Monday, July 26, 2010

But can I really pull a rabbit out of my hat?


After the storm, God stopped by to say hello.

Does magic work? Back in the day I believed, I really did. The spiritual community I was part of in San Francisco was based around the idea that if we put enough umphh into our rituals, we could literally send energy (we called it a "cone of power") for healing and social justice out into the world. If we somehow were unable to muster the faith, we were supposed to do the magic as if we believed, or as one of my teachers said, pretend to believe. Apparently that was almost as effective. Hmmm ... This is a link to the Principles of Unity we created over a two year period. I'm still proud of these ideals. At least we had the right idea - though I often wonder about our choice of methodology.

The Sufi acupuncturist tells me that sometimes people ask him, "Does acupuncture work?" His response is great; he always says, "Well, does fishing work? It works if you know how to fish, if there are fish in the water, if you have the right bait ..." In other words, the question, does it work? is without merit.

I'm wondering about magic this morning because just yesterday I grabbed my Chilean rainstick again (first time since the downpour on the day I moved). It's so hot and dry in DC, I thought, what the hell. Walked to work shaking it at the sky. Sure enough the skies opened mid afternoon. It poured. So - did the rainstick "work" or was the confluence of rainstick shaking and big ole thunderstorm more a matter of good timing on my part? I had a cohort who used to say, "We conjurers place a toe in the great current of energy and believe somehow we created that movement." To her, magic is about dancing in alignment with what's already happening.

The older I get, the less sure I am of anything. But that rainstick, whoa. That rainstick kicks ass.

Happy Monday, y'all.

18 comments:

Celestite said...

What I think is that the gods have a sense of humor. And a rainstick is something everyone should know how to use.

jinksy said...

I shall now rush to get my rainstick and dance around my patio!

willow said...

"Magic is about dancing in alignment with what's already happening."

Interesting. I like that. Dancing's a good thing.

Meri said...

Dancing in alignment with what's already happening. That's the goal, isn't it?

ellen abbott said...

Well, I believe we create our own reality but I'm not sure if that only happens before we fall into the flesh or if it continues afterward. Certainly it does continue afterwards as we decide how we perceive things. And I believe that thought is energy and the more thought/energy you put into an idea the more real it becomes but that just could be perception as well. The world is only what we believe it to be. So I can't answer you question either. Maybe you can pull a rabbit out of your hat or maybe the rabbit was there all along and you just now perceived it.

Reya Mellicker said...

Yeah, who knows? One bad result of conjuring (speaking only for myself) or even setting an intention is that I fixate around the intention, I cling to the intention and become blind to any alternative.

Barbara said...

As with most things, love included, timing and the right conditions are everything. But who knows -- maybe your rainstick contributed to the incredible power of yesterday's storm that resulted in dog pee on our bedroom carpeting and a 6-hour power loss. The next time, maybe you should shake that stick more gently! :)

Reya Mellicker said...

Yeah, I tend to get carried away, don't I? Oops.

Everton Terrace said...

I am having a bit of a giggle at the thought of how you looked walking to work shaking the rain stick in the air - love that. Please come to Phoenix and give us a good downpour.
Also like what you said about fixating on intention and not seeing alternatives. Will be pondering that today.

Cyndy said...

That storm was so huge that I can imagine there must have been 40 or 50 other people shaking their rainsticks at the same time. Either that or your rainstick is super powerful!

Janelle said...

hell. i reckon you damn well could pull a rabbit out a hat...! honestly! magic is magic is magic. xxx j

Angela said...

I`m sure you have supernatural powers, Reya.

Nancy said...

I read that it was quite the storm. One powerful rainstick, Reya!

Reya Mellicker said...

Janelle: I love you. I do.

Everton, the citizens of Capitol Hill are used to me by now. They have seen me engaged in so many "weird" activities. I believe they find my strange ways somewhat charming. Or at least they accept me for who I am.

Angela, I do not believe in super natural anything. All is nature, all is natural. That said, you, my dear, are supernaturally powerful!

Kerry said...

This is almost scary. I'm glad you got rain, though, through what ever means!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I am glad your rain sticks worked- I believe in magic- and if you believe it then it is true-

Nice to meet you- glad I found your blog!

Elizabeth said...

You done good.
Though it scared my son quite a bit.
He thought a tornado or hurricane was coming.
It hit us as he and I were coming into DC to meet family.

Barbara Martin said...

Reya, your manifestation abilities are well honed. I would think combined with your desire for rain and other people's desire for rain produced the correct effect.