Don’t forget to set aside some time to chant or pray for peace!
I take part in several different weekly prompts–some sporadically, some regularly. The last few weeks there have been a few prompts that flummoxed me. I either couldn’t understand the prompt or it just left me blank. Usually I just don’t participate when that happens. I’m equally puzzled by this week’s Dungeon Prompt (no fault to Sreejit, just something in me doesn’t get it) but I thought maybe I’d meander through some of my muddled thoughts and ask you to comment and give me your thoughts, insights, etc. so maybe I’ll understand it better or differently.
We are all gifted with certain magical powers. We may not have fully harnessed them, or we may rebel against the powers we’ve been given, but we know that they are there. The power may be so potent that we are scared to use it, or we may have come to terms and learned the intricacies of it. We may have used them for evil or for good, but when we think that we can go unnoticed, we have surely tested them out.
Magical powers go beyond a talent for something. It involves bending reality to your will. When your will comes in tune with the cosmic will you may notice your powers flow like a raging river. Whether you hide it or not, you know that it’s there. So this week, tell us about your magical powers.
It may be true that we all have magical powers, I’m not sure as I can’t quite decide from the prompt what they are. But I don’t have any sense whatsoever of having them and, if they’re latent, they’re so far beneath the surface of consciousness I’m not at all aware of them.
In the sense of extrasensory abilities, I’ve long believed that we all have more abilities than we remember and are discouraged as toddlers from believing in the auras we see or the thoughts we hear or the things we “know” are coming until we no longer consciously do those things.
If that’s the kind of magical powers, I’m aware of a lineage of “seers” in my family but it’s always been blocked for me and, though there are signs of opening since the healing session in the spring cleared a lot of blocks the ability still isn’t obvious nor do I have the faintest idea how to access it at will. So the idea that I know I have it or that I use it purposefully is hard to grasp. What I know of seers and “seeing” leaves me pondering how you could use that to bend the world your will???
The notion of powers that “bend reality to your will’ makes me edgy. I’ve known plenty of strong-willed, often manipulative, people who use force or guile to get others to do their bidding, to organize the world to suit them. It might be a form of power — though I’d argue it isn’t true power — but it sure isn’t anything I’d describe as magical. In some areas of life I’m aware that I can be manipulative and I consider that a flaw to release from my life, not a power and certainly not magic. The folks who are best at controlling their environment willfully I’d describe as narcissists or sociopaths or twisted — are those magical powers?
When it comes to a magic power I’ve used to bend reality, I’m blank. I can’t even quite wrap my mind around the idea that a magic power ever could or would be used to force reality to your will. When I’ m in tune with the Divine, I feel enormous power but it isn’t mine. I’m one with the power of the universe and it feels immense and magical, but it’s not about me and I don’t know how I’d bend anyone to my will with that from of magic — when feeling one with the Divine I can’t conceive of anyone wanting to force the world to suit them.
If talents aren’t in the picture, several aspects I might have linked to this are off the table. Then there’s fuzzier territory. Years ago one of my teachers informed me that I had great charisma but kept it hidden. I asked another teacher about it and she nodded emphatically and indicated she felt I had a great deal of buried charisma. I’d always been so inward the idea of a charismatic me was novel. I did the chant for the prescribed 28 days with no noticeable change (though I loved the chant and felt its power enough that I come back to it every few years). Is that a hidden magic power? Or is that a talent? I don’t know.
Much more of my charisma is on display now, I think, particularly when I teach. But I don’t have any sense of it as being a power in the sense of forcing my will on the world. I am, however, aware, that when I let that sunnier, more magnetic me out to play everyone around me is happier and the world feels good. But I sense that as more of a flow with grace. To me that’s a magical power: something that helps you flow with the grace of life.
That’s as far as I can get. Not sure if it’s a case of just using different words to describe the same thing or whether the concept of magical powers and how they’re used is something I just don’t understand. I’m curious to hear from you: what do you think magical powers are? Do you use them to bend the world to your will? Do you have a power you use to get your way? If so, would you consider that to be magical? Do you have a specific power you think is magical?