Talismans

Let’s talk about magic for a little today. Let’s sit down together, and talk about everyday magic.

I love writing about everyday magic, practical magic if you will. (I freaking love that movie.) Witches who keep potions in mason jars right along with pickled eggs. Amulets that help a modern witch keep away computer hackers built into a screen saver. I eat that shit up!

I think I do eat it up because I believe in a certain degree of magic in real life. I think all of us but the most depressingly rigid do.

There are certain things I do that make no good sense. Silly traditions and talismans, like Dumbo’s magic feather, that I depend on if I’m tired or stressed out. I don’t think there’s anything really to these things. Of course, I say that as I sit here on my couch, relatively comfortable. Ask me about any of these things when I’m tired, hungry or trying to avoid a depression spiral,

My lucky stone

I have this chunk of amethyst that I carry with me all the time. Amethysts are supposed to do all kinds of great things for you, like cleaning your crown chakra, increasing your creativity and help keep you calm.

I know that there are people who actually believe all of that. I believe that everything has the power I chose to give it. So if I have this amethyst and I’m stressed out, and I believe that this amethyst is going to help me calm down, then it does.

Really, though, it’s just that I’m choosing to focus on the stone instead of whatever duchbag just cut in front of us without his damn turn signal on!

The magic in meditation

Before you start in on me, I’m the first person to tell you that there are hundreds of good, logical, scientifically backed up reasons why meditation is really good for you.

But I don’t think that I really have to sit in strict Padmasana with my hands in Gyan Mudra for meditation to be effective. It’s part of the experience, part of the tradition. That’s it. Once again, it’s the power I give to the actions.

Freewriting/automatic writing

Here’s my personal favorite form of magic. Have you ever heard of automatic writing? It’s the theory that some mediums can write words that aren’t their own. Either the words of the dead or of the spirits.

I don’t believe this is a real thing. I don’t mean to offend anyone who does. I honestly why people think this because I’ve experienced free writing when I’m in a real groove.

I’ve written realizations that I’d been searching for. I wrote out story ideas that never touched the forefront of my brain on the way from the subconscious to the pen. I don’t know if it’s just that I put away my inner critic, or if I really always knew the answer. Maybe God sees me putting in the time and decides to reward me. I don’t know. I know that free writing works like magic.

The power of rituals and habit

I really enjoy coffee, but caffeine doesn’t really have that much effect on me. I’ll swear to you that I can’t start my day without a cup. I have happily had a cup of decaf and had no issues being awake.

Think about the rituals we’ve set up around going to bed and getting up in the morning. We’ve trained ourselves that these things mean sleep. The washing of the face, the dimming of the lights. The white noise or lack of any noise.

What about the rituals we use when we write? The same pen, the same place, the same drink or snack. Even the same music. All of these things can shut us into the worlds that we’ve created. This is a powerful ritual to me.

What powerful rituals or talismans do you have in your life? Tell us about them in the comment section below.

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