Saturday, May 10, 2008

Magic and Miracles

I've been reading a lot of fantasy in the last few years, and recently I've read a series by Tamora Pierce (Circle of Magic) about four young people who discover they have extraordinary magic. One is linked to the winds; she can see and hear things far away, and she can manipulate the winds and water and rocks and earth to change. Another's magic lies in weaving and thread; she can use woven movements to bind and to loose and communicate with cloth so that it does her bidding and other things that are made of string or wire or such. The young man of the group is attuned to growing living things and can make grass grow or nurture a forest. The other is a metal worker who makes things of living metal. Together they are very powerful as they have forged bonds of love and trust over their training years.

I believe in Magic, and I nearly always capitalize the word...so closely is it linked with God for me. I see nothing unusual in these four young people's talents. They are extremes of connections that we form each day with things that surround us. And, they are extremes of focus that we do not often have. Meditating is part of their daily routine, and from it comes their strength. Not many of us spend much time in meditation.

Once I had a green thumb with potted plants - bay trees loved my patio, orange trees grew from navel orange seeds and grapefruit trees from supposedly seedless grapefruit. My jade tree measured over four feet across before I dismembered it. Since it's name was Rocky, it's babies were Rockettes. I let the last of them die in the cold here this past winter. So my green thumb went away. It went away because I did not nurture it, did not meditate, did not pay attention to it. I lost my magic.

And, that's what happens when we lose touch with God; we lose our magic. I once had a healing touch that even people waiting to pay auto tag fees could sense and tap into. When we did healing services, many people waited in my line for me and those who gathered around to lay hands on them and channel God's grace a little stronger into their lives. Now, my oil stock is dry and so is my touch. Neglected and unused.

My Magic flows in other directions, nourished, focused and sustained.

Magic is simply God's use of our focus and our strength in ways that are particular to us. "God is alive, Magic is afoot..." sings Buffy St. Marie. I can't separate the two, and I suspect you'd find that your "Magic" is a focus and strength that comes from meditating and belief. When you train it, nurture it and hold it dear, Magic works and God is alive. Don't let your Magic die.

6 comments:

Juanuchis said...

Great insights. I think that Magic can be seen as the Holy Spirit working through us ... the gifts of the Spirit, as St. Paul says.

Thanks for this post {{Sharecropper}}.

Judith said...

If you haven't already, read Robert McCammon's Boy's Life. It's the best novel about magic that I've ever read. Real magic, and the magic of childhood!

Lindy said...

Just clicking by to say hello. How's it going ShareCropper?

Kate Morningstar said...

Thank you, ShareCropper -- that's been deeply meaningful to me today, in this minute. I've been thinking about my own magic today -- people have been telling me I bring calmness and serenity with me when I come and listen -- it's a little hard to believe they're talking about the same Me I'm living in.

Kate Morningstar said...

Oh, and just BTW -- I'm supposed to have supper tonight with a friend who reads a lot more fantasy and magic type books than I do -- I've sent her a link to this article, and I've asked, if she has the books, can I borrow them? If not, the library. My friend will be a little more forgiving about how long I take to read them, though ...

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