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A wish is a hope or desire for a thing or person to appear, for an immaterial thing to become real, for a condition to change, or any of an unlimited number of desires for change. Traditionally, a wish is request from a supernatural being to cause something to be changed or created. A template for fictional wishes could be The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, specifically the tale of Aladdin, although in the tale of Aladdin the actual wishes were only part of the tale. Classically the wish provider is often a spirit, Genie or similar entity, bound or constrained within an object, like Aladdin’s oil lamp for example.
In the case of the Magic Lamp, there are several steps to getting your wish fulfilled:
- The first step in wishing is to assume or discover that a “supernatural being” exists!
- The next step is to assume that the alleged Supernatural Being is LISTENING to your request.
- Then, the magical Supernatural Being must have the ABILITY to make the wish become reality.
- Finally, the Supernatural Being must actually WANT to make your wish happen for you.
What are the odds that all of these circumstances will ever exist? You do the math….
However, there are other forms of “wishing” or asking for something from a supernatural being. The most common kind of “wishing” is prayer. Another kind of wishing is daydreaming, or imagination or meditation. Another kind of wishing is figuring out how to make something happen and working hard, and persisting long enough to MAKE it happen!
This is almost always the most reliable way of making a wish come true. And, YOU are a Supernatural Being that can make YOUR wishes come true.
— Lawrence R. Spencer. 2013.