There is magic in real life. “Magic” may not be the right word for it. It may be a reality we Westerners aren’t familiar with. We have been taught to believe in reason and logic. There’s more to life than reason and logic can account for, I think.
I read an interesting article recently. It was called The edge of reason: when logic fails us. The article was basically a review of a book titled The Outer Limits of Reason, by Noson Yanofsky. The article ends with these words:
So what allows the human mind to establish that there are limits beyond which it cannot think?
Yanofsky wisely and humbly declines to speculate on the answer. But a reader of this book will more readily understand what the question is.
And that sentence is true.
It was an interesting article, but since it was published in The New Scientist, it may not have gone far enough. Scientists and writers about science still believe in science. I think science has its limitations precisely because logic and reason have their limits. We all have opinions and scientists believe science can answer all our questions about reality. It’s been proven again and again that scientists stick with what they believe is real until irrefutable evidence appears that contradicts their belief system. Physics and quantum physics is one example. Before quantum physics came on the scene, physicists were confident they could figure everything out using the methods at their disposal.
Are We Brainwashed?
I have been more open minded than others about the nature of reality because of some extraordinary experiences I’ve had. I was still a little closed minded about some things until I came to Cambodia over ten years ago. My family is from rural Cambodia and no one has had much of an education. That may be a good thing because they have not been brainwashed into believing in science.
Albert Einstein wrote a few interesting things about reason:
- “Education is what remains when one has forgotten what one learned in school”
- “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”
- “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit it a very persistent one”
- “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education”
- “Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts”
These quotes give me the impression that Einstein knew something many of us don’t realize. We have all been brainwashed since birth to think and feel a certain way. In the West, we worship science or deny science and take a pseudo-Christian point of view about reality. I say pseudo-Christian because early Christians didn’t have the baggage of beliefs imposed on Christians since the Catholic Church was formed and the Protestant Reformation.
Magic in Real Life
My Cambodian family believes in ghosts and spirits. They have to because they see ghosts and spirits. I write one ghost story in my book, Serendipity Road. It’s about the ghost of a man who accurately tells Sopheak a story about me she couldn’t possibly have known.
Cambodians don’t look at mental problems the way we do, either. They still believe in spirit possession. In another chapter, Surrealistic Pillow, I tell the story of our first housekeeper, Sokha. I saw her possessed by her mother, her baby sister and an older sister who had been raped and murdered by a monk and a police officer. She was angry and wanted to harm Sokha and anyone who got in her way.
Sokha’s story affected me deeply because my sister was schizophrenic. She was treated in the conventional Western psychiatric way and it wasn’t very successful. Sokha had a traditional Cambodian exorcism and her older sister has never inhabited her body again. A psychiatrist wouldn’t believe in possession. They would make up some fancy word for the condition, but fail to cure the patient.
I call it “magic” because I don’t have a better word for it. In my opinion, magic isn’t quite the right word for some of the things I’ve seen and experienced. It’s more like stepping outside the box of Western “reality” and exploring other ways of looking at things. Some other topics I cover in my book include:
- The story of a Balinese healer who made the pain and anger of my divorce disappear in a short half hour session
- A palmist in Sydney told me I’d have two more children. “They may not be your biological children, but they will be yours.” I didn’t believe her at the time, but she was right.
- I took an energy healing course. Using one technique, I healed my eyesight. That convinced me to take the course. I healed a woman’s persistent rash with another technique. She had tried every conventional treatment before to no avail.
- At a psychic workshop I attended, an amateur psychic correctly saw 3 years into my future. He saw the house I live in and the work I do today. At the time, I couldn’t make heads or tails of what he said. Fortunately, I wrote it down that evening and kept my notes.
These are all true stories and there are many more. As I look back on them, I no longer see magic at work. It’s just another way of looking at the world. For example, we did a meditation before we sat down to practice being a psychic at the workshop. The meditation put us in the right brain state to pick up images and impressions from others. I accurately saw what a woman felt about her fiance and even had romantic feelings about him.
What I call fate or Serendipity, Albert Einstein called coincidence. Here’s what he had to say about coincidence:
Ultimately, Serendipity Road is about how fate has helped me far more than logic, reasoning or my personal desires have done. In fact, they have usually set me off on a course that was wrong for me. When I’ve yielded to fate, my life has gone more smoothly. Yes, I had to listen to the promptings of fate and follow up on them, but they came out of the blue and what fate “told” me to do was never the same thing I planned to do. I never imagined I’d move to Australia and never thought I’d live in Cambodia. Both of those were the right thing for me to do at the time. Had I resisted the call, I don’t know what would have happened, but I’m pretty sure my life wouldn’t be as interesting or rewarding as it has been.
The magic in real life is still beyond my comprehension, so I’ll stick with “magic” for now. I’d have to think too much to come up with a better word and I don’t want to think any more than I have to.