Emily Ratajkowski is an American model and actress who was born in London to American parents, then grew up in San Diego. She first came to the public’s attention performing in music videos, most notably Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody.” She recently published her memoir My Body. Time Magazine recently ran an essay by her adapted from the memoir. It begins:
“Growing up, I believed that my thoughts had an effect on everything, from the role I would get in the school play, to what my future would hold, to how tall I would grow.
“This habit of magical thinking has persisted. Some of my superstitions: If I plan a trip, I will be sure to get a modeling or acting job that conflicts. If I dream of someone, I expect to hear from them soon. If I share good news before it’s official, it won’t come to pass. My latest belief is that if I keep my son’s name on my body, on a necklace or a bracelet inscribed with his initials, he will remain healthy.”
Read the whole essay: https://time.com/6110120/emily-ratajkowski-my-body-excerpt/.
Meanwhile, remember these lines from Liber Librae sub figura XXX:
“To obtain Magical Power, learn to control thought; admit only those ideas that are in harmony with the end desired, and not every stray and contradictory Idea that presents itself.
“Fixed thought is a means to an end. Therefore pay attention to the power of silent thought and meditation. The material act is but the outward expression of thy thought, and therefore hath it been said that ‘the thought of foolishness is sin.’ Thought is the commencement of action, and if a chance thought can produce much effect, what cannot fixed thought do??”
Now you might view Miss Ratajkowski’s “magical thinking” as being a popularized New Agey dilution of the principles behind Liber Librae. Or you could take this as an indication of the degree to which such philosophy actually permeates modern society — perhaps the result of the percolation of the principles underlying the 19th century American movement called “New Thought.”