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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?

A Divine Force

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.

So many 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 (or silly ramble) Lisa, but what the heck does this have to do with bath and body care stuff?"

Simple 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" them with 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.

Lunar Power

Blue Moon Herbals

Essential Restoratives

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 yourself.

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