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Secrets and Impossible Achievements

Posted by Tobias Beckwith (tobias) on Mar 29 2012
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From Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll:

"Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

Wizards not only believe, but DO impossible things.

Being  quiet and just listening is a great way to bring yourself fully into the present...the here and now.  Try it.  Be quiet.  Listen.  Pay attention to your breath, your body, the sounds you hear, the sensations you feel...do it for one minute.

STOP READING!  Do it now.

Okay…now that you’re all really here and in the now, lets talk about secrets.  These are wizards’ secrets.  The real secrets behind magic, wizardry, witchcraft, tantra, shamanism…and more.

The funny thing is that these aren’t the kind of secrets you need to keep.  Instead, they are the secrets most of us never take the trouble to learn, or that our teachers never think to teach us.  Sometimes they are the secrets we keep from ourselves.  They are often “hidden in plain site.”

And by learning – or confronting – these secrets, the real wizard gains power.

Often, the “secret” isn't secret at all, but an “arcane” branch of knowledge. They might include things like “the secret of success,” or “the secret to getting the best deal on a new car.”  They are “tricks” but not the kind magicians use to fool you.  They’re more like “the trick to shooting a great jump shot,” or “the trick to putting in a good button hole.”

Perhaps more clearly, these are things that are secret not so much because anyone has gone to great lengths to keep them secret – but because our civilized, educated minds won’t allow us to see them.  It’s not the wizards who keep these secrets, but the established order of society.  As those awful books would tell you, they’re the things “THEY don’t want you to know.”  Except we’re going to talk about real, empowering secrets, not some government agency’s dirty laundry, or the secrets those books reveal in order to satisfy the idle curiosities of a bored populace – a small step sideways from the “news” of the supermarket tabloid.

The first secret you need to learn is a new definition for the word “Impossible,” which, to the wizard, means something quite different from what you might expect.

“Impossible” simply means that someone has defined something as not being possible. For them.  It almost never means that something really cannot be done, or cannot seem to be done...which in many instances is the same thing.

Before the Wright Brothers, the idea that a man could fly was “impossible.”  Before Roger Bannister did it, a human being running mile in less than 4 minutes was “impossible.”  But then someone went ahead and did those 'impossible' things.  Soon after one person had done them, hundreds of others were doing them, too.  I saw a t-shirt recently with the phrase:  “Those who say a thing is impossible should get out of the way of those doing it.”  Those “doing it,” of course, would be wizards!

Sometimes our minds will tell us something is “impossible” just because we can't figure out a way that whatever it is COULD be possible.  Once the mind sees the way, the thing suddenly becomes possible.  Ask anyone who has learned a magic trick, or even read a book about magic tricks. Those marvelous “impossible” wonders a magician does can all seem quite mundane and trivial once one knows how they are done.

So...to take a first step towards becoming a true wizard, I challenge you to make a list of 10 things you might like to do, but feel would be impossible for you.  Keep the list by you, and read it over several times each day. Imagine yourself actually doing each of those impossible things.  Daydream.

After a few days, you may well find that your subconscious mind has given you answers to just how you might go about doing one or more of those "impossible" things...

And then you will have taken a first step on the way to becoming a wizard!


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Last changed: Apr 24 2012 at 12:19 PM

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