A Course in Energy Magick: 4 Workshops in Central London (Jan/Feb 2016)

Source: A Course in Energy Magick: 4 Workshops in Central London (Jan/Feb 2016)

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A Course in Energy Magick – 4 Workshops

Saturday, Jan 23, 2016, 11:30 AM

The Victoria
10a Strathearn Place, London, GB

5 Global Wiccans Attending

This course comprises of a series of 4 workshops:1. Magickal Energy Healing Skills (Energy, Chakras, Aura and Energy Spells) 23 Jan 2016 from 11.30am to 1.30pmhttp://www.meetup.com/Global-Wicca-Earth-Healing-Temple-London/events/227036029/2. Wand Magick (Wandwork, Thoughtforms and Wand Spells) 30 Jan 2016 from 11.30am to 1.30 pmhttp://www.meetu…

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Spiritual, Religious, Magickal, Witch, Pagan, Wiccan…. What’s the Difference

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In recent days there has been a trend of people stating they are ‘spiritual and not religious’, wrongly assuming that ‘spirituality’ and ‘religion’ are necessarily opposite terms.

It is also observed that the words ‘magick’ and ‘witchcraft’ are being commonly used to refer to what people call ‘occult practices’ with the word occult meaning obscure or hidden, even though these are in reality spiritual practices and are no longer secretive in today’s world.

It is also quite often that I have heard people speak of Wicca and witchcraft interchangeably while the fact is that there is a difference between the two.

To add to the confusion, in the western world the word ‘paganism’ is often used by many people, especially witches, as their religion, while in truth paganism is a broad group of several spiritual traditions or religions and not any one specific religion.

This is a detailed article explaining my views on each of these things.

Let me begin with the word ‘spirituality’. This is a word we all use commonly but few know how to actually define.

Spirituality is the belief that subtle energy called ‘spirit’ is found in the world governing everything and everyone. If you are a ‘spiritual’ person, this means that you believe there is an unseen ‘force’ or energy that underlies all physical or material things and beings in the universe.

Atheists would be people who do not believe in spirituality or any spiritual power. Most atheists are materialists who believe only in the visible or physical world as a mechanical construct with no spirit or invisible energy in it. They regard themselves as ‘rationalists’ and according to them believing in spiritual energy is superstition or unscientific belief. According to them science is strictly limited to what is observable only through the limited five senses of human beings.

Religion on the other hand is groups of people believing in some sort of divine power or spiritual power (theism), some call it The God (monotheism), some believe in many gods and goddesses (polytheism) and therefore you can say that religion is a term used for many diverse spiritual beliefs. Any spiritual belief can be termed as religion if there are many people who share that belief.

Those people who are put-off by the word ‘religion’ after seeing examples of fundamentalism and religious politics, and therefore jump to the conclusion that spirituality is something ‘better’ than religion must remember one thing…. Religion is not a term that is exclusively used for conversion based faiths, for narrow minded beliefs, for rigid rites and rituals, or for divisive beliefs that ask you to belong to either one faith or the other but not both. There are many religions in the world that are open-minded, spiritually liberating and flexible, and you can believe and choose one or many religious faiths or beliefs accordingly. So when you use the word religion kindly do not restrict your imagination to just Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and other popular faiths. Just about any spiritual beliefs that gain popularity can become religion and these can be countless and variable. As masses awaken to the spiritual truth, even spirituality becomes more or less a religion.

Magick is a term that simply means spiritual power. To be spiritual is therefore to believe that there is magick in everything. While spirituality is the belief in magick, magick is the power which spirituality is based on. The letter ‘k’ distinguishes the word ‘magick’ from the word ‘magic’ which is sometimes used to refer to staged tricks or illusions. Magick is most often used to refer to the conscious application of magickal power such as spells. However magickal power is constantly flowing all around us, unknown or known to us.

And before you say – ‘I don’t believe in all these things’….let me remind you that almost everyone in the world, including anyone who is an ‘atheist’, not only believes in but also practices magick. And that too almost every single day! When we wish each other ‘good-morning’, ‘good-luck’ or ‘bless you’ for example….when you cut your birthday cake…or when you ‘‘touch wood’. Rings a bell?

If you make a wish, pray for something, believe that you can make something happen with the power of your mind or through a mysterious force… then you are indulging in an act of magick. All spiritual beliefs and religions are therefore based on magick, not just witchcraft, paganism or Wicca (described below).

