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Magic all around

I’ve spent the last few afternoons doing, well, not very much at all really. Apart from watching episodes of Smallville on the DVD, that is. I’ve enjoyed myself, by the way, and that’s how it is supposed to be when we are doing something that we enjoy. Or, in my case, doing nothing!

Watching the magical abilities of the heroes and villains that appear in the episodes has got me thinking about the things that surround us nowadays that we just take for granted, but not that long ago, they themselves would appear magical. I remember being mesmerized when I encountered my first electronic door in real life! I’d seen them on TV, but never in real life. I remember the feeling walking up to a door that opened automatically – and I loved it! OK, they’re everywhere now, and I think we are that used to them, we find it really frustrating when the automatic doors are out of order for some reason, and we have to open the door ourselves.

The DVD player that I was watching Smallville on has a remote control. At the touch of a button, I could start, stop, rewind and fast forward all of the action I was seeing. At the end of the DVD, I could press another button and the drawer would open. There wasn’t a button that would take the DVD out of the drawer and put the next one in, so I had to get up and do that myself. I then had to sit back down, press the button to close the drawer, and then press another button to play the DVD. Even though everything is now that much easier I can still find something that gives me reason to complain about! A few years ago, I would have had to have waited a whole week before I could watch the next episode, and then I would have only had the opportunity to view it once, unless the TV station was repeating the show, which wasn’t really done in those days.

Many people use mobile phones now. Years ago, there were queues at pay phones. If the call was disconnected for some reason, there was cause for complaint. Nothing has changed there, apart from the technology. We still don’t expect to be cut off mid-sentence, but take for granted that whilst we had to stand in a little booth to make a call a while back, we can now make the call in the middle of a field, or on a boat, or while travelling down a motorway at 70 miles per hour – as a passenger, obviously.

Think of the things that have been created to make things easier for us, that years ago would have taken us a lot longer to do the same job: washing machines, can openers, computers, even pens and pencils. We can now travel from one end of the country to the other by road in a few hours. We can fly to other countries (sometimes in the same time!).

If a visitor came to our time from, say, the middle ages, they would be mesmerized by everything that we use. They’d probably also be in awe of the buildings that surround us – especially the skyscrapers where we can reach the eightieth floor in five minutes. They’d look at everything, and think they have arrived in a magical kingdom. And then they’d see us all complaining because the automatic door doesn’t open, or we’ve lost signal on our mobile phone, or we have to get up to change the DVD!

Imagine if we traveled years into the future. We’d probably see things that we couldn’t begin to imagine today and think of them as magic. I wonder if the people of tomorrow will still complain?

Technology aside, look at the magic inside every living thing on the planet. The differences in every single human being on the planet. The animals that trust us to become our friends even though we do not speak the same way – and the animals that choose to stay away from us. The magic of the caterpillar becoming the butterfly. The fish. The birds. The plants. The trees. Every living thing on the planet could be viewed as magical, as nothing outside them is making them live. Life is within.

Now, if life is viewed as magical,  and we are living in our magical kingdom right now, why don’t we all just start to really enjoy it, and stop taking things for granted? That’s what I’m trying to do!

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Nothing is personal

I’ve read in several places now that nothing that anybody else does to us is personal. Well, not personal to us, anyway, but it is personal to them, if that makes sense.

Here’s an example: If I don’t like a certain coat that someone is wearing, and I tell them so, I am expressing my personal opinion of the coat. I’m telling the other person that I don’t like it. I am letting them know that I have a problem with the coat. They may not like me telling them that I don’t like the coat, but that is a separate issue. My problem is with the coat. Not whether my liking or not liking the coat may or may not upset them, but just that I don’t like the coat.

Here’s another example. I have my haircut and I like it. My friend, however, doesn’t like it, and they tell me so. They are being honest by telling me what they think of my haircut, but as I like it I don’t have a problem. Personally I like it, so what they are saying is their personal opinion of my haircut. They personally don’t like it. They are telling me how they personally feel. And how they or anyone else personally feels has nothing to do with me.

I’ve commented on feelings in the past, and only we are in control of how we are personally feeling. Until we feel good, there is nothing that anyone else can say or do to make us feel better, until we choose to feel better ourselves. Likewise, if someone says something to us about our coat or haircut that is negative, they can’t make us feel bad about it unless we choose that option. Besides, they aren’t being personal to us, but they are expressing their own personal problem or opinion about what they don’t like about us.

The problem with opinions, is most people tend to take the opinions personally. Me included. I know that everything I’ve typed above makes perfect sense (well to me anyway!) but still find myself feeling hurt by other people’s comments at times.

Looking at the fact that nothing is personal means that if someone gives a compliment, that is not personal too. They are merely saying what they like about us. These personal comments we accept, because they are positive. I think we all want to be liked rather than disliked. We’d all rather be around people who like us rather than those who don’t.

