Via Transformativa: Practical Magic — Magic of Getting Dirty

By: JUBILEE! Minister Candace Chellew-Hodge

There are many things all the Southern Baptist churches of my youth had in common, including pictures of Jesus that portrayed him in sparkling white robes — not a speck of dirt on him. It’s like his holiness was some sort of dirt repellent.

In those pictures, everyone was clean, wearing colorful and freshly pressed robes and sandals that look like they just bought them at the Jerusalem Wal-Mart. All the animals were finely groomed with not a trace of poop or dirt on them either. And, of course, the most unbelievable part of any picture was that any children depicted in it were spotless, as well.

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Via Transformativa: Practical Magic: Magic of Circle Emergence

By: Jubilee! Minister Bill Harris

We’ve all heard and know that happiness is an inside job.  But it’s not just happiness.  All of life is an inside job!  The quality and state of our lives is a reflection of our inner condition.  The quality and state of jubilee circle is a reflection of our collective inner condition.  The world is a reflection of the world’s collective inner state.  Owning this truth isn’t a time to let ego come in and shame us or blame us.  It’s an opportunity to free ourselves from the ego world’s b. s. we’ve been fed all our lives; that if we can get things right on the outside everything will be okay on the inside.

It’s also an opportunity to free ourselves from the story that we’re broken and can’t be fixed.  It’s an invitation to own the incredible divine power center of consciousness that you are and begin creating the inner conditions—to till the inner soil, to feed it and nurture it so that the divine seeds planted within you can bear fruit in your life and in the world.  Likewise, it’s an invitation for us as a circle to do the same.

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Via Transformativa: Practical Magic — Magic of Mystery

By: JUBILEE! Minister Candace Chellew-Hodge

Former Emory University professor James Fowler wrote a seminal book back in 1981 called “The Stages of Faith” where he outlined how people typically progress, or get stuck, in certain stages of faith. From birth to 2 years old, we’re in Stage 0, or a primal stage where we’re learning whether our environment is safe or unsafe — and these lessons will affect us later in life.

From ages 2 to 7, we’re in Stage 1 where religion is learned through stories, images and the people who are teaching us about faith. In Stage 2, between the ages of 7 to 12 years old, we tend to believe in God as a superhuman and we take the symbolic language of religion very literally.
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Via Transformativa: Practical Magic — Magic of Imperfection

By: JUBILEE! Minister Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

In our Jesus story (Mark 3:1-6), we find our guy in a synagogue on the Sabbath, which isn’t all that odd for a Jew, but he’s not alone. He’s being closely watched by the Pharisees who are just waiting for Jesus to break some Jewish laws so they can have him arrested and stop being such a pain in their self-righteous butts.

They have already accused him and his disciples of working on the Sabbath when, earlier in this passage, they plucked some grains from a field to eat on their way to the synagogue, so when a man with a withered hand approached him at the synagogue, they were sure Jesus would heal the man — which would be work — and they’d have all the evidence they needed.

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Via Transformativa: Practical Magic — Magic of Understanding Ego

By: JUBILEE! Minister Bill Harris

To fight the ego or to just passively roll over are both destructive and counterproductive. How do we step back and create the space to work practical magic with the ego? Understanding ego can be a powerful way to work practical magic with the ego. The ego can either be the walls that keep us trapped or it can be a means to awakening. The more we understand what ego is and how it functions the more we can engage it in a way that’s both creative and transformative. I’m going to put some things out here about ego and then open up the floor for discussion.

We spend most of our lives living as amnesiacs with a case of mistaken identity. So when we use the word “I” we’re usually, as Eckhart Tolle points out, referring to “me and my story” which is the “I” of our likes, dislikes, desires, fears and etc. This “I”, this self, is the ego self. The ego self is simply a conditioned, constructed self. It’s our programming. It’s the collection of our beliefs, perceptions, feelings, thoughts and actions constantly acting and interacting with each other thousands of times per second.

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Via Transformativa: Practical Magic — Magic of Living from the Inside-Out

By: JUBILEE! Minister Candace Chellew-Hodge

“Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers,” wrote that desert dwelling Hebrew poet so long ago, “but their delight is in the law of the Lord.”

This morning’s reading (Psalm 1:1-3) is one of those passages of scriptures that make more conservative, traditional Christian preachers smile, because it’s their chance to talk about “siiiin …” It’s their chance to point their finger at their congregation and convict them of their shortcomings and how much they need Jeeezus to save them.

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Via Transformativa: Practical Magic — Magic of Awareness

By: JUBILEE! Minister Candace Chellew-Hodge

If today’s reading from the apostle Paul (Philippians 4:4-8) could be summed up in a song title it would be “Change Your Mind!” This is the entire purpose of his message to the early Christian church and is yet more instruction on how we can invoke the magic of awareness right now by using the 90% of our lives that we live inside of ego to our advantage.

As Bill said a couple of weeks ago, one of the steps to loving our ego is to take responsibility for it. We do that by training it to stop obsessing about the evil in the world and start obsessing about everything good in the world. In short, we change our mind. If, indeed, what we think on grows, then why not train our ego to think about peace and compassion instead of war and hatred? If it’s true the ego is in charge 90% of the time, this simple change of mind can totally transform our lives!

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Via Transformativa: Practical Magic — The Magic of Community

By: JUBILEE! Minister Candace Chellew-Hodge

By all rights, Bill Harris, our associate pastor at Jubilee! Circle, and I should not be friends … and not for the reasons some may think such as our difference in age, our difference in gender or our difference in sexual orientation. None of these things really matter all that much to the friendship that he and I have forged.

Instead, I believe the relationship Bill and I have developed comes solely from a very deep understanding of our two Christian scripture readings this morning.

“Beloved, let us love one another …” begins 1 John 4:7-13.

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Via Transformativa: Practical Magic — The Magic of Creation

By: JUBILEE! Minister Candace Chellew-Hodge

The author of this morning’s psalm (Psalm 8:3-8) hasn’t yet forgotten the wonder of creation … and our place in it.

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established,” wrote that desert dwelling poet thousands of years ago, “what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?”

I think that’s an important question we may actually need to examine closer, especially in our day and age.

The psalmist was looking out over some pristine pieces of the earth in his time — there were no factories belching chemicals, oil companies drilling down into the earth in lush forests and no companies fracking the earth with thousands of gallons of water to eke out the last bit of profitable natural gas.

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Via Transformativa: Practical Magic — Shadow Magic

By: JUBILEE! Minister Candace Chellew-Hodge

In our Jesus story (John 20:19-25), we find ourselves at the tail end of one of the greatest hero stories of all — the story of a superhero with special powers such as healing the sick and feeding thousand with just a few loaves of bread and some fish who comes to save the world.

Only, his method seems a little odd, letting himself get killed by the very evil he seemingly came to defeat. But, this story, as Jesus appears to his disciples in the upper room after the resurrection, is a different kind of heroic tale — the kind that teaches us how to renounce the false magic of ego that wants to fix the world out there.

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