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Meditation: The Way to our True Self

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A lot of people ask me what type of meditation to practice…which technique to follow.

  • Somehow various ‘techniques’ of meditation have been branded all around by various meditation gurus. Those are merely induction techniques for trance. Not meditation itself.
  • Some people would say ‘meditate on this’ this and confuse meditation with contemplation or focus techniques. If you are meditating ‘upon’ something, whether something from a scripture or a word or mantra, that’s not meditation.
  • Some books and authors have confused meditation with visualizations. A lot of groups and individuals have practiced what they called ‘guided meditation’. Well that is not meditation either.
  • Some people thought meditation is breathing techniques. That s part of yoga but not meditation itself.
  • Others confuse meditation with yogic postures or various types of yogas. Some think kundalini and chakra work is meditation. All these techniques are wonderful for wellness and healing but are not meditation itself.
  • Chanting, singing, praying are all nice but they are not meditation either.

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Meditation is our inner natural state. It is when we are simply observing our inner silence. Meditation literally means going within. If you are focused on anything external it is not meditation. Thoughts are not us. We are something even deeper within.

Think of an onion and you are peeling the layers of an onion. Beyond body, beyond emotions, beyond your wishes and dreams, beyond your thoughts playing in the mind, beyond the mind…Going to the deepest part of you. That is our real self and meditation is the way to our real self.

You have to let go of those chanting, affirmations, visualizations, and all those techniques and simply be in inner silence.

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Really go off the GRID of all those mental projections which we believe to be ‘reality’. If your thoughts are playing in your mind keep practicing …half and hour to one hour a day…until you are able to quieten your mind. You will be. It does not depend on what you wear, what music you play outside, which incense you light, what crystals you decorate yourself with. Those things can create the mood, but meditation has only to do with finding time for yourself. Dedicate time…its called ‘sadhna‘. Find time off those facebook and twitter feeds and those numerous chores and tasks of daily life. Really dedicate time for YOURSELF and be with yourself. That’s the only ‘technique’.

Your practice will start to give results when your thoughts reduce significantly. You will be less mind-full and more ‘mindful‘. This is ‘dhyana‘.

Once you achieve the state of ‘dhyana‘ you will slowly find the space between your thoughts getting longer. Stillness. You will be quiet for the first time. Not just on the outside but inside. Free of thoughts. That’s the ‘no-mind‘ awareness. Coming to the point of nothingness or ‘shunyata‘. That’s where the true self is found. It is who we are without all those ideas of who we are. Without our egos and self-identities. It is the real self common to us all. This is where we are all connected as one. So take off all those masks of imagined perceptions and ‘know thyself‘.

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To be with our real self is so blissful, you would not want anything else. There is great peace and real happiness. Not just momentary pleasure but real inner joy. This is the most positive state ever. For the first time you are in touch with yourself. Our true self is divine. Self realization is God-realization. That is the real Goddess energy and the real Christ consciousness. No religion, no prayer, no ritual can give it to us. It is our common spiritual reality where everything and everyone converges. There is no describing how positive and peaceful it can be, you have to experience it yourself.

Don’t give up if you don’t get this instant ‘nirvana’. It is not the false high you get through a drink or a drug. Its not like typing into google and finding what you are looking for. No-one out there can give you the answer to who you are. You cannot pay someone to find you YOUR inner bliss and inner contentment. No healer or guru can do it for you. No witch can cast a spell and send you real happiness. Find yourself. Do not wait for someone to come and open the ‘crown chakra’ for you. That door opens only with your inner key.

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Once you do find your inner self, be with yourself and stay with yourself, you will love being with yourself. No longer are you dependent on friends, society, community. No longer are you looking for a soulmate or trying to find love or acceptance. No longer do you need anything or anyone to complete you. Stop wandering around looking for something to do, someone to talk to…and meditate.

