In Part 2 of this trilogy on magic and illusion, we will see how magic accompanies us throughout our lives. This is the case now, just as it was a thousand years ago, and it will continue to be true even after another thousand years go by.
We all need magic. It is ever-present in our surroundings, and when we no longer feel it, or we give up on it, we disrupt our imperceptible connection with everything around us. Not only are there fantastical beings that have awed and inspired us for thousands of years, like enchanted princesses, genies that emerge from their lamps, hidden treasures and talking birds... magic can also be found any time we believe in ourselves and trust in our potential. It is also inherent in our unceasing ability to stand up and face any circumstances.
Empathy, resilience, healthy entertainment, joy, happiness, affection, expressiveness, amusement and love… are positive states that can modify our life circumstances, and attract the light and magic we thought we lost.
Incorporating magic into education opens up infinite possibilities and cultivates the intangible relationships that exist among all things. Furthermore, magic expands our skills and developmental potential. Creativity, imagination, enthusiasm and the capacity to feel wonder form part of a healthy, happy life, and they are something we must never lose, as children or adults.