Meditation: the Secret Key to Magickal Power
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Mat Auryn, author of the new Psychic Witch.
Meditation may not be the first thing people think of when they think about witchcraft, spells, or magickal powers. However, when people think of psychic ability, they often think about meditation and mindfulness to engage and enhance those abilities. I truly believe that both psychic and magickal ability are two sides of the same coin—one being the perception of energy and the other being the manipulation of energy. That being said, meditation would be the operating space where the two intersect and from which we engage and enhance both practices. These topics are the heart and core of my book, Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation.
Throughout all my training and practice over the years, any time I had the opportunity to chat with a witchcraft elder or a magickal practitioner that I respect deeply I would ask them, “What is the most valuable practice for increasing magickal results?” The answer I received was almost universal—meditation. For some, this answer may be surprising. What does witchcraft have to do with meditation and how could it possibly strengthen one’s witch power?
Let’s begin by looking at one of our foundational definitions of magick, which is often misquoted by Dion Fortune. In 1934, she wrote in an essay for London Forum that she defines magick “As the art of causing changes to take place in consciousness in accordance with will.”
Meditation, an almost universal practice throughout cultures, is the most natural manner in which we can actively change our consciousness by shifting our brainwave states. Through consciously altering our brainwave states we can tune in to perceive subtle energy, which in turn makes it easier to manipulate that energy.
We can begin to understand how our mind works, how we become distracted, and how to focus on a single thing. It’s through concentration that we can hone our own will power to be single-pointed and powerful. This sharpens our willpower and our resolve, which are keys to successful spellcasting. Similarly, meditation cultivates a clearer mind with fewer distractions, which provides powerful clarity when it comes to forming magickal goals in which we can direct our willpower and energy towards through spells.
Mindfulness meditations not only sharpen our focus and clarity, but also teaches us passivity and detachment. Detachment is the final step in successful spellcasting. Often we fixate, stress, or worry about the magickal results—if not doubting it all together. Meditation teaches us to be in a state of allowance without having an attachment to the results. In other words, meditation can assist us in not getting in our own way and unconsciously thwarting our own magick.
Most importantly, through meditation, we learn who we are, how we’re subconsciously wired, and (perhaps most importantly) how to get in touch with the core of our being. In witchcraft, there’s often a heavy emphasis on working with other spirits, which are indeed important relationships. However, the most important relationship with a spirit that you will ever have as a witch that will increase your magickal power is the relationship with your very own spirit.
Our thanks to Mat for his guest post! For more from Mat Auryn, read his article “Magick for All: Witchery from Nothing.”
Thank you sir for writing this article. You reminded me of this crucial practice that I had abandoned, after my wife had a stroke four years ago. Everyday I would practice meditation first thing in the morning and in the evening before going to bed. My life was much better, definitely more magical and my psychic abilities in tune. Energy flowed through me much easier and many things I wanted happened automatically, without effort, because I was not attached to the results. I would just go with the flow so easy and effortless. Your report has encouraged me to immediately resume this essential exercise.
I started practicing late last year. I have performed only a handful of rituals where I’ve drawn a circle, raised energy and executed detailed spells (with guidance from a spiritual teacher who has many years of experience in this area). The results from my first such spell blew me away and firmly cemented me on this path. The importance of detachment was driven home by a recent spell where I manifested a witch to move into the empty bedroom in my house. That happened only this week and one of the first things I did with my meditation practice was to start working on not thinking of any more ‘pink elephants’. Specifically, I began not thinking about the other spell that I performed during the same ritual where I did the spell to get my new roommate. My mind had still been holding on to that other spell but not the roommate spell. I had detached in a similar way for that first spell too. I’ve been meditating for a few years now and I’m pleased that I can effectively not think about something and that I can have the present time awareness to drop whatever I don’t want to think about and redirect my mind elsewhere, if it does try to creep back into my mind. I had actually brought up my desire to get better at letting go like this with my teacher about a month ago and will definitely be bringing it up again when I talk to her tomorrow.
What is this key to meditation because I just can’t seem to connect for some reason?
Loved this piece. Can’t wait to read your next blog 🙂