There is an endless array of books on Psychology, Personal Growth, Spirituality, Mindfulness Meditation, Gratitude with many of them professing to have “the secret”. There is no secret in this book. The information in this book is old, it has been repeated so many times in so many books and lectures that it has in a way, lost its rightful impact on human consciousness. What is presented here brings together five of the most powerful practices endorsed by ancient and modern teachers. For those looking for ‘empirical’ evidence, there is a growing accretion of evidence arising from scientific research. Each of the five practices has been integrated into one simple yet powerful personal practice. The practice is natural if not innate, and it is simple enough to teach young children and powerful enough to change lives.

M.A.G.I.C. is an anacronym for the five powerful and proven practices of Meditation, Appreciation, Grounding, Insight, and Connection. With qualitative and quantitative evidence gathered from around the globe to support the efficacy of each of the five practices, the combined practice of M.A.G.I.C. comes with its own established integrity. It is intended to be a flexible, practical tool able to fit into anyone’s everyday experience.

While the intellectual and calculating ego-mind will argue the only ‘real evidence’ comes from a double-blind randomized controlled trial (RCT). This practice ignores “masking biases” to allow the practitioner to evaluate for her or himself the impact observed in everyday experiences. With a combination of “empirical evidence” supporting each individual practice and observational evidence reported by those who endorse the wholistic practice, individuals are assured of inherent reliability.

Observational evidence within a private psychology practice has provided conclusive support for this practice as a personal resilience building and empowerment tool. It has been demonstrated by those individuals who incorporate M.A.G.I.C.™ into their life there is an immeasurable benefit

The following section proposes in detail a realistic alternative to the current mental health crisis growing in this country.

Defining the practice called M.A.G.I.C.

M.A.G.I.C. is a set of tools interwoven into one practice. It is a combination of the five most powerful practices taught for wellbeing and health. This practice integrates mindfulness meditation with appreciation, grounding, insight, with connection, and is used in such a way that it can be performed in less than one minute. Each individual practice is a proven catalyst for change and growth. There are both empirical and observational data, evidence of each practice’s potency as a personal change agent.

The Intention of M.A.G.I.C.

The purpose for practicing M.A.G.I.C. is twofold with the main focus being to enhance the individual’s self-esteem and inner peace while establishing resilience for addressing life matters. The secondary purpose of this practice is to assist in dissolving any emotional charge triggered by everyday life matters. In so many ways, M.A.G.I.C. is a holistic practice to align the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual parts of a person with the Authentic Self. In so doing, it provides one with the capability to dissolve the emotional charge associated with negative triggers, while eliminating the need to consider further action such as dependency on medication, or engaging in destructive behaviours like violence, self-harm, or suicide.

The Function of M.A.G.I.C.

Practicing M.A.G.I.C. adjusts the internal energetics of an individual which assists in dissolving emotional responses such as anxiety, anger, depression, and other intense emotional responses. It does this while reframing thoughts and connecting the individual with their own inspiration or empowerment in the now moment. There is a combined effect from integrating the individual practices which take 30 seconds to engage and are to be used anywhere, anytime for any reason.

M.A.G.I.C. addresses the problem of stress or overwhelms by providing an alternative response to emotional suffering. All this, while more importantly, enhances the aspirant’s ability to face life challenges with confidence. Each of the five individual practices is a change agent in itself and as a change agent, they affect positive change on the physical, mental, emotional, and energetic systems – providing a holistic response which is the game-changer.

The Uniqueness of M.A.G.I.C.

It is a simple, personalised, efficient tool that uses what an individual already does naturally in his or her life. What he or she is doing may not be supportive of their intention, and it may even be detrimental to their purpose. We still use what they do even if it needs to be reframed. This is a change from the inside out. Adopting an inside-out approach hands the power back to the individual. It is a self-generated, self-directed practice that can be applied in less than a minute or extended to a longer period. The practice is flexible, custom-built, and responsive to the individual’s lifestyle.

M.A.G.I.C. is a multifaceted holistic approach that incorporates and recognises the physical quadrant of an individual’s life. It accomplishes this by integrating the power of a meditative mind, the exhilaration of an appreciative heart, and the connection with a higher power through a transcendent relationship with Spirit.

What to expect from M.A.G.I.C.

There is a reduction or elimination of any sense of powerlessness in the form of intense emotion such as anxiety, depression, despair, loneliness, or rage. M.A.G.I.C. constructs and develops a genuine resilience against triggers and risk factors residing in the world of the individual. Practicing M.A.G.I.C. brings about immediate and positive results which provide relief concurrent with supporting a sense of self-valuing and personal control in life.

Practicing M.A.G.I.C. allows an individual to acknowledge the triggers for what they are, recognise and appreciate the emotional responses within, gain clarity about the resulting thoughts, and connect with a part of themselves that is spiritual in nature.

Independent Variables in M.A.G.I.C.

We know any attempt to control or eliminate triggers from our experience is difficult if not impossible. There will always be triggers in this life. It is the nature of this life experience to have a contrast of triggers to assist us in expanding, expressing, experiencing, and enjoying our life’s journey. Accepting triggers for what they are, is not about accepting or condoning disrespectful or abusive behaviours. The importance of accepting triggers for what they are – triggers, is about letting go of any attachment or expectation we might allocate to the people, places, events, or circumstances in our life. Recognising triggers as opportunities to experience joy or experience growth is another way of using personal power in unfolding life.