Your inner self is peace, bliss and truth. Give yourself time. Be with your inner self more often. You will slowly get established in your inner self.  That’s ‘samadhi‘. Even in the outer world you can be in touch with your inner self, constantly. With time you begin to integrate with your real self it in non-dual awareness. Self-aware and awakened, not divided anymore but one complete whole.

If you are looking for ‘benefits’ in meditation then let me tell you, there is nothing else but meditation that truly sets us free. You can cast spells and do all those new age magick that you love and enjoy everyday. But meditation is the way to find the truth. Its not just something you use for gaining power, getting richer, getting success, getting love or fame…PLEASE do not meditate for those reasons. Its time not to be stuck at those worldly desires. You are on the right path if and only if you are interested in being one with the TRUTH. That’s called being spiritual.

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If there is one thing and one thing alone that can really heal the world it is meditation. If there are problems in our life, in our society, in the world, it is only because of lack of meditation. There is no dis-ease, no worry, no struggle, no fight or strife any more once you are well integrated with the inner truth. If we could all meditate a bit more and a bit more…and a bit more…we will automatically find everything that is necessary for the world today.

The truth makes us free. That is the only path to REAL-ization. While thoughts and ideas are illusions, truth is only found in silence. That’s the only time we are COMPLETELY with our pure and natural self. I hope you enjoy meditating and being with the truth within.

Happy Earth Day and Full Moon.

Blessed Be!

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Swati Prakash

Seven Reasons for Being More Spiritual

On one hand we have seen people who are purely materialistic and for whom the physical world observed through the five outer senses is all there is. Yet, on the other hand we have spiritualists who believe that the outer perceivable world is mere illusion while the truth is hidden within. In this internet driven corporate world, why should you try learning and practicing spirituality at all, when success is measured through the size of your material achievements? Well, it turns out that those who are purely material are prone to losing their health, wealth, happiness and success all too easily, while those who are spiritual seem to have blissful lives even with a modest lifestyle.

Here are 7 powerful ways that spirituality can transform our lives forever…in a way that materialism never can:

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  1. PROTECTING FROM THE NEGATIVE: At the base of it we all have to deal with our fears that manifest in the form of various negative situations and experiences around us. Spirituality teaches us that everything that happens on the outside has an inner cause,even those things that seem to be happening to us through others. Therefore if anything negative has been observed anywhere in our life, the source is most likely to be an inner fear that caused it. Release that fear and replace it with trust…that’s the way to peace. Being spiritual helps us by transforming our fears into love because we know that everything has its source deep within us. This way no matter how much the negativity that surround us we know that if we find peace within we shall be  just fine.
  2. ATTRACT POSITIVE EXPERIENCES: Just as we know that fears caused our sorrows, we know that positive thoughts and emotions will bring us positive experiences with equal certainty. Spiritual secrets can surely help bring us more abundance, real love, lasting peace, joy and success in anything that is positive for our whole self. The moment we shift our focus to inner peace and start feeling better it begins to create all good things that our soul truly desires us to have. We might find that we are effortlessly attracting a better quality of friends, relationships, opportunities and situations than ever before and we accept them with open arms.
  3. PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT: It is ignorance that makes us feel vulnerable, pitiable, sad, hurt or victimized. A spiritually aware and enlightened soul knows that every moment there is infinite energy within at all times. The awareness of what lies within us expands our inner power to the extent that we can help ourselves anytime. Whether it is our physical or monetary health, career or personal goals, there is less of dependency on others and more self-reliance. We know that an inner switch can change everything for the better and that we can manifest our life with our own choices at any point of time as we keep brimming with limitless positive energy.
  4. DEEPER HEALING: Spiritual energy connects our mind, body and soul together seamlessly as we know that everything is ultimately woven with threads of spiritual energy alone. Since this positive energy is the source of all there is its enhanced flow can heal everything at every level of our being. The moment we shift our focus to the spiritual through meditative state, an enhanced flow of spiritual energy is triggered and staying in this peaceful radiant state continues healing us from inside out. From physical to social life, from home to all of earth, spiritual healing helps everything and everyone in a tremendous way.
  5. AWARENESS: Learning the truth and sharing the truth that we have learnt help us in expanding our consciousness and that of the universe. The remarkable fact is that as our consciousness expands it helps in expanding the consciousness of everything around us too. This consciousness when awakened is the power that transforms the entire world for the better. Whether through books or discourses, workshops or seminars, we know that amazingly wise teachers and masters will find us eventually and we will be equally enlightened provided we follow and practice what we have learnt with total dedication.
  6. SIDDHIS: Once we attain a higher state of consciousness and learn more about who we are, it increases our magickal and psychic powers in several ways. Through spiritual practice and inner focus we awaken our natural yet latent superpowers that are a necessary part of our spiritual awakening. We not only realize but actualize our multi-dimensional, infinite nature. In time we know that there is absolutely nothing that can be called impossible because we become masters of the illusion of life, rising above all of it. We are no longer limited by anything around us and ready for the next level of awakening.
  7. MOKSHA: The highest possible reason for being spiritual is that it sets you free from all illusion. Contrary to what you might have been told before, relinquishing desire may not lead to liberation but to deeper blockage or repression. The right way to be liberated from all desires is to find a deeper contentment. At this greater level of spiritual progress there is little else that you would seek. Imagine that you could have just about anything in the world right now…yet you feel that you have everything already…in-fact in a very real way, you know that you already ARE everything. With nothing more to want or seek, nothing left to crave for, you are ready to be permanently liberated from the illusory nature of the world process and be one with your ultimate truth.

