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Last Sunday, Karmen and I watched a movie titled Wish. Have you seen it? It’s about a magician and his partner who create a city, where all people are welcome. When you move there or turn 18, you can share your wish with Magnifico, the magician. He takes your wish and protects it until he can grant it. Once a month, Magnifico holds a wish granting ceremony. People gather for the ceremony hoping their wish will come true. The catch, once you give him your wish, you forget what it was.

Asha, our 17 year old protagonist, is applying to be the magician’s apprentice. The day of her interview is also her grandfather’s 100th birthday. Magnifico and Asha hit it off in the interview and he decides to show her the room where the wishes are kept. The wishes are bubbles that you can look into and see the wish. Asha finds her grandfather’s wish and asks Magnifico if he’ll grant it. They look into the bubble – the wish is to inspire the young. Magnifico says he can’t grant the wish because it’s too vague, what will he inspire the young to do? Perhaps it would incite them to violence or endanger the city. It’s too dangerous of a wish. Asha asks what happens with the wishes he won’t grant. Magnifico responds, he just keeps them safe in this room. Asha retorts – Who are you to choose what wishes are worth granting? And why wouldn’t he give back the wishes back that he can’t grant? Magnifico is not impressed with her attitude and pulls rank – THIS IS HIS CITY, it’s up to him. The rest of the movie is about Asha trying to take the wishes back and return them back to their owners.

I loved this movie. It reminded me of the why Patanjali wrote the Yoga Sutras. Prior to the Yoga Sutras, Indian philosophy was based on the the Vedas & Upanishads. The Vedas are the most ancient texts of India. Within the 4 books are prayers, invocations and rituals offered to the gods to grant requests. Most rituals involved blood sacrifice and were done by the priests. There was only once caste, Brahmin priests, who studied the Vedas. It was very exclusive.

The Yoga Sutras was a how to guide on meditation. Patanjali wrote them so that everyone could cultivate a spiritual practice. The instruction was to shift the focus inward, to observe who you are, what your patterns are, change them if they’re not working. Patanjali also outlined how to behave in society and how to care for yourself. It was revolutionary! Prior to this, in order for your wish to be granted you had to pay for it and give your request over another person. The yoga sutras, along with Buddhism, empowers the individual to move towards and create their own happiness, to grant their own wishes so to speak.

In the Wish, Asha is the metaphor for Buddha or any teacher that reminds us to participate in our own wish granting ceremony.

So family – what is your wish? When was the last time you went inward to seek the answer?

Tell me, tell me.

Musings

Listen

At All Costs– song in Wish when Magnifico and Asha are looking at the wish bubbles. Karmen and I have this on repeat.
With Ease – chill playlist. Great to wind down to.
Kundalini Wild – a DOPE playlist Seraphina created for one of her classes.  

Read

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
I’m re-reading this one. It’s still really good!