Imagine, if you will, a cupboard. You may call it a wardrobe (if you’re of such an inclination).
Now open the door.
And welcome yourself to Magical Spaces 101.
Don’t think a cupboard can be a magical space? Think again. Come visit mine. Watch The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe- but that might be setting the bar a little high. Or simply cast your mind back to when you were a child (this is, of course, if you have made the not irrevocable mistake of growing up), and your cupboard was a place of refuge, a miniature house, a ship’s hold, the best spot to hide in because of course no one thinks to look in there…
What is a magical space and what happens if you don’t have a cupboard?
The answer to the latter is nothing (you can air your dirty laundry with ease- so liberating), and the answer to the former is any place that feels just right. And complies with the rambles below.
There are three requirements for a magical space:
1- Magical spaces must be exciting: There is no universal definition of exciting. This is a good thing. Because a universal definition of exciting would be incredibly boring- and then that would be ironic on so many levels, your mind would simply implode. But a magical space must be exciting to you. So if you think the cold cuts aisle in your local supermarket is exciting that is perfectly fine. Magical spaces don’t need to be shared with everyone around you, so don’t fear ridicule (see requirement #3). Elevators are good too.
2- Magical spaces can’t be impossible to get to: I’m sure no one can deny that Saturn would be the most magical of magical spaces indeed. However, I don’t see myself or you getting there (if you can, please see the About page and email me with directions; I am shockingly free this Saturday), so there is little point in including them in a sensible and grounded discussion like this one.
3- Magical spaces must be private. Private, not in a physical sense, but in the sense that you keep them to yourself. I cannot stress this enough. It is against all interests, yours in particular, to share knowledge of your magical space with anyone else. It’s like finding a wild unicorn and then giving it to your little brother (because I know for sure mine wouldn’t return a unicorn under any circumstances). It takes all the magic away.
Why the thrills, the secrecy? Because a magical space is so important for everyone. Even people who don’t believe in them. Yes- even those fantastical creatures.
And that’s because these spaces serve three very specific purposes:
1- They are a place of inspiration: A magical space is one where you mind expands. Magical spaces remind you of endless possibilities. And you know, other inspiring things. Like enormous possibilities. And enlightening possibilities. And possibilities with icing.
2- They are a place to recharge: A magical space is full of vitality waiting for you to soak it in. It doesn’t matter if to the eye your magical space is as dull as- say- the inside of a cupboard; the vitality is in the air. So you can absorb it effortlessly. You breathe right? It’s about as simple as breathing in the essence.
3- They are a place that reflects your own wondrousness: And I suspect you definitely have much wondrousness.
Mine is a particular table in a very crowded coffee shop. The seats are red. Exciting? Well it beats some other places I’ve been. Where is it? Now I wouldn’t be able to tell you that… But where is yours?
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