Posts Tagged ‘religion’

How to Stop Magic

April 26, 2010

Stopping magic is a very simple thing to do. Our current society has accomplished this through a combination of scientific and religious thinking, teaching, and training.

How can such a thing be thought, taught, or trained out of you? Easy! When you are taught that ‘what you see is what you get’ and ‘seeing is believing’ you learn very quickly not to trust yourself, or your own thoughts. Religion teaches us that our thoughts and desires are usually formed by earthly needs and wants, a sure sign that Satan has control of you in this. Science shows us that magic cannot exist, while religion teaches us that only God can do miracles. (Notwithstanding Jesus’ famous quote “you can do these and greater things”. Why would God incarnate tell us lowly humans that we can do the same sort of miracles?) Still, the Church doesn’t want us to think that way. They say the only way to God is through them.

And that last thought is the basis of their methods. We cannot do anything but through them. In other words, magic is just beyond our reach.

Science is less subtle but more covert. Every new invention, each new technology is their way of telling us “we are powerless”. Sure, they claim the advancements are a boon to civilization and “time-saving” devices. But each new device is a subtle reminder how weak and powerless we are over everything!

The only way to reclaim magic is to remember you can get in touch with the infinite from everywhere in the universe, not just in some church building or in the presence of a priest, and to reguard new inventions with a bit more of a jaundiced eye. Science continually proclaims new breakthroughs but I see more of “same old – same old”. (See my April 4th article, “Science – Marching in Place” for more on this thought.)

Reclaiming your ability to do magic, or even “sense” that it is possible is within you. After all, I have it on pretty good authority that “you can do greater things”.

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Harry Potter and a ‘real’ Magical World

March 24, 2010

J.K.Rowling’s wonderful books about the steadfast young wizard, Harry Potter, have awakened in many people the idea that magic is possible in our world, somehow, somewhere.

All ancient cultures have had tales of magic and powerful wizards, all dismissed by the modern “intelligent” world as being myths and dreams, ways of ‘explaining’ natural phenomena to those early illiterate people.

Those same uneducated illiterates who constructed Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid… you know, those primitives.

And yet most ancient cultures were quite knowledgeable about their environment, their world, their universe. After almost 2,000 years of intellectual backsliding (thanks primarily to the dominant Catholic church), mankind has once again begun the journey toward understanding the wonders around us. The unfortunate part of this is that the framework of modern scientific thought is based on the structures dictated by the Church. As much as science would like to deny and distance themselves from religion, it still operates on the rule of the old school.

Sir Isaac Newton, so famous for his work on physics, was actually attempting to understand God in his studies of the natural world. The Big Bang theory was first derived by a Catholic priest who also happened to be an astronomer.

There is nothing inherently wrong with the corelation of science and religion, as any study of the universe IS a search for the creator. Pythagorus tried to find ways to use mathematics to understand the Almighty, whoever he saw it to be. The drawback of modern science is the preconceived notions about the universe. I see this adherence to strict structures and systems, this rigidity of thought, as based in the mechanics built into the Catholic faith.

A more free-flowing, shamanistic view of the universe (and thereby of the Creator) harkens back to the older times, when the energies surrounding us were found more malleable. I figure if you can SEE or FEEL the energies, you can learn to utilize them. But these “chaotic” views do not fit in well with the precisely structured universe of the modern view born of mathematics (see Numbers Don’t Lie for a different view on mathematic theories) and so we have been trained to ignore and overlook them as “just feelings”. Strange, I do not think of ‘feelings’ as “just”. As a poet and musician, feelings are everything!

Creative people know this as well. The moment of creativity is beyond anything science can put their fingers on. It is a clarity and an emotion almost like touching the divine. Creative people understand the moment of creation… akin to a Creator.

But it cannot be “measured” and is ignored by science. Perhaps science ought to find a different measuring device or a different concept of measurement – in other words, put the yeardsticks, micrometers, and calculators away. Perhaps then they would gain a more complete understanding of the world, the universe, and the people who live here. We, like the other creations here abounding, cannot be measured in such a clinical manner.

People remember the older days primarily when children, before the neoscientific indoctrination. In their world, magic and wonder abound, as well as endless possibilities. Yet still a glimmer of this world remains in enough adults to have made the Harry Potter books a pleasant read for those beyond childhood, who was the original target audience. And it is this glimmer of the real magical world that can bring it back into existence.