Witchcraft is a practice based on applying spiritual energy or in other words magickal power with wisdom. The words ‘wit’ referring to mind-power and the word ‘wiz’ referring to wisdom are linked with the words witch and wizard respectively (practitioners of the ‘craft’). Therefore witchcraft means ‘crafting your life with wisdom’. You can also call this ‘spiritual healing’ as it is a positive application of spiritual power or magick. Today most witches or wizards use the word ‘spiritual healer’ instead, because the word witchcraft has been tarnished due to centuries of negative prejudice spread throughout the world. Remove the false stigma and you will find the true meaning of witchcraft. Today many healers are proud to say that they are witches.

Witchcraft is a multicultural or global practice. Wise men and women of pagan or native cultures all over the ancient world were witches, also called shamans, medicine men or women, or spiritual healers in various languages.

Paganism is a word for ancient spirituality and is used to refer to several ancient or native spiritual beliefs and practices such as natural folk-medicine or belief in divinity of nature, or the elements of nature in various cultures all over the world. These include ancient religions such as the Native Chinese, Native African, Native American, Aboriginal, ancient Hindu or Vedic faith, Celtic Druidry, Nordic Asatru or Heathenry, Egyptian Kemitism and so on.

These pagan belief systems developed naturally in each area of earth, and are NOT usually based on conversion, or on following any central organisation or personality or adherence to the words of any specific book.

There are some continuing pagan traditions such as the Vedic or Hindu faith of India which is deeply spiritual as well as religious and have been there for thousands of years from before the dawn of conversion based religions. Many of these ancient beliefs, especially in the western world, have been replaced by conversion based religions that came much later – religions such as Christianity or Islam for instance.

As an increasing number of people today are ‘reverting’ to the old or ancient spiritual beliefs, especially global paganism based on nature worship and pan-theism (belief in divinity in everything) today most of the pagan faiths are being reborn or reconstructed as neo-paganism.

Wicca is one such new spirituality that unites its believers under a common guideline called the Wiccan Rede that states, ‘An Ye Harm None Do As Ye Will’. In simple terms this means ‘exercising our will power as long as it harms none’. Wicca is not another name for general occult practices or a wide range of ritualistic or pagan ceremonies. It is an ethically conscious spiritual belief system that guides us to be kind to nature and ourselves.

The difference between Wicca and witchcraft is that while witchcraft is a practice, Wicca is a belief system centred on the Wiccan Rede. Many witches choose to believe in Wicca as a faith to integrate their practices into, yet not all witches call themselves Wiccan.

Just like other religions that have elaborate rituals and ceremonies such as wedding rites, funerals and worship, Wicca too has plenty of rituals. The difference is that Wiccans believe that the deity or higher power being invoked is not an outer God that rules over nature, but nature or the universe itself in its many forms and can be referred to by any name of any god or goddess of the globe. Wicca therefore appeals to the modern spiritualist who prefers to be open-minded and nature loving in their practices.

There is no central governing body or authority figure in Wicca as it is modelled around paganism. Similarly there is no conversion to become Wiccan – you can simply choose your faith through inner belief. Some Wiccans also study and get initiated to be professional witches or healers by learning through a specific Wiccan tradition or teacher. Initiation as a witch or priest/ess in Wicca is not mandatory or a pre-requisite of being Wiccan, but is all about learning spiritual skills and gaining mastery. It is often done ceremonially, just like being initiated into the spiritual healing system or priesthood of any other pagan or native belief.

Wicca is primarily scientific as well as spiritual in its worship as Wiccans believe in celebrating our earth’s seasonal changes and cycles through rituals. Wiccans believe in an inner natural guidance or intuition taking nature as the teacher, instead of following any one personality or pre-set beliefs. In short Wicca is a spirituality that believes in being harmless, loving earth and celebrating the divine in all of nature while keeping an open mind. It unites us all as children of nature…. beings of one earth.

For more detailed information read The Global Wicca Revolution available internationally in paperback as well as kindle edition through amazon.

Swati Prakash

www.swatiprakash.com

@witchyswati on Twitter and facebook.com/witchyswati

 

Ban or Banish…How should we handle negative things

Defining negative as something that is clearly harmful for self or others..

Is a banning beef justified?
Is banning BBC from airing interviews of rapists justified?
Are such bans helpful, effective or sufficient?
Or do they make people feel powerless, as if their rights are taken away?

What I have observed is that more and more of people have been unhappy, angry, frustrated or sad at the state of our world.
The problem is that whatever you feel unhappy about can gain as much power as what you love.
Hate and love are equally strong emotions, and infact two sides of a coin.
The more you think, feel and talk about your hates, the more you attract more of what you hate.
The more you feel and visualise what you love, the more of it you get.