Usually though, it is only certain aspects about us that are liked or not liked, in varying degree. Some people like more qualities about one person than they do another, and I think that if there are many more qualities that are not liked about a person, then the two people involved would just move apart naturally. But what they like or dislike is nothing to do with the other person, it is ‘simply’ how they feel about that person.

I try not to give my opinion to anyone nowadays, unless they ask me to give it, and then, I try to be as positive about it as I can. I know people who have characteristics that I don’t like, and I try to steer clear of these people whenever I can, because, I think sometimes my dislike is written across my face – and that isn’t fair on the other person. It’s not their fault that I don’t like their coat, is it? It’s probably better for them if I’m not around them, and it keeps me more positive too!

What I have just written may sound a little negative, but it isn’t meant to be. If I have the opinion that I don’t like someone, that person could try to move mountains to make me like them. If I don’t change my opinion of them, whatever they do will not be enough. They’ll feel bad because they can’t please me. I’ll feel bad because I don’t like them and they are constantly doing all this stuff to me.

Luckily, I don’t dislike people to that extreme. I like more things about people than I dislike. And if they do something that annoys me, then it’s up to me to react in the best way I possibly can.

Whatever anyone does to us, they aren’t being personal to us, they are being personal to them. They can say something spiteful. They can punch us. They can even do worse to us. But whatever they do, it is because they are acting on what they feel about something about us. We may not be helping the situation by deliberately provoking this reaction from them, perhaps just by being there, but they are acting on how they feel they should in the situation. I think the best course of action if someone does act this way around us is to leave their space, if possible, or avoid contact with them completely.

Having written all that, it isn’t easy not to take things personally. I want to be liked by everyone I meet, which I know is impossible. I want to forgive completely all the bullying I endured years ago, but that happened before I knew or read about this way of thinking, so the damage that was done back then is done. The best thing I can do is leave all that behind me, and move forward.

Things will only get better if I don’t take comments that people make about me to heart. Well, I’m going to try. If nothing else, it’s another way for me to feel good about myself. At least I’ll have more control of how I feel.

That’s my opinion, anyway…

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Money or friends

Here’s a question that keeps popping up in my mind from time to time. What would I prefer to have more of – money or friends?

The answer isn’t as easy as it first seems.

I have some friends, not many, so at first thought more friends would be the obvious one to go for. But hang on… if I have more friends, I will need to be doing more things with them, so, more than likely more money is to be needed to enable me to do those things.

Going back to my friends, I don’t see many of them nowadays, so adding more friends may mean that I’ll just get to know more people who I won’t see, in which case more money isn’t needed.

More money would be needed if I started taking myself off to places where I could meet more people, in which case I would get to know more people and see more people all at the same time. But I’d need to have more money to start off with to do that.

But then again, would the people I meet be interested in me, or my money? I’d rather know people who like me for me, not for what I have (or haven’t got), so money isn’t needed here.

In fact, I’d just like to get to know nice people just for being them. If they are nice, interesting and easy to get along with, and take me for who I am, don’t try to change me or judge me, yes, I’d like to meet people like that. I think I’m too easy going with people, and they tend to take me the wrong way. Well, that’s what I think anyway – but that also means I am pre-judging everyone to be the same, and how can I expect to meet anyone who won’t judge me when that is what I am doing to them in the first place?

My thoughts have now shifted to money again. If I had more than enough money, I could do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to. I don’t need anyone there. But things may get a bit boring. What’s the point of having loads of money if I’ve no-one to enjoy it with?

So, I need more friends to help me to enjoy myself. But enjoyment comes from within, so I don’t actually need them to help me to enjoy myself, but I’d like to have them around. And that now sounds as though I want to use them, which is certainly not the case at all. I’d like them to have fun too – it’s not all about me (although this blog is…)

I think I’ve reached my answer after all of my self-debating above. I’d like to meet more people, who I get on well with, and they get on well with me. I don’t want them all to be the same type of personality because everyone is different and we are all free to be individuals. I’d like to know people who (like the friends I have now) continue just where we left off, even though we may not have seen each other for a couple of months.

I’d also like to have the ability to be able to do more things with more people, so, short of winning the lottery, I’d better start to do something that will help me to bring a few more pennies in so I can try to do something with this aim.

I’ve not reached the answer at all. I’m no further along than when I started typing this. The truth is, I wouldn’t mind more of both. But, I’m also happy as I am at present, which is a good thing until both come along.

I’m not going to wait for both though – I’m going to make sure that I continue to enjoy myself right now, and also enjoy what comes along sometime in the future. Well, I can’t have life passing me by whilst I’m waiting, can I?

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Believe

I own quite a few crystals, several sets of oracle cards, a few packs of tarot cards, a set of runes, a couple of crystal balls and a pendulum. So I believe in the power that is available to be tapped into in the universe.

I have performed several spells that have provided me with the results that I needed at the right time, so I believe in the power of magic.

I have had many a cosmic order delivered to me, again at the right time, and these too have given me the belief in that I can achieve what I really want to, as long as my mind and my intention is correct.

