A Life filled with Magic

Real Magic

There are three kinds of Magic:

The Magic of the Bard: The magic of song and poetry, painting and sculpture, these things have the ability to move us. They can cause joy or despair, laughter or tears, songs and tunes have stirred men to battle and struck fear in the hearts of others, the Magic of the Bard can cause young and old to fall in love.

The Magic of the Seer: This is the Magic of seeing the things that most people do not see. It is hearing the things that most people do not hear. The plants and animals, even streams and stones have meaning and life. This is the Magic of opening our eyes to our Mother Earth. Perhaps this can be best expressed in an old folk song about a man named Jacob. The song tells of how he searched for God and eventually went to the top of a mountain and asked God to show himself. Down in the valley a gentle rain was falling on an orchard, an Eagle rose out of the orchard and swooped before him with moisture glittering like rainbows from its wings. Jacob walked down the mountain sorrowing, saying “God does not show me and He never will”

The Magic of Manifesting: This is the Magic of bringing our imagination into the World of reality. This is taking those thoughts and desires and making them manifest in the apparent world. If it is Peace, this Magic will grant it. If it is Justice, this Magic will grant it. If it is wealth and material comfort, this Magic will obtain it. This is the Genie in the bottle, released to do your bidding but it’s not done by rubbing a lamp or opening a bottle in the sand. This magic, as with the other two arises from a certain way of living.

This is a World filled with wonder and Magic. Sadly, too many walk around totally unaware of the real Magic that surrounds us. Blindly stumbling in a material world, not seeing the Earth and the air that surrounds us, not seeing our Universe for what it truly contains, and just not seeing.  If we learn to see the things that others do not look at then we will see the things that others do not see, this is the beginning of Magic.

We bring Magic into our lives by living our lives a certain way. By so living real Magic will unfold into our lives. The most common ways by which Magic appears in life are; Luck and Coincidence.
Magic is all about drawing those two elements into our lives by intention rather than by chance. Here are some steps to bring real Magic into your life:

The Hills are Hollow

Music by Damh the Bard

Live your life fully aware of life. By that I mean be aware of the life that surrounds you that you may not have noticed.
Do you know how many Trees are on your street? You may not know their names but are you aware of the differences between them?
Can you feel the warmth of the sun? I don't mean oppressive heat or cold days when it's hidden but the gentle warmth that it always gives? Do you feel the gravity of the Earth? Holding you here because this is where you belong. The birds sing, have you ever wondered about the different sounds they make? Can you listen? Really listen noticing the way a different bird will call and wonder what it is trying to say. When you look at something, your home or your computer or wherever your attention is, have you ever tried to see the air in between?

Perhaps you have never thought about these things before, but here is one of the great secrets of real Magic; If you teach yourself to look at things no one else looks at, you will see the things that no one else sees.

(the interesting thing about the secrets of real Magic is that when you see them you realize you always knew them.)

Feel gratitude. Have you noticed how life is rarely dependable? So many parts of our life are unpredictable, we get let down by Lovers, Friends, Children and even the weather, we seem to get let down so often. Yet, in the midst of all that the Sun gives us a guarantee, the Sun sets but we can depend that it will always return. The cold part of the year sees the sun lose its strength and give way to the night. Yet, we have the promise that, at its weakest point, it will begin to regain strength. The Sun will rise again. This doesn’t mean we should worship the Sun as our ancestors did but we can feel deep inside our gratitude for this certainty in an uncertain World. We can learn that no matter how low we may sink, if the Sun can rise, so can we.

It may seem a simple thing to feel grateful for but it is one thing we certainly can be grateful for. From that one act, if sincerely pursued, other reasons for gratitude will appear before you and, like the Sun, your spirits will rise.

Here is the second secret of real Magic:

Feel grateful for everything that comes your way. For laughter, Joy and Hope follow the grateful. Even feel grateful for the uncomfortable and hard knocks that life might bring. The spiritual leader, Ram Dass, called the stroke that nearly killed him, “Fierce Grace”

Learn to listen;
Listen to people; Pay attention to what is being said. Many times when we are in a conversation we are not listening to what the other person has to say. Instead we are thinking about the next thing we are going to say as soon as the other guy draws a breath. One of the greatest compliments we can pay another is to stop thinking about our response and just listen to what they are saying. The experience is truly worthwhile.
Listen to the world around you;
The breeze and the wind, the trees and plants are moving, Dogs and Cats may seem annoying but if you truly listen and wonder what they are saying you will be amazed.

