Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Magical Thinking

(click title for the wikipedia article discussing Magical Thinking)


My brain hurts. It's been stretched and pulled and poked at a lot lately, and it's tired. I'm beginning to wonder if I really know anything for sure and if I'm just completely insane. Anyway, maybe it's a hangover of a sort from all my communing with Nature lately. I know I engage in a lot of Magical Thinking. Oh well. But sometimes it helps to hang onto something like that to keep from falling too far. I heard a great song on the radio yesterday morning, "Kodachrome" by Paul Simon.

"When I think back
On all the crap I learned in high school
It's a wonder I can think at all
And though my lack of education
Hasn't hurt me none
I can read the writing on the wall"


Writing on the wall. More magical thinking. Or is it? I just don't know anymore. "Seek and ye shall find," they tell us, but what if what we find is more than we can handle?

"And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." KJV Luke 11:9

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." KJV Matthew 7:7

"And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." KJV Jeremiah 29:13

"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." KJV Matthew 21:22

"Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." KJV John 16:24

There are more, but that's enough for now.

Am I crazy to believe that I have some kind of 'special' relationship with Nature that when I think, "hmmm, I'd like to see some weird new fungi," and abracadabra, there they are? Or if I'm 'looking' for something else of that sort then bingo, there it is? Is Nature responding to my desires and further responding to my pleasure and appreciation of its gifts? Or is it just a matter of seeing more when you really look closely (and partly knowing where to look)? Who knows? Magical Thinking is probably the only thing that has kept many people from completely losing their minds, but I guess it could be said that it has also caused many to lose their minds. I'm afraid that mine is trying to get away from me.

Midnight on the water.
I saw the ocean's daughter.
Walking on a wave she came
staring as she called my name.

And I can't get it out of my head,
no, I can't get it out of my head.
Now my old world is gone for dead
'cos I can't get it out of my head.

Breakdown on the shoreline,
can't move, it's an ebbtide.
Morning don't get here tonight,
searching for her silver light.

And I can't get it out of my head,
no, I can't get it out of my head.
Now my old world is gone for dead
'cos I can't get it out of my head, no no.

Bank job in the city.
Robin Hood and William Tell, Ivanhoe and Lancelot,
they don't envy me.
Sitting 'til the sun goes down,
in dreams the world keep going round and round.

And I can't get it out of my head,
no, I can't get it out of my head.
Now my old world is gone for dead
'cos I can't get it out of my head, no no.

No, I can't get it out of my head,
no, I can't get it out of my head.
Now my old world is gone for dead
'cos I can't get it out of my head, no no no no.

Electric Light Orchestra, "Can't Get It Out Of My Head"

8 comments:

QINSHI said...

Hi Rae,

nice to hear you been communing with Nature.

"Seek & you shall find ..." is a relative term. After all sometimes young girls are hoping the Prince Charming of their dreams will turn up, and then they fall for a guy who is not what they hoped for. Do not judge a book by the cover, and all that.

Many people spend all wek hoping to find the lucky numbers for the lottery draw, and then wait with bated breath for the draw, only to be disappointed.

Then again I used to know an old drunk who used to get up early in the morning, and search the streets for money (cash) that others had lost the night before. It will not surprise you that by breakfast he had enough for 'his' first drink. Not sure it was doing his liver any good, but that is what his mind sought.

On the subject of Nature, and its rewards, more for serendipity you might like to visit:
http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/

check out his last post but one. Something about hoping for sunshine, but getting rain.

PS - Are these fungi that you find edible. And are you eating them?

Love the texts, could add Paul Simon & ELO to the list of favourites. But then again we could OD on too much good music too, just as with too much chocolate.

Take time out, chill, let your mind relax, play with the kids. You don't have to prove anything to yourself or anyone. Enjoy being yourself.

More On the subject of Serendipity, saw a curious series yesterday called the "Book of Daniel" where Aidan Quinn plays some priest who has conversations with JC

Laters ... Q

QINSHI said...

PS -

I've had Kate Bush playing all afternoon, album after album ...

Someone kindly burnt me a DVD with all her latest stuff added on.

I must remember to thank him.

Laters ... Q

Rae Ann said...

Q, indeed I was one of the few fans of that show when it aired here. Posted about it .... http://viciousmomma.blogspot.com/2006/01/and-another-thing.html

and

http://viciousmomma.blogspot.com/2006/01/more-about-daniel.html

Sometimes people are just too uptight about things.

No, not eating any fungi. lol

DHammett said...

Tomatoes - Tomahtoes. You say magical thinking, I say superstition.

And Q, it is not physically possible to OD on chocolate. Any ill effects after eating mass quantities of chocolate would more properly be chalked up to bad karma from a life lived wrongly. ;-)

BTW, ELO's best is their cover of Roll Over Beethoven.

QUASAR9 said...

So I've taken "The Wheel of Fortune" Destiny card from you. Well I haven't taken it. You've still got yours. My puter has generated a copy.

First time I saw those light bugs travelling at night in Colombia, they lit up the whole mountain.

Hi dhammett - I didn't mean literally 'overdose' I meant as in over indulge in chocolate (or anything for that matter).

But I guess you knew that.

By the way, "You say Superstition"

What it is all just coincidental, as in be fortunate because you are. Or having bad luck just because you do. Maybe.

But as the post I referred Hoe to, "Stoats post" explains, sometimes we get depressing grey days, so that we appreciate bright/sunny days more.

But we should not take joy in anothers misfortune. Nor desire another's land or wife or donkey or slave, etc ...

Laters ... Q

Rae Ann said...

dh, one man's superstition is another's religion. And today I'd love to drown in chocolate. ;-)

Q, I don't know much Kate Bush, but what I have heard has sort of grated on my nerves. Something about her voice, I guess. But I know lots of people who love her! Consider the image a gift. And it's all about balance: the weather, our moods, and even desires, etc.

QUASAR9 said...

Nah, she's much softer now.

Have a listen to "Aire" racks like king of the mountain and a cover version of sexual healing.

She is still unmistakeably Kate Bush, but she's done a nice cover version of a Magical Song

Laters ... Q

QUASAR9 said...

Her voice has matured

Like "Good Wine"

Laters ... Q