With A Flick of my Finger
Magic is practical. With time, it can be interwoven into your daily practices. Magic, is a frame of mind concerning things you already do; it is in the boiling teapot, movement of a paint brush, and the wind in the trees. It is in all the things that speak to you deeply. Everyone can do magic, most do without a clue. So what do you need? In order to do magic you must choose to be aware, to make time, to focus and develop your will power.
My Own Preparations
Prior to magic, I wash my hands in a certain way. A small bar of lavender soap is kept tucked away in a plastic container under the sink. It is used only for this special ritual. If I wear clothing, it is loose and comfortable but not flowing enough to catch a flame. My hair is pulled back in a head-cloth. Often, I choose my clothing according to how I feel. Awareness is heightened as each conscious thought is focused on the work at hand.
The magical process has begun. The smell of lavender, sound of the running water and hand gestures have told my mind that it is time for something special, it is time to pay attention. I gather any items that I may need at this point. Each object I pick up is a symbol I deeply know, one that will serve me as I set out to accomplish a goal. I hold up a small bundle of herbs made of rosemary, basil and a sprig of sage. The plants are my helpers, I am asking for their help in clearing this space for my work. As the bundle smolders, a sweet, earthy scent fills the room.
I sit comfortably and take deep breaths. My tongue rests at the roof of my mouth behind my teeth. I feel the cool air fill my lungs as I breathe in through my nostrils and its warmth as I exhale. I am not concerned about a tap at the door, the ringing of my phone or the many tasks that await me when I’m finished. Distraction does not serve magic.
Settling a Distracted Mind
Self doubt doesn’t serve spiritual work. As I sit calmly, I grab on to my inner fire. I remind myself of the small ah-ha moments, the first successful spells I worked, the time when a stag came to me on the outside of a circle, guidance I received from dreams that protected me, the tingling all over my body when working in a group ritual, an unusual animal visit that turned out to be far more than a coincidence. Each of these moments remind me that the power lays deep in my spirit and it is always with me.
I think there are times we have to be reminded of those ‘wonder’ moments but what if you have trouble finding one? Any moment that lifts your spirit and makes you feel great about yourself will work. It could be the feeling you have when you dance or play your favorite sport, the first time you realized you enjoyed or were good at something. It is the ‘happy thought’ that makes your spirit fly.
The ways to prepare and utilize magic are limitless, each person gradually finds his/her own techniques through devoted practice and patience. Here, I have presented some of the ways that I prepare while showing that magic is definitely more than a simple wave of the wand. Some of the points below review what I feel helps in preparation and development of magic.
- Develop your focus and concentration.
- Clear the mind and space of distractions.
- Know your habits and develop some that serve you for the better.
- Consider what you personally respond to.
- Set clear intentions prior to working.
- Try different kinds of techniques and different kinds of magic.
- Keep a journal to remind you of the special moments.