Magic Has Consequences

Magic Has Consequences - Religious scholars have called the spirituality of others “mythology” or “superstition” and some would say with scorn "they believe in magic." Pagan, indigenous, and earth-relating traditions offer another perspective. If "Magik" is the art of transforming consciousness at will, what does consciousness create? Schrodinger says that consciousness creates reality. Magik and communal celebration practiced by earth-honoring and deity-relating traditions change the world.. Let us learn from them how to create changes rooted in love.

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Arriving music/with pre-set slide show

Welcome (and Introduce Amy) - Debbie

Prelude “Do You Believe in Magic” Lovin’ spoonful -

Call into the Circle of Love and Justice-Amy

Chalice Lighting - “The Circle is Cast”

Gathering Song* #21 “for the beauty of the earth” - Music leader

Time for All Ages - “Sausage Nose” - Amy

Joys and Sorrows -

Prayer- Amy

Pastoral Hymn - “I Will Be Gentle with Myself” by Libana

Reading - excerpt from Ken Wilber

Music for Reflection - “God is Alive, Magic is afoot” by Leonard Cohen (sung by Buffy St. Marie)

Homily I Amy Beltaine

Interlude - “We are alive” by Reclaiming Collective Amy will teach

Homily II

Song of Celebration*

Chalice Extinguishing -

Benediction - Amy

Postlude “Magic” Olivia Newton John

Suggestions for HYMNS

  • #1067 Mother Earth,beloved garden (Good for just after chalice Lighting)

  • #1068 Rising Green (Good for final hymn)

  • We are alive (teachable chant)

  • We are the flow we are the ebb (easy chant)

  • We are the old people, we are the new people (easy chant)

  • Rise with the Fire (easy chant)

  • Blood of the ancients (short teachable song)

  • I am the earth, and I am healing you (easy chant with interactive element)

  • The Earth the fire the water the air (easy chant)

  • We are all one with the infinite sun (easy chant)

  • I will be gentle with myself (chant with motions, good for pastoral hymn)

  • (the below are less appropriate but possible)

  • *21 for the beauty of the earth - Classic

  • 51 Lady of the Seasons' Laughter

  • 55 Dark of Winter

  • *74 On the Dusty Earth Drum

  • 134 Our World is One World

  • *138 These Things Shall Be

  • *145 As Tranquil Streams - but we just sang it

  • 163 For the Earth Forever Turning

  • 175 We Celebrate the Web of Life

  • 308 The Blessings of the Earth and Sky

  • 314 We are Children of the Earth

  • 366 Heleluyan -(Cree)

  • 389 Gathered Here

  • 395 Sing and Rejoice

Suggestions for PERFORMED Music

  • (Offertory before sermon) Do You Believe in Magic’ Lovin’ spoonful

  • (Prelude) ‘Magic is afoot’ by Leonard Cohen (sung by Buffy St. Marie

  • (Postlude) “magic’ by olivia newton john

Suggestions for READINGS (chalice lighting, extinguishing, etc.)

  • “Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books.” ―Portland Oregon author, Ursula K. Le Guin

  • "Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth--penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words. Beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told. " "Mythology is often thought of as “other people's religions”. -Joseph Campbell

  • Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women's Voices, chapter 2, susan Griffin “Sustainability and the soul (from “The heart of the matter lies in the way we see…” to “... we are to save ourselves and the earth.”)

  • Ken Wilber: Those who look into spirituality or religion for more than an hour realize that there are at least two very different types of spirituality and religion," Wilber observes, "and there are many different ways to categorize them. … some of the forms of religion are clearly ‘pre-rational,’ ‘magic’ and ‘mythic.’ And, yet other forms are ‘trans-rational:’ they are deeply, deeply contemplative, and move beyond any ordinary categories of reason and logic, .... They transcend and include reason. They are not anti-rational." “So how, indeed, to get this kind of conversation going in the modern world is very difficult. Because if you look at some of the more dogmatic forms of religion . . . these types that we are calling exoteric, or religion of myth and dogma, its arguably the cause of more human suffering and death than any other man-made cause on the face of the planet.” “And yet if you look at the great paths of liberation, those (are) contemplative paths that have claimed to show [people] a doorway in the deepest part of their own consciousness to that realm which is timeless and spaceless, and beyond death and pain and mortality.” “So on the one hand we have religion causing the most human suffering imaginable, and on the other hand the only path out of human suffering that we know of. How to get that conversation going is extraordinarily difficult and yet there arguably is no more important conversation we can have.”

      • “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”― Roald Dahl

      • “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ― W.B. Yeats

      • “...disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business....” ― Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

      • “Believe something and the Universe is on its way to being changed. Because you've changed, by believing. Once you've changed, other things start to follow. Isn't that the way it works?” ― Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

      • “Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.”― Nora Roberts

      • “I do believe in an everyday sort of magic -- the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we're alone.”― Charles de Lint

      • “Sometimes since I've been in the garden I've looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden - in all the places.”― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

      • “To have endured horrors, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that honorable and brave— that was magical.”― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

      • “What an utter disgrace it would be to find something truly magic and spend any time at all pretending and trying to convince yourself it is all just an unbelievably orchestrated and beautifully choreographed illusion.”― Tyler Knott Gregson

      • “Humanity does not suffer from the disease of wrong beliefs but humanity suffers from the contagious nature of the lack of belief. If you have no magic with you it is not because magic does not exist but it is because you do not believe in it. Even if the sun shines brightly upon your skin every day, if you do not believe in the sunlight, the sunlight for you does not exist.”― C. JoyBell C.

      • “Is there magic in this world? Certainly! But it is not the kind of magic written about in fantasy stories. It is the kind of magic that comes from ideas and the hard work it often takes to make them real. ”― Robert Fanney

  • #551 “Earth Teach Me” -