Do you have certain thoughts that come up and make you feel unhappy? Do they even make you feel worthless?
I’ve learned how to make a shift so I can go forward in my day. When I need to record an audio message, I tell myself to toss the harmful thought into the backseat. I do not let the thought do the driving.
Here are three insights:
Make a vivid image.
To create a powerful image, you might even add the sense of smell. The classic positive image of Grandma making cookies includes the aroma of those cookies. You can recall the taste of them and your feeling loved.
I mentioned my image of toss the harmful thought into the backseat of a car.
What image will help you shift the direction of your thoughts?
Verbally tell yourself a direction.
Here are examples:
“Toss the thought into the backseat”
“Put the thought on a shelf”
“Let the thought flow by on the stream”
The idea of let the thought flow by on the stream ties into a meditation idea of thoughts flowing on a stream of water. You avoid focusing on one thought like picking up a leaf and shoving it close to your eyes. Then you can see nothing else but this “negative thought/leaf.”
Instead, you let the thought float down the stream—away from you.
What verbal direction can you choose to help you shift your thoughts?
Bring the Gods into your thoughts.
Close your eyes and imagine the Gods’ light shining down upon you. In your mind, you can say something like “May the Gods bless me and cleanse me of this thought. Lord and Lady, You gave me this divine spark. Let it shine freely.”
What “mini-prayer” will you choose so you can shift away from a negative thought?
Do you feel squeezed or pushed at this time? Many of us certainly feel pressed by the health crises and unrest in the world. We may want to rebel against whatever is oppressing us. Recently, I took part in a conversation about how “the energy of rebelling” can arise in our practice as witches.
Here are three insights:
Look beneath the “energy of rebelling” for what you truly want
Often, when people rebel, it’s about going against something—perhaps, systemic racism, oppression of women, or other extreme situations.
People rebel against something that does not work in the world.
I have also noticed witches rebelling against the teachings of certain elders.
We, witches, may have chosen our spiritual path because we are individualistic in our approach to spirituality. Some individuals rebel against standard organized religion and look for the Pagan path and specific details that speak to them personally.
My point here is for us to look for what we truly want.
This urge to rebel may be on the surface, like a storm raging over the ocean. When you dive below the waves, you can find what you truly want.
What do you truly want?
Freedom …. community that you can relate to … people who feel as you do … support from the Gods … perhaps, other important elements for your spiritual practice.
I suggest that if you work with any spiritual elders, that you take the time to learn more about them.
If you can, ask someone who knows the particular spiritual elder these questions: “Since you worked with this spiritual elder, would you work with them again? Why? [or why not?]”
Realize the “Energy of Rebelling” may rise from pain.
Many of us carry the pain that may have come from some form of cruelty … systemic racism, oppression of women, violence, and other terrible actions.
Some individuals rebel against spiritual elders because of a recreation of a mother-child or father-child pattern.
If possible, see if you can have a conversation in which you express your concerns about a pattern that seems to have arisen. Gently ask for what you need. Also, ask what the spiritual elder would like to see happen.
Sometimes, the answers do not line up, and one may need to find a different spiritual elder.
We all walk a personal spiritual path. Sometimes, we walk with others, and sometimes we walk alone for a time. Be true to your own path.
Invite the Gods to support your journey from pain to healing.
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ― Rumi
I’ve noticed that when one has a wound, one can have a hole. The hole allows energy to come in. Witches do well when they focus on making sure that healing energy comes in where it is needed.
Ask the Gods to support you in enhancing healing energy.
You can do a simple healing ritual with a green candle.
A Healing Prayer
Powerful Lord, Gracious Lady Heal my wounds And transform this pain Into a creative force For good For strength For peace within myself. May my healing flow outward. And bless my sisters, brothers, and the Earth. Blessed Be.
My cat, Magick, in the morning whispers. As the day goes on, he finds his voice. At night, his meow is loud. Willpower is the opposite of this. Willpower starts strong, but like an overused muscle, it fades as the day goes on.