With rights come responsibility.
Are we willing to use our power wisely without harming anyone?
Ideally we should stop killing animals or felling trees or taking life to satisfy our greed, even if these things are not banned.
And ideally we should speak about, publicise, promote, enjoy circulating positive, wise, useful events, people, news and energy much much more often, while banishing things that promote fear or harm, from deep within us.

Banishing evil is an inside job..it needs to be done within our psyche.
Learn how to banish negativity in course 6 of http://www.globalwicca.com in the free fundamental training online.
Yes, its free, because its necessary.
Spread the light and love.

Blessed be
(*)
http://www.swatiprakash.com

You Are NOT a Zodiac

Perhaps you were born at hhmmss time on ddmmyyyy date at xyz location. Does this mean you are an Arian, Cancerian, Capricornian…etc etc for life?
Just how important is your sunsign or moon rashi?
How about your ascendent or rising sign?
And yes, your jupiter, venus, saturn, mars, pluto, rahu, ketu, neptune, uranus, mercury….what about those zodiacs. Are the signs these other planets occupy somewhat less important in determining your personality than your sun, moon and ascendent? Probably not. People are complex after all, are they not?

So what is your zodiac? Is your personality a Taurus because its your western sunsign, or a Scorpio because its your vedic moon rashi….or should you refer to the horoscope of Gemini as its your vedic ascendent….are you all of these….or are you somewhat an Aquarius too because most of the other planets seem to be in Aquarius in your vedic chart….or should you consider your western chart too just to be on the safer side….and discover you are also a Cancer rising to an extent…..oh dear…what is actually your zodiac?

The answer is none. Yes, none of these zodiacs are you. No one zodiac can ever truly be you.

Try this, try believing you are a zodiac other than your birth sign of sun, moon, ascendent, etc….try. Really…really…really… believe it. Then read the horoscope of that zodiac regularly. Chances are….as time goes by you will program yourself to become that zodiac..and perhaps….someday……you will agree with those predictions too. Trust me.

You are what you think you are.
You are what you believe.
You become what you want.
You are unlimited.
You are every zodiac, and at the same time…
You are NOT a zodiac
At least not NOW in the PRESENT moment

Your birthchart or horoscope shows the karma you inherited from your past lives till your birth. The most important thing I teach my astrology students is simply this:
Your horoscope or birthchart has just one use…to show you your limitations …those you imposed on yourself so far through all your lifetimes… and the ways (spells and inner work or unprogramming) needed to get rid of all limitations.

Yes you were born with sun in a zodiac, moon in b, ascendent c, jupiter in d…and so on and so forth. You were born at hhmmss time and ddmmyyyy date at xyz location.
And then something wonderful happened somewhere down the line after you were born.
You grew up (i certainly hope you did)
You acquired free will (at least some of you)
You learnt how to use your mind (more or less)
And whether or not you noticed it, your mind created your life all this while. And your mind, whether or not it be limited by your past, your horoscope, your birth sign, your preconcieved notions about who you are…will create whatever you believe to be you and your life.
If you believe you are poor, you will continue to be. If you believe you are clever you will be. If you believe you are emotional you will be. Your personality and life experiences are all about those deeply ingrained beliefs you hold on to so preciously.

No matter how deep the conditioning, no matter how strong the cords of karma, you can stop being a puppet of your past. Your beliefs limited you so far. All of them. Whether good or bad, no matter how attached you are to them, they are your beliefs and not the real you. Just merely, although importantly, they are beliefs.

And if you ever wanted to toss them all out of the window…and it maybe a good idea to try doing that for once (by learning the right way of tossing them out)…..you just might be able to experience who you truly are meant to be :
Free.

Learn how to really read your horoscope, if only to figure out how to attain freedom from the same.
Be not a slave to fate.
Be a witch.
Because you really are not a zodiac.

Blessed be
Swati Prakash
@witchyswati

Being Spiritual

So many people speak of being spiritual these days.
Many like being called spiritual, not religious…(as if religion were a four letter word that has done no good…but Gawd, wasn’t this is the way it was experienced until the new age of Wicca, a spiritual scientific religion…but that’s besides the point)

The point is…what is being spiritual all about?
Is it about saffron robes, hooded capes, turbans, hats and other fancy dress?
Is it about being men with long grey hair on their chins and heads and large imposing decorations on the forehead?
Is it about sitting in tight postures and closed eyes for an hour or two?
Is it about chanting in sanskrit, greek or latin, especially in the middle of perfectly ordinary conversations?
(All of which I admit will make quite an instant impression in public and may even get a few to come over and touch your feet…and secretly many of our holy men owe their sudden and humungous popularity more to this drama and less to their teachings)

Now what is the meaning of being spiritual (and not just showing it)?

