The final lesson of the day was to be about the ‘invisible magic box’. Hayley had always found it difficult to go to bed and go directly or quickly off to sleep. In fact the minute her head hit the pillow she seemed to get a new lease of life and become wide awake! This was also a problem I was personally familiar with. I found somewhere that there are some kids/people who can get into bed and go to sleep immediately but there are others, like us, who have to keep going until we start to nod off to sleep – it’s a losing battle otherwise.
This is the best time to make magic, just as one is about to slip into dreamland. This is the time when resistance to all possibility is at it’s lowest and we give ourselves up to thinking about our wishes and desires (or at least we do if we know how to create what we want).
I settled on the couch again with Hayley and asked her to think about something she really really wanted, maybe one particular item of clothing. Hayley closed her eyes and thought hard – “can it be something I put in the magic box today?” she asked. “Yes, it can” I replied. “now I want you to think really hard about it – what is it?” “It’s a very, very special pair of jeans, Marie – with lots of sparkly on the pockets!”
“Very good Hayley” I said, “now I am going to tell you how to do magic EVERY night before you go to sleep, because that is the very best time to make magic – here is what you do, and we will practice it once now so you will know how to do it tonight. Ok, we will pretend you are snuggled down in bed, feeling your lovely cosy, comfortable bed with your pretty duvet cover and pillow covers.
You close your eyes (yes, do it now), close your eyes, bring the picture of those jeans into your mind….. can you see them? Look at the beautiful colour they are, look at the lovely sparkly pieces on the pockets, isn’t it a beautiful pair of jeans, you can just FEEL how happy you would be to get those jeans! You can FEEL how excited you would be to be putting them on!” Hayley was smiling and opened her eyes. “Ok, close your eyes again, now in your mind you can see yourself taking those wonderful, pretty jeans in your exact size, folding them and putting them carefully into a box, a plain white box. Done?” Hayley nodded.
“Now” I instructed “look around, and you will see lots of different coloured, sticky stars and moons. You are picking up those stars, and suns and moons and sticking them all over your white box, all over the sides, all over the cover……now you take a lovely coloured ribbon, any colour you like, your favourite colour, and you wrap up the box with it and make a lovely bow on top of the box.”
“Because this is a magic box” I went on, “and it is now closed and all decorated with magic stars and suns and moons, you can see two magic legs coming out of the bottom of the box, see the colour of the stockings? My goodness, look at the designs and patterns on those stockings! Watch out here come the magic shoes, red shoes covered with millions of small sparkly DIAMONDS just like Dorothy’s red shoes! Here they come! Here come the magic shoes and there go the magic legs slipping their two feet into the magic red shoes! Ohh this is soooo exciting! Now, you know what those magic shoes, on the magic feet, on the magic box are going to do? Right now, this very minute they are walking in the front door! Oh what fun! YEAH! Hayley!” I concluded excitedly.
Shaking with excitement Hayley opened her eyes “Really Marie? Really, really, reaallly Marie? When are they going to come?”
“When are they going to come? That is the one question you are not going to bother about, Hayley. All you have to do, is the wishing, the seeing, the putting in the magic box and the magic box walking in your door. And you only need to do it once for anything you want. Then you forget about it and go on to dream, wish, see and put into the box the next and the next and the next thing you want.
I promise you all the things you want will come in your door just by doing this any night before you go to sleep. You can do it every night if you like, try to stay awake until you get your wish into the box and it is ok if you fall asleep before you see it walking in your door. Because once you have your wish in the magic box it will be on it’s way anyway” was my answer.
I had taken Hayley through that seemingly long process of decorating the box, stocking, shoes etc because I knew it just takes 17 seconds of happy and excited concentration on something to bring it into being. 17 seconds is good, 30 seconds is even better and you can imagine how fast wishes would come true if you held your focus even longer! Some people can. Happy people can.
