Do You Believe in Magic?
By Lisa Link Phillips
This time at Suds Report, I'd like to start with a few questions
posed to our thoughtful readers: Do you believe in magic? Have
you ever? Did you give up your beliefs as you grew older, or has
age made your beliefs in those powers even stronger?
Magic. The concept of the supernatural, the presence of a divine
force. Power. Magic has always been close to the center of many
questions humankind has confronted over the course of history.
Although the concept of magic has been largely dismissed by our
current, western culture, there are obvious threads of these old
beliefs still running through many areas of our lives.
of our modern religious roots and "silly" superstitions hearken
back to days when there were very real and deeply-held
perceptions about the "forces" of good and evil, the roles they
played in our daily lives, and, most importantly, our seeming
lack of control over them.
Ranging from the belief in the
ancient gods and goddesses of Mt. Olympus, to the simple
practices of protection spells or hexes in literally hundreds of
different cultures all over the world, humans have a broad range
of richly varied beliefs in supernatural power.
Today, modern science has provided explanations to many of our
past notions about magic and the supernatural. However, I think
that while many of us will publicly "poo-poo" the idea of magic,
we secretly desire it to remain a part of our life.
As a whole,
I think humans find comfort in the fact that there just may be
powers we can (possibly) harness to change or maintain certain
areas of our lives. Magic fuels our hopes during the darkest
times of our lives, and provides us with a common dialect for
the human condition.
Now, I know you all are thinking, "Interesting sociology lesson
ramble) Lisa, but what the heck does this have to do with bath
and body care stuff?"
Magic in Practice
Trust me readers, I do have a method to my madness, so stay with
me here. Many times, magic is based in forms of ritual, and the
perceived power these actions can imbue within the person
performing the ritual.
Now, what ritual is more beloved to us
suds fanatics than cleansing our bodies and "anointing"
fragrant oils and lush creams? Paying proper attention to our
bodies helps to refresh our mind, relieve stress, and is
sensually pleasing. Basically, simple magic in practice.
I pondered these issues while I tried a bevy of "magical" bath
and body goodies from Blue Moon Herbals and Essential
Restoratives. Admittedly, while I'm pretty firmly based in the
camp of "99% of things can, or someday will, be explained by
science," I do like to keep my mind open to the possibility that
there just might an energy or power that will always remain a
mystery to us.
Blue Moon Herbals
All in all, I enjoyed trying this coterie of magical goodies for
the body. Whether or not you believe in their power, consider
this; we have to create our own lives, and make them what we
want them to be.
If these products help you to do it in your own
life, then use them, enjoy them, and make a little magic for