16 March 2021
My friend George in Texas
has a number of parts in this essay. For starters, he pointed me to the
following tale some years ago. I don’t know where it originated to give
proper credit, especially as the story circulates through the internet
in various forms. But, it is very touching and a fine way to begin
talking about Magic.
“When the newborn infant was brought home from the hospital, the
two-year-old son asked to hold the smaller child. But when the infant
was put into his arms, the boy would say that he wanted to be ALONE
with the baby. The parents didn't think that was a good idea.
“A few months went by and still the two-year-old insisted that he
wanted to be alone with the baby. The parents put it off as long as
they could, hoping that the older child would forget, but his demands
just got more and more persistent.
“Finally, they agreed to leave the two children in a room alone for a
few minutes. Standing just outside the room, they listened carefully,
while their son was finally alone with the baby.
“The two-year-old whispered loudly to the newborn: ‘Tell me what God is like, cause I'm starting to forget.’”
To this writer’s view, most all humans – young and old – have been
forgetting God and God’s magic from very early in life and continue so
through their years. That is especially true in the modernized,
God and Magic have been essential to human beliefs everywhere for
thousands of years. Even today, magic is believed and honored in many
parts of the world.
Paradoxically, belief in magic – the power to influence events through
mysterious, unaccountable means – is almost universal. Really?
You see, most everyone has his or her own magical ideas – some call
them superstitions. That seems to be the case despite our common
obeisance to the reigning scientific model and our general distaste for
“superstitious and magical ideas.” Much of modern magical thought has
been in fact spawned by churches. Members are given the lead to empower
rote prayers, lines from scriptures, and rituals emulating priests and
ministers. Other present-day magical beliefs are simply based on fears,
like not walking under a ladder or in front of a black cat. Or they may
relate to things like getting help from the “magic parking-spot angel.”
But, there are many others. Surely, the reader can quickly think of
Where does praying to angels and asking the aid of other less exalted
beings begin? My friend George fits here again, because he might call
all of this “magical thinking.”
BTW: Isn’t the very idea of “thinking” quite magical? Does any
scientist or physician really know how we think? The brain and the mind
hidden amidst it are still pretty much terra incognita.
How did magical thinking ever get started? Why does it persist – here
there and almost everywhere in various guises? If there is no such
thing as magic, why is the word in such common usage?
Here is an analogy which should quickly illustrate the state of things:
What we call stage magic is akin to counterfeit money. If there was no
real money, the counterfeit kind would never have appeared. Simple
logic. The same follows for stage magic. Without true magic, what we
call stage magic would never have appeared and found place in society –
good bad or indifferent. Harry Houdini and David Copperfield would
never have gained an audience.
Fake magic, or fake anything, pretty much proves the case for the real
thing – to one degree or another. Without real crab, there would be no
fake crab. No fake eyelashes without real eyelashes. No false god
without the Real Thing. No false magic unless there be genuine magic.
God is Real and so is Magic. The writing is on all kinds of walls, for
those who care and dare to read. Let’s begin at the Beginning to
generate some perspective for Magic in Everyday life.
God is the original magician.
The Divine created the visible universe out of the unseen realms of
pure energy. Traditions East and West give the idea much credence.
Science hasn’t gotten there yet. Except to suggest Creation may have
started with The Big Bang!
Interestingly, that simple idea blends with those of the Eastern
Scriptures as well as the Christian Bible which tell of the Creator
singing a Song or speaking a Word. “God said let there be light.” The
Divine moved [and continuously moves] the waters – the ethers – to
bring out of the void the tangible, visible, material worlds.
“The visible world is governed by the invisible.”
Sebastian Wirdig, 17th century.
Real magic is based on the ability to work with Energy.
Energies lie behind and within the whole of creation. Every thing we
perceive is “concretized” Energy. Much, much more in the universe is
largely unimagined and unperceived because it is tenuous, lacking in
density. EVERYTHING which happens in and around us is based on ENERGY.
Our eyes and brains “solidify” what we call material things.
In the modern era, we manipulate Matter [Mass] in all sorts of ways to
fulfill our needs and wishes with the aid of technology and science.
