Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Halloween is my favorite time of year. We get to allow the inner being show itself. Mine is a mischievous Gypsy man. This was one of three outfits for the season. Anyway, it is the one I enjoyed the most because it was so "out there"! These days seeing a man bedecked in scarves and beads and bells is quite the sight. Yet when we think about it, it really has only been very recently in our history here on this earth that this sort of attire has been considered "unacceptable" in a social way. I have Gypsy blood in me, so I thought that I would express it while the occasion was upon us.
All of this got me to thinking about magic. I had a conversation with a friend today that reminded me about wanting to blog about this subject matter. So here I go. I have said in earlier blogs that science is the magic that we do understand and magic is the science that we don't understand. I would like to take this a step further, if I may.
When we observe things around us (which most Westerners don't because they are too freakin' busy texting) we have an inner response to what we observe. For example, I might observe a fountain in the park on a hot summer's day. Now my response might be to also observe the signs that say "Please stay out of the fountain" or my response might be to listen to my blistering hot feet and jump in and allow them and the rest of my hot body (and it is pretty hot, according to my beloved) to cool down. Could I get arrested if I do the latter? I possibly would, but it just might be worth the risk. After all, I would at least not be wading into the river which has a huge undertow that would wash me up somewhere on the other side of the weir and then result in emergency personnel getting involved. Avoiding that sort of incident might make wading in a fountain much more appealing. That, to me, is the magic of life. It is the delightful response to what is right there in front of us all the time. Magic can be heard in the echoes of children's laughter. It can be seen in the warm embrace of two lovers. It really is all magic. It is also the force that created the Universe in the first place. This was not "accidental" as much as "intentional", according to my spiritual teachers. So if that magnitude of magic can exist, then who am I to ignore it? Why would I, of all people, ever want to miss out on a big bang??
I think that it is important to simply pay attention. We have to allow ourselves to look into what is happening around us and actually see what is right in front of our eyes. We also need to put our piddly technology down for a while and just reconnect with nature, otherwise we will simply walk right past that delicious fountain and not even notice it calling to us! That, to me, would be truly tragic.