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Sunday Message for May 29, 2016

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?

This month, we have created a life of magic - Big Magic -- using the brilliance in Elizabeth Gilbert's book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. We have explored:
* the attitudes,
* the approaches and
* the habits . . .
. . . needed:
* to uncover our hidden treasurers,
* to face our fears, and
* to trust the Universe . . .
. . . all of which lead us to our most creative, magical lives -- the lives God intended to live as us!

As a very brief overview, we have discovered that . . .
* When we are living in fear rather than curiosity and when are afraid to uncover our hidden treasures, our lives will be small and constricted; but . . .
* When we move out of fear and start to uncover who we really are and what it is that brings us joy and fulfillment and when we start to be enchanted by our own inspiration moving forward with persistence and determination, our lives begin to take shape and form. And then . . .
* When we truly trust that which can be trusted our lives display magic in big ways!

I want to end our time on this theme by asking us to dig a little deeper into the question: DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC! Do you really believe in magic . . . or has this month just been an interesting and, at times entertaining, conversation for you?

This morning, I want to expand our definition of magic even beyond how Elizabeth Gilbert referenced it in our source book for the month.

So what kind of magic am I talking about?

I am certainly not talking about the magic we see on the physical plane where the sleight-of-hand is used to trick us like the magician on a cruise ship with the troublesome parrot I told you about several weeks ago (if you want to hear that joke - it really was pretty good - go listen to the first talk of this month).

No, I'm not talking about that kind of magic -- nor am I talking about the magic of, say, throwing the flame like Jarrett did a last week or changing the pages of a coloring book. No, I'm not talking about "hocus-pocus."

The magic I speak of is the Magic of Spirit -- the power of Spirit to take what appears to be nothing and create something out of it. This morning, I want to talk about the power of God, through us, as us, in us to make a way where there appears to be no way.

Say with me: "God makes a way where there appears to be no way."

That's the Magic of Spirit I want to talk about this morning, and I want to know if you really believe in that magic?

We might even call it spiritual alchemy -- life evolving into its potential. Your life, my life, evolving into its HIGHEST POTENTIAL. Expressing our greatest yet to be. Having an abundant and a more abundant and an even more abundant life.

I want to help you BELIEVE IN MAGIC this morning, by giving you some images to help symbolize the magic in life. The trappings of a magician or wizard of olden times are what?
* The Wizard's Robe;
* A conical hat; and a
* Magic wand

How about using each of these items as symbols of Spiritual Alchemy?!

1. THE WIZARD'S ROBE

What are characteristics of a robe? Well, one characteristic is its flowing nature, symbolizing being "in the flow," being embraced by Spirit. As the robe enfolds the wizard, so it could remind us to enfold ourselves in the wholeness of Life; in the realization that it's all God - the up and the down; the ebb and the flow; the ins and the outs -- it's all God!

Because leading a magical life does not necessarily mean we no longer have challenges in our lives—it is how we look at those challenges.

Often times we can experience magic in a greater way when we are in a time of great sorrow or loss or fear. Why? Because our hearts break open and crack our old paradigms of understanding, shattering our limitations and out-moded beliefs.

People often ask why disasters, deep pain, loss, or extreme circumstances occur. Perhaps the questions that would serve us better are:
* What is there for me to know from this?
* How am I being invited to grow?
* How does this challenge open me to greater spiritual understanding and a closer walk with God?

New Thought author Eric Butterworth once wrote: "If you are faced with a challenge, refuse to be panic-stricken. Life has not ended for you. Life flows on. Declare for yourself: 'I accept the reality of this situation but not its permanence.' Certainly there is no point in hiding your head in the sand. The experience is there to be met. Determine that you will meet it, but on your terms. Do not let the outer happening squeeze you into its box, but open your mind to the flow of wisdom, love, and good judgment by which you can deal masterfully with it. When we are met with challenges, the original blessing of these situations may not be apparently clear. But we can assure ourselves that as in the oyster shell, the pearl lies within our challenge."a

The problem is that when we fail to remember the Presence we can really get into what might be called the "dark night of the soul." All of the darkness is because we have tried to bend Principle to fit the problem. Start today working with Principle to eliminate the darkness.

Listen to the magic of FLOW and EMBRACING the fullness of God in Rumi's famous poem, The Guest House:

This being human in a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness. Some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
Who violently sweep your house . . . empty of its furniture,
Still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out
For some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
Meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been sent
As a guide from beyond.b

This morning, let us use the wizard's robe to symbolize being "in the flow" and embracing the fullness of life. As the robe enfolds the wizard, so it could remind us to enfold ourselves in the wholeness of Life; in the realization that it's all God - the up and the down; the ebb and the flow; the ins and the outs -- it's all God!

2. THE CONICAL HAT

What better way to symbolize our Connection to Spirit than with a tall pointed hat. The Alchemy of Spirit (MAGIC!) happens when we shift out of error thinking—that this physical world is our source—into the realm of infinite possibilities where we consciously connect with God, our Source -- our Source of Love, Peace, Harmony, Health, Prosperity, etc, etc.

Ernest Holmes says in The Science of Mind: "The Substance of the Spirit is My Daily Supply."c

In our world of form, I know it doesn't appear that God is the Source of all our good. It appears that people, places, things, circumstances, conditions are. The channel through which the Universe supplies our good appears to us to be the source of our good.

So our jobs, our investments, our pensions, our mates (present or past), etc. appear to be the source of our good. But they are not the Source -- they are only channels. All of those things are avenues through which God works, but God works through many, many avenues.