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Swati Prakash is a spiritual author and teacher. Her writings can be found on www.amazon.com/author/swatiprakash

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Twelve Positive Symptoms of Spiritual Growth and Ascension

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Spirituality is all about discovering our inner self, the part of us which is beyond the physical, mortal or limited existence. While there are many of us who discover our spiritual truth through regular meditation and spiritual training, some of us experience an awakening all of a sudden, whether through dreams or near death experience. With proper practice and wise guidance we can gracefully handle all the new awareness being opened up throughout our journey.

Here are a few pointers to help us understand the inner changes we experience as the real symptoms of spiritual growth. If we are experiencing these changes in our life to some or the other extent, it is a sign that we are following the right spiritual path and practice. If yet to experience them, especially if stuck in negative symptoms or experiences …then it is merely a matter of time we will move on to the next level, provided we keep meditating and learning constantly from the right sources:

  1. From Outer to Inner Awareness: Spiritual growth is accompanied with psychic, emotional, physical and mental changes as our inner senses are opened up. We become more perceptive and sensitive to the hidden nature of reality. Before spiritual awakening people saw the world with only their limited five senses, dismissing any spiritual information given by others as ‘unscientific’. After spiritual awakening we can more easily experience the astral or subtle dimension, see more meaning in dreams and receive messages in meditative state.  The unconscious is made conscious helping us in healing unknown blocks as they are revealed to us.
  2. From Negativity to Positive Transformation: As hidden blockages and negativity are brought up into our conscious awareness it can be uncomfortable to some people at first. Through the right spiritual training and inner work we learn how to release our fears. Slowly psychic disturbances reduce, whether insomnia, nightmares or disturbing visions, physical pain or discomfort as blocks are being healed, or emotional highs or lows as we shift from material to spiritual awareness. We accept new and positive changes in our hobbies, career, relationships, beliefs and attitudes as our inner vibrations transform for the better. We attract more positive people, situations and energies.
  3. From Stress to Peace: Before spiritual awakening people usually saw the world as a fixed reality that they had limited power over. Day to day life was stressful and fearsome for many of us then. Through the right spiritual study and meditation we gain inner stillness and peace of mind. We begin to see how peace is always within us and can be found anywhere and at anytime regardless of situations. Slowly our inner peace starts radiating all around us to create waves of peace everywhere we go. At times people can automatically feel and sense the calm and healing waves of peaceful energy flowing in and around us too.
  4. From Anger to Understanding: Before spiritual awakening we would have felt upset at others, whether family, teachers, colleagues, society, politics, god or deity….blaming them for all problems and difficulties. As our spiritual awareness rises we begin to realize how we create our own life experiences at a deep inner level. We understand that everyone is going through their own cycles of learning just like we are. We can empathize and understand the reasons for their issues, their fears or worries while remaining detached at the same time; allowing them to learn and focusing on what we must learn. We begin to also detach from our own expectations from them thereby putting ourselves in a place of real power.
  5. From Victim to Magickal Being: Spiritual awakening helps us see how we are manifesting our own life experiences from moment to moment. We are no longer victims of fate or destiny, helpless and incapable of influencing our own life situations. Instead of blaming stars and planets for the patterns of our life we begin to realize how celestial bodies and everything in nature merely guides us through intuition and symbolism, toward our own inner psyche. We start applying this wisdom to transform our own inner energy, our beliefs and our vibrations with the result that our own life improves and transforms from inside out.
