EVERYTHING IS MAGIC
Waking up to reality
Most people are excitement chasers, chasing the next thing and the next thing and the next thing that seems to promise a sense of aliveness inside of it. Little time do most people want to spend in the grunt work, or in what they perceive to be ordinary or dull. Most people have a fundamental and often elusive belief that some things are magically and others aren’t. Due to the fact that most people have this belief, they end up polarizing themselves inside of their experience and make the assumption that some experiences or states of being are better than others. When they find themselves in an undesirable experience or state of being they attempt to find the quickest route out.
The thing with attempting to find the quickest route out is that we don’t give ourselves the experience of going through. Therefore when we find ourselves in a similar experience or state of being in the future we don’t have the capacity to be present inside of it and continue to find ways to escape or withdraw from it. We then wonder why we aren’t stably rested and centered in ourselves and can’t figure out why we don’t seem to be in control of ourselves. You can’t expect to be stably rested in yourself if you avoid, push away, judge or make wrong certain states of being, experiences or aspects of yourself. Anything that is pushed away creates a ripple or distortion in the coherence of your beingness. That distortion then becomes a filter through which you experience life.
Filters taint, dim, and skew what you see. You see what you think rather than what is actually present. You project an incomplete picture from a limited perspective. You make judgements about what is rather than seeing what is. Another way to say that is you experience your thoughts or your perspectives, and not what is really present. See, what is present just is. The present is inherently neutral and the substratum of presence is love or bliss. This is the natural state of everything. This is why everything is magic. However when we place our judgments, ideas, and perspectives on top of what is, we get to experience life through the lenses that they are filtered by. If instead we remove our filters (i.e. our judgments, beliefs and biases) then the lens gets cleared up and we perceive reality rather than our thoughts and perspectives of it.
Magic can’t not be
There is really two ways to approach living magic. One is to stop giving anything labels, and with practice, start seeing the true nature of reality. The other way is simply to decide with conviction to change your belief that some things are magical and others aren’t. With as much conviction you have that some things are better than others, you can have as much conviction that they are not. You really can in one full swift moment simply change your mind. It doesn’t have to involve some big process, ah-ha or breakthrough. You can just do it now. Nothing is stopping you except you and your insistence to believe otherwise.
In this way the mud sparkles even if it remains looking like mud. The uncomfortable conversation you need to have with your partner, friend, boss, parents or kids is complete with bliss even if it comes with uncomfortable sensations in your body. Your emotions, even the ones you label as bad, are welcome because you understand that they don’t mean anything about you or anyone else. They are just emotions, no more, no less. The intense sensations that come at times from having a human nervous system are waves of energy organizing and moving themselves around, no more, no less. The grand significance you give some things diminishes and the grand insignificance you give other things also neutralizes, and it is anything but flat. The dissolution of charge doesn’t equate to bland, nothingness, but rather total peace and presence.
While people desire peace and presence, they tend to desire their judgments more. It is quite logical, the path to peace that is, but we are not logical nor do we decide from logic no matter how level headed we think we are. We decide from our beliefs and conditions, and what we think is right, which is massively deluded. Most of the time we don’t even know what the heck we believe or what conditions we live by and under. So we are left with chasing what seems most magical and avoiding what doesn’t and holding our breath while hoping for the best. This is circumstantial, disempowered “well-being”.
True well-being lives inside of your capacity to be willing to be present with whatever is present. To not turn away. To put your fingers in the mud and find how through doing so the mud turns into clay from which you create some piece of creation magic. You can’t not create magic. You can only think that it is possible to create something other than magic. You also can’t not be or live magic. You can only think you aren’t magical. Your thoughts aren’t true. What’s true is magic. This can only be directly experienced to be known. Dismantle your concepts, let go your judgments. Nothing is better than the other. No emotion or state of being is better than the other. No appearance is better than the other. It’s all magical creation created by a magical creator, which is you.
Dr. Amanda Love, Chiropractor, Network Spinal Analysis & Somato-Respiratory Integration, Boulder, Colorado