In order to create magic in our lives, we absolutely must have a shift in consciousness to realize that there is only one Source of our supply and that Source is God.

The conical hat symbolizes the magic that happens in our lives when we stop looking outward, which can well come up lacking, and look upward/Godward where infinite possibilities reside!

A wonderful story illustrates this idea . . .
A young man was exploring a cave near his home when the beam from his flashlight ignited a faint sparkle on the ground. He walked over to the spot and picked up a fairly ordinary looking rock. As he bushed it off and studied it more closely, he realized it was a raw diamond that had to be 5 or 6 carats large. He was not an expert, but knew it could be worth a handsome price.

He put it in his pocket and explored the floor for more jewels. He found no more, so he left the cave and reached in to his pocket to find it was empty. It was as if the diamond burned right through the material. He immediately went back into the cave and retraced his steps to no avail. He went back the next day and the next and the next and the next.

Soon he lost his job as a job as a carpenter because he failed to show up for work as a result of searching for the diamond he knew would land him a fortune. He eventually lost his home as he ran out of money to pay his rent. He set up a tent near the cave so that he could search everyday. He became a hermit, giving up all his relationships and hobbies to focus on his obsessive quest.

Twenty years passed in the blink of an eye. He finally realized he had wasted more than a quarter of his life searching for something that might not have been as valuable as he had imagined. He decided that he would spend one more day searching, and if he did not find the diamond, he would give up and start life anew.

He searched and searched on his hands and knees until he was stained with sooty blood. He worked for eighteen hours, knowing this would be his last chance. Now he wanted to find the diamond as much to appease his guilt over wasting his life as to enjoy the illusive fortune he had originally sought.

Exhausted beyond measure he fell onto his back in despair. It hit him how ridiculous he must have looked lying there on the floor, dirty, exhausted, and completely without a life. He began to laugh and his mind flooded with all the precious things he realized he missed.

As he released his obsession for finding the diamond, he began to look forward to contributing to the world again through his craft, to the joy of relationships, to the love of friends. In that moment he found a more precious jewel. The jewel he found was the jewel of understanding. Of understanding the sweetness of what is here and now and real vs. the search to find what isn't. He felt grateful for his lesson and vowed to enjoy life for each moment from that day on.

That could well have been a very happy ending to the story, but there is a P.S.: As he lay on his back laughing, he finally shone his flashlight on the ceiling of the cave which revealed a ceiling dripping with raw diamonds. He sold the diamond mine, gave most of the money to charity, married and had a family, went back to carpentry and lived a comfortable and simple life until he died. He occasionally taught seminars on the how to appreciate "The Magic of Every Moment".

What is surrounding you that you are missing because you're paying attention to the limitations that you have learned to accept as real? Use the wizard's CONICAL HAT as a symbol to turn away from the limitation, from the idea of what's missing and to CONNECT WITH THE SOURCE, THE INFINITE SOURCE OF ALL ABUNDANCE!

3 MAGIC WAND

Finally, Our Magic Wand symbolizes the transformative power of living from Spiritual Truths. Why? Because living from Spiritual Truths is like waiving a Magic Wand over a situation -- it gives us an ability to magically transform any situation. Living from Spiritual Truths changes our world by changing us.

Every circumstance or condition in your life that has been created by a false belief can be healed and transformed by an awareness of Truth!

Here's an amazing thought: A higher idea will always heal a lesser one.d

Isn't that a powerful statement? A higher idea will always heal a lesser one. And there are no higher ideas than ideas of Spiritual Truth. Ideas such as:
* You are One with the One.
* You live in an infinitely abundant universe.
* All things work together for those who Love the Lord,e to quote scripture.
*You are infinitely deserving of magic in your life.
*The Universe is always and in all ways conspiring for your good.
* Life happens for you, not to you.
*Infinite Intelligence is readily available to you, through you.
* You are made from Love and deserve only Love.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the drift. When we turn our attention to these higher ideas, it is like waving a magic wand over our lives!

Earlier I told you that I wanted to help you BELIEVE IN MAGIC, believe in the magic that is available to you always and in all ways, by giving you some images to help symbolize the magic in life, and we've used the trappings of a magician or wizard of old as our symbols.

Well, I really want you to see and remember (assistant walks up to the stage and starts to undrape the robe and then slowly puts it on as you talk) -- so, as Jarrett puts on each piece, I invite you to BELIEVE IN MAGIC by remembering:

The Wizard's Robe - symbolizes being "in the flow" and embracing the fullness of life. As the robe enfolds Jarrett, so it reminds us to enfold ourselves in the wholeness of life - the up and the down; the ebb and the flow; the in and the out, knowing that the Alchemy of Spirit is always present no matter what! Speak aloud with me: "Today I create magic as I live in the Flow and embrace the fullness of life."

The Conical Hat (assistant puts the hat on) - a symbol to turn away from the limitation, from the idea of what's missing, and to CONNECT WITH OUR HIGHER SOURCE, THE INFINITE SOURCE OF ALL our good! Speak aloud with me: "Today I create magic as I connect with God as my Source."

Finally, The Magic Wand (assistant holds the magic wand) - a symbol of the transformative power of living from higher ideas! So say with me, please: "Today I create magic as I live from higher ideas."

And simply one more time . . ."Today I believe in magic and I create magic in my life. Thank you, God!"
And so it is!



aEric Butterworth
bRumi The Guest House
cErnest Holmes The Science of Mind pg. 535
dRev. David Owen Ritz Keys to the Kingdom
eRomans 8:28



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