I’ve always been fascinated with magic wands and the idea that there could be a way to whisk all the troubles of the world away. Unfortunately I’ve not found one, but I came across this recently in a re-perusal of Marianne Williamson’s Everyday Grace:
Each of us carries, in the depths of our consciousness, a boxful of mystical tools. And central to our tool kit is the magical wand. A wand is not just silliness from children’s literature. Fairy tales are rife with archetypal truths that teach not only children, but open-minded adults as well, deep and fundamental truths about the nature of reality. A wand is a medium of power, not just for wizards, but also for you and me. A wand is essentially a principle, an intention, a focused thought. When focused thought is negative, it creates ill. And when focused thought is loving and enlightened, it creates miraculous breakthroughs. A mystical wand is the illumined power that emanates from the mind when it is married to the heart.
And, from J.K. Rowling, Harvard Commencement 2008:
“… if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped transform for the better. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”
What a find! I’ve had the wand all the time, we all have. The news today and every day is filled with seductive descriptions of some tragedy, or many tragedies. Things to get us revved up with whomever is near us and eager to kick that ball around . But what good does it do, all that churning and re-churning of ugliness over which we really have no control? What mood does it put us in to deal with the what’s at hand?
More and more the modern sages say the best thing is to stay in our moment and just keep sending, pondering love, pushing it out into the ether, power thoughts to lighten the atmosphere, calm the collective consciousness as we calm our own. In the end, it’s my own attitude that is first priority, and in watching that I believe it ripples out through the universe. Crazy as it seems, many old-fashioned proverbial truths still ring true, like “smile and the world smiles with you”. I’ve seen that work, when I’ve spent lots of quiet time getting my own mind calm and infused with more joy, getting outside it seems almost everyone I meet is smiling or speaking to me. When I don’t, it seldom happens. We really do feed off each other.
What if we all get out our mystical wands as Williamson refers to them, our powerful thoughts and conversation and polish them of all the distress and then focus on being and thinking about joy and love? Did you know that stressed spelled backwards is desserts?
Einstein apparently said the following:
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. The striving to free oneself from this delusion is in the one issue …”
It’s been expanded by some to suggest he might have also meant:
“This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
More and more there’s evidence of how mental the world is, the effect being we can affect the course of events more by how much we’re mentally embracing the universe with, or being love, than reacting to how terrible things are. What if how terrible things seem to be is a function of how terrible “our” thinking was yesterday, or last month, or last year?
Whether this makes sense to you or not, I can guarantee you’ll at least feel better by waving your wand of love and not fear, anger or sadness.