Look at my pendulum, for instance. I’ve taken a photo of it (above) with a few of my crystals, my amethyst pyramid and my snowflake obsidian crystal ball. Whenever I use my pendulum, I think of a question that requires a yes or a no answer. The pendulum answers the question by spinning round in a circular motion, which usually indicates ‘yes’, or swinging backwards and forwards, which usually indicates ‘no’. I say usually indicates these answers as sometimes the pendulum chooses to reverse the swings. I always start by asking the pendulum to show me yes and no – and it does. Every time.

Sometimes, I hold my pendulum and imagine positive energy from the universe cascading through me, and all over me. When I do this, the pendulum always spins around. I hold the pendulum in my right hand, and hold my left hand palm up underneath it. As I imagine the positive energy, the pendulum seems to gather energy all of its own, and I can feel the force of it as if it is trying to pull itself away from my fingers. This feeling is amazing, as the energy from the motion of the pendulum is adding to the energy I am imagining cascading through me, and they seem to intensify each other. It is a very strong force that is doing that, and it is not me that is physically causing the pendulum to spin in the first place, although something from my thoughts is causing it to happen.

As I have experienced this first hand, I know this force exists. I believed in the energy before I got my pendulum, and then I have experienced the energy with the help of it.

I use the positive energy to clear my spiritual energy, and I believe it works. It makes me feel good as I am doing it anyway, so I am getting something out of it! I always thank the pendulum afterwards, and through the pendulum I am thanking the universe.

I’ve mentioned my spells before, particularly the new job spell, that created three new jobs that did not exist before the spell was cast. Some would say this is just a coincidence, but with the way how spell casting works, and the power of threefold return, this seems to take the coincidence part out of the equation. Whatever you cast a spell for will return with the power of three. So I believe that the intent with spell casting must also be good – imagine the consequences of casting a spell that is not of good intent.

Casting spells requires invoking elements before the request, and banishing them afterwards, and certain spells need to be cast at the new moon or the full moon for maximum effect. The belief behind the spell, and the intent behind the spell also adds to their power. But casting spells does work. I believed they worked before I cast my first spell, and then experienced the spell working after.

Some people need proof to believe things like this work, but I had the belief before. I certainly received the proof afterwards!

Cosmic ordering works the same way – believe in the outcome, believe we can receive what we order.

More reasons to help me to continue to feel good!

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Seasonal changes

It is starting to get darker earlier now. It’s 8.20pm, and although it is still light, what light is left will soon be gone. I love the light nights in the summer months, and the sunsets are glorious, but the seasons have to follow their cycle, so the sun will be setting earlier very soon indeed.

I happen to like the winter months too. It’s easier to sleep at night if I decide to have an early night, for one! But if I need to sleep in the summer, the light doesn’t stop me then either, so that isn’t really a very valid reason. It’s also a lot easier to get warm in winter than it is to get cool in summer – which can also cause problems with sleeping, but again, eventually I regulate my temperature, so that’s not a problem either.

I remember years ago, I used to work the night shift. I loved working nights in winter. When I finished work at 7am it was still dark. I’d drive home as quickly as I could, dive into bed, and go to sleep before the sun rose. Occasionally,  I’d sleep all day and wake up when it was dark too. Whenever this happened, I used to imagine myself living the cool life of a vampire. Only instead of going out at night hunting, I’d be stuck in an office working. That wasn’t quite as cool, but it had to be done. Those short days didn’t last long, and within a short period of time, the mornings were starting to get light again as I was driving home. And then at the other end of the day, I’d be driving to work with a little bit of daylight still hanging on – a bit like the light now, in fact.

I always get a little mixed up with the names at this time of the day. Evening, sunset, dusk, nightfall… I think the evening is just before the sun sets, sunset is, well, when the sun sets, dusk is just after the sun has set but it is still light, and nightfall is when the light has gone. That’s how I see it anyway.

I mentioned earlier that the sunsets are glorious. The sky becomes completely different with oranges, reds and yellows mixing with blues, purples, greys and whites. You can’t really complain about the days being shorter when there is that fabulous display to look forward to at the end of the day, can you?

I’ve found a couple of images on the web which sum up what I mean:

I’ve just noticed that the sky in the first picture (the reds and oranges) are very similar in colour to my aura, when I had that photographed a few weeks ago – I’m sure I’ve mentioned that before!

I know some people prefer the warmth of the summertime to the chill of winter, and sometimes I think I do too, but on the crisp, clear, dry days in winter, taking myself off for a brisk walk really clears my head and invigorates me. There’s something about all of the seasons that I like. The new leaves in the spring, the warm sun in the summer, the autumn colours, and the freshness of winter are just a few.

Each day passes in turn. Each month passes in turn. Each season passes in turn. I actually like the differences. I don’t think I would really appreciate things as much if it stayed the same all of the time. The contrast is there to highlight what we actually do like. I think I’m lucky because I like it all! 🙂