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Meditation: Origins, Magick & Tips for Everyone

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)

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Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Meditation is a method of stilling the mind, either by emptying it of thought or by focusing on one thing in order to reach a state of relaxation or an altered state of consciousness. There are many purposes for and benefits of meditation. Meditation increases self-discipline strengthens the mind and relaxes the body. It also allows us to move deeper into a state of no-mind, or to journey on the astral plane.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Meditation has a rich history dating back thousands of years, with its roots in ancient India, where it was initially developed as a spiritual practice to attain enlightenment and self-realization.

In the context of witchcraft, meditation serves as a powerful tool to enhance one’s magical abilities, as it allows practitioners to harness their inner energy and focus it on their intentions, making spells and rituals more effective.

Creating a comfortable and sacred space for meditation is essential. Utilize items like crystals, candles, and incense to enhance the atmosphere and promote focus during your meditation sessions.

Relaxation is a crucial aspect of meditation. By focusing on your breath and releasing tension from your body, you can achieve a deeper state of meditation, which is vital for magical work.

Origins

The word meditation is from the Latin meditari meaning “to ponder” and it relates to the serious consideration or contemplation of a subject.

Indeed meditation is a very useful tool for decision-making as well as exploring philosophy or spirituality.

Meditation and Magick

For students of magick, meditation is very helpful for understanding the deeper mysteries and guided meditations are often used to this end during group ritual.

Meditation also helps magick-users to enter deeper states of consciousness and paves the way to journey work, astral projection and dream walking.

It is, therefore, a very useful skill that every magic-user should master.

Learning to meditate can be a daunting task for the beginner but in many cases, the reason for one’s trepidation is simply that the concept of meditation has been over-complicated.

Tips for a Beginner

Time

Make sure that you’ve got some time when you will not be disturbed to meditate. This does not have to be an extended period. 5-10 minutes is plenty to start.

You may be surprised at how long 5-10 minutes feels when you are meditating. Set a timer on your phone or on your stove so that you’re not peeking every two minutes and to make sure you wake up if you doze off.

Be Comfortable

You want to be comfortable, not too hot or too cold and in a place where you aren’t going to be in danger of bugs crawling on you or helpful dogs licking your face.

You should also choose a time when you are not too tired or you might fall asleep. If you do fall asleep, don’t worry! Just try again tomorrow.

Relax

Begin by relaxing and observing your mind. Do not try to block thoughts that come to your mind at first, the idea of “no-mind” is a very advanced trick so don’t even bother with it at first. Just note what thoughts come to your mind and them set them aside. Relax, observe. Timer beeps, get up move on.

Repeat Daily

Twice a day if possible and gradually increase the time you meditate to 20-30 minutes before seeking out and practicing more advanced techniques.

Journal

Keep a journal of your experiences, thoughts, and feelings about your meditation in your Book of Shadows.

Note: I find it helps to do 20 minutes or so of Yoga before meditation to facilitate the process. I also enjoy meditating while doing yoga or while walking but it is important that you know the moves or the path well before attempting this.

After you master the basics of meditating, pick a topic to meditate on say for example the Element of Earth or simply an apple.

Follow the same guidelines above, starting with very short sessions. When other thoughts intrude, set them aside and return to thinking about your chosen topic.

Online Resources

Some great guided meditations on Youtube

About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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