My magic castle

My magic castle

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Magic and Folk Tales

Many great scholars have studied the way people have passed on wisdom to the following generations. You may be familiar with some, such as Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Joseph Campbell, Bruno Bettelheim. Folk tales, fairy tales and myth have been very important is this way for thousands of years or more. Very often the tales refer to magic. Yet they are imparting realistic life wisdom. Why is magic in these tales? you might ask.
Magic is in these tales for the same reason we look for it to give us a little spark to help us go along our daily path. There are goals that can be reached. There is help for us from expected and unexpected sources. There are lessons we need to learn about kindness, sharing, being fair, having a calm mind, finding our inner resources and so forth. Our right brain, our sub-conscious, is powerful and likes to discover, to enjoy, to find wide applications for knowledge. It is this side of the brain that delights and seeks out the metaphor of magic. But our whole mind and our whole being benefits from this. Folk tales are not just for the young. The hero or heroine goes on their life journey every day. We are that questing person. Reach out to the realm of magic, ignite that spark of belief in yourself. Have a fulfilling life.

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