Saturday, June 29, 2013
A championship boxer does not expect to win his fight in the first round. It has been done but it is not the expectation. The first round is for checking out the situation, getting to know the opponent, so to speak. We get the big idea, then we have all the energy from that big idea as inspiration. Next we have to look at the big picture. That is the first round of our boxing match with life. The real heart of the boxer is revealed when, maybe with some aches and bruises, he climbs back into the ring. The second, and subsequent rounds are where the attention to detail, the previous training and the character of the boxer take over. The magic is in climbing back into the ring and continuing with the task until that task is done, hopefully with the awards of championship. I say to all wise magicians, if you quit early you have no chance of a win. Climb back into the ring and continue the fight. Go into your subject or task in greater depth. You are a winner just by continuing the fight. Keep on trying until you win. May the spark be with you.
Monday, June 24, 2013
All too often we get an idea, a marvelous world improving idea. We glory in the rush of adrenalin and dreams of a better future. Hard on the heels of this happy idea is the tiring realization that between the idea and realization of the idea is a deep canyon. The gap of not having a smooth road to this wonderful future can shut us down completely. There are so many problems to solve, so much to discover that we may be in danger of giving up on our genius idea. Fortunately for wise magicians we know to search for all the magic wands that humanity has discovered over the centuries. One such magic wand is 'engineering'. Engineering is the practice of planning, of astute problem solving, of building connections, of experimenting until we find a workable solution. We can build bridges. We can make connections. We can see what works. Look at the great engineering marvels of the ages. The cathedrals, the dams, the great bridges, the canals, were not built in only a day. Nor did the builders give up on finding a solution. New techniques were created when needed. Knowledge was shared. Many people worked together. So I say to all wise magicians out there: "Cherish your idea and engineer a way to bring it to fruitful reality. May the spark be with you."
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Recently I was feeling that edginess that makes me want to feel a spark or magic, to be aware of the sacred that mixes in with the mundane in our world. I was at work so I couldn't go make a phone call or listen to music or do anything to draw magic to me except in my thoughts. I let my mind wander in search of joyous thoughts. I thought how nice it would be to visit with my favorite three year old little boy. Suddenly I no longer had to search for magic. It had found me. Not only did I experience the joy of love for that child, I was also open to an understanding of the resources that humanity has. Each person has the ability to love and feel that life is sacred and divine. So I say to all wise magicians that you do not always need to seek to work magic. Magic is and it will seek and find you if you will be still and allow it to come to you. Part of the need I was feeling for magic came from several days of observing a co-worker who causes discomfort to others because of her problems with her ego. I was musing on how shallow humanity might be and how I wondered about inner resources people may have. After I had felt the joy of magic I became reassured that an appreciation of the spark of magic, an awareness of the sacred, is possible. Magic to life is like salt to food, it is a wonderful flavor enhancer. Later I spoke to the man who is the brunt of this woman's jibes and I again felt the spark when his eyes lit up at my gift of understanding to him. I saw I had added to his sense of self-hood. That also gave me a lift. So, if you need a bit of magic today, be still and allow it to find you. May the spark be with you.