Refinding Magic: Lessons from Alice in Wonderland

You may or may not have heard of the theory that Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland – a book we all love and have grown up with – while on drugs, and Alice was a girl he was secretly in love with regardless of her young age.

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We’ll never know if that’s true but once we look at it from another point of view – now that we’re adults and have seen and experienced a lot – we realize it’s quite likely to be true.

This changes the sweet memory of our childhood and reminds us once again of the cruelty we live in, and how nothing is as it seemed to be back then.

I guess this is one of the things we just need to accept and let go. Because after all, it doesn’t matter how the author wrote his book. It’s still a masterpiece and the story is still beautiful in so many ways.

Some people may say that the magic is lost now that you know the reasons.

Many prefer to live in an illusion and imagine that each of the books we love has been written in unusual surroundings, the idea struck the author spontaneously when he least expected it and the main characters are inspired by even more magical events.

But you can never know who actually wrote the book in your hands, how he did it and what the real idea behind it is.

Writers are mysterious people with a complex personality and a fountain of feelings and emotions in each moment. We can never truly grasp what they are telling us unless they make it simple and clear.

What I want to say with this post is that the magic is not lost.
You can still live with the same excitement, inspiration and joy you had when you were a child. It’s up to you!

Because even if Lewis Carroll was that kind of person and wrote Alice in Wonderland not for the reasons we’ve imagined, the book still has a great story to tell, with a new reality we can dive in whenever we feel like, and incredible characters.

And if we are still willing to focus on the good and magical part of it, we can even learn some lessons.
A great way to do that is to learn from what you love most about the characters you enjoyed throughout the book.

So here are a few lessons we can draw from Alice in Wonderland that will help us live a little more courageously, will bring inspiration back into our life and will remind us of all the beauty and enchantment around us:

 1.“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Most people I know are serious, responsible, have many things to do all the time, plan their days in detail and calculate everything.

They put too much pressure in that, worry constantly and consider everything out of the ordinary impossible.

Actually they frown every time they hear an unusual idea, speak to a creative person or see something that can’t be explained. They aren’t open-minded, or looking for new and exciting things. They think life equals mediocrity and everything that belies it must be destroyed.

But in Alice in Wonderland we see the impossible.

Most of the characters, events, things that are done and said just don’t make any sense. They are so extraordinary that people in real life can’t even imagine them. But who said it’s impossible?

[tweetthis]I think we should consider more things possible. That will bring the magic, hope and belief back and we’ll be happier.[/tweetthis]

Everything will look much more exciting.

Life will be bearable only if we start thinking that all the possibilities around us, and all the things we dream of, are likely to happen, and we have all it takes to achieve them.

2. “Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.”

We are directionless and purposeless. And we still wonder why we don’t get anywhere …

This simple, unusual answer the cat gives is so precise that it makes us wonder whether we know where we’re going right now.

Because we need to know the way, see the path, make steps and know what the next one has to be. Otherwise, we’ll get somewhere eventually, but it won’t be the right place and nothing good will ever happen there.

We’re wasting our potential by not having a direction. We just wander, go to different places, but never feel like it’s where we belong and never actually leave a mark.
This makes our journey pointless.

So I urge you to find your path and follow it no matter what.

The final destination may be far, but the journey is what matters. And throughout it you’ll feel more and more like yourself and will get closer to your true identity.

And who knows, eventually it may turn out that where you need to go is not a place, but a better version of yourself.

3. “Alice: How long is forever?
White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.”

Time is a relative concept, especially in Wonderland. The difference between then and now, a second and a day, a long and a short period of time, can be intangible.

A moment can last forever if it’s experienced with your whole being, and at the same time it may take years to realize you’ve spend your time in the worst way possible.

The best use we can make of it is to be in the present, to focus on what we’re doing right now and appreciate this very moment. And hopefully, make it last forever.

4. Alice Kingsley: Do you think I’ve gone round the bend?
Charles Kingsleigh: I’m afraid so… you’re mad. Bonkers. Off your head… but I’ll tell you a secret… all of the best people are.

