Let’s End This Fairy Tale!

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Remember when fairy tales used to end with, “And they lived happily ever after.”?
I think we should go ahead and just choose any of the available endings of our ongoing fairy tale and start living the happily ever after part right now. Let’s face it, we’ve already experienced hundreds if not millions of tales in our life. A situation or circumstance occurs and comes to fruition and finally ends and another tale begins.

So if we commence to live happily ever after, that means we get to be happy from this point on.

I discovered, quite to my dismay, awhile back that I had a default mood. When there was nothing to make me happy or sad or otherwise, I just had a default mood of… well, there’s no other way to say it, low anxiety. Just an ongoing, very slight worry about how life would turn out.

I’ve been practicing replacing that with self-generated happiness and it has made all the difference in the world! It’s a practice I highly recommend by the way. CLUE: Self-generated happiness comes from gratitude and appreciation.

I began a new life. I became a maker of treasures. I get to make magical things for people who want to start living happily ever after right now! I’m living smack dab in the magic! Join me won’t you? Make a vow to yourself today to start living happily ever after!

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Do you believe?

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I remember the question as a child, asked of me by other children, “Do you believe in God?”

I always answered “yes.” right away, but not because I knew the answer, only because someone else had planted the answer. So every time I would say yes, I would immediately feel a nagging sense of uncertainty. I would silently question my automatic answer and unconsciously wonder why it didn’t feel right to me.

It wasn’t until later when I replaced the word “God” with the name of one of my friends and asked the question again, that I realized how ridiculous the question really is, at least grammatically. “Do you believe in Catherine?” I mean what are we asking here? Do I believe Catherine exists? Well, that’s self-evident. Or is the question more like, “Do you believe in Catherine’s magical powers?” Um, hello! Again self-evident.

But five decades later people are still asking the question: Do you believe in God? The answer has been chosen by many and both “yes” and “no” answers have the same amount of conviction behind them.

I definitely believe it’s a matter of semantics. It depends on what you’re calling God. If ever there was a crux, I’m pretty sure this is the granddaddy of them all.

I like to have fun with it, to imagine what God is (if, indeed, God exists).

It appears to me that the crux of the question is focused on locus of control. Either God’s in charge and is pulling the strings of fate and destiny, or each of us is in control with no magical outside help. This is where the fun comes in.

Just as an aside, I like to imagine what it would be like to have a clean slate when it comes to beliefs. Tabula rasa.

ta·bu·la ra·sa
ˈtäbyo͝olə ˈräsə,ˈräzə/
noun
  1. an absence of preconceived ideas or predetermined goals; a clean slate.

You know, what it would be like to wipe the slate clean of all beliefs and start over. But more about that later.

For now I want to turn your attention to the concept of Magic. We get a whole mess of opinions about it from people who believe in God and people who don’t. Some would prefer to call Magic fantasy. Some caution that it is the sole providence of God and you’d better not mess with it! Some get pissed off if you include the word Magic in the same sentence as the word God. Some see Magic everywhere they look and have no doubt in its existence or usefulness. Here is that crux again; it depends on what you’re calling Magic.

It fascinates me that people have such widely held beliefs… so many of them and so many variations of them… yet many claim that only one is right. That’s odd to me. But most importantly, what’s it like for those who don’t allow for Magic?

If you’re one of those who doesn’t allow for Magic, tell me what it’s like for you. If you’re one who does allow for Magic, tell me what that means to you. It’s a fascinating subject either way.

Natural or Man-Made

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You’ve no doubt heard the term Natural vs. Man-Made. In this world that we inhabit we encounter both. Depending on your outlook you may have assigned a hierarchy to the concepts of natural and man-made, like I did. I know I tend to give “natural” a higher station in my thinking than “man-made”. If something is natural, it is better for you than something that is man-made.

But here’s my question when it comes to how natural and man-made things juxtapose with creativity:

Which are you? Natural or Man-Made?

I believe in Magic and consider all acts of creativity to be EXTREMELY magical. So let’s pause for a moment and consider, if you will, the Shaman and his or her profession. The Shaman is the fulcrum (or center balancing point) between the Natural world and the Supernatural world. They hold an interesting position in that respect, able to enter and hold influence over either side.

I think we can agree that we human beings are both Natural and Man-Made, that said, we occupy a similar balance point between the man-made world and the natural world. We have the power to enter and hold influence over either side. That gives us an incredible, nay, magical power to create! Some of the funnest projects I have worked on are those that juxtapose man-made with natural objects.

Take the piece I created called Industry Meets Nature for example:

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Which, interestingly enough glows in the dark!

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INGREDIENTS:
(Man-Made) Lawn Mower Exhaust Cover, Lens, Inlaid Resin with Glow-In-The-Dark Pigment Powder, Copper (?), Portion of Brass Urn

(Natural) Dogwood, Labradorite, Black Lava Rock

 

Now here’s my final question: how did anything ever became man-made and not natural?

We live on the planet earth and everything that comes from the earth is natural, right? All of the many natural resources on our planet are the resources we use to make… well, everything.

All of the minerals we use to make metal, all of the silica we use to make glass, all of the fossil fuels we use to make plastic, and all the chemicals we have ever come up with are combinations of chemicals that come from the earth. I’m fairly certain of this since we haven’t opened any distribution centers with shipping lanes to other planets. We don’t order stuff from aliens, so far.

So how and why do we differentiate between Man-Made and Natural? I’m just curious. It fascinates me when lines blur and opposites collide.