Firstly the word ‘spiritual’ is composed of spirit, which means it has to do something with our inner self. But in that case we all have this spirit within…right. Quite right, however not everyone was so far equally bothered about the spirit within us all…which largely differentiates being spiritual from being purely material in our awareness and behaviour.

We are born when spirit takes material or physical form through us and our surroundings. Hence from ever since we are born we are taught in our schools, colleges and nurseries, very vaguely, about how to conduct ourselves in the material world (even if focused mainly on theory than practice). Its another thing that we also learn through people and experiences over and above our school curricula, a whole lot of things I would rather put very ironically in the category of how NOT to conduct our life in the material world. But yes most of us are somewhat aware of our material body and surroundings, even if we are not quite adept at handling them very well.

But the fact that we are made of spirit in essence was revealed rather late to most people if revealed at all. And even if this were revealed, the first (or even second or third or fourth) reaction to this was…why should it matter? Yes spirit is not matter, but that doesnt mean that it doesnt matter. The interelationship of spirit and matter is of importance here.

Now Spirit (and I am not talking of our personal spirits or lost spirits but of Spirit) or Goddess or God if you prefer,  has created our matter or material life as quite beautiful and positive. It is through non awareness and mis-understanding of Spirit that we have abused, spoilt or eroded our material world. By getting in touch with the Spirit we can once again restore a loving balance and harmony in our lives and surroundings (and also heal our own little lost spirits or souls which expand and feel complete on integration with the Spirit).

Learn how to get in touch with the Spirit (even if you call it by another name such as Source, Universe, Goddess, God) through the right ways of meditation. And …also equally importantly, learn how to bring the beauty and wisdom of the Spirit into your daily existence by way of energy healing spells that channel the Spirit energy into the material world in accordance with the motto of As Above, So Below, or as Inside so Outside, or as With In so With Out. Contact Magick 09867859058, 02265250328 or visit http://www.tarotindia.com/guide and download the syllabus before joining the course online or in person.

Blessed Be
Rev. Swati Prakash
http://www.tarotindia.com/guide

Meditation – The Rise of Your Witch or Wiz Power

Many people feel the need to learn meditation at some point of time.

For this they go to ‘gurus’ and try to follow various techniques and styles of indian yoga with breathing or kundalini or some asanas …or western guided meditations …or tibetan chanting…or Reiki work… to name a few.

In my opinion most of these people end up practicing various techniques of energy work that are very much on the surface level, but they have no idea what is meditation.

I have seen people who have spent years in certain gurus ashrams but still have NO idea how to meditate.

I have also gained training from several teachers of meditation, most just scratched the surface, some went deeper – NONE were truly magickal…and most of you are left struggling – somewhere out there on the surface – to find your way inside yourself.

If you really want to meditate please do the following:

– Stop thinking first

really that’s difficult for most people but it is possible through training

You need to totally relax your mind and enter a state of thoughtlessness

You need to bring your mind under your control.

Most of us were so far controlled by our minds. We thought all the time and that too without any will power over our thoughts. We were lost in the jungle or matrix of out thoughts, feelings, desires, health problems, emotions… and we got enmeshed and trapped in them. The ‘lower self’ ruled us. This is that part of us which made us feel like a ‘victim’ or our ‘poor self’ who is going through all the troubles of life, without any power, without any magic at all – we believed that to be us. We thought God was some invisible force controlling us from outside. We thought planets may be ‘controlling’ us. We thought our tarot cards were deciding our lives. We thought miracles were created by a force outside our control. We thought intuition is something that comes from outside to some chosen Prophets only. We were unable to access or channel the higher messages of the spirit who is the creator – God/ Goddess inside us. We thought we never can and never will be like Jesus – the son of God, or Krishna, or Rama, or Muhammed, or or whatever we believe to be worthy of following. We thought we need a messiah or savior – someone outside us who will come and make everything alright for us – for the world.

We were wrong!

Really all the above thoughts were put into your head through false and wrong types of religious or spiritual conditioning, from people who were brainwashed themselves through various group hypnosis they received in their institutions.

To make matters worse, these unenlightened people taught you to fear your magickal self. To be afraid of spells, to think witches are horrible and witchraft is a dirty word. They taught you to relinquish your power and to be unwise (unlike a Witch or a Wiz who is wise). How else could they have got you to follow them. You were to be a follower… not your own leader. Because you were taught to mistrust yourself.