  6. From Pity to Respect: With enhanced spiritual awareness we are less likely to feel sad or unhappy about the state of the world. Instead, we start feeling more positive about the potential and capacity of the world to change. There is a sense of respect for everyone as a divine being who has their own positive energy or power hidden within them. Instead of seeing people as under-privileged, lesser-fortunate or vulnerable, we recognize their potential for complete and total transformation. We serve them best by helping them realize their own power instead of merely handing them some spare change.
  7. From Guilt to Self-transformation: Being spiritually aware also helps us gain power over our own hidden blockages, addictions or fears. Instead of feeling guilty or regretful about something we did or did not do, we focus on the present moment from where we can create transformation. When we see our problems and mistakes as lessons and learn what we should from them, they stop bothering us repeatedly. Our own inner patterns are reset through this learning. We replace our own self-limiting ways of thinking, feeling or behaving with those that serve our highest good.
  8. From Disease to Wellness: Spiritual work and meditation enhance and improve the energy flowing through us. When we know that it is energy that is manifesting as our physical life, we begin to master our own inner state. This leads to a better well-being and deeper healing that unites our mind, body and spirit as one. Through proper and dedicated practice we learn how to be less affected by the outer world and how to maintain inner balance. Dependence on medication and drugs reduces automatically with the right meditative practice.
  9. From Hunger to Contentment: Those who lived solely in the material dimension and seldom tried meditation were likely to be engrossed in the endless search for pleasure, entertainment, fame, wealth and status, life after life. On the other hand by enhancing our spiritual awareness we discover a deeper part of us which is forever happy, peaceful and content in itself. Instead of seeking constant stimulation through food, sex, internet, socializing or shopping we start feeling more and more satisfied from within. This way we discover the true meaning of abundance consciousness.
  10. From Ego to Humility: Most conflicts, enmities and power struggles were caused due to a feeling of separation between ‘me’ and ‘the rest of the world’. Our ego was hurt easily when we were spiritually unaware of who we are. Spiritual practice helps us learn that the world and our personal self are deeply interwoven; that everyone is somewhere connected to us, and we to them. We see a great divine being in every person and thing uniting us as one greater Self. This way there is no scope for pride, egotism, inferiority or superiority – just a recognition that everything and everyone is simply here to teach us the higher truth.
  11. From Selfishness to Love: Spiritual ignorance has been the root cause of all evil, having manifested as hate, attacks, corruption, lack of ethics or anything that was harmful in nature. Through spiritual awareness we all are now realizing the real meaning of love. We have truly begun to grow as spiritual beings when we discover unconditional love and compassion. Instead of trying to serve our lower, limited, physical selves at the expense of others, we begin to realize the value of being harmless, kind, forgiving and positive towards every being regardless of how they are.
  12. From Illusion to Truth: Spiritual realization and awakening are the real ways to be truly liberated and freed from the illusions of ups and downs, suffering and pleasure, happiness and sorrow. Deep within us is pure peace and bliss. This true happiness does not depend on whether or not we have something or someone in our life. We realize that outer life is merely an illusion manifesting through a play of our desires and wants, fears and hopes, conscious and unconscious thoughts. We discover our innermost truth which is infinitely more satisfying than anything can ever be. This sets us free!