That is why good things come to happy people and so the happy people get even happier, then more good things come to them and they get happier. It is a circle of happiness and manifestation (manifestation means a display, a showing – something coming into being, a wish becoming a physical reality)
“Another important thing to remember is that you must really want the things you put in the magic box, Hayley.” I went on. “You can’t do the magic of the magic box for something just as a test to see if it works because it won’t. And you are not to sit waiting, but you can sit EXPECTING your wishes to come.
There is a big difference between waiting to see and expecting. That is not something I am going to bother explaining to you today. But really you are best off forgetting all about your wishes after you put them in the magic box and just move on to the next wish. We will see how many of the wishes you put in the magic box you made today come true before the end of the week” I concluded with a smile. “And tonight if you have trouble sleeping you can do the “Invisible Magic Box” magic if you like and I will help you – now, I best get on with dinner before your dad gets here, or he will be wondering what we were doing all day!”
Jonathan’s routine after work was usually shower, dinner and TV so Hayley had to wait until after dinner to relate the full extent of her day’s activities. Silence during dinner usually indicated a great appreciation of the food – the lamb chops kept Hayley quiet during dinner!
When she got through relating the events of the day and how she now knew how to do magic, Jonathan was not very happy with me. “Now you’ve done it,Mom! How on earth do you think I am going to be able to get her all those wishes?” he demanded!
“Ohhh I forgot!” I said. “Hayley listen, I forgot to say, most likely none of those wishes will come though mom, dad or even me, ok? And Jonathan – don’t worry, you are not to get any of those magic box wishes for Hayley! This is real magic and that is how Hayley will get all her wishes, by her own magic – ok?”
“Oh well, that’s fine” said Jonathan, relaxing back onto the couch and putting his feet up. “Here come on, can she put a couple of things in the box for me?”
“Of course she can!” I replied, “Oh dear I hope I haven’t forgotten to tell you anything else about the magic. Let’s do it now. What do you want?”
“hmmmmm let’s see now, what about some cash….say a million euro or so? What about 50 thousand, that would do nicely!”
Hayley and I laughed and said we would work on it for him. But I pointed out that the only reason he wanted all that money was so he could use it to buy things he wanted. I suggested we wouldn’t wish for money but instead wished for the things they wanted to buy if they had the money – that would be getting directly to the point.
Hayley hopped up on her dad’s lap, entreating him to be serious and tell her some things he would really, really like. He relaxed a bit more into the armchair, put his two arms round Hayley, cuddled her into his chest, thought for a few seconds and said…..”My own house, a two story house; with a side entrance to the back garden where there is a shed for my tools; two parking spaces, one for the van and one for the BMW you two are going to get from that magic box for me” he smirked at Hayley then continued “three en-suite bedrooms – one for me, one for Hayley and one for Callum (his son). Hayley’s room should be a really big one so you can share with her when you come home on holidays, Mom.”
I added that I would like the house to be somewhere there was a lot of greenery, flowers and plants BUT that somewhere that I would not have to do the gardening!
Hayley decided that her room should be pink, with lots and lots of space for all her new clothes and toys, because her bedroom in dad’s flat was WAY too small and in her mom’s house she didn’t have enough space either!
It was time for Hayley to go to bed. Tonight, she kissed her dad and hopped off merrily to bed, eager to do her last piece of magic for the day. She realised she had cured her headache and her throat. She had turned what could have been a miserable, sick day into an exciting and happy one. Now she was confident in her powers, through the magic box she had made, and was in a hurry to do her ‘invisible magic box” routine before falling asleep.
I tucked her up in bed and snuggled in beside her. Once again I talked Hayley through the choosing of another a new item of clothing she dreamed of, the putting of it in the box, the decorating of the box, the magic legs, feet and shoes. By the time we finished Hayley was already nodding off to sleep and I slipped off the bed and went to clear the dinner dishes.
The three of us had a lot fun that evening laughing and talking about the ideal and perfect house we would like to have – Jonathan and Hayley didn’t know it yet but between the three of us we had just created the house of our dreams and it was already well on the way to becoming a reality, and so was Jonathan’s BMW – MAGIC!