“Witchcraft is Stupid!”
The voice in my head and the realizations that silence it.” Part of me thinks about the life I live as stupid, silly, pointless, frivolous. It thinks of my work as an embarrassment and hopefully nobody will actually notice that I am doing it.
I am not kidding.
If you talk to some of my dearest friends, my partner, and long standing teachers, they will confirm that there is a part of me that is ashamed at doing this work.
What is even more striking is that I am not alone with this shame.
I work with and for people who share this same feeling, that magic is stupid and witchcraft is embarrassing if you actually go and practice it.
These feelings are in total opposition of the inner need and desire for an experience of magic in life.
I share this because I don’t work with people who just do this for a fun hobby on the side. My apprentices, workshop / course / ritual participants, even my tarot clients, they don’t know just for fun. Even if they say at first that they just want to see what it’s like, it turns out it’s never just for fun.
Fun is a part of it. And it’s not the main reason.
The main reason people come to magic and witchcraft as a practice is due to an internal desire and need that can no longer be ignored.
It is because somewhere within, wanting to experience the divine yet having no way of doing so or even validating past experiences, has reached such a level of discomfort that when the right thing shows up we say “Yes!”
I say ‘we’ because I have been there. I spent my life until my early 20s precariously reading books about magic and witchcraft. I tried to cast a circle. To talk to trees. I didn’t know what I was looking for and I had nobody to share it with or who could transmit to me how. So, I was disappointed. I became cynical and started to believe that magic is not real and witchcraft is a silly thing that strange people do as a way to escape the real world.
Yet I came back to it again and again.
Something in me wanted to experience what is beyond my body, beyond the culture I was raised in. Beyond growing up, going to university, getting a job, having hobbies, marrying, making kids, hopefully having enough money to enjoy old age with some luxuries and freedom and then die.
- I wanted to know how to fly without a man-made instrument or machine.
- I wanted to know how to make friends with trees.
- I wanted to know how to see fairies.
- How to cast a circle and feel the air inside the circle change.
- I wanted to know how to have an experience of the divine.
- I wanted to know how to change my reality.
I wanted this, and so much more!
But I could not accept that this was possible and this was a need I had that I needed to fill. I ended up sinking into a depression that lasted a little over 10 years. I did stuff, but never with passion. I studied stuff, but didn’t feel the point. I lived, but I had no purpose.
A few realizations changed this, and even to this day I remind myself of them to calm the voice that still gets nervous. It gets nervous even about coaching, which to me, is also a kind of magic. Because it changes the consciousness of my clients into one that supports them in life and helps them fulfill their desires!
Here are the realizations:
Magic and witchcraft require no belief. They are as real as the laptop I am writing on and as palpable in practice as the experience of swimming in the ocean, dancing in the sun set, working in a state of flow, falling in love… the list goes on. I don’t need to believe that swimming in the ocean is a beautiful experience. I just have to do it and then I will know it is.
Changing states of consciousness is an effective way of improving quality of life, efficacy, creation and more.
It influences all our lives, even when we are not aware of it. We drink our coffee to get an energy boost. We listen to music to get into a mood. We go out to parties to let go. We eat healthy to experience clarity. We do so much as humans to alter our consciousness because we can directly influence our lives. Witchcraft, as I practice it, is brilliant in that I become ever increasingly aware of the ways in which I and others change our consciousness. You can imagine the benefits of that! Witchcraft also holds in its practice a ton of ways to alter consciousness beyond what we know. I can go deeper, move further and generate changes and experiences in my life beyond what I imagined possible when I was a kid reading a book on teenage spells or a disillusioned teenager or a depressed young adult.
Witchcraft and magic can have an effect on other people even if they say they don’t believe in it and think it is silly.
Now, this is something I have experienced first hand several times. From the friend who wanted a tarot reading to ‘test the cards’ and wrote me a year later saying that everything had come true, to an atheist having a beautiful experience during ritual, to myself watching my entire life change completely even though the voice telling me it’s all silly and stupid was louder than anything else. You do not have to believe for it to work!
- I desire a full life where I discover my own potential over and over again.
- I desire a life in which I can use all my skills, all my body and do everything I enjoy and find fascinating.
- I desire a life in which I can study and learn everything about everything and put it to practical use.
- I desire a life that is a deep, lush experience that is forever deepening. I wish to know the depths of my subconscious mind and the powers of my emotion.
- I desire so much.
And I know of no other way of fulfilling all these desires than by practicing and living this thing that is an art called witchcraft.
There is more, so much more, that I can share. So many more realizations. And I will!
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