Today the last Harry Potter film goes on general release in the UK. To mark the occasion, here are some musing on ‘Harry Potter’ from a recent Sunday night talk…
H is for… Humility, which also enables us to face and have compassion for our ‘dark side’.
A is for… Above. Play quidditch! Fly above everything. Get perspective. See the gold in yourself and in others, even with the bludgers and the enemy coming at you. There is an extra reward if you see the gold in this moment!
R is for… (the) Rules of Flying. We can fly around the world whilst sitting still in meditation, only, some rules do apply. We need to sit firmly on our seat of soul-consciousness and with purpose.
R is for… Real Love: ‘ … to have been loved so deeply .. even though the person who loved us has gone .. will give us some protection forever …’ Dumbledore talking to Harry about his mother’s love that protected him (Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling)
Y is for… Your… Your friends and down time – we all need a place of downtime with our friends. The Weasley’s house was Harry’s place of fun, laughter, lightness and family.
P is for… Potential. What creates our fortune? ‘ … it is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities’ – Dumbledore talking about the sorting hat and how it had determined Harry’s house. (The Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling) Harry made a choice of truth; he didn’t want to be on the dark side even though he had great potential for it.
O is for… Openness. Have an open and honest heart then you will learn a lot!
T is for… Time Turner. “What we need,” said Dumbledore slowly, and his light blue eyes moved from Harry to Hermione, “is more time.” (The Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling) In real life we can’t physically be in two places at once – Hermione gets worn out with it! We can go everywhere with our thoughts though and learn everything whilst sitting in one place. We can feel how we are part of everything. We become the masters of time because our sense of time is really in our own heads.
T is for… Teachers. Harry doubts himself and that’s us too! So much potential can seem overwhelming if it’s not learned, directed and managed in the right way. We can’t do this alone, we need good teachers, role models and friends that are learning and making mistakes with us.
E is for… Exciting. Our lives can be full of challenges, mistakes, thrills, exciting moments, shared adventures and learning. Do you see it this way?
R is for… (the) Room of Requirement. If my heart is true and I really want it enough then I will get what I need to move forward.