The Magician's Way
The Magician's Way:
What It Really Takes to Find Your Treasure*
By William Whitecloud**
Imagine if magic was real.
Life would be so wonderful. We would live in a constant state of awe as the
things we loved and cared about manifested in totally unexpected ways and with
no apparent effort.
To me, magic is real. All
of us can recall times in our lives when things went unbelievably well for us. I
remember going down a black run once, when I was just learning to ski, and
miraculously making it to the bottom without falling. The exhilaration I felt
from temporarily defying my supposed level of ability was indescribably
We all experience magic,
then. Only, we tend to pass it off as some freak occurrence that is outside our
control. The truth is, magic is not as accidental as we presume. With a little
insight and practice we can engage it on a regular basis, and enjoy a more
elated and inspiring life. There are just a few secrets we need to be aware of,
a few tricks of the mind, as I call them.
The most important secret,
I believe, is that your thoughts and feelings aren't real. I was astonished when
I first heard this axiom, but an appreciation of it's meaning is the key to a
whole new world of possibility in life.
It's not that you don't
experience your thoughts and feelings -- you do. But the fact is that thoughts
and feelings are not necessarily a reflection of objective reality and
possibility. They convey our assumptions. I remember my son coming out of an
audition thrilled by his certainty that the part was his, when in fact he didn't
get it. And equally, I remember being highly pessimistic about things that
turned out very well.
A woman I have known for
some time went many years without a love life. When she talked to me about it
one day, I was able to point out to her that she had a great many expectations
on prospective partners. Her head was full of ideas of how men were supposed to
be. In light of these qualifications, she never "felt" right about anyone. As a
result of my insight, she made an effort to give guys a chance and not be put
off by the first hint of a misgiving. It wasn't long before she was having the
time of her life; totally enraptured by an aspect of her life she had for so
long denied herself.
Many people would rather
be right than happy. My friend could prove there was something wrong with every
man I cared to name, and yet she was the one who was miserable. For someone to
be so ensnared in such a bleak reality and then, in almost a blink of the eye,
reconnect with their passion, defines what magic is all about. And we enjoy its
exquisite effect whenever we have the will to see through the stuck constructs
our thoughts and feelings hold up.
Anyone who begins learning
about magic is inevitably perplexed by the many paradoxes they are presented
with. Probably the most confounding secret of all is the axiom that "there is
never anything to do, but always action to take." Confusing as it might sound,
the wisdom embedded in this enigmatic statement has as much transformational
power as the Philosophers' Stone itself.
What I have learned about
the way we humans go about creating end results is that, rather than taking
direct steps based on the obvious, we tend to go about fulfilling the conditions
we unconsciously assume need to exist before we can get what we want. Often
these conditions are not a relevant determinant of the outcome, and in fact
usually hinder the process. They don't just take our eye off the ball; they make
us lose sight of it altogether.
When I first met Jack (not
his real name), he was a struggling developer working on two tiny commercial
projects worth about a million dollars each. Both projects were running behind
schedule and over budget, and although it was in the boom years, he wasn't
selling any shops. When I tried to talk to Jack about his life in general, it
was obvious that he was incapable of concentrating on anything other than his
From his obsessive focus
on the details of his work, it was easy to see what was going wrong for Jack. He
was stuck in doing. He believed that he had to control every aspect of the job,
and nothing could be done without his permission and him overseeing everything
that was done. As a consequence, his time was stretched, no one in his team took
any initiative, and instead of focusing on the strategic overview of his
business, Jack was mired in the minutia of it.
My job was to get Jack to
let go of all the doing and start taking action -- in other words, stick to
planning and delegating. It took Jack about two weeks to get the hang of it, but
when he did, his new-found detachment allowed him to see the forest through the
trees again. Within two months Jack was able to identify and secure funding for
projects costing one hundred million dollars -- and sell his existing
Magic is real; it's just a
trick of the mind. Of course one needs to know the tricks, but you can learn
them by magic. The handiest secret to know is that your focus creates your
reality. Instead of choosing to attract money and cars and lovers into your
life, you should start out by choosing to attract magic into your life. Then
your life will be full of grace, and what you really love and care about will
on the book The Magician's Way. Copyright C 2009 by William Whitecloud.
Reprinted with permission of New World Library,
founded and teaches the Living from Greatness program, through which he coaches
clients to realize their dreams by connecting with the authentic, creative
spirit. He lives in Byron Bay, Australia. His website is www.magiciansway.com.
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