Monday, 20 January 2014

Magic of Necessity

You may have heard people state that magic done in desperation is often less effective than under better circumstances and that is certainly true from my limited experience. However, I would like to highlight the difference between desperation and necessity.

The Collins dictionary defines ‘’desperate’ as:
careless of danger, as from despair; utterly reckless
(of an act) reckless; risky
used or undertaken in desperation or as a last resort ⇒ desperate measures
critical; very grave ⇒ in desperate need
often postpositive and foll by for in distress and having a great need or desire
moved by or showing despair or hopelessness; despairing

It defines 'necessity' as:
(plural) -ties
(sometimes plural) something needed for a desired result; prerequisite ⇒ necessities of life
a condition or set of circumstances, such as physical laws or social rules, that inevitably requires a certain result ⇒ it is a matter of necessity to wear formal clothes when meeting the Queen
the state or quality of being obligatory or unavoidable
urgent requirement, as in an emergency or misfortune ⇒ in time of necessity we must all work together
poverty or want
(rare) compulsion through laws of nature; fate
a condition, principle, or conclusion that cannot be otherwise
the constraining force of physical determinants on all aspects of life Compare freedom (sense 8)
the property of being necessary
a statement asserting that some property is essential or statement is necessarily true... 

Desperation means doing risky things in dire circumstances. The emotions that are involved in such scenarios are often very powerful but are hard to channel or control. Also, the emotions are often not positive or constructive emotions and hence the emotional input that fuels your magic in such circumstances could work but often with side-effects that can cause significant fall-out long after the situation has passed.

There could be similar emotional streams involved in situation that require acts of necessity, but often over longer periods of time and at reduced intensity. Some of the magic that I have learned through necessity has been some of the most powerful and certainly the most repeatable under different circumstances.

For example, when I was a child the family car used to break down quite often. Without really thinking about it, I used to cause a rumble of sound in my chest to mimic the engine starting and imagine the engine sparking to life. With sufficient practice the technique started working time and again, ensuring an engine which was more reliable and a happier atmosphere in the family car on long journeys.

Similarly having spent a lot of time walking place as a child and an adult, I used to play with different ways to try to make traffic lights turn green. In the end I discovered that what works for me is not trying to turn my light green, but to focus on other lights at the junction changing. One memorable experience of changing traffic lights occurred when I was being driven by a close traffic light across London. I confidently stated: ‘I will use positive mental attitude to get us across London’ and sure enough we crossed central London with only 1 red light slowing us down. Another example of magic of necessity for me is rain making. I used to hate sports at school and started experimenting with different versions of a rain dance of my own invention. Having tinkered with this technique over many years I‘ve now got it down to performing the ‘dance’ with just one finger and know approximately how much time to wait until the rain comes.

My last example of the magic of necessity is something that I stumbled across last week. I have been creating doodles in the margins of my meeting note pads for a number of years and it dawned on me last week that these were in fact doodles. The ‘lightning’ symbol represents channelling more energy in to the meeting or people attending to be ‘struck’ by inspiration. The ‘snowflake’ symbol represents calming a discussion that could potentially get rather heated. And the ‘spiral’ symbol represents trapping or containing a thread of discussion to contain it and prevent the meeting from going too far off topic.

Each of these examples sounds small and could be labelled as insignificant. But it’s often the small things that can make a difference in your life, especially if they are driven by necessity. So my question to you is, what magic of necessity have you done and how did you come to learn it?