If you were unmagickal so far its because no-one so far taught you how to really meditate because they themselves had no idea. You did not have the right guidance at all. You were asked to think, believe and adhere to somethings as a part of your faith or spirituality.

Part of this was a belief that – because its bad to do spells or magick – you have no power over your thoughts, your emotions, your life and your situations.

Now – when you learn to stop your thoughts at will you can then learn how to create the right thoughts as per your will. This will be the beginning of the rise of your Magickal power. You will stop being a hapless victim of circumstances and start being a Wizard or Witch.

Meditation is the way to the Spirit which is the highest self – the inner self or the God/ Goddess or Consciousness. To think about inner self, God, Consciousness or reading about it, or listening to a Guru talking about it such as in a class, lecture or ‘satsang’ is not the same as really meditating on your own.

Meditation is something that can only be done if you are meditating. Someone else can only guide you to the gate and you will have to walk through it and attain freedom from your mind.

You will find that you are not just your thoughts. You are not just your body, breath, identity….You will begin to know who you are – Know Thyself – that is meditation.

You are the creator of your thoughts, the creator of your feelings, the creator of your body, health, personality, character, life…

This can be intellectually understood by you as you read this text but to really feel the power of your inner self – kindly meditate.

Here is a technique that I teach in the Global Wicca Tradition:

1. Close your eyes. If any sounds, thoughts, feelings or sensations are felt, just observe them – watch them come and go. This is called Observation state and also ‘Vipassana’. Do this for a few minutes…Hold on and go further as you are still not meditating….

2. Next, draw your focus slowly to your breath and observe just your breath. This is Breath Observation or Anapanasati. You are getting closer to meditation but not there yet…. You are still focused on the surface or outer level experience of breathing.

3. Slowly draw your attention INWARD across various levels. This way you are realizing that you not bound to the outer world. You are the observer so you are beyond it. You then observe the observer. This is called Witnessing. This happens across the following levels:-

a) Firstly this means going through and beyond Earth level of self or your physical universe. Your surroundings, your body, breath, sensations are physical in nature. You get detached these – you just observe it ….and then you Witness it by observing the observer or yourself. You begin to know who you are. You are turning from a particle to a wave form now. Your world is less and less fixed and solid and more and more mutable or changeable.

b) Then go into and beyond Water – or your emotional universe including your feelings which sometimes we wrongly believe to be helpless about. We can observe our feelings, know that we are beyond them and we can create or balance them. You no longer are a victim of your depressions or negative feelings. Now if you see yourself – you will find that you are an energy wave and this energy wave is getting to look more and more subtle and ethereal.

c) Then go into your Fire or desires – are you just a victim of desire – or are you creator of desire. You can choose what is right. You can desire the good and un-desire what is un-useful. You are no longer a victim of habit, wants, egos or needs. Your energy wave becomes finer and more controlled.

d) Then go into your Air or thoughts – you create your thoughts – they don’t just come to you. Your mind and your state of mind is in your control. You are no longer a victim of anxiety, panic, worry, stress or restlessness. You are in-charge of your thoughts. You as an energy wave are now more and more clear and pure and subtler.

e) Finally you go into your Spirit self. You find that you are no longer an energy wave. You are the source – the creator of your own energy wave. You find your inner self – the creator. You create yourself – your entire self. This way you can   influence your entire body, mind, feelings and desires to be what you want. This means you create your Astral, Karmic or Causal nature at one level. And at another level you realize how what is Inside is creating and constantly the world outside. You are your Miraculous, Magickal self – with every single possibility in this entire universe being carried within you RIGHT NOW – like a seed which is empty but has everything stored invisibly inside. You can choose the possibility or the energy wave you wish to create right now and it will happen. This is the beginning of Magick.

To learn more and practice – do join the course called Energy Healing Spells where we go very much in depth of the above and begin your magickal training.

No matter which teacher or guru you have learnt meditation, Reiki or Pranic Healing or any other technique from – we prefer you learn this full course from us (from myself or teachers who are trained in my lineage at Magick) so that you are attuned properly and oriented properly into the Global Wicca Traition’s system. Just reading the notes borrowed from someone will not help. Only proper guidance and practice qualifies you to further educate or if you wish initiate yourself into our Tradition’s system. Because its good to start at the very beginning.

More details on Energy Healing Spells on: http://www.tarotindia.com/professionalcourses

Blessed Be

Rev. Swati Prakash

Head of Global Wicca Traition