That is so, even as we are just now beginning to “crack codes” which
allow us to manipulate Energy in ways similar to the Divine and to true
Magicians. The discovery of the planet Pluto and the awesome releases
of atomic energy give us hints of what yet lies hidden from our usual
Everything, seen and unseen, is really Energy in some particle or wave
form. Einstein and modern physicists provided evidence a century past
for what ancient philosophers and magicians knew first-hand millennia
ago: that matter is really dense collections of living energy.
“The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.”
Albert Einstein, 20th century.
All of life is based on the movement of particles/waves of energy.
These waves which emanate from the finer dimensions of the energetic
universe produce outer physical experiences. Our real and persisting
existence is based on the substance of our subtler spirit natures.
There is no material experience without Spirit, Soul and Mind active
behind and within it.
Rhythmically and cyclically, life – humans in its midst – is borne
forth on waves of light. Thence the outer worlds are reborn, reawakened
and refreshed. Just as we see happen in Nature every spring.
The planet Earth as well as the Solar system began as vortices of
energy in the subtlest of realms. Over billions of human years, they
have taken on forms composed of denser and denser mass, as Einstein
might have supposed.
In a “new wave,” modern science is again catching up to ancient
magicians and philosophers as they theorize the presence of the
underlying dark energy-matter in the universe. These forces are now
thought to amount to over 99 percent of all energy-matter in the
cosmos. The existence of Dark Matter is theorized – and apparently
proven – through study of gravitational attraction.
Dark Matter makes up 30+ percent of the matter-energy composition of
the universe; the rest is called dark energy (69+ percent) and
“ordinary” visible matter is less than 1 percent. What we call and
perceive as “Real Matter” makes up only a tiny portion of the forces
which compose the universe and manifest to our senses.
“The missing link in cosmology is
the nature of dark matter and dark energy.”
Stephen Hawking, 20th century.
Mind is the builder of the worlds,
whether that Mind is of a god or a man.
Materialization of energy as “ordinary visible matter” occurs through
the power of Spirit and the direction of Mind. Basically, this amounts
to Mind Over Matter. If we dare follow Eastern thought and even the
implications of the Christian Bible, we can readily see that life, the
universe, and nature are all Thoughts projected into manifestation.
God thought, spoke the Word, and matter coalesced into appearance.
Creation began with a Word of Magic. And, it continues in the same
“The spirit is the master, imagination the tool,
and the body the plastic material.”
Paracelsus, 16th century.
“The spirit is the life, the mind is the builder,
and the physical is the result.”
Edgar Cayce, 20th century.
We turn now from Everyday Magic in the Macrocosm toward Everyday Magic
in the Microcosm of Man. We will consider how the Greater Forces in the
Universe overshadow and bring forth Everyday Magic in every human being.
“As above, so below.”
Hermes Trismegistus, 9th century BCE.
Humanity as a race and humans as individuals are built “in the image
and likeness of the divine.” We thus have the potential to create even
as God did in the beginning and continues constantly to do so. We are
part of that magical process even now. One day, we will step up to be
consciously active in the worlds of magic. In the meantime ...
Human birth is both magical and true magic.
The real magic of birth is in how body and soul are united through
Energy to complete a whole being. But in the present day, we tend to
imagine conception and birth as being simply mechanical and biological.
We try to give all the credit to DNA and genes and chromosomes. But,
the fact is that DNA explains very little about the creation,
gestation, and appearance of a human being – body, mind and soul.
Genetics is largely about the surface of things – the building blocks,
rather than the intricate processes which can explain how life appears,
blends and changes.
A myriad of things which occur in the passage from a fertilized egg to
a bellering newborn cannot be explained by biology and genetics alone.
Factors far beyond DNA are responsible for how an ovum attaches to the
uterine wall, an amniotic sac is made, and a cord mysteriously appears
to attach fetus to placenta; how a body forms, anomalies and defects
included; where limbs and organs are placed; how parts function as a
whole; when the heart starts to beat; how the fetus and mother interact
during gestation; and how the new life survives and thrives or is
retarded in development and delivery. Et cetera, et cetera.
The magical part of birthing is very much hidden from human view and
understanding. We are talking not just about a body but a Being – an
Idea which incarnates Spirit, Soul and Mind to offer a material
experience in the outer world. When such occurs flowingly, then Body
and Soul blend together like Hand and Glove.
“When a beautiful soul harmonizes with a beautiful form,
and the two are cast in one mould,
that will be the fairest of sights to him
who has the eye to contemplate the vision.”
