It is a terrible notion in this nation that as soon as you cross the line into adulthood, starting around that age where you are suddenly taller than all the boys in your class or when it is no longer “cool” to like your parents, that you must grow up, and with growing up, lose that sense of fun, of playfulness, imagination, and magic that is associated with childhood.

And while I, too, went through an embarrassing phase where I took life too seriously, worried relentlessly about anything from studying to work, and horrors of horrors, actually cared quite a lot what people thought about me; I am happy to say that today, at twenty-six, I have in many ways, reverted to my nine-year-old self. And I believe in magic.


Magic is the changing of the seasons. It is the way organisms evolve together over millions of years, creating complicated eco-systems that we are still learning about.

Magic is that moment when you’re thinking of someone you love and then the phone rings and it’s him. It’s when you pin all your hopes on something, and something far beyond what you’d ever expect comes to fruition.

Magic is Life itself and life itself is magical. In fact, I am of the belief that there is just so much magic and mystery in this universe that our hearts and heads can’t even comprehend it. It is beyond words. Beyond the physical.




But sometimes, if we’re lucky, we can catch a glimpse of it; or rather feel that something more.

A regular meditation practice is perhaps the most practical and influential way to feel more connected (to what? Your Self, God, the Universe, magic…), but to take things a step further, you can try out… other things—psychics, healers, intuitives, etc. This is where it gets fun (or just plain weird, depending on how you look at it.)

Now I’ve been exploring various spiritual practices for a while now, so when my friend and I showed up at Psychic Horizons for our free energy reading and healing on Saturday, I didn’t think much of it. But then I realized how very strange my friend found it all. One moment we were enjoying some of that famous Bi-Rite ice cream and the next, I’d dragged him along for a free session with a clairvoyant.

Psychic Horizons is described as a “church of natural grace,” where the focus is on meditation, healing, and non-religious spirituality. They host healing clinics every Monday at 7:00 pm, but the fourth Saturday of each month they host a free clinic from 2:00-4:00. These 20-minute sessions are performed by students and graduates of their Clairvoyant Training Program. When I found this out, I couldn’t help but think that yes, my dreams had come true: Schools for Magic are real. And I mean this in the most complimentary way possible – I am still waiting for my owl from Hogwarts.

Anyway, once we’d filled out some very quick paperwork, we were each called into separate rooms where we sat down with a clairvoyant for some one-on-one time. As soon as I sat down, I felt completely relaxed, and as her words washed over me and her fingers danced through the air, I went into a sort of trance—or maybe I’d just dozed off. Either way, by the time the session was over and she felt satisfied that she’d worked out the issue at hand (I’m not telling you that. C’mon!), I was dismissed.

After our sessions, my friend and I conferred like you might after a much-anticipated movie.

Me: What did you think?

Friend: That was really interesting. He said some things that were definitely very true and helpful to me. And honestly, I feel really good right now.

Me: Yeah, I went into this stupor there for a while. Yada, yada, yada…

Obviously I’m paraphrasing here, and to tell the truth, said friend did not say he felt good; he said he felt kind of high, which is another fun little side effect of energy work. It can relax you or energize you; it can make you laugh or make you cry; it can make your heart race; and yes, it can make you feel kind of high*.

I guess that’s the thing they don’t tell you about magic as a kid.

So, if you’re looking for meditation classes; a church that is more spiritual than religious; or even some healing sessions with a trained clairvoyant, I’d recommend Psychic Horizons in the Mission.

*Remember kids, drugs aren’t cool. Magic is cool.