The third secret of real Magic;
Just quiet your mind and listen.

Take time for yourself;
Oh I know, all those self help books and feel good therapists tell you this. I'm saying get to know yourself. No one else needs to know who you are and it may be that you've worn a mask for so many years that you don't even know who you are yourself. “Taking time for yourself” is easier said than done but when you can, sit or lie down and just relax. Random thoughts will come into your mind. Don't get attached to those thoughts but explore them. Think about where that thought came from, what triggered that line of thinking? Follow each thought to its source. You will soon discover the real you. May be scary, may be fun, may be scary fun. Accept who you are without praise or condemnation. You may still wear that mask when the situation deems it appropriate but learn, from deep down, who is the real you. In time you will learn to trust yourself enough that you will not be afraid for others to know the real you.

The fourth secret of real Magic:

 Don't judge yourself just be yourself

Arrive at the Beginning

Now you have arrived, aware of life and the wonderful things that surround you. Aware of yourself, you are secure and confident. Now you will see the coincidences that come your way. Luck will start to happen and you will appreciate it, that appreciation itself will guide you in deciding what to do. Knowing your true self as no other knows you will guide your direction with Certainty.
True Magic will unfold in your life.
And the Magic never ends.

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scarytaff 6 years ago from South Wales

Rarely do I read a hub more than once. I read this one three times. Fascinating stuff, Ianto.


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PrettyPanther 6 years ago from Oregon

This is a beautifully written, beautifully imagined piece. Thank you for writing it! This was the first thing I read this morning and it was perfect. Thank you! :-)


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Scarytaff: Thank you, your praise means a great deal and I truly appreciate it.


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Good morning Pretty Panther; This is one of my personal Hubs, in the sense that it reflects my particular view of life. I have very few of these and I always hesitate writing them. Thank you for your comments, you greatly encourage me.


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McHamlet 6 years ago

This is a very uplifting and helpful hub and resonates with me a lot. To be as fully aware as possible of the magic of life is a wonderful aspiration. Thanks for posting')


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

McHamlet; Welcome again to HubPages. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my Hub. I look forward to reading more of your work.

Best Wishes..........Ianto


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suny51 6 years ago

Your article has rescued my drowning soul as I was feeling at my lowest,this has given me some space to breath.Thanks a lot


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Suny51; Thank you for visiting and commenting. I just finished reading your HUb on earthquakes in your area. Stay safe my friend and if I may quote from an English translation of the Ghita;

"If you see Me in all things and all things in Me, then you will never lose sight of Me and I will never lose sight of you."


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

iantoPF, This is the first of your hubs I have had the chance to read. If the others are as fascinating and as well written as this nugget It will be a pleasure to visit them. I like your personal reflections on life.


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

D.A.L. Thank you for visiting my Hub, I appreciate the time you have taken to read and comment. Not all my Hubs are as personal as this one but I do hope you enjoy what you read.

best Wishes...........Ianto


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

I loved this hub again as every word in it makes so much sense. I am truly happy being 'me' now. It took me a long time to come to this point in my life after many many 'happenings'for want of a better word. I now look at the me of today and I am satisfied with what I see. My life is now full of magic amidst sadness as well. 'My Beautiful Little Girl' is a tribute I wrote for my youngest daughter but I have come to the point in my life where I know I have the wisdom to change what I can and the strength to live with what I can't.I learnt a long time ago to listen to my inner being and it's the way I will always live! ianto you inspire me so much with your writing, I am getting through your hubs one by one. I have many more stories to tell myself, and even though there have been so many 'Happenings' in my life there is also a lot of laughter and I want to share this as well. Thank you again ianto you have been a very big inspiration. Pob lwc i ti yn popeth ti'n neud. Diolch yn fawr.And before I go I loved the music.Cyn bo fi'n mynd diolch am y miwsig.


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

I have yet to read all your Hubs Eiddwen, but the ones I have read touch me deeply. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my Hubs but thank you most of all for being here and for sharing your life experiences. You inspire me.

Chithau yw yr awen i finnau.


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

I have bookmarked this hub amongst my favourites.I am slowly learning how to do new things on HP. It's very exciting isn't it!! I'm not going to translate this comment because I haven't got a clue what 'bookmark' is in welsh, I'm ashamed to admit! 'Bwcmarco' doesn't sound quite the same does it??!!