Dialogues of Plato, 4th century BCE.
all humans magically convert energy into bodily form.
We believe in calories and carbohydrates, proteins and fats, vitamins
and minerals. But again, these are superficial layers which science has
categorized and quantified in attempts to explain bodily nutrition.
They are feeble approximations of the true state of human sustenance.
True nutrition is effected through essences – living and wholesome
– found in foods and elsewhere.
The animal kingdom quickly proves the general principle, as so many
wild animals live on little more than stubble for months in frigid
winter climates. Hibernating bears have it easy as they sleep through
much of the cold, dark months while other creatures pass much of their
winter days searching for things to fill their stomachs. Those animals
may or may not fill their stomachs and alleviate the feeling of hunger.
Regardless, what goes into the belly does not equate with what builds
and maintains bodily tissues and functions.
At the same time, there are many thousands of present-day and
historical human examples to prove that scientific theories regarding
bodily nutrition are insufficient to explain the real deal – a magical
one. Those examples are of people who live for days, weeks, months, and
years without food. People East and West, in the past and present, and
for all sorts of reasons have shown that life does not depend on food,
as we know it.
Patriarchs of the Bible fasted in the desert for weeks on end. More
recently, saints have lived without food for decades. A noted
20th-century example is that of the German Catholic nun Therese Neumann
who lived for over 35 years taking only one eucharistic wafer each
Numerous people in the 19th century, generally women called “fasting
girls,” lived for years without touching food. Then, there have been
the numerous protestors over the ages who “went on strike” and took
nothing but water for weeks at a time. Modern practitioners of inedia –
existence without eating – also proclaim that they live on prana alone
like non-eating sages and sadhus in the East.
In fact, all humans magically turn prana [life force] also called ki,
chi, mana, universal energy, etc. – into flesh and bone. The factual
state of this contention will be proven scientifically in the coming
years. It seems upon close study of the subject that eating is a
learned behavior – and a valued pleasure which people enjoy, but is
clearly not an ordained necessity. Sages of all times know the facts of
true nutrition which is proclaimed in the Biblical words:
“Man shall not live by bread alone;
but man lives by every word
that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”
Deuteronomy, 7th Century BCE.
Every night and every morning,
we all perform a wondrous act of magic.
We may think of being born once – being a magical moment, or not – and
then eventually we shuffle off this mortal coil after a few decades.
But in fact, we perform a wonderful dying/rebirthing act of magic every
day – much like renowned trance mediums. The latter exit their bodies
at will and make way for discarnate entities to take possession of them
and speak to interested parties at seances for brief periods of time.
In the case of the rest of us, our souls exit our bodies nightly. We
“die to the world,” as sleep takes us. Then, we souls experience things
for hours when freed from our forms. But, we have neither language nor
remembrance to share when returned to the body and awakened.
Memory is lost during sleep as the mind-brain connection itself is
lost. The brain and body sleep, but the soul and mind are free to
wander, explore and study. We should add that there are credible
individuals who have learned to depart and return from their bodies
while retaining memory of their excursions. Emanuel Swedenborg, Sylvan
Muldoon, Robert Monroe, and even Helen Keller have written of their
From this magical view, each of us is born, reborn, and reincarnates
each day. We die to the world at night and are reborn to new life the
next morning. Rebirth is by this view an obvious, wonderful daily fact
– much like the one which occurs when we first enter a new body.
“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting.
And cometh from afar.”
William Wordsworth, 19th century.
We offer these ideas as starting points for readers to look around and
find more examples of Everyday Magic. We all can use our intuition and
imagination as well as intellect to come up with images of Real Magic.
They are truly all around and within us.
What we have presented regarding Everyday Magic is just an opening to
the subject. This first writing has been expansive and inclusive, but
much more can be said and elaborated for the benefit of open-minded
A hint to those interested enough to look and think further: Magic is
simply about energy: moving energy, directing energy, influencing
energy – and thus matter. We are talking about the subtle energy
present everywhere. Wherever God is there is Energy. And wherever
Energy is Magic can and does occur.
This essay is dedicated to would-be believers, like George in Texas.
Just as many others, George lives a magical life. It is just a few
steps for us all from living in a magical world to realizing as well as
honoring the substance of it.
Comments always welcome at
theportableschool at gmail dot com.