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The Magic of Life - Where Art Thou?

 (The following is excerpted from Dr. Husfelt’s forthcoming book The Greatest Lie Ever Told - a Manifesto for a Religious Revolution and a New Consciousness)

Life is magical and magic is life. Just gaze into the eyes of a newborn child. Since the dawn of humanity, people have recognized the magic and mystery of life. From this awe was birthed a form of understanding—philosophy and religion. There is little doubt that magic and religion if not ‘brother and sister’ are at least close cousins of each other. We know that the original religious leaders were also magicians. A commonly used term to identify them is shaman. Two respected academics and authors have recognized Jesus as both a shaman and a magician. The first is Bruce Chilton, Rabbi Jesus, who identifies Jesus as a Jewish Chasidim or shaman. The second author is Morton Smith, Jesus the Magician, the title of his book is self-explanatory. In addition, “the Talmud itself states unequivocally that Jesus spent his early manhood in Egypt and that he learned magic there.”[i]

Why then is Christianity so utterly opposed to the indigenous practice of shamanism and magic? Could it be that Jesus as shaman and magician did not support the lie, whereas Jesus as god-man does? What about Judaism?

From its very beginning, Judaism was rooted in shamanistic magic as witnessed by Moses’ serpent power and his shamanistic ability to access the Otherworld of spirit. It is relevant to concur that “Moses was a shaman. He had been trained during his forty years as an Egyptian prince, and during his years as a warrior in Ethiopia, and as a son-in-law and apprentice to Jethro the Shaman of Midian.”[ii]   [iii]

The earliest recorded shamanic rite of sanctification is to be found within Genesis where the Hebrew patriarch Jacob rose early in the morning and anointed a stone pillar by pouring oil on top of it [Gen. 28:16-22; 31:13; 35:14].   

In addition, it is known that rain making is basic to shamanism. No rain, no life or as a Hawaiian friend has related: no rain, no rainbows. One of the ceremonial acts of rain-making involves pouring water onto the ground or an altar. We discover this action recorded in the Oral Torah, “the Mishnah—that a golden flagon filled with water was carried to the Temple in Jerusalem where the priest poured water upon the altar.”

What about Islam? Muhammad’s visionary experience in a cave is purely shamanistic in context. This is understandable when we consider that his people’s religious beliefs centered around the moon,  three goddesses, worship of certain magical stones and various other indigenous desert spiritual practices that could be considered shamanic. The Islamic logo still honors his desert shamanic roots in the crescent moon and the five pointed morning/evening star of Venus representing the goddess Aluzza. 

Even though Muhammad needed to unite his tribal people under one banner and stop the warring and the blood feuds, he also desired to end the corruption of the profitable cult of the Kaaba (Black Stone) at Mecca, as well as subjugating other forms of indigenous nature worship. Interestingly enough, in the end he still instituted the original pagan reverence of the Black Stone as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. 

It’s interesting what happens when truth is institutionalized. It seems that two of the three prophets, Jesus and Moses, were shamans and magicians. I would even go one step further and suggest that Muhammad would also qualify as a shaman. So the question that I pose partly in jest: ‘where has the magic gone within mainstream institutionalized religion—where art thou?’

[i] Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince, The Templar Revelation, p. 286

[ii] Rabbi Gershon Winkler, Magic of the Ordinary, p. 22

[iii] Theodor Reik, Pagan Rites in Judaism, p. 6