Being Harry Potter
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Being Harry PotterHow to live your magic.
There are seasons and cycles for everything. No storm stays in one place, so even if you are in the turbulent seas, fearing your boat will capsize, the winds will move along, as they always do, and the waters will become still once more. It may be that by exploring this landscape and discovering its hidden treasures, you’ll find that there is nothing you have to “do” to escape it. It alters because you’ve transformed. Experience this and you’ll realize that your life doesn’t have to be such a struggle.
All of us need to reconcile ourselves to the paradox that change is the only constant. Animals migrate, winds blow, the earth rotates, and the planets revolve around the sun. You, too, are moving, engaged in a journey. Through a simple adjustment to your perception, you can elevate that journey to a mystical, magical adventure.
Because this is an adventure, you’re going to experience some drama along the way: danger, intrigue, romance, and celebration. Stuff happens. There will be rocky roads, steep hills, and crystal lakes. In the epic fantasy by J. R. R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings, the story begins in the sweet safety of the Shire and moves into the fiery, hellish territory of Mordor. The Harry Potter series places the boy wizard in a dark and unfriendly English “Muggle” home and then plays out the narrative in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where staircases shift suddenly underneath him. The Wizard of Oz transports Dorothy Gale from her home in Kansas to the magical land of Oz, where a yellow brick road winds through Munchkinland, the enchanted forest, and the Emerald City.
Every great tale contains many different terrains, each with its own challenges, secrets, and treasures that echo our own inner landscapes. These stories are about ordinary characters who, like many of us, feel out of place and unsure that they belong wherever it is that they find themselves. Nevertheless, they venture forth and confront danger and temptation as they try to achieve what we all want: the feeling of being at home, at peace, and in a state of joy that can be shared with loyal friends and companions. The adventurers in each tale are looking for purpose, for evidence that their suffering and struggles have made a difference.
We, too, can always find people who will offer love, encouragement, and their own special gifts at crucial points in our narrative arc: a rope to rescue us from the snake pit, or a lantern that will illuminate the path when darkness falls. We, too, can find meaning, magic, and a balance between a desire to create something better for ourselves and a longing for respite. Life doesn’t have to be an exhausting, nonstop chase scene. We don’t have to be stuck for ages in a jungle with hostile monkeys. Even Indiana Jones returned to civilization to teach an archaeology class once in a while.