MAGIC is commonly associated with entertainment.
Members of the Magic Circle have been bewitching and bewildering us for decades whilst largely keeping the secrets of their craft carefully hidden.
We watched and gasped as a woman appeared to be sawn in half, became befuddled and amused by card tricks and admired the seemingly supernatural abilities of the likes of Derren Brown and David Blaine with their mind-bending range of tricks and illusions.
But, rather like Hollywood movies such as Star Wars have numbed us to the reality of beings from other dimensions or planets, our comfortable relationship with magic has blinded us to the real thing.
Entertainment magic, you see, is easily laughed off. After all, it isn’t real, it’s just clever, harmless trickery.
Hypnotists can only sweep away the easily influenced. For the rest, the notion of real-life mind control is away with the fairies.
But that’s just where we are wrong. Magic is a part of our ordinary lives from cradle to grave, causing us to live in an illusory world in which very little is as it says on the label.
Take our birth certificates as a starting point. We believe they are nothing more than a means of registering our entrance into this physical world. Instead it confirms us as being ‘dead’!
The real ‘us’, living souls, have no contract with the states and corporations that rule of lives. So, we are given a fictional identity of our name in capital letters. This effectively signs us up as employees of the state and allows us to be instantly monetised.
In the United Kingdom, a bond is created in your name and traded on the stock market. Your bond is almost certainly worth several million pounds and how much have you ever seen of it? Nothing.
Now that’s magic, but not the kind of magic we’d stand and applaud.
The banks themselves are first class magicians. If you asked me for money and I had £1, I could lend you £1. But if I was a bank, I could type £10 into your account and charge you interest when you seek to pay it back.
So, where’s the £10 come from? Answer – thin air. Ditto with the interest. Multiply this across the world and there’s no way we as a collective could ever pay the banks back.
Now that’s magic, but I’m not sure I like it!
The world of advertising and promotions is full of magic too. But it’s so every day, so common place we don’t notice.
They focus your attention on a product you probably don’t need and may not be able to afford.
Then by a series of clever manipulations they work to change your perception until you think it’s the one thing you wouldn’t be without.
It works brilliantly in supermarkets. Products are regularly moved around the store, so you follow a carefully laid trail to buy the things they want you to.
Show you something visual, then add the senses of smell, touch and taste and you are buying sausages you don’t even like.
Resist all that, if you can, but coming soon is the most magical event of all.
Christmas is the ultimate illusion that virtually blackmails 90-odd per cent of folk into splashing the cash on useless tat.
Based on a religious fairy tale – there’s no evidence whatsoever that Jesus Christ was born on December 25 – we are groomed to become modern day Santas and spend money we can ill afford.
We eat, drink and spend ourselves to excess and those same corporations who signed you up in the first place hoover up the profits.
It’s one big money transfer from the poor to the rich but you won’t feel the pain until it’s all over because you’re too busy trying to put on a good show for your family and friends.
Now that’s magic, the very worst kind.
If and when you become ‘awake and aware’, you’ll start seeing magic everywhere.
On the Internet, the TV, newspapers, your home and your workplace.
You’ll begin to see how a dream spell has been created and we live one long illusion.
We are born to work to make more money – that largely doesn’t really exist – for our masters who don’t really need it.
Even though we should have the run of the earth and all that is upon it as living souls, we actually own nothing and pay for everything.
We even have to save up so we can be spooned our drugs to keep us docile in old age and then to be put into the ground.
And we accept it all without realising there are magicians behind the scenes who never make it onto our TV screens yet play with our minds and emotions.
We may laugh at magic but the real joke is at our expense!
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