This week's prompt: Self-fulfilling prophecies
How much credence do you put into the idea of self-fulfilling prophecies? What do you think is the connection between them and magic, if any?
I think there is a difference between magic and self-fulfilling prophecies, on some level, but it's less marked than we might tend to think. I believe that we cast spells every day with our beliefs in what will be, which in essence is much like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Some days those beliefs come true, some they don't, depending on the forces at work outside of us.
For example, I believe that I am smart. I don't always come across that way and I don't use my smarts as much as I could in my day to day life. But I know I'm a smart cookie. As such, I expect that when I do use my smarts, I will generally succeed in the things I do. And I do. For the most part. I haven't lived a life that is particularly more blessed than anyone else's. In fact, I have had a great many challenges to overcome in my life. And yet, I have successfully managed to be the first member of my family, on both sides, to attain a post graduate degree (and even an Bachelor's degree in large part). I found work quickly after school and have managed to pay off most of my student loan (only 2 years to go). I work in a job that caters to my desire to continue to learn more every day. In many ways all of this has been realized by the fact that I have worked hard to be where I am at, but it is also partly due to my belief that I am capable and deserving of such a life. Thus, when opportunities came my way, I seized them and made the most of them.
Most of us would never think of this as being a spell or even necessarily a self-fulfilling prophecy, but I do. In my life things could have very easily gone the other way. Very easily. I could have been a high school drop out. I was about this [...] close to it at age 16. And for all that I love my family, it was me and me alone who pulled myself out of this situation and changed my destiny through pure force of belief that I was more than what I was letting myself be. I believed I would go on to leave my small town home behind me and travel the world, be educated, and do more than what others expected of me. And I did.
This same belief system still influences many of my daily choices and practices, both negatively and positively. And I'm not so naive as to imply that just because we believe something, that it will be. I'm just naive enough to say that it's worth a try because I believe that the power of a knowing type of belief is the most effective spell of all. After all, casting a spell is all about willing things to be. If you believe that they will be, then there's a much greater chance that they will come to pass (baring mitigating factors of course) and thus, a self-fulfilling prophecy can be both a negative/positive new age gloss over the every day magic we practice in our lives.