photo: dockedship on flickr

photo: dockedship on flickr

Remember the show Bewitched? Who was your favorite character?

Was it Endora, the campy, bee-atchy elder witch? Or Darren – the guy who was so cool, he had to be played by two different actors over the course of the series? Or how about Gladys Kravitz, the nosy next-door neighbor who was always catching an eyeful of mischief?

And then there’s Samantha, the star of the show.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be exactly like her. I can still remember walking down the street in small-town Ohio, making a plea to the Heavens that I could have Samantha’s powers.

Please please please please, I cried. I sent forth my intention with every ounce of energy I had. I even wiggled my nose.

samantha nose wiggle done

And then I waited. And waited.

And waited.

But nothing happened.

Or so I thought.

Years later, I stumbled upon the philosophy of metaphysics. I learned that consciousness is creative. I learned that my thoughts and beliefs, conscious and unconscious, shape the world around me.

As I studied this philosophy, it reignited the passion of my youth.

I was already as powerful as Samantha, I just hadn’t realized it.

These days, I use my special magic powers all the time. Practices like gratitude, prayer, meditation, and visualization are some of the ways I bust out my special skills in my everyday life.

With the aid and inspiration of the Divine, of course.

photo: paul bica on flickr

photo: paul bica on flickr

Along these lines, I’d like to share a recent episode of my presto-chango powers.

Like all great magic tricks, it happened in the middle of the night.

A little while ago, I awoke with a really bad sore throat. You know the kind. It’s like your own mini Sahara Desert – parched and dry, with camels tromping all over it.

photo: Magic Nights Book on flickr

photo: Magic Nights Book on flickr

Okay, there were no camels involved, but the parched and dry thing was seriously happening.

One of my favorite ways to heal a sore throat is to gargle with salt water. It’s nature’s miracle cure and it works every time.

Except I was too lazy to get out of bed.

Not only that, Melissa was sleeping soundly next to me, and I knew that if I got up and gargled – the sink is right next to our bed – she’d wake up. She’d been having a hard time sleeping lately and I didn’t want to disrupt her.

So I came up with an idea.

I pretended I’d gotten up and gargled with salt water. I convinced myself it had already happened.

The fact that I was half-asleep helped in this respect, as it was easier to believe I’d gotten up, gargled, and come back to bed. I focused on how relaxed and happy my throat was in its post-gargled state.

I immediately started to feel better. Soon after, I fell back asleep.

photo: SashaW on flickr

photo: SashaW on flickr

When I awoke in the morning, my sore throat was gone.

Even though I’d created the magic shift, I could barely believe it. Usually when my throat goes Sahara on me, it’s the beginning of several days of discomfort. Sometimes the Sahara in my throat is accompanied by a Rain Forest in my nose.

This time, there was none of that. This time, I was Sahara and Rain Forest free.

Like magic.

photo: Barney Moss on flickr

photo: Barney Moss on flickr

I read a study lately about the power of suggestion.

A group of people who clean hotel rooms were divided into two groups. The first group was given a bunch of information about how their work was getting them in good physical shape. The other group was given no input on the matter. Both groups were then given physical examinations. After a set period of time, both groups were reexamined.

You know what’s coming, don’t you?!

Upon reexamination, the first group showed several signs of improved health, including lower blood pressure, weight loss and muscle gain. The second group had no change.

It was just like me and the Sahara.

photo: Gregory Moine on flickr

photo: Gregory Moine on flickr

We’re all using the power of suggestion – i.e. our magic powers – all the time. But most of us are using them unconsciously.

Why not use our powers for good?

Why not make suggestions about our improved health, our improved finances, our improved relationships?

The alternative is a Sahara throat, a Sahara bank account and a Sahara love life.

Why live in a parched, dry land when you can live in paradise?

As I noted already, there are many structured ways to use the power of your mind, activities such as meditation and visualization.

But you can also go free-style!

Like me and my middle-of-the-night inspiration, a quick suggestion in a positive direction can turn everything around. All it takes is a few seconds of inspiration and belief.

Nose-wiggling is optional.

photo: thefuturistics on flickr

photo: thefuturistics on flickr

How have you used your magic powers for good? Do tell!

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