Muggle or Magician
My daughter is a big Harry Potter fan, so much so that she won a prize at a Harry Potter themed quiz night this week. She once said to me “Dad don’t ever tell me that Harry Potter isn’t just a documentary.” We all love the idea of magic, historical human stories are full of it, our current books and films are packed full of magic too. Even religious ideas contain the idea of miracles and the tarot contains the archetype of the Magician. Wouldn’t it be great to wave your magic wand, utter those magical words and conjure up instant solutions to life problems or to turn your enemies into helpless frogs? Part of the allure of doing so is because we think that we are magic-less muggles in the first place and the rest is because we want instantaneous gratification, particularly in our modern world. The answer to this is to first of all realise that our lives are a lot more magical than we think and secondly there are things that we can learn about processes which serve us much better than simply getting an instant fix.
Personally, I do think that though we live in a world which appears to be material, it is real, at the same time it is interacting with our thinking. Our understanding of how this happens is beginning to emerge into our awareness now. One of the mechanisms of this, that we can observe, is when we experience synchronicities. These meaningful coincidences that seem to crop up in our lives; I have written about them before and our first Conference theme was Synchronicity. Here is a recent example. Two people I know within a week were dressed all in black so I asked them if they were delivering Milk Tray; then on the news a couple of days later was an item about the fact that the “Milk Tray Man” is making a comeback, the guy playing him is a firefighter from the North West. The first thing that you need to understand about just how magical your thinking can be is to become more self-aware of what you are thinking.
Imagine for a moment that we lived in a world where our thoughts and ideas were instantaneously manifested in physical reality. My guess is that if we lived in a world like that it would appear even more chaotic than it does now. When you feel road rage being able to zap one or two other road users may seem satisfying, but not having your thoughts instantly acted upon is in reality a blessing. Instead we can learn about patience and understanding, which is much more valuable than simply casting lightning bolts on fellow drivers. In order for us to learn about processes our thoughts do not manifest instantly into physical reality. Also the way that they do isn’t always in the exact way that we expect. Many years ago I wanted to get a new car, I could only afford a second-hand one at the time. I thought I don’t want an automatic, I don’t want a button for a handbrake, but I want this certain make and model and I want leather seats. When the time came to search for the car the only one of the right make and model was automatic and it had a button for a handbrake but it did have leather seats. What I found when I drove it was that automatics were so much better than I had imagined and I only ever used the handbrake when I parked the car anyway, so that wasn’t an issue. I have since bought another automatic!
So I think that we are magicians the only reason that we think that we are muggles is that we haven’t fully understood how to use the magic that we have. In Muggle School, we are largely taught what to think, not how to think. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) teaches you how to think. When you know how to harness the power of your mind you can create magical results in your life. Learn NLP and you too can graduate from Hogwarts.
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why in earth should mean that it is not real?” JK Rowling