We’ve all got our issues, we’re all crazy somehow and we’ve all experienced life-changing moments.

We act like mad sometimes, we are full of brilliant ideas and if we put our mind to something, we can get it.

People are amazing creatures and we tend to forget that. Daily life is slowly killing the magic in us and we start to keep away from the creative and inspired souls around us.

But what we should do is cultivate this brilliance and power we have inside us and use it for the greater good. We shouldn’t be afraid of our insanity, bursts of emotions, deep realizations or spontaneous actions. We have to trust our nature and go with the flow every now and then, listen to our instincts and be grateful for all that.

Alice in Wonderland can give you many more lessons, but only if you’re willing to take them. It can be your reminder of the impossible, the beautiful and the magical in this world and deep inside of you.

Never stop dreaming. Never stop believing. Never consider something impossible.

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  1. This analysis of Alice was brilliant, especially the White Rabbit’s observations of the Eternal Now, and Charles Kingsleigh’s synopsis of the saying “with genius comes insanity”.

    Insanity and drugs have been so stigmatized in America, it has all but killed the spirit of the rugged individual that made this country what it used to be.

    I especially disdain the high-horse so many Americans ride when they self-righteously stigmatize drugs and those who use the (versus “abuse” them). Edgar Allen Poe often partook of absinthe when he created his masterpieces. “The Wizard of Oz” is full of veiled drug references. “Sgt. Peppers”. “The Doors to Perception”. “Dark Side of the Moon”. “Ænema”. The list goes on for light-years!

    You are so,right: we should see naught but the good, the pertinent lessons, the beautiful dreams these works of art inspire, regardless of whether or not they were written under chemical influence.

    On that note, it seems the only drugs Authority now approves of are the ones that destroy the “insane” bursts of emotion, deep realizations, and spontaneous actions. Doug Stanhope calls these “drugs for a Brave New Cubicle” and “dummy drugs”, as if Authority sees a human being useful to them only as an obedient, emotionless zombie!

    1. Thanks for sharing your opinion on that. The main point is that even if a work of art isn’t made in the right way (although there is no right or wrong when it comes down to creativity but you get me), we can still enjoy it and take the lesson.

  2. Also, if,you’ve never heard it before, go to YouTube. Enter “White Rabbit-Jefferson Airplane” in the search box. Enjoy!

  3. great post as always Lidiya. Item #2 left a mark in me because the cat’s reply has a deeper meaning. It’s a legitimate question that no one dare ask but we all keep inside. Keep up the good work!

  4. great post as always Lidiya! I especially liked item #2. The cat’s reply has a deeper meaning and very true in our daily lives. It’s a legitimate question that no one dares to ask but are kept inside.

  5. Where any writing is concerned the author is never importantt and the opinion of people is essentially irrelevant.

  6. OK, I must read “Alice…”. It’s on my list since some time…
    The book must be brilliant. I’ve heard half of those quotes before. #1 I got from the moderator of ‘Science of Getting Rich’ community, after I published my ‘impossible’ income surge from my book.
    I’m bonkers 😀

  7. You know it’s the same with everything in life.
    You would think past showes us at least anything, but no.
    Disagree if you will but the world changes rapidly, and none of us have no control whatsoever over it.
    For instance, imagine Barack had any balls to put Putin to his place, but it seems like it’s never happening, welcome WW3.
    A truly inspiring post, thanks!

  8. Could you provide information on where each of these passages may be found in the book?
    Two of them don’t appear to be legitimate quotes from either of the Alice books.

    1. Sorry, I can’t. I collected them online and they appear on all major sources for inspirational quotes.
      I’ve read it a long time ago and haven’t tried to actually find them inside. But we don’t need to get that specific either. The point is to take the lesson from them and enjoy the book.

    1. Hey there,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      Here’s the deal: I’ve read Alice a decade ago, first in my own language (Bulgarian), and then different extracts in English over the years. But this is no literary blog, the point of the post is to inspire using phrases from the book as guidance. I’ve seen these exact ones all over the Web, and yes, while I admit there’s 50% chance for this information to be incorrect, they are close enough to the original ideas and serve their purpose well.

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