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Swati Prakash is a spiritual author and founder of Global Wicca. You can read more on www.swatiprakash.com

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Meditation: The Most Important Thing For Us All

What is meditation?

Meditation means going within (from the latin word medi that means middle or center). We all are something beyond our physical bodies, beyond our feelings, our desires, our thoughts…there is something deeper within us. Meditation is about being with this deeper part of us.

Why should we meditate?

In our day to day life we go through many ups and downs, seeing and experiencing both negative and positive things in the world, in our lives…and getting affected by them all. This is a state of duality or illusion…where we fall out of balance, fearful and unaware of who we are. Negative energy, fears or blockages are a result of this imbalance or ignorance…manifesting as diseases, problems, harmful thoughts, negative attachments, destructive beliefs, disturbed behavior or unhappiness of various kinds. Through meditation we awaken to our inner truth and discover inner happiness. We know that there is nothing to fear at all. This brings peace and joy to all of us and puts us all back in a balanced and wholesome state making everything better.

Who can meditate?

Anyone can, there are no restrictions of gender and even children can meditate whenever they are ready for it.

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When should we meditate?

Meditation is an inner state and not restricted by time. Whether it is morning or night, before food or after, is not so important, although keeping a light stomach helps some people in focusing better, and it helps to be not too sleepy when you are trying to meditate. Women in their periods, or people who are not feeling well can meditate as well. In-fact meditation could help in healing you during uncomfortable times. With practice meditation will become easier and effortlessly possible at any time.

What should be worn?

There is no need to wear any special type of outfit. As long as you are comfortable you can meditate whether at work or home in your day to day clothes.

Are there any specific methods of meditation?

It does not matter what technique you use to draw focus from outer world to the inner self….some people begin by closing their eyes and sitting still, some prefer listening to soothing music to relax their mind, some focus on chanting or mantras, some focus on their breath, all these are just aids or induction techniques to gradually achieve stillness. Yet these are not meditation itself. Meditation is when we go beyond all this and be without any thoughts to discover the innermost self.

What are the steps to follow?

Step 1. Relaxed awareness: In day to day life sometimes we get absorbed in the experiences without remembering our innermost self. The first step in meditation is to draw our senses inwards. You can try this by closing your eyes gently and sitting in a comfortable posture, neither slouching not stiff.

Step 2: Observation: Instead of getting attached to any feelings, thoughts or mind-chatter, just observe them and watch them quieten. Observing something gives you power over it. Observe your breath and your mind… and watch the space between your thoughts.

Step 3: Witnessing: When you find the space between your thoughts …when there is inner silence, then you can observe your true self. This is who you really are. Be with yourself as a witness to the self. This takes you beyond the illusion of the world process and in alignment with your inner truth which is pure peace and bliss.

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For how long should we meditate?

You can meditate for as long as you want. You might take some time in the beginning to even reach a meditative state and the idea is that once you get there you must stay in it for as long as possible. You can begin with practicing for 30 minutes a day and slowly increase it to one hour a day. As you practice each day after a period of dedicated practice, you will find that the meditative state will come naturally to you and in every part of the day and even at night while sleeping you will be in a deep inner state. Still it will be good to dedicate at least one hour a day for specially being just with yourself and meditating.

What will happen once you reach a meditative state?

For each person their own individual and unique experiences are important. You can note and observe our own experiences. For example: Being one with nature, Being one with the universe, Feeling light, Just being, Pure peace and bliss…these are some of the common experiences of people who meditate. After you achieve this ‘enlightened’ state you will not feel superior in any way but will be more compassionate and humble, recognizing that all is one.

