More than any other time of year, it’s during the holiday season when I notice our culture’s more frequent use of the word magic. For me this word is a synonym for the word life, as I see magic and life as equally mystifying and inexplicable. Though like curious children who crave to understand the secrets surrounding Santa Claus, there are the scientists, physicists, theologists and gurus who seek out and attempt to define the meaning of life.
While some find it unsettling, I find it extremely exciting that science can only offer a limited explanation of who we are, why we’re here and where ‘here’ is. To go anywhere beyond that is to enter into the realm of religion, yet Wikipedia claims there are some 4,200 religions. Though what might happen if we put our personal beliefs (or disbeliefs) aside and approach religion in it’s most broadest possible definition.
From Jesus to Allah to Deepak Chopra to Santa Claus, their messages have always been tagged with a contingent of cynicism, yet to be fair, their words cannot be criticized until they have been authentically and consistently lived by it’s critics. Even then, no one can claim to know another’s experience yet people continue to judge, dissect, to look for proof either for or against though ultimately like life itself, magic is not to be understood but experienced. This is not to say that mankind’s curiosity toward life/magic is not to be addressed, though when massive amounts of time and energy are invested in breaking down systems, applying hypotheses, debating theories in an attempt to identify different forces at the expense of enjoying life itself, we need to ask ourselves if it’s really worth it.
What if the messages of sages, mentors and authorities are not to be followed, but to be felt? What if their messages are not to be rationally decided upon, but to align with and be affirmed by our individual innermost being? When words from another metaphorically open a door for you, it is that magical moment in which it becomes your responsibility to begin your practice.
What practice? The practice of feeling it, rather than following it and herein lies your path. The more it can be narrowed down to a purity that is unshakable by outside forces, the more it will magically show itself, the more it will serve you and the more it will help serve those around you. Your path is also where your courage and commitment will be most needed, for as the lines blur between life and magic, as truth arises, you begin to transform in ways that many may not understand and sometimes find threatening. You yourself may find the magic of truth as threatening, for it could require your letting go of doctrines and dogma and the blossoming not of belief, but of pure faith; faith in life itself and all the magic it offers you. The moments you doubt your faith are exactly the moments when you need to come back to test it again and again and again. This is life’s steadfast yet gentle command that you gather up all your trust and willfully surrender it over.
The active engagement of life’s magic is prayer, yet again in the broadest sense of the word. This means that in it’s most potent effectiveness, prayer is not something you do but is something that you transform within, something you be/become. If you choose, your entire life with all it’s actions can be a prayer. If such a choice does not feel accessible to you, stop doubting and get on your mat. Open up to your asanas with the intention of each one being an offering to life itself, for in one way or another, every experience comes through your physical being. Hand over all your trust to the mysteriously magical breath that opens your eyes to life’s antenna; your amazing body. Feel it completely, live in it fully and trust in all it’s magical ways.