“That time will come, one day you’ll see – when we can all be friends.” ~Queen
I tell people that I believe in magic all the time. But what is magic, exactly? Where does it come from? What do I mean when I talk about magic, and when I talk about opening your heart to it and letting it flow through your life?
Magic is the creative force of the universe. It’s love, and life. It’s art from the Muse, and dreams from the Sandman. It’s God’s gift to us; it’s the Universe’s gift to itself. It’s our gift to each other. It’s everywhere, and it’s free. In fact, it can’t be bought or sold, it has to be given freely, without cost or obligation. Otherwise, it’s not really magic, it’s tainted energy. Magic is the stuff from which miracles are forged. Magic is like the Force from Star Wars.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge Star Wars geek, and that spills over into my spirituality. I just love the concept of “The Force” and the teachings of Master Yoda and the other Jedi. So quoth Obi Wan: “The Force is…an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together.”
Entire books have been written about the Force and the spirituality of Star Wars so I won’t rehash it here. The point is, we’re surrounded by loving, healing, and peaceful energy all the time. It surrounds us and penetrates us…binds us all together. It binds us to each other, and it binds us to God, no matter how you envision Him/Her/It to be. We are one.
Magic is this overflowing, beautiful, and radiant energy that empowers us, comforts us, and heals us. You can call it Divine Love, or the Universe, or the Force, or Mana, or whatever. It doesn’t matter what you call it…it only matters that you feel it. It matters that you experience it, and that you share it with everyone you come in contact with. It’s beauty, compassion, and kindness. It’s peacefulness and harmony. It’s all “I’d like to buy the world a coke, and teach it how to sing” goodness. It’s love for everyone, everything, and even for life itself. It’s the thrill of being alive, of being present and aware. It’s being in love with yourself. In a word, it’s magic.
I opened this post with one of my favorite songs by Queen, The Miracle. It sings the praises of all the magic that is happening around us each and every day. The miracles of human innovation such as test-tube babies and the Mona Lisa, but also the miracles of nature. “If every leaf on every tree could tell a story that would be a miracle.” Yes, yes, yes! A thousand times yes! Flowers blooming in Spring, Snow falling in Winter. Falling rain, rushing wind. Children laughing and playing. Holding hands with a lover and watching the sunset together. A friend’s shoulder when you need a safe place to cry. Warm sunshine and cool breezes, ice cream and cake.
All of that is miraculous. All of it, a miracle. And miracles are just another expression of love…of magic.
The magic is there, just waiting for you to open up to it. Do you dare to believe? Can you afford not to?