20201216W Day 351: Believe in Magic and the Power of Dance


check-in: I made it to Barton Springs yesterday. A man and a woman were, separately, doing yoga on the south lawn. There was one other person on the south lawn and about 30 people on the north side or swimming. I felt blessed to live in a city that has such a wonderful, natural swimming hole. I got a little sun before it turned too chilly as the sun moved lower in the sky and the wind picked up. The woman doing yoga was playing some music and I danced to her music in the sun. As I type this now, I’m feeling a connection between the dancing yesterday in the sun and dancing outside at a campout under the moon. It was at this campout that some magic happened and I have been trying to use magic the last few days to increase the odds of being in a universe in which my beloved and I are together soon. Speaking of magic and dancing …

Where the dancing magic happened!

A few months ago, I was camping with some friends who all enjoy dancing. My DJ friend came up to me an hour before we were planning to dance and asked for my help.

“Can you take a look at my computer?”, he said. “It was working fine and then the screen went black. When I tried to restart it, it got stuck with the spinning rainbow disc.”

“Sure”, I replied with confidence. I then use my phone to search online for ways to fix the computer. There were about four different suggestions and I tried them all once or twice before telling my DJ friend that he should come up with a backup solution because his computer likely had some kind of hardware failure. I continued to try fixing his computer with no luck until it was time for the dance to start.

At the beginning of the dance, my DJ friend told the group the bad news of his computer breaking and how I had tried everything to fix it. I then had a thought and interrupted him.

“Well, there is one thing that I haven’t tried. I haven’t tried Magic! I know a lot of the people here believe in and practice magic. The problem with the computer is it isn’t booting up – it gets stuck. So, if everyone can imagine and focus an intension of the computer booting up fine using your own magical gifts, then we will have tried everything.”

I expected a few seconds of silence. Instead, the group of 8 or so people all intensely practiced some magic for probably a minute. I thanked everyone and the dance begin, with the DJ using his phone. As the music played, I rebooted the computer again and took it out onto the dance floor. I danced with the computer as it rebooted and imagined it rebooting successfully. The progress bar made it to the place where it normally stops and stopped again. I spoke to the computer and gave it some more encouragement. I thought I saw the progress bar move further. I believed the magic was working! I continued to look at the progress bar and saw it moving ever so slightly – almost imperceptibly. Once it made it through the “rough patch”, it continued along until the end and I saw a background picture of the DJ’s family.

“Look! The magic is working!”, I exclaimed to everyone as they cheered and danced. I then took the computer over to the DJ table and left it for a while. The mouse was stuck, but the mac finder was now visible. Slowly, the computer came back to life and by the next song, the DJ was able to switch over from his phone to his computer.

I felt proud of myself for asking the group to perform magic to fix the computer.

As I told this story to others over the next few days, I formed an hypothesis to explain how we were able to use magic to fix the computer. The hypothesis is that magic can only work to do things that, when done, can be explained by means other than magic. For instance, in this case, it could be true that the magic had nothing to do with the computer booting correctly. Instead, perhaps it was overheated and when it cooled down, whatever hardware problem was causing it to stall was no longer present. Or maybe all the various things I tried to fix it just needed “one more reboot”. If there were no non-magical explanation, then the magic would not be able to do anything. Therefore, magic by this definition can never be proven to exists.

So, believe in magic and use it in your life. Just make sure you can visualize how the universe can achieve your magical intention in a non-magical way.

20200503u Day 124: Tantra Yoga and Dance

Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade – Feb. 2, 2019

This morning I listened to a tantra lecture on polarity. Mahasiddha Yoga is offering free classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. My partner and I attended three of their workshops offered last year in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We were there during the Chiang Mai Flower Festival and I remember walking outside during a class break and taking the pictures of the festival parade.

One of the polarity exercises I remember from the year-ago class involved the polarity of masculine and feminine energy. Those representing masculine energy paired up, faced each other, and held a solid stance while looking each other in the eyes and maintaining a fixed, unemotional expression. Then, those representing feminine energy came into the room and dance around, trying to attract the gaze and attention of the masculine. If any of the masculine energy holders lost focus, then their partner would quickly reach out and slap/tap their shoulder to bring them back into focus. The goal of the exercise was to feel the difference between the masculine, grounding, mass-like energy, and the feminine, dynamic, wave-like energy.

After the tantra lecture, I participated in a 4 hour online dance workshop, Dance Alive, by Mariane Karou. It was recommended by one of my housemates and three of us in the house did it together. I had a lot of resistance going into it and I wanted to leave after about 10 minutes into it. I then lied down on the floor and took a short nap. When I awoke, Mariane was talking about Resistance, and how Resistance makes us Stronger. I noticed that many of her words resonated with me and I saw an alignment with Universe Surfing. One of these involved focus – focusing your mind and your body on your goals. When you encounter resistance, then push yourself through it. When your mind gets distracted, then focus your mind on encouragement. Another was about the power of fluidity. As we moved our bodies in a fluid manner, she motivated the idea that by being fluid and flexible, we can more easily adjust and respond to changes in our environment.  I imagined how a surfer focuses their attention on riding a wave and develops a fluid muscle response to changes in the waves and their position on the waves in order to continue riding a wave.

During the movement exercise, I imagined a technique for surfing through the universe. The idea is to imagine a sequence of parallel universes between the universe in which you feel yourself and the universe in which you want to be. For me, I imagined how I have a very undeveloped set of planning and organizing skills. I want to be in a universe in which I can make a task list, prioritize it, and check things off. I did my imagining while I was dancing, and then I froze my movement. As I froze my movement, I imagined myself continuing to move but in parallel universe space, not physical space. I focused my attention on the changes going on inside my body as it stayed frozen. I held that position for almost a minute as I imagined myself moving to my desired universe. When I felt myself mentally in that new universe, I began dancing again and was ready to think of something new that I wanted to change in my reality.