Creating Life Out of Nothing: Hard for Scientists, a Cakewalk for You
Have you ever seen someone rebuild, repaint, and polish a classic car until it's "cherry?" People stare, attracted. The person restoring that car literally injected life into it, and people can actually feel it.
Have you ever been to someone's house who had decorated it in their own personal way, who kept it clean but not sterile, and who filled the space with life and love? You can actually feel the warm glow when you walk in. That person literally gave the house life.
A large Van Gogh exhibit passed through my town a few years ago. I dutifully stood in the seemingly endless outdoor line of those who waited to become part of the cliché cattle-call of impressionist looky-loos.
The day was sweltering, and an hour and a half passed. By the time the line finally inched forward enough so that I and those around me could actually step foot in the museum, everyone was in a foul mood. I feared I was about to become part of history in the making: the famous Los Angeles Van Gogh riots of the early 21st century.
Well, the riot never happened, but I wouldn't have been surprised if it did. People were so cross with each other that they easily erupted in petty arguments.
But as soon as they stepped into the first room of paintings, a hush fell over everyone. I mean absolute and total silence. Looking at the paintings, this previously irritated group was suddenly speechless with awe. People were moved in a way they never had been before, as they were lifted onto the wings of Van Gogh's rich and layered vision, and as they drank in his symphony of feelings.
Not only did Van Gogh give his paintings life, but now these paintings, just like the beautiful house and the polished vintage hot rod, continued to radiate emotion, radiate insight, radiate energy, and radiate depth. In short, the paintings radiated life.
We can put life into things, and those things can, in turn, continue to give life whenever they're experienced. And that's real magic. It's the third kind of magic, and you, my friend, are the magician.