Do You Believe in Magic?
I turn 40 next month. I’m also six months pregnant…for the first time ever. To say that my overall view of the world (and barely visible toes from standing position) have changed in the last year would be a huge understatement. I must say, magic feels a bit more possible now than it ever did.
That’s not to say it’s been a leisurely walk through Central Park either. My journey’s been hard, much like yours I imagine, wrought with heartache, loss, tough lessons, dark nights, and spells of aching loneliness. I’ve grown to savor the days of lovely normalcy that lend a softer cadence on which to build my dreams.
But how do we get there? To that faraway land with less loneliness and more magic?
Good news, you won’t need wings to take you from powerlessness to unhindered possibility…you need belief.
Belief can often feel ephemeral or tough to pin down—a bit like Maria in Sound of Music. I think we overcomplicate it. I like what Abraham Hicks says, “A belief is just a thought I keep thinking.”
Over time, the thoughts we habitually think become deeply ingrained beliefs, so deep they’re automatic. Guess what? Those insular thoughts, practiced over time, predict the way we feel, both physically and emotionally. Our feelings create motivations that directly steer our actions and decisions. You know the rest. Eventually, we wake up and have unconsciously built out a life we either love or resent. I use the word unconsciously because, as I mentioned, this process can be so involuntary and trance-like, we barely even know it’s happening.
The biggest mistake we make as we embark on this journey of self-discovery and growth is to wait for outside circumstances to change before we allow ourselves to feel better. We assume “Once I lose ten pounds” or “get the guy” or “have a million dollars” or whatever (those tend to be the top three contingencies mind you), we will feel a sense of peace and control over our lives.
Spoiler alert: it never works.
The fastest, most failsafe way to reach our desired destination is to start from within. Why? Because this inner sanctum is the prime real estate where desires are birthed and visions built. This sacred space is yours alone, unaffected by things and people.
We build this interior castle brick by brick, choosing our beliefs, or the thoughts we keep thinking, with intention and practice.
What is it you want to create more of in your life? No, I don’t have a magic wand for you to borrow. I have something far more powerful. You do too. It’s the power to shape your life over time, moment by moment. It’s the ability to re-wire your life and your mind.
How? Ask yourself this question every morning: What is it I want to feel more of today? Confidence? Love? Security? Freedom? Once you decide, write down five thoughts to think about that will cultivate this feeling in your life.
Just like anything, we master what we practice. Get ready, because this is where the real magic happens…
Love & Gratitude,