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

hello Eiddwen; translating words is one thing, concepts is quite another. personally I just use 'Nodyn'

Pob bendith.................ianto


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Karanda 6 years ago from Australia

Amazing how life works isn't it? Only yesterday I'd never heard of you, today you sent me a follow so after checking out your profile gave you a follow in return. The weekly Hub news hit my inbox and you were interviewed by Sufidreamer. This lead me to read your two personal hubs. Perfect timing really and I know that's how the universe works but sometimes get bogged down in the material, mundane and the 'woe is me' track. Thank you so much for the reminder to stop and listen and feel and be grateful.


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Hello Karanda; I don't remember if I saw your name on the forum or as a comment to someone's Hub but I know I was interested enough to look further, that's when I decided to follow you.

Thank you very much for your kind support.

Very Best Wishes..........Ianto


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

Ianto,

This is a lovely piece and I will read it again and again. It's seems a little bit of magic that you were revealed to me today and I was doubly lucky to get right to this hub. It has given me a wonderful warm feeling and I'd just like to give you a thankful hearty hug.

It strikes me that we have much in common. Though I was born in Vermont, USA all my ancestors are Welsh. I have spent much of my working life driving cars and trucks...I even have a hub about it. We are close in age, handsomely bearded and just a joy to be around.

Well, I may have imagined some of that.

At any rate, I feel like I have met a long lost brother and I am looking forward to getting to know you better.

CP


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iantoPF 5 years ago from Sunny California Author

Hello Christopher; odd you mention it, my brother's name is Christopher. Thank you for your comments and it will be a pleasure to get to know you better. If you like I'm on facebook as "Peter Anthony Freeman"


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Sa`ge 5 years ago from Barefoot Island

Well written and so full of magic. thank you for your hard work here :D Was a wonderful read. :D aloha


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iantoPF 5 years ago from Sunny California Author

Hello Sa'ge; Thank you very much for your comments. I am very glad you enjoyed it.

Best Wishes.........Ianto


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angel88 5 years ago

Hi. Can I get this beautiful image in the end of the article? It´s very beautiful. :)


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iantoPF 5 years ago from Sunny California Author

Hello angel88; I take my images from wikicommons or from a freeweb wherever I can find it. You're more than welcome to use the image as long as you understand it's not mine to begin with.

Having said that, the picture is of sunrise over Glastonbury viewed from the top of Glastonbury Tor. You can't see the fields or the town below because they are covered by early morning mist. The "Mists of Avalon"


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nomoretrucks 5 years ago from scotland

Sut mae Ianto (NM o dod yr Alban yma) I think there is a lot more to this hub than meets the eye - '..when you see them you realize you always knew them.'

You are a credit to what being y Cymro is all about.With the things given to us free at birth, we sometimes don't notice the beauty surrounding us because most choose to place more value the outer directed things which cost money, and in fact are easily replaced. I love what this hub says because i never noticed these things until recently.

Ive just done another 21 day ride in January- hell and beauty mixed together-and this hub just about sums up what i felt on this last trip. which i cant write down without reference to the actual trip.

This hub is splendigedig, prydferth. Diolch.


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iantoPF 5 years ago from Sunny California Author

NM; Diolch yn fawr iawn. Thank you for those words. I tend to be somewhat apprehensive about writing those things that are so personal but support like this is inspiring.

Pob Bendithiad da.


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England

What a magical piece, Ianto. It's so important to be at home with ourselves...for at times we'll be left alone by loved ones who may have to travel where you cannot go...and having ourselves to look to is compforting. Thanks so much for writing this hub!


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iantoPF 5 years ago from Sunny California Author

Seafarer Mama Thank you very much for your kind words. I'm not around Hubpages too much these days, but when I do visit and find comments like yours I'm encouraged.


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OTEE 4 years ago from India

Ianto - Beautiful, magical hub. It has the magic of poetry - poetry in prose.

I've noticed a characteristic about your hubs - they tend to take on the flavour of the topic being written about. The review of Hitch-hikers guide had humor interlaced; the hub on Alice Liddel and Charles Dodgson had a riddle quality about it.


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iantoPF 4 years ago from Sunny California Author

Thank you OTEE You mention something that I have not realized. I was not aware I did that. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

My very best wishes to you.


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bzirkone 3 years ago from Kansas

Your stories are very good- I always enjoy them.


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iantoPF 3 years ago from Sunny California Author

Thank you bzirkone; I appreciate your support.

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