Has being a witch cost you and caused you pain? If so, I’m with you. As a witch, I have lost friends. They had no space in their heart for someone different from them.
Losing someone you cared about, as they leave your life, hurts a lot. Sometimes, I see being a witch as a tough path.
We, witches, face so many judgments, and some people hate us—especially because they don’t know the truth about our spiritual path.
I realized that we, witches, need to have bright moments to sustain us on our spiritual path.
Here are some insights:
- Focus on the Gods, your spiritual path and shielding.
Why do you need to do shielding? Because some people send destructive energy toward us—even when they don’t know it.
We need to keep ourselves strong and safe. We can live a life with bright moments.
Remember that your strength comes from the Gods. When other people throw terrible energy at you, focus on your true path and the God and Goddess. Concentrate on your practice. Especially grounding and shielding. Ground first and then shield.
To ground yourself, you can do these three valuable methods of grounding.
1. Eat good food
Eat something. Carbohydrate-rich foods (such as breads or pasta) help pull you down from the high energy state that you achieved during magick working. See my Cakes and Wine Ceremony for an example of using food.
2. Push energy into the ground
Shunt the extra energy back into the earth. One way is to take your hands or bare feet and place them on the bare earth. Release the energy by visualizing that you are pushing the energy into the earth. Mother Earth will recycle it for you. Having any contact with the earth is truly grounding. You can even lay in a field of grass and just deep breathe.
3. Hug a tree
Ask the tree for permission before you hug it. You can ask permission as a thought in your own mind. After you have the tree’s permission, hug it and visualize that the extra energy is absorbed by it. The tree will do the rest. It naturally helps you pull the energy from your body and restore your internal balance. The tree takes the unneeded energy and shunts the energy down safely into Mother Earth.
You can use the Tree of Life Meditation for further grounding. You will also add the Cosmic Egg Shield to the process.
The Tree of Life Meditation plus the Cosmic Egg Shield
Slowly breathe in and out. Breathe in the energy of love and peace (envision this as white energy). Breathe out all stress and negativity (envision this as black smoke). Keep taking deep breaths in and out. Concentrate on the white energy being breathed in and filling up your body with loving energy. Then let go and breathe out the negative energy you see as black smoke. As you do this, release the stresses of the day. Repeat this breathing cycle at least three times until you are comfortable and relaxed.
As your body and mind begin to relax, continue deep breathing and focus on this image:
Envision roots made of energy sprouting from the bottoms of your feet. With each breath, extend the roots farther and farther down toward Mother Earth.
Extend them down through the floor, down past the plumbing of the house, and down deep into Mother Earth’s body. Go down to her core, to the center of her heart.
Once there, with each breath in, pull up the energy from Mother Earth. Breathe out the stress, and breathe in the blue-green energy of Mother Earth.
Pull the energy up through your roots, up past the plumbing of the house, past the floor, and into your feet. The energy feels clean and refreshing.
Breathe in deeply. Pull the blue-green energy up into your legs and past your knees. Pull it up into your Root Chakra at the base of your spine. Let it fill your body, going up into your Sacral Chakra and continuing to your Solar Plexus Chakra. Breathing in deeply, draw the energy up into your Heart Chakra. Let the energy flow down your arms and into your hands. Feel your body relax as the energy fills it.
Breathing in, draw the energy up into your Throat Chakra.
Concentrate on the blue-green energy filling your body. When you are ready, with another breath in, breathe the energy up into your Third Eye Chakra.
Using your breath, draw the energy up into your Crown Chakra. Feel the energy flow throughout your body.
With another breath in, pull the energy up and out of your head. The energy forms like branches toward the sky above you. Continue and let the branches flow up to the universe and out into the cosmos.
Draw down the golden energy of the sky and universe into you. Continue to let the sky energy intermingle and mix with the Earth energy that is already there. Pull it down through your body and into your arms.
Continue breathing deeply, mixing and pulling the energies down to your Heart Chakra.
Breathe in again, pulling the energy of the universe down into your Solar Plexus Chakra.
Continue pulling in the energy. Let it flow into you. Pull it into your Root Chakra. Breathing deeply, pull it down your legs and down to your feet.
Feel the energy from both the Mother Earth and Father Sky that is within you.
Now focus on pulling this mixed energy out from the top of your head once more. But this time let it cascade down all around you like a waterfall until it completely surrounds you.
With a deep breath in, take the energy and push it out in all directions into an egg shape around you. This is the Cosmic Egg of Protection. It is your shield.
Keep breathing and as you do so, push out more and more energy into your egg.
Your egg gets stronger and stronger.
And when you are satisfied with the strength of your egg, stop and relax.
In a moment or two, slowly start to pull your branches back within you, pulling them in with each breath.
Let any extra energy dissipate through the roots that you had placed into the Earth from your feet, keeping the egg intact.
Now breathe the roots up, and back into your body just like the branches that were above you. Give yourself over to the total relaxation you now feel.
In a moment or two—and when you are ready—open your eyes.
[Please know that you can record the above meditation and then listen to it later. Or you could invite a friend to read the above script and guide you through the meditation.]
You have now made the Cosmic Egg Shield. This shield will protect you from absorbing negative energy. Just remember to reinforce your Cosmic Egg Shield by repeating the above ritual.
Once you have mastered these practices you can more easily let in the light and good energy you deserve.
- Turn your focus to helping others
When I get down and the path is rough, I look at helping others. When I do that, I open myself and the person I am helping to the light of happiness. Even gifting another person with your smile is helpful.
Helping in your local community or the larger community is a great way to ease your path. You could also choose to work with animals. I volunteered at the Peninsula Humane Society and worked with small animals.
You can volunteer at a food bank or other place like Habitat for Humanity. You can help your elderly neighbor with their housework or yard/garden work.
The point is to help others feel better. In so doing, you create happiness for yourself.
Doing these things can help others also learn that witches are kind and helpful people. This can help us ease our path.
- Practice ways to shift out of negativity
“Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.” – Haruki Murakami
Have you ever heard bad news and noticed that you had a choice? You can dwell for a long time on the bad news or seek to shift your thoughts to something positive.
For example, today I learned that my cat has fallen ill again. He needs insulin injections that I give him. I could stay in my thoughts about how fragile his life is. Or I could grieve a bit and then play with him. In this case, my pain about having to give him the shots (and cause him temporary pain) is inevitable. But I can let go of some suffering by shifting my thoughts to the present moment and playing with him. (He likes to chase after shoestrings.)
We all know that the path is strewn with dangers and setbacks. It’s important for us to practice ways to shift to bringing in the healing powers of positive energy. Shifting can be a way to help create more balance in your life.
Haruki Murakami’s quote about pain and suffering reminds me that we can shift into the present moment and focus on gratitude for the blessings we have.
May these insights support you on your journey.
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