Julie's Faith Walk
The Magician's Hands
I once met a man who was a magician. He said he could not divulge the secrets of his trade, but he would tell me this: he said, “Look at the other hand.” He explained that a magician will lead your eye to see what he wants you to see. If you decide not to follow his cues, however, and observe the other hand, you will discover there really isn’t any magic, only a sleight of hand. The magic tricks will suddenly make sense. If you watch the hand he wants you to see, you can observe his tricks again and again, but you will never be able to figure them out and they will continue to confound you.
It is like that with people. If you look at the part of them they want you to see, you will be forever confounded. Behaviors, actions, responses all are simply confusing, irrational, nonsensical. You run through interactions with them again and again, remembering every detail, but comprehension is not forthcoming. You watch people’s lives, you observe their habits, patterns, rituals. You hear what they tell you, you see them maintain their illnesses. It doesn’t make sense. If people really wanted health, wealth and the pursuit of happiness, does what they are doing make sense? You can see it in your own life too. Ever connect the dots at the end of the day and say, “Whoa, why did I jump down the throat of the only person who really loves me?”
As with the magician’s hands, our two sides are represented by the part which confuses (the ego) and that part which illuminates (the spirit). Unfortunately, we spend most of our time watching the shiny, flashy, charismatic part which only leaves us feeling confounded. Whereas the spirit self, which is the side of us that knows the ego’s tricks, is often less looked at. Just as with the magician, the ego has a reason for not wanting you to see the spirit self. If you really saw the other hand, you would understand there really wasn’t anything but a big trick going on. And very shortly the ego would be out of a job.
Imagine that everyone has a Spirit Self, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with the one who confounds you. Imagine with your mind’s eye that they are brilliantly radiant, exuding warmth and love. All that is visible now is their radiant, authentic, joyful and peaceful self. They feel whole, contented and satisfied. This is the authentic self of the one you observe. Suddenly, all the dysfunctions and labels they may have attached to themselves are far off in the distance. Simply by observing this Spirit Self, you have empowered them, and you have disempowered their illusion. Every time you choose to see behind the trick, you give validity to their authentic self. And every time you connect with an authentic self, you are validating your own authentic spirit self too!