What is Contagious Magic and How Can You Teach it to Your Grandchildren?
According to experts at Peter Wogan at Greater Good, contagious magic is linked to the simple act of throwing money into a fountain.
Apparently there is something fundamentally appealing to this act which binds us together as a community and helps us develop strong ties with something greater than ourselves.
What is Contagious Magic?
Contagious Magic is the principle that physical contact creates a bond between people and objects.
It helps explain why someone might pay thousands of dollars for a piece of clothing worn by someone famous.
It has a negative connotation too. We may avoid sitting in a chair which was recently used by someone we don’t like, for example.
Throwing a Coin into the Fountain
As we stand next to the edge of the fountain with a coin in our hands, we have full control. The coin, and all the power money brings, is ours.
When we throw it into the water, we lose that power, but we gain something much greater.
But the coin is lost, I hear you say.
It has floated to the bottom out of reach. It sits among hundreds of others, and it even looks smaller.
So why is this a good thing?
The Power of Awe
The experience of letting go of the coin and watching it enter into the water evokes the same feelings as watching the sea or gazing at the stars at night.
It the essence of awe: of marveling at the greatness and power of nature.
It is about giving up something which is precious, and allowing the universe to have more control.
And, all of these sensations create a feeling of magic.
Sharing and Teaching our Grandchildren
Teaching your grandchildren the importance of experiencing awe begins with you.
You need to stop and look up on a starry night, and point out the greatest you can see.
You need to clutch that coin tight, hold your breath and then, smiling, toss the coin into the fountain.
Now share that feeling of magic and awe with your grandchildren, and show them how to appreciate the vast, greatest of nature which can help them connect to something deeper within themselves, and to the world around them.
Have you shared awe and magic with your grandchildren lately?