Here are three insights:
Get in motion with a ritual and take care of your body.
Exercise can help with your rituals. How? Your healthy body is a source of energy. We can build energy by dancing and moving the body. Your body is like a battery; when you move it, you are charging your body.
You’ll develop more energy and stamina when you make sure to move during the day. Sitting and remaining stationary for most of the day can drastically reduce the energy you have to use in rituals.
Additionally, you can develop a small pattern or “ritual” to get yourself in motion. For example, my friend, Joe, starts a writing session with his partner by doing ten pushups. That may seem strange, but Joe’s friend is used to it. This is a way Joe gets in a bit of exercise as he goes through his day.
Having a small pattern/ritual for getting yourself to move is helpful. As a bonus, the small pattern/ritual becomes automatic. It’s a habit that reduces your need for willpower to get in motion.
Connect with the Gods to enhance your magick.
We connect with the Gods to build our relationship with Them. One of the benefits of this process is that you connect with Their energies and the natural energy around you. In this way, you can enhance your magick.
Magick is the channeling of natural energy. The more you connect with the Gods, the stronger you become. You unite your energy with Their energy.
After meditation or a ritual, be sure to give an offering to the Gods.
Be selective in how you use your willpower.
One of my friends says that she eats salad for breakfast because that’s when she has the most willpower in her day.
Witches tend to wait until the sun goes down before they do a ritual.
On the other hand, if you are doing a complex ritual and you need your willpower and energy at a higher point, you may decide to do the ritual early in the day. The reason is: Research shows that the more decisions you make, the more you deplete your willpower. Willpower acts like water in a reservoir. We make decisions, and the reservoir is depleted. Then we rest, sleep, and find more water in the reservoir on the next day.
In a recent conversation, a friend and I talked about how so many of us are searching for novelty. We like something new. Many of us are caught up in FOMO (“Fear of missing out”).
After the conversation, a phrase arose in my thoughts, “Truth is beyond novelty, ego, and fear.”
I have three insights for you:
Novelty can invigorate your rituals and spellwork.
Some research suggests that novelty can increase the secretion of dopamine in the brain. Our brain appears to “light up” in a way when truly novel objects are presented.
You can bring novelty to how you do rituals. You can change elements of your spellwork. It’s possible that you’ll enjoy this new process, and such pleasure may increase the power of your spellwork.
Having novelty can help spice things up for my own spellwork.
Additionally, it is important to understand that novelty is only one part of the pie.
Find a space beyond novelty and the ego
When you explore and find novel ways to do spellwork or rituals, you can find a certain form of truth: What you like and dislike.
However, with FOMO, we can get tangled up in our ego. In my books, I’ve written about how the ego can be seen as made of fear. If we’re caught in “fear of missing out,” we can miss other parts of the truth.
I’ve noticed that truth can be buried under a lot of emotional layers.
“… if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou wilt never find it without thee.” – Doreen Valiente, in The Charge of the Goddess, writing in the voice of The Goddess
I note that this quote can read as: “If what you’re looking for is not inside you, you will not find it outside you.”
So, what is inside you?
Perhaps, you noticed that much of your day is focused on worries and fear.
When you meditate you may find something else inside you: The divinity placed there by the Gods.
The truth of your spirit is inside you, and it is beyond novelty and the ego.
Invite the Gods to help you in your journey to the truth.
Sometimes, finding the truth can be difficult. This is where the Gods come in. Going into a meditation session or a light trance can give us the space to connect with the Gods.
What truth may you find? You may find that have more compassion because you have been hurt. You may discover that you’re stronger than you think you are. You might find a new purpose in your life.
The Gods guide us in many ways. When in meditation, ask the God and Goddess for Their help in exploring your inner truths. You could say a small prayer at the beginning of your meditation session.
My God and Goddess, Remove the layers of lies and deception To unearth my truth. Uncover my treasures within. Though in darkness, I seek the way. Help me find my truth day by day.
Sometimes, the journey is long and hard. Still, your journey may be much sweeter when you connect with the Gods.