My older brother did some memorable things when we were growing up. One day, my brother Matt was in the attic playing on the Ouija board with his friends. And BAM there was an explosion.
Needless to say my mother, and all of us in the home, were frightened. How did they get those magic powers to cause that?! Or were they just playing a joke on my mom? The latter was the far more likely, knowing my clown of a brother.
As it turned out, dear Matty and his friends thought it would be funny to light a firework in the attic. My mom was hesitant about letting them play with the Ouija board, and he thought it would be funny to scare her further. Bad joke, dear brother.
I didn’t really understand what was so strange about asking ourselves how to get magic powers as a form of play. Something felt off, but I didn’t know why… And now, it all makes sense to me.
Does magic really exist in the world? Is magic real? Does it work? Absolutely it does. But not as many see it. And not for the reasons many see it.
How do we get magic powers? Let’s look at 3 ways, while also debunking the myths of magic.
1. Understand that it’s not about getting anything.
Asking ourselves how to get magic powers is counterproductive to the very question itself.
The question provokes separation. It puts a divide between ourselves and what’s outside of us. It insists that there’s something we must “get”, and that those powers we desire are outside of ourselves.
We can get a job, a car, a date, or a business deal. And though there’s nothing wrong with getting any of those things. They can, in fact, feel quite magical. Yet someone who is asking themselves how to get magic powers is likely looking for much more than that.
We’ve been taught from movies, from fairy tales, from video games, and culture that having magic powers means conjuring something up just because we decide we want it.
Magic, however, doesn’t respond to want.
Magic comes from the soul of the Universe. The heart of God itself.
…or Source/Spirit/the Force — whatever you choose to call that greater energy.
We don’t just get God.
We get to know it. In getting to know it, it asks us to become it.
We can’t ask ourselves how to get magic powers. We can only ask ourselves how to become that which lies at the core of them.
Imagine a friend wanted something from you. Would you be more likely to respond to insistence that you give it to them? Or to a genuine display of love that has you wanting to offer up your support?
Magic is like that. We don’t get magic powers — we open to them. We dissolve into the love available to us. We become that love. And magic, in turn, flows through us.
Magic wants us to feel free. And the fear and manipulation that people have been taught is “magic” is anything but freedom invoking. Freedom and love go hand in hand. One creates the other, and vice versa.
2. Redefine magic to learn what it responds to.
Imagine now that that same friend who wanted something from you, approached you for something without much of a conversation. They just came and tried to take. No conversation at all. How would you feel in that situation?
Magic doesn’t come from manipulation. It is a gift from the Universe itself. Being a part of the Universe is a conversation. In fact, we’re always in conversation with the Universe, whether we know it or not.
How to “get” magic powers is about bigger questions. Magic responds to much fuller, bigger questions than most of us have been taught to ask. It responds to honoring the Divine; to honoring the Self and our inner world of the Divine.
None of those things comes with want, nor manipulation, nor force.
Getting to know the God within is a dance between pure and total surrender, and deeply rooted choice. This kind of choice doesn’t come from insistence, from coercion, or demand. It comes from knowing oneself as that.
It’s about embodiment — having a personal life, a business life, and a sense of oneself in every step that is deeply humbled by, and surrendered to the Divine. From that space, the choice to create is one of love.
Okay then… So if magic isn’t what we’ve been taught, then what is possible in the world of magic? How do people have magic, then? Let’s move on to tip number 3.
3. Redefine your role as a creator.
There’s a yearning inside of each of us to create. It’s undeniable. It has us wanting to create businesses, to serve the planet, to have children, to create a home or travel the world, to express ourselves, and to revel in our sexuality.
History, social conditioning, and religious dogma have taught us to suppress our yearning. We were taught that pleasure was wrong, and that acting upon our desires, even worse. Yet our truest, deepest desires, are an act of Creation, itself.
Creation is always moving through us, beckoning us to interact with it to create a better world. Knowing oneself as a creator is not wrong. It is our birthright. We’ve been taught to shame ourselves, and our desires, for knowing ourselves as creators. That holding the same power to create as creation itself would be blasphemy.
Knowing our power to create is not blasphemy. And harnessing that power to create is not about force or manipulation. It is, in fact, one of the most humbling journeys there is. So why have we been taught that magic is about casting spells, or a version of “witchcraft” steeped in control or manipulation? Because of that very shame around knowing ourselves as creators.
When I was a kid I was one of the lucky ones. My mom was trusting of me. The boundaries she set around what I could and couldn’t do gave me just enough freedom to safely explore my own boundaries. I had no need to rebel, because I didn’t feel constraint.
Control or constraint from imposed societal conditioning causes fear within us. Fear creates separation. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this mystery of our divine birthright has been skewed to be made into something so separate.
The fear our divine birthright itself has caused the seeking of it to become so manipulative, so outwardly focused, and so surface.
History and society have dumbed down the concept of how to get magic powers — teaching us that knowing ourselves as creators is about manifesting things outside of us, rather than opening to the infinite within ourselves.
When we’re honest with ourselves about these magic powers we truly desire, and why we desire them, most of us realize that this desire to create runs much deeper than the outside world.
What if the kid in the basement trying to get magic powers is really just yearning to know her/himself as so much more than what society has taught him/her?
What if underneath each effort to cast a spell, someone is really just yearning to feel the miraculous support of creation moving through their desires?
That, my friends, is magic.
The Irony of Fear and Magic
Humans tend to fear that which we don’t know. And yet, because magic is simply a conversation with God, and the God within, will we ever know it in an absolute sense? Not likely.
We can get to know it. We can develop a relationship with it. We can enter an ever-deepening conversation with it. We can get answers. And if we’re asking the questions we really desire to be asking, they’ll lead us to more questions. And more answers. And then more questions…
The power we have to create comes from developing a relationship with the mystery of Creation itself — i.e. the unknown.
Magic is about creation, and creation is meant to remain — no matter how much more and more begins to be understood — a never-ending mystery.
Supernatural powers are meant to be honored for their mystery. And with each deepening into an understanding of the mystery that’s possible as we grow in our access to our magic powers, we are meant to soften just as much into more of that mystery itself.
A constant ebb and flow. A continuous dance between surrender and choice. And instead of asking how, we ask ourselves questions beyond our comprehension. We open to the knowing, and the not knowing, and the dance between the two.
When we allow ourselves to soften into a space of not knowing, we find the emptiness of the void. The void within not knowing brings us to a clarity that’s far more powerful than self-created clarity.
We can take a more rooted stance with our creations, activating more of the flow of creation itself when we allow our stance to be steeped with humility.
Because the very reason we all have these magic powers themselves is because of a unique expression each of us is here to be, and to bring forth in the world. Your unique expression is a dance in magic. And finding it is a path into the unknown.
I never asked myself how to get magical powers. They began to move through me when it was time. And it became time when I began to surrender my ego to my desires.
How do you relate to the concept of magic? What kind of magic have you seen in your unique expression? What are the things you’ve been wanting to express more of, but haven’t felt able or ready to yet?