Meditation and Magic
Earlier this week, on a morning
stop for coffee and a muffin
at Wild Oats, a natural food
store in Portland (Maine), I
experienced a little magic.
As I paid for the coffee and
starting walking toward the
exit, I noticed a young girl,
probably about 3 years old,
waving her hand in a sweeping
motion each time the automatic
door opened to allow people who
approached it to exit the store.
She'd wave her hand, the
door would open and whoever
was approaching the door
would walk through. And then
she would benevolently smile
to herself...silently enjoying her
magic powers of door opening.
I stopped a step away from
where the door would automatically
open and looked at her until she
glanced up at me. Then I just did
a quick eye motion toward the
door. She obligingly waved her
hand and I stepped forward as
the door opened. I turned and
thanked her, expecting kind of
a giggly response. Instead, but
just as wonderfully, she gave me
a regal nod. I humbly acknowledged
As I walked toward the car,
it occurred to me that children
(and maybe children of any age,
up to and including mine) are
drawn to and fascinated by
the possibility of magical powers
of the mind and will.
Of course, there are always
sophisticated and mature "adults"
who talk us out of any such nonsense.
But, they're wrong. There is such
a thing as magic. It may not be the
pull-a-rabbit-out-of-a-hat magic or
even the power to will a door open
with the wave of a hand, but the
magic that so many have found
in the meditative experience is
real; beyond words real, magical.
This magic, found by so many in
the meditative experience, forms
almost the entire basis of the
great volumes of written and
oral reports of the mystic path,
the mystic heart, found at the core
of virtually all spiritual traditions.
And even independent of
any theism, there is a magic
in the language of the heart
that can be heard by those
who are drawn to listen for it.
Enjoying the magic,