Secrets of Magic 3: Practice matters more than talent


All we have to do to begin to use magic is to decide to do it. It is also true that we become more skilled in creating magic over time and with practice. For example, to learn to visualize, we close our eyes and make images.

Each of us learns differently. Some things will come easier than others to every one of us. Some people visualize easily on the first try, others of us must do visualization practices over and over until we can hold images in our minds, and some of us insist we can’t visualize at all.

Some people believe that they don’t have to practice at all, because their natural talent will let them do magic without any special effort or thought on their parts. They may be able to achieve some results, but they may also be surprised at how hard it is to try to work with magic without any training or experience. Talent does exist, but it isn’t the most important factor in learning to use magic. The most talented musicians practice many hours of scales every day. In just the same way the most successful magicians practice magical skills every day.

Also, just because we learn one particular skill easily doesn’t mean that we do everything equally well. The person who visualizes on the first try might find it much harder to learn to feel magical energy. Lack of talent in one area is often compensated by talent in other areas.

No matter how much or how little magical talent we have, if we faithfully practice magic every day, we will get better at making magic.

Affirmation

I practice magic every day.

Write this affirmation on a sticky note or 3×5 card and put it where you can see it every day. Repeat the affirmation every day for a week.

Practice: Continue affirmations

So far we’ve learned three affirmations:

  • Magic is my birthright.
  • Magic happens in my life right now.
  • I practice magic every day.

Continue to repeat the affirmations. You can repeat all three each day, or just repeat the affirmations that you particularly liked.

Secrets of Magic 2: It starts now

Magic is both complicated and simple. In its complicated form, it is wonderfully expandable, with enough history and practice to keep us happily busy for a lifetime. In its simple form, we can pick it up and put it to work right away, this very moment.

You might need to make a change in your life. You might know what it is, or you might just know that your life needs to be different. That change can begin right now. As you read through the secrets, say the affirmations, and do the practices, the magical transformation begins.

It may be that there is one issue at the top of your mind right now. You might know what it is. Or, you could have an idea that there is something you need to pay attention to, without being clear on exactly what has sparked that thought.

You might just want to experiment with magic. What is this thing? What can it do? What can we do with it? Whether you have never practiced any magic before, or have been working with magic for many decades, you can always approach magic with a fresh mind, willing to explore the possibilities magic places in our hands.

Affirmation

Magic happens in my life right now.

Write this affirmation on a sticky note or 3×5 card and put it where you can see it every day. Repeat the affirmation every day for a week.

Practice: Invoke the magic

Buy, make, or dedicate an item of clothing that makes you feel like you are making magic when you wear it. This can be a piece of jewelry, like a ring or a glitzy necklace. It can be a robe or caftan. It can even be a pointy wizard’s hat!

Set aside a spot for your magical gear. You might find a spot on a shelf, or use a small storage box, or clear out a corner in a dresser.

In the morning, put on your item of magical clothing and say, “I find a magical thing today.” As you go through your day, working, shopping, walking outside, be alert for magical moments. You might find a penny, a leaf, a feather. You might see a cloud shaped like a flower or catch the first glimpse of the evening star. You might hear a bird’s lyrical song or a frog’s croak.

If you find an item and decide to take it home, store it in your magical gear space. If you decide not to take the item home, or you see or hear something magical, remember it as you go to sleep each night.

Secrets of Magic 1: Anyone can do it

Magic is humanity’s birthright. Magic doesn’t depend on gender, race, age, country, or cultural background. We don’t have to have been born into the right family to have the power. Magic doesn’t work only in a particular place, or a particular time, and it isn’t limited to practitioners of a particular religion or of any religion. Every person, man or woman, black or white, eastern or western, at any age, with any physical or mental condition, has the ability and the right to make magic.

Doing magic doesn’t mean we have to cast spells or perform complex rituals. We can do those things, and our magic may work through spells and rituals, but they do not cause the magic to happen, they are just the expression of magic, the channel in which magic flows.

Magic is composed of three things: the energy of the universe, the knowledge of how to access it, and the skill to use it. The power of the universe is available everywhere, all the time. Information about how to tap into it is widely available. Every human can learn how to put that information into action.

Affirmation

Magic is my birthright.

Practice: Say an affirmation

Say the affirmation to yourself. Copy the affirmation on a sticky note or 3×5 card and tape it somewhere you can see it every day. Repeat the affirmation once a day for a week. Say it out loud at least once a day. You can say it silently to yourself as often as you like.