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Do You Believe in Magic?

Do You Believe in Magic?

Tammy January 28, 2010 9 comments
Soul Card: Unbeliever

Unbeliever: I am the one who has all the questions, the one who has some of the answers. I am the one who sees the butterfly flap its wings in Tokyo while the full moon laughs remembering all the yesterdays gone before.

Do you believe in magic?

I believe in magic, but I don’t know that my definition matches everyone else’s.

This is what I’ve come to believe that magic is: Get really, truly clear about what you want.

Not sorta want; not oughta want….but WANT!  DESIRE! with every molecule of your body.

This kind of want:   Hell YES I WANT THAT! 

In the beginning of 2007 I participated in the Philadelphia Buyer’s Market of Craft.  My first time – and I was so psyched!  If you read this blog, you know that the beginning of 2007 was not a good time for selling crafts – or at least I told myself that the lack of buyers foretold the coming recession.  And I believed in that recession.  And pouted over it and did nothing for the rest of 2007 because my story said there was no reason to do anything:  we were in a recession.  No money for art.

Later I heard myself retelling that story to a gathering of entrepreneurs and even as I was telling the story I really heard myself repeating something I had said over and over again.  And I thought: trapped and tangled in a story!  Me – who did my Master’s work on story in the mid 1990s; who reads everything she can get her hands on to understand the stories we tell as individuals, families, communities, nations, as a world.  There I was – trapped in a story that had never and still wasn’t working for me.

Well, we humans do that, don’t we?  We like our nice comfortable stories because we don’t have to do anything  if we write a script for ourselves that says we can’t, why bother, out of our hands.  

I forgave myself for this, and immediately changed the story to:  recession or no, people need beautiful things and engaging relationships to help them remember who they are.  My art does that.  My workshops do that.  My coaching does that.

I acknowledged that I am being selfish when I don’t take responsibility for my purpose in this life:  serving others by creating that one very special piece of art which will help them create their own sacred space, and by creating a space for women to discover and follow their own authentic purpose.

Of course,  “suddenly” magic is happening in my life.  And of course it isn’t “suddenly” at all.  It’s the culmination of daily decisions and baby steps and stumbles and getting up and every morning and every day and every evening saying to myself:  THIS (mentoring women, facilitating workshops and making art) is what I want.  No:  “Well, I can always get a real job.” backup.   This is it.  This is my real job.  And it is.I could go on, but what I want you to get here is that you can do whatever you want:  it’s just one Hell YES! away:

  • Hell YES! I want that!
  • Hell YES!  I will take my first step – no matter how small (or how large – even scarey!) – towards that!  And then another and then another.
  • Hell YES! I will get up when I fall!
  • Hell YES! I am the most important part of my business and I will invest in myself!
  • Hell YES! I will go forward, even imperfectly, because action creates its own energy and its own return of serendipity.
  • Hell YES!  I will step into my power, take responsibility for my decisions about my life’s purpose!
  • Hell YES! I will believe in the magic of ME!

So, do you believe in magic?

Wylde Women’s Wisdom:  We are creatures of the stars, created from the birth of galaxies, created from the cooling of this planet, created from dust and gas, created from the elements, created from time and space, created from silence.  Gunilla Norris


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    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    January 28, 2010

    Excellent post–lots of resonance from the struggles you report. But mostly, I love your “not perfect, but I’ve got time and it’s getting there” when you spoke about your new website. I hear this as something deeper than perseverance–maybe that’s part of the magic!

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    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    January 28, 2010

    Hell yes I believe in magic. I know I am doing my right work and even though I look at a book that has very few massages scheduled this week I don’t say “Gee, massage sure is dead.” I use my magical power and say “I am so blessed to have a week where I have lots of time to nurture my soul and prepare me for the very busy weeks to come.” Then I turn the page in my calendar and see an almost fully booked week laid out in front of me, and know that I BELIEVE IN MAGIC. I use it every day. And I am not dissing the answer to my use of it by sitting around in front of the fire. I have been using the opportunity before me and playing the piano and playing with paper.

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    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    January 30, 2010

    Magic, angels, not necessarily angelic angels, not saying yes to everything but to our WAY, you are on your way and you have enough energy to take us with you, to inspire us to go forward, thanks for sharing it! Have a great weekend

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    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    February 12, 2010

    I believe in magic! I totally agree with you. There is also the element of aligning yourself with your “future”. You can tell when something is pulling you off course. Get back in alignment and then the magic can flow! We should do a give-away on your blog of my book, The Artist Within, A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit! Let me know. Cheers!

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    2009-10-19 15:07:50
    February 20, 2010

    Freaking brilliant! I’ve already sent the link to my kids, asking them to humor me, read it, print it out, hang it where they can see it, and BELIEVE in that magic. As a family, can you imagine if we all believed in something that strong, both as a family unit and each have a belief as an individual-the possibilities are endless!

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