Via Positiva: A Time to Embrace — Embrace Trust

By: JUBILEE! Minister Bill Harris

Trust is a decision. A decision that then triggers trusting feelings. We spend a great deal of time living on emotional auto-pilot, not even conscious of the decisions about trust and distrust we’re making. The payoff is we don’t have to grapple with uncertainty and face or feel our fear. It also makes it easy to play the victim when things go badly.

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Via Positiva: A Time To Embrace — Embrace Freedom

By: JUBILEE! Minister Candace Chellew-Hodge

Addiction is “a state of compulsion, obsession, or preoccupation that enslaves a person’s will and desire. Addiction sidetracks and eclipses the energy of our deepest, truest desire for love and goodness.” — Gerald May, Addiction and Grace

In our Jesus story (Matthew 5:38-42), we find our guy pointing out some very serious addictions that the people of his day suffered from. They were addicted to the law, namely the Jewish laws that demand retribution — laws that demand sacrifice and are devoid of mercy.

Even today, we have an addiction to retribution. We still like the idea of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life. That’s the basis of laws such as the death penalty. You take a life, you pay for it with your own.
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Via Positiva: A Time to Embrace — Embrace Wonder

By: JUBILEE! Minister Candace Chellew-Hodge

In our Hebrew scripture (Job 38:1-11), we arrive at the end of Job’s long trial of suffering. After losing his children, his livelihood and anything else in this world that ever meant anything to him, he’s challenging God to explain it all to him.

Job asks the ultimate, “Why me?” question throughout this book, and his friends are happy to line up and explain to him why bad things happen to good people.

The friends are well meaning and their reasons for Job’s suffering are all too familiar even to our modern ears. One tells him, “Job, you screwed up. You pissed God off in a big way, and now you’re paying for it!”

Job argues that he’s done nothing wrong. He’s been living the best way he knows how and can’t figure out one thing that he’d done, said, thought or left undone or unsaid that would tick God off this badly.

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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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