Friday, November 9, 2012

Habituation of magic

Greetings blog readers,

I don't even know how long it has been since I have written.  It once more has been a whirlwind of activity.  I've been on the road through Ohio the past month for my first Universal Light Expo.  It was a great show and I always love working for my friends at the Tomstones booth.  I got to teach a class Gateway to Transformation and left the students speechless.  That seems to be a running theme when I teach these days, people are unable to speak at the end.  It's a wonder I don't teach preschool, that would be a handy talent to have there.

Travel took its toll and I ended up getting sick right before Halloween.  I missed out on all the parties.  I am still shaking off the last bit of this nasty bug, but it is on its way out.  The gift in this has been the extra time to rest and reflect on things.  I've been looking at other practitioners' websites and videos to see where my work is going and where it fits in.

I've noticed a trend.  People tend to use big words (not necessarily long ones but big and shiny) to describe their work and experiences.  It is sometimes very hard for me to self promote.  It goes against a lot of "humility" teachings I absorbed as a child in a religious family. However it isn't just that, I tend to describe things very simply without a lot of flourish and glitz.  It isn't that I haven't had profound and very mystical experiences because I have.  It's not that I take them for granted so much either.  The difference is in what I call the habituation of magic.  Habituation is something I learned about in one of my psychology classes in college.  Basically when we have a sensation that persists we don't tend to notice it after a while. It's like when you put your hand in your lap.  You feel it at first but unless you shift positions a lot you won't feel it after a moment or two.  So the habituation of magic basically is when you are constantly surrounded by magic it becomes part of your everyday background.

I noticed this first with readings (something I've done for 20 years).  The first few years I did them they seemed so magical and "out there."  Now they are pretty ordinary to me (not that they aren't valuable it is just the process I've become habituated to).  The same happened after my Reiki attunements.  Here I thought was high magic and now I fall asleep channeling Reiki to myself and others.  Do I appreciate these things still, yes of course.  However I don't tend to talk about them in a wide eyed blow your mind (or your aura) lexicon.  They are natural, communing with helping spirits, deities, angels, power animals I find very valuable, but also very everyday.

I think this is why I don't blog as much as some other people do and why my product descriptions are somewhat reserved.  In a perfect world I'd have someone else write them.  So here I am surrounded by magic all the time and trying to connect with people who have a need for it.  I just don't know how to dress it up sometimes for everyone.

So this past month I've been reconnecting with my magical roots and the wonder of discovery.  Doing my best to experience the the thrill of the mystery while being familiar with various energies that surround me.  It's a balancing act to become proficient yet stay in the wonder of it.  I think it is worth the effort though not just because it allows me to effectively communicate the power of what I do, but it helps keep my heart fed with joy of a magical life.

Peace and Blessings,
Thomas Mooneagle