Why do people carry good luck charms? Do they really work? Even the most educated and successful people seem to carry a trinket or two for good fortune. Here are a couple of articles about President Obama and his good luck charms. The first is about how people give Obama lucky charms, often thrusting them into his hands as they shake his. They want Obama to be safe and successful and seem to think their charm will help.
The second article from Time magazine is about what lucky charms the political candidates carried before the election. Obama carried quite a few of them, all quite exotic. John McCain, only an old coin. Somehow, fitting!
In my picture above are my own personal “charms”. I don’t carry them all with me; they sit on my bookcase. From time to time I may carry one with me. They symbolize a wide range of belief systems, all of which I respect. I have planetary talismans, a real old Indian arrowhead, a carved bear, I-Ching coins, a little Buddha, an Eastern Orthodox icon, and miniature bible. Looking at them, I realize I need something Hindu. Maybe a little Shiva.
How can an inanimate object possibly bring good fortune? It appears to be only superstition. Yet, behind superstitions are often nuggets of truth, and sometimes more then just a nugget.
It has been suggested that a lucky charm has a psychological effect. If someone thinks a trinket will give him or her luck; they will behave in a way that will produce good fortune. I don’t think it is quite that simple. The power of a lucky amulet can be more then only psychological.
Nobody has real control over his or her environment, yet its human nature to try. When faced with a world of randomness, we try to bring order to the uncertainty of life. A charm reflects that that desire for order, for protection against the whims of chance. But it should not only be a hope. Just carrying a charm around is not sufficient. If a charm, amulet or talisman is properly realized, it can be a tool for shaping our thoughts and thereby shaping our reality. Properly used a talisman acts as a focus. It is used to reinforce practices of visualization and thought control. These practices are the cornerstone of what is called magic, or the law of attraction, or the occult.
Now President Obama has become something of a talisman for many people. He appears on key chains, souvenirs, and memorabilia of all sorts. People are hanging his picture on their walls. There is a scramble to gather key newspapers with Obama on the cover. Obama has become the focus of many hopeful thoughts. When enough people project their positive feelings and hope towards the president, it will have a rebounding result for the better. Obama has become our talismanic president!