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The Magic of Believing



A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. -Phyllis Diller


The end of an era, the passing of another comedic icon from my childhood. Phyllis Diller, she of the self deprecating humor and the raucous cackling laugh, died today at the age of 95. My first memory of her was of a wrinkled, rambunctious and brazen woman who stood on stages all over the world offering a glimpse in to her life (even as it was an exaggerated version). Stories about her children and husband whom she called Fang, were fodder for her act. Her way out to there hair and ugly duckling image was a put on. In reality, she was quite attractive.  She did however,  embellish her appearance with multiple plastic surgeries over the years.


One thing that most people didn’t know about her, was that she was a fervent advocate of The Law of Attraction, since she discovered a book called The Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol. From its pages, she learned the amazing power that comes from accepting that what we think, believe and know shapes our reality. She recognized that no one could have power over her and her choices, except the woman in the mirror.

As I am writing this blog entry, I am listening to a you tube version of the book, narrated by an actor, since Mr. Bristol died in 1951. He spoke about the idea that everything that was created, was once an idea in someone’s mind and that using these concepts can yield results “that you would never have dreamed possible.” I had not heard of the book, but clearly, I need to read it, since it reverberates with everything of which I am certain; that our thoughts are the building blocks for our present day concrete, tangible reality and can be molded to bring about miraculous results. I see it daily in my life, as things, experiences and people, appear at the speed of thought sometimes. Everything from parking spaces literally opening up in front of me a fraction of a second after requesting one, to people calling to invite me to participate with them in some form of work or play, shortly following even the most fleeting thought…”hmmm…. wouldn’t it be fun to…(fill in the blank)?”, to folks showing up in my life in rapid succession even if I haven’t seen or spoken with them in awhile.


What magic occurs when YOU believe?

Leave ’em laughing, Phyllis!  An interview with Phyllis Diller The Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol

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