own – very often our own.  Self-judgment can sometimes become a continuous stream of background noise that we try to ignore even when it may be creating serious havoc in our lives.

It’s the “I’m not good enough” voice.  The Gremlin that is always pointing out our flaws, the “inner critic” that keeps trying to persuade us that we’ll never make it.   It’s the part of us that keeps comparing our insides to everyone else’s outsides.  (You know…like thinking someone else has a much better life experience than we do because of what we see of them on Facebook.)

In fact, my own inner critic got really loud when I wanted to start talking about my own magic and how it shows up.  “People won’t ‘get it’, they won’t get you”, said the Gremlin.

I got really curious as to why I was feeling that way.  I realized that it just came from fear, as does most (if not all) judging.  I was afraid of rejection, of losing subscribers, of offending someone, of coming off as some kind of wacko.

And then I realized that if I want to step into my power, I had to stop feeling guilty for being powerful, I had to stop being fearful of what people might think and just own it. And owning it meant taking some kind of meaningful action, so I created my new about page.

So, today I want to remind myself, and you, of the tool that will help you create some magic in your life…the tool called Curiosity.

The next time you hear yourself judging yourself or someone else,  get curious instead.

Making the curious sound, “Hmmmm?” (Think Yoda) will immediately change  your neural activity and alleviate worry and catabolic energy (at least momentarily!), because it is impossible to worry or judge and be curious at the same time.

Whether the judging that’s coming up is self-judgment or just a habit of judging others, just for today get curious instead.  See what happens.

To quote Ram Dass “Let’s trade in all our judging for appreciating. Let’s lay down our righteousness and just be together.”

Let’s get curious, and then see what we can instead appreciate about ourselves, about others, about this magical place where we live and grow as we travel towards enlightenment.

We’re all in this together, we’re all human, and it’s all perfect.

Love & Magic (and lot’s of curiosity),

Cindie

 

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15 Responses to Do You Believe in Magic?

  1. Inger says:

    Thank you Cindy, that was amazing…..so much confirmation for what I’m dealing with right now. I appreciate you and your articles and I love that you keep it real.

    Inger

  2. Carolyn says:

    Absolutely loved this post. Its so right on. I believe we are all magical and yet those inner gremlins try to hold us down to keep us from sharing our magic with the world. Thank you Cindie for stepping out so that the rest of us can feel safe in letting our magic out as well.
    Carolyn

    • Cindie says:

      Thank you, Carolyn, for letting me know that this post resonates with you. 🙂 Best wishes on letting your magic out into the world! xo

  3. Tabitha Jester says:

    Oh, I love everything about that! That has been yet another theme popping up in the last three weeks… Observing without judgment. And it’s been really shocking to see how freeing that is once I break the initial reaction cycle! ( of course there is a learning curve!) I’m re-posting this article for sure!

    • Cindie says:

      Hi Tabitha, I’m glad to know that this post validates your current experience! You are so right about how freeing it is to be able to “see” without judging. 🙂 thank you for your thoughtful comments 🙂 xo

  4. Marci says:

    Yes, I believe in Magic. Cindie, I love your post. Hummmm, I grew up in a judgmental environment. I am learning to be less judgmental and hope to one day not judge at all.

    • Cindie says:

      Hi Marci,
      Thank you for your comment. We all “grow up” in a judgmental environment to some degree, if we are fortunate enough to be born into a less judgemental family, we still learn to judge by the larger experience of community as we begin to explore a bigger world. I remember once telling a mentor of mine that my goal was complete non-judgement, and he told me it wasn’t possible. He was (and still is) one of the least judgmental people I know, so his answer surprised me at the time. 🙂
      We can make the intention and stay curious…that will take us a long way towards the goal, and in the process we will see the magic happen. Wishing you all the best on your journey. xo 🙂

  5. Sierra says:

    I was once a super judger and judged the crap out of myself and sometimes others. I’ve gotten way better, and life is so much better for it! This post is wonderful!

    • Cindie says:

      Thank you, Sierra, for chiming in here! I’m happy to hear that your experience shows a correlation between non=judgment and life getting better!! 🙂 Awesome! xo

  6. Donna says:

    That’s such a good point that the more judgement you experience, the less magic you enjoy! And I love your definition of magic – that’s my definition too, although I wouldn’t have been able to put it so clearly! x

    • Cindie says:

      Thank you, Donna, I appreciate your comments! And I’m glad to see that you are making magic too! Fun isn’t it? 🙂 xo

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  9. Alysa says:

    This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found
    something which helped me. Appreciate it!

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