As a little kid, I was fascinated by the idea of magic. I was left in a state of wonder at how someone could bring something into existence by sheer will or make something disappear at the snap of their finger’s. At our earliest ages, we are the most impressionable and do not question or doubt things as we do when we grow older. As we develop our critical thinking skills and rational minds, we start to see things as they are but we lose the sense of wonder and magic we had when we saw the world through our childhood eyes.
What if magic was not just something we grew up seeing in magic shows where magicians pulled rabbits out of hats? What if magic was something that existed in all of us, which gave us the power to exert influence over our thoughts, behaviors, surroundings, and our world? What if we could shape and mold our lives into our very own masterpieces?
Several years ago I found myself in my local Barnes N’ Noble exploring the Self-Development section. As a Psychology student and someone who had an interest in improving herself constantly, I naturally gravitated toward this section. I was intrigued by many of the books’ titles and completely enthralled when seeing one in specific. It was Dr. Wayne Dyer’s “Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting”. This book really spoke to me. Like everyone, I’d always had deep desires, wishes, and dreams that I held close to my heart. I always knew that anything, with enough hard work, dedication, and luck, was possible. But I was cynic too, and I believed that not all of one’s dreams were within the realm of possibility; here was a book that made no exception and posited that every dream or wish was possible through one’s own ability to manifest.
I began reading Dr. Dyer’s work and absorbing the concepts he presented in his book. I became enlightened as I learned about a higher consciousness that lives inside all of us and by the idea that we are all pieces of God, the Universe, or Source. Dr. Dyer spoke of removing all limiting beliefs and ego-derived resistance when it came to our wishes and dreams for ourselves. He brought mindfulness to how we can utilize the words “I AM” to create powerful affirmations for how we wished to feel and think about ourselves. Dr. Dyer encouraged his readers to assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled, to imagine with our mind’s eye what our wish fulfilled would look like, and to “act as if” that which we desired was a present reality for us. All of these concepts and ideas were so exciting and magical to me, and I studied them religiously and began putting them into practice in my life. I began delving into this ‘New Thought’ philosophy further through other writer’s work as well. I came to experience many synchronicities as well as other small realized wishes in my day to day life.
Not long after discovering Dr. Dyer’s work, I stumbled upon another writer, Pam Grout. Pam, who had written for the Huffington Post and People Magazine, among others, had just released her book, “E-squared: Nine Do-it-yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality”. WOW, I thought, this must be really legitimate stuff; it seems like everyone is onto something here. I began reading that book as well and absorbing the material. Similar to Dr. Dyer’s work, Pam talked about a ‘field of infinite potentiality’ that we all had access to and the universe, which she advised was always listening to our thoughts. Pam created energy experiments wherein she advised the reader to conceptualize this phenomenon of manifesting through a scientific lens, specifically as it relates to quantum physics. Through this science, we could make intentions and ask questions which we could receive clear responses to. I began doing the experiments and was amazed and full of wonder when I began experiencing synchronistic events and receiving things I had set intentions for. Of course, other intentions and wishes never materialized, and that made me skeptical at times, but I held onto this concept over the years, creating a vision board, utilizing my imagination to envision my wishes and dreams.
The work of Dr. Dyer and Pam Grout helped to introduce me to a spiritual practice which has been discussed by countless other authors and supported through philosophical texts of the Yoga Sutras. Through the practice of yoga and meditation, I have become more keenly aware of the higher consciousness that lives inside us all and the power of our mind to influence and shape our outer world. Our outer world, after all, is a reflection of our inner world. Once we can quiet our minds, reach a place of stillness, and connect with our source, we can become more mindful creators. Connecting to our higher consciousness, our own divinity, the universe, etc is key to manifesting our wishes and becoming our most actualized selves. Manifesting is our birth right, and once we are aware that thoughts are real things, we can become mindful of which ones we choose to cultivate, not only for ourselves but for the world. You are a beautiful co-creator, with limitless potential. Every thought you think is creating the world around you, whether conscious or unconscious. This is the magic that exists in everyone but the magic not everyone is aware of.
As Roald Dahl, a British Novelist and Poet, says, “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
Find the magic in yourself; believe in miracles; expect them. You are a powerful creator with the ability to manifest wonderful things.