Jubilee! Circle is a circle of spiritual seekers providing inspiration, healing, affirmation and service
by letting go of ego.

Jubilee! Circle is a progressive, inclusive community, influenced by Creation Spirituality, ecumenical, feminist, and traditional Christian theologies.

We respect and value each person's spiritual path. Whether you come from a church background, a religious background other than Christianity, or no religious background at all, you are welcome here.

At each Celebration we express our faith through music, dance, poetry, prayer, evocative messages, and fellowship. No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome at Jubilee! Circle. Join us!

Meeting days: Sunday
(every first Sunday is Potluck!)

Meeting time: 11 a.m.

Meeting place: 2730 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC

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VIA TRANSFORMATIVA: PRACTICAL MAGIC

The word "magic" was coined in the late 14th century and was derived from the ancient word "mag" which means "priest" from the word "magos" which means "one of the members of the learned and priestly class." This word, then, speaks of the genuine power that a priest or holy person has to help others in a truly transcendent way.

When you think about it, the holy people of any community through the ages, whether they were clergy, gurus or shamans, were the ones everyone turned to for wisdom and healing, because it seemed that they had some deeper, mystical connection to the unseen world around us. Whether the community believed that unseen realm was filled with dead ancestors, angels, ghosts, animal spirits, gods or demons, these magic people had a way to reaching into that side and bringing forth a fuller vision of life for those of us still on this side of the veil.

What made these holy people special however, was not really some ethereal connection to a nether realm. Instead, these were people who, for some reason or another, had realized that there is far more going on in this world than we can see or know. Armed with that knowing, they dedicated themselves to exploring this notion -- this idea that we are not separate beings, but in fact, we are all connected, both the living and the dead, in some deep, energetic, spiritual and empathic way.

Indeed, scientists have proven what these practical magicians have known all along -- there really is only one of us here -- we are an idea in the mind of God and as such we are all part of the divine. We are all part of what the physicists call "Quantum Entanglement," which posits that once two particles have been put together, they continue to have an effect on one another even when they are separated. That means everything in this physical world is related to us and affected by our very presence.

This is magical indeed.

Just like those people who went to the holy people and the shamans for guidance, we, too, often want to keep this kind of magic at bay. The ego, especially, wants us to think of ourselves as separate entities with our own thoughts, dreams, schemes and plans. The ego sees itself as primary and everyone outside of itself as pawns to be manipulated to get to its goals. We have seen the world like this for so long, it's sometimes hard to change our perspective and learn how to use practical magic to disentangle ourselves from the ego's grasp.

Instead, we get comfortable in the ego's little world of I, me, mine and while all that spiritual hoo-hah sounds lovely on a Sunday morning, the ego has little use for it -- let alone strive to become a practical magician.

But, if we're tired of the ego's rat race mentality of the world -- that mindset that says, "I've got mine, too bad about you," then we're ready to begin our apprenticeship as practical magicians. That, however, requires that we leave our comfort zone -- that egoic temptation to see the world as something separate from ourselves -- and step into the place where all the magic is happening. That's the place where our true, divine self lives -- where we welcome the Quantum Entanglement with the Holy that runs in, through and around it all. And when we can see the magic all around us, that's when we can say: "Oh, Yeah!"