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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