December 19, 2012

Catching Thoughts: The Science Behind Magic.

Photo: Xava du

Miracles, voodoo, hocus pocus, shamans, witches, illusion: these words conjure up feelings and images of the unexplained, mysterious or magical.

I’ve always had a fascination with magic and the unexplained. I used to go ghost and witch hunting when I was a kid. I dressed up as a witch during Halloween for many years and imagined riding a broomstick; I had a “magic hat” with hidden compartments to hide things in; I read every book I could get my hands on that had a central subject of ghosts or witches. I dreamed of one day being able to cast spells and build a house with a secret passageway that a ghost might live in.

As I’ve grown into an adult, my fascination with the mysterious has not disappeared but become more “practical.”

I have encountered unexplained things in real time, such as knowing when someone was going to call beforehand, being lost and having a “hunch” where to go, reading what someone was thinking, knowing when my best friend was pregnant before she announced it and yes, even unexplained noises and visions that would have scared the living daylights out of me as a kid.

I’ve also had a long interest in playing with “The Secret” in my daily life, including manifesting parking spaces, five-leaf clovers, and chance encounters.

What I’ve come to understand is magic is only magic because it’s something that we don’t understand yet. Things seem magical until we understand the mechanism behind them.

An analogy that I like to make is: if a light comes on and you don’t know anything about electricity, it will seem miraculous. “How did that happen?! What is that?!” you might exclaim.

Well, I think one of the new things being illuminated in this time and age are some of the mechanics of how things come to us in our lives (experiences, situations, people, things). What seems to be opening up in front of us is the frontier of human potential, and not in any way that is a bunch of hocus pocus.

I went to class this morning and the teacher was discussing manifestation and put it in a way that gave me new perspective. Here is what he said:



Ed: Brianna B.


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