|Do You Believe In Magic?
|August 30, 2007
GREETINGS EARTHLINGS!I hope you are enjoying the summer.
In past newsletters I offered a series of articles on the 'power of consciousness'. (By the way, all previous newsletters are available on the 'newsletter' page at my website - whyislife.com
.) In this issue I'll be presenting the first of a series of articles on 'magick'.
Also in this issue, I'll be sharing some news about what's going on in my life.
I'm excited about starting up the Chant Club this year - we'll have several musicians accompanying us. Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Peace and love, Dennis.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?
by Dennis Gaumond
So, do you? Nowadays most people don't believe in magic, which is why
much less of it happens in the modern world.
In ancient times, however, it was much more commonplace and good
magicians were highly respected. But
what is this thing called 'magick' and how does one become an effective
magician? What is its history? What does science have to say on the matter?
This article will explore these questions and will demonstrate the importance
of this concept as it returns to help us through these trying times.
'magic' has evolved to mean something very different than it did a long time
ago. Nowadays we associate the word with a form of entertainment - with
illusion, trickery and slight of hand. In the context of this article we are
not concerned with that kind of magic. We need a definition of this concept
that fits with the ancient understanding of this fascinating phenomenon.
Crowley, a famous 'magician' who lived in recent times, researched and wrote a
great deal on the subject. This is his
definition; "Magic is the science and art of causing change, on a
material as well as a spiritual level, to occur in conformity to will by
altered states of consciousness." This is directly related to the
notion, which is getting more attention lately, that consciousness has the
power to shape our reality - that one can focus one's will to bring about a
desired circumstance. The idea that humans are capable of 'performing miracles'
is something that sounds like crazy-talk to most people in modern times. But
this concept - the power of consciousness - was much more accepted in the past.
to magic (sometimes spelled 'magick') appear often in ancient texts. The
Apocrypha, those writings that were not selected for inclusion in the Hebrew
Bible, as well as texts from Sumer, Egypt, India, Greece and other ancient
societies, mention it often. There is certainly no shortage of references to
magic in the Bible itself, in both the Old and New Testaments.
example, in Exodus, chapters 7 through 12, there are many mentions of
'sorcerors', 'magicians', wise men' and 'miracle-working'. This is the segment
where Moses keeps returning to the Pharaoh with increasingly powerful acts of magic,
often referred to as the 'plagues', urging him to "let my people go". For the
first few miracles, including turning rods into serpents and turning the waters
of the Nile into blood, the Pharaoh was unimpressed claiming that his own court
magicians could do the same. "Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the
sorcerers; and they also, the magicians of Egypt, did the same by their secret
arts." ( Exodus, 7:11.) This passage clearly suggests that Moses and many
others were capable of harnessing this 'divine' power. This is only one of
countless references to magic in the Old Testament.
the next segment we will discuss magic in the New Testament, Jesus and the
Nazorean tradition, the Merovingian Kings of France, the secret societies and
|WHAT'S NEW IN MY WORLD
In the spring I acquired a new American distributor for my CDs, 'Attracting Abundance' and 'Chant Magic'. At this point I am happy to say that they are both selling well south of the border.
I'm continuing to work on my new project, the 'Bhadra Collective' and to record our first CD, 'Soon Come Shekinah'. So far this music is generating a lot of excitement. It consists of exotic interpretations of chants from a variety of cultures that are more upbeat, more danceable. I've had the pleasure of working with some exciting guest musicians and vocalists. We are looking forward to a big coming-out concert a few months down the road. If anybody is interested in helping out with this project, in any way, please contact me.
Lately several people have been asking me to include notices of my upcoming blues gigs and concerts - so here it is:
Party at Wally's
DENNIS GAUMOND and the
"blues and R&B with a worldbeat twist - a mix of the sacred and profane"
Phone: 519 827-1486
Address: 107 Wyndham Street North,
when: Friday, September 7, 9:00
who: Dennis Gaumond - guitar,
dobro, harmonica, vocals
Vince Maccarone - drums
"bring your dancing shoes"
- A WORD ABOUT WALLY'S -
Wally's Tavern is under new ownership - it has changed. They are now booking the
best Blues and R&B acts from Toronto and have done a lot to clean up it's
image. It is a strict non-smoking environment and the attitude there is very
friendly. There is room to dance. Check out their web-site:wallystavern.com
- Hope to see you there.
|Come out and join us for this great ongoing tradition of chanting together - very uplifting and fun.
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7:45 to 9:30 pm Ontaro Chant Club
The Unitarian Church is on the corner of
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For more Detailed directions, check out guelph-unitarians.ca
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