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Swati Prakash is a spiritual author and founder of Global Wicca tradition of spirituality. You can read more on www.swatiprakash.com

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

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All Hallows Tide

There is no death in this eternal moment

There is no ending of time or of life

Except for the death of your own illusion

Everything changes yet stays all alive

And what is your sorrow except a delusion

While all you are made of is pure love and light

There is no darkness except the ignorance

Of things that you really know well, deep inside

There is no destruction, its all transformation

In truth all you lose is the shadow of lie

There is simply nothing to fear all around us

For everything here is just our own disguise

The veil is not thinning, it is non-existent

For nothing divides us, we are unified

So bring on the death of this grandiose illusion

And wake up again to your own sweet surprise

Blessed be all of our souls, ever healing

Rejoining together in all hallows tide

Together we are only one great truth vibration

A silence of mind ever conscious and bright

So close your two eyes and remain ever open

For all that you know to just perish and die

To witness the glory of life everlasting

Unite with the Goddess who is now inside

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Swati Prakash

www.swatiprakash.com

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Real Spirituality – Beyond Godmen and Godwomen

Recently in India there was a major controversy around ‘Radhe Guru Maa’ who seems to be in the news for wearing a little red dress among other reasons including charges of promoting dowry demands in a family. Earlier there were controversies around rape on gurus such as Asaram Bapu and so called ‘tantriks or aghoris’ who sometimes resorted to bizarre advise including harmful acts to make their clients get what they want (although it is common sense that negative acts will only give negative results). In all parts of the world there have been reports of clerics of churches and mosques accused of negative acts including child abuse and molestation.

Controversies surrounding Godwomen and Godmen of various religions are here to teach us some important lessons. As majority of our people flock in large herds to seek blessings from temples, idols, churches, priests, matas and babas, the real ‘God’ is quite misunderstood. It is time we stopped imagining God as an entity to be worshiped through places, things and people around us, and start understanding God as our inner truth to which we can anytime connect through our own spiritual effort.

In India being a spiritual guru has been all about dressing in a Hindu garb and having a mass of devotees around. Men dominated the spiritual scene for the majority and women have been held holy only if they could be seen as a ‘Maa’ or a mother figure.There is also a belief that spiritual people are to renounce all material wealth, dress in white or saffron robes and not generally be successful. Let us be honest with ourselves and not expect any person, no matter how spiritual to be somewhat ‘holier than thou’ and give up living itself. There is absolutely nothing wrong if they use wealth in the right ways to spread positive energy or if they get remunerated fairly or dress well. And there is nothing wrong if spiritual gurus are ordinary people living regular lives as women or men having normal families and relationships.

Spiritual gurus are guides are just here to give their own teachings but it is up-to the public to evaluate their knowledge, their wisdom and their advice as per the needs of society. Check whether they are propagating the right values. Holy robes and vestments do not make a person spiritual. People should understand that spiritual gurus are supposed to guide us to the right and truthful path – of better thoughts, positive actions and good karma rather than following negative spiritual role models.

We need spiritual gurus who are down to earth and who guide people towards their inner truth. Today what we need as a society are ordinary people who are more aware, more enlightened, connected with the inner self and those who know how to not merely follow the crowd but follow their own intuition. The onus lies on people.

If we really want a society free of fraudulent spiritualists then it is time we recognize those who are truly spiritual. To separate the truth from falsehood requires discernment. Instead of looking outside for guidance, we need to learn how to awaken our own inner power to choose our destiny. That’s the real meaning of witchcraft – the way to create our own life through right thoughts and actions.

Let us not blame others but look within. God or Goddess, or whatever name you give to the universe, is not and can never be something found outside. It is our own inner consciousness that requires awakening – let this be the time for our own awakening.

Let us discover our own inner power. We create our life through our own beliefs, we need to be released from our inner ignorance, we need to overcome our baseless fears, we need to learn to love and be happier people. We need to connect with nature and see each stone, herb and animal as divine. We need to respect men and women as equally divine. We need to love our-self as divine. Do not look for an outer God but look within and find your inner power to heal yourself. That is the real meaning of spirituality.

By Swati Prakash, author of The Goddess Speaks. Global Wicca Revolution and Yes, You Are A Witch