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The Magic Potion

Our Unseen Possession

Most of us seem to think that the secret ingredient to a successful life, to a life we want is somewhere out there and we need to discover it. As if there is a magic potion we can take that will suddenly make things happen, as if by magic. We never realise that we already possess that.

Last week I met a friend, Smudge, who I haven’t seen in over a decade. Jokingly I told him about an animated film I had been watching. What he said inspired this article.

On the 29th of October in 1959, in a comic magazine called “Pilote”, there appeared for the first time a series based on the adventures of a Gaul and his friend. We know these characters as Asterix and Obelix. The originals were written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo.

A quick background on the story: it’s about a Gaul village on the coast of modern day France, which consistently defeats the Roman army, because the village druid cooks a potion that gives the villagers superhuman strength. Obelix fell into the cauldron as a baby and so never requires to drink the potion; he has permanent superhuman strength.

Okay, I don’t right reviews on comics, so what’s the importance of this? Well, in the comics Obelix is always trying to get some of the potion to drink. He doesn’t need it, but is always trying to get some.

Let me flip this in my own way – isn’t this what we are all trying to do at times, get that extra bit of potion forgetting or worse not realising, that we possess all the power we need?


It’s a bit like how people never realise the inner power they have, the power of their mind and instead try and find a solution to all their problems outside of themselves, not once considering the possibility that the answer lies within.

It could be that Obelix is simply greedy (and he is) or just wants to taste the potion like everybody else. Yet again it could be that deep down he feels that he needs a top up to his superpower, which he never does.

We all sometimes need a reminder that we have all we need, to be all that we can be. Nothing outside of us can make it greater or more than it could ever be. But a reminder by listening to the greats like Earl Nightingale, Jim Rohn, Earl Shoaff or whoever pulls you on the day can give us a boost.

Maybe this sounds like it’s a top up of the magic potion, but it’s not. It’s a reminder to allow it to flow. Just like the druid that reminds Obelix that he doesn’t need the potion because he fell into it as a baby.

We were born with an inherent ability to be all that we can be. This has never been taken away from us. It’s always present, ever present. Environmental influences have told us otherwise and we, foolishly and not knowing better at the time, accepted them. We call those influences “other peoples’ opinions”.

We stop dreaming and believing that we can be that person, because of what someone said or did. Or we followed that dream and stumbled on failure or a standstill of a plateau, making us feel that it’s a “sign”. The only “sign” is the one you give yourself. When the path seems long, winding and the end doesn’t seem to be in sight, we tend to get demotivated.

The barley seed

At those times remind yourself that all you need to make it happen you already possess and what isn’t there yet, will come. Your job is to keep going, keep doing and keep working at it. No field ever gave a harvest without the farmer having to put in the work first.

Your mind cannot give you back what you don’t plant in the first place. If all you plant is doubt and lack of belief that is what you’ll get back. Instead plant belief and surety, knowing that what you plant will grow and always in plentitude. Just like a single seed of barley will grow into a long reed, carrying much more of itself. Your mind will return more.

The magic potion has been given to us time and again by those that searched for it and realised it. It is the realisation that we fail to use our mind and our thoughts the right way. That we ask for what we don’t want, rather than for what we do want. That “we become what we think about” (Earl Nightingale).

Yet we still take the road of commonality, following the path of conformity, because we never realise that we already possess what we need to get started on our ideal life and break out into individuality.

Take a sip

You want a magic potion? You’ve got it. Realise it. What you lack is faith because you don’t believe it, because you’ve been told you can’t do it or that it’s not possible. I tell you it is. I see friends that have an ideal and have followed it, leaving the army and becoming their own bosses, from high-wire to interior design, because it’s what they wanted to do. Is it an easy road? No! They’ve worked hard to get to where they are now. They’ve kept at it, persisted and had a goal in mind. They saw it before it got there.

They tapped into that unseen possession, that unseen potential, their own type of magic potion.

What are you going to tap into? What does your magic potion hold for you? What’s your superhuman strength? Start by realising it exists. Understand that we all possess it. Know that it’s there and all that you want to be, do and have are only a realisation away.

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.
Luke 11:9

We fail to recognise the miracle of our mind. If we could only be naive enough to accept that nothing is impossible, our world would alter overnight.
Christos Harrison

Photograph by: MD Duran on Unsplash

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