My previous post in the personal development and alchemy series was about how causing changes within can help cause changes without and thus help one to perform effective magick. In that post I talked about how the internal “static”, AKA our limiting beliefs and personal obstacles, can interfere with our magick and growth as a whole person and magician/witch.
Many of us struggle with our fears, negative ideas, and limiting beliefs on ourselves, our lives, and reality. It could range from any one or all of the following:
- “I can’t do that, that’s impossible.”
- “But if I become successful, people will treat me differently. They may resent me or try to attack me.”
- “I’m afraid of failing. What if I put all of this time and energy into what I want and I don’t get it? What do I do then?”
- “I’m not worth it. I’ve done too many horrible things in my past and I just don’t feel deserving.”
- “No one in my family or among my friends has gotten wealthy/successful/happy in their lives, so why should I?”
- “I’m not good enough. I don’t have what it takes.”
- “I haven’t succeeded in my past, so why would I succeed now?”
If any of these sound familiar to you or strike a chord within you, take a step back and reflect on that. First of all…don’t beat yourself up over it. It’s not going to help you to get over those feelings and will just add more power to them. What you want to focus on is on how different the actual reality of the situation is. In other words, find out what your inner negative voice is saying and start telling yourself the opposite.
Here’s a great exercise: write on a sheet of paper everything that you want out of life. Don’t hold back, don’t judge, just run with it and be honest with yourself. No one has to see that list but you. Think BIG.
When you’re done with that list, make a new one: write down all of the things within your life that you think is preventing you from fulfilling those goals. Again, be honest. Don’t hold back, and don’t judge. Just let it all out. Think of it as a cathartic rant session!
Once you have those two lists, you want to make a third. This list is the most important of all. Rewrite the second list of all of the things you’ve listed as obstacles and rewrite them in the positive. For example:
Original: “I can’t find a job that I really like that will pay me enough and will last.”
New: “I have it in me to get the best job for me that will pay me more than enough and will keep me employed.”
Original: “I can’t find a good date, no one thinks I’m attractive.”
New: “I’m attractive and have many good qualities, and can find my perfect match who is right for me.”
Original: “Magick doesn’t work, I’m powerless and don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t have it in me to do a good spell.”
New: “I am powerful and magick flows freely within me.”
Coming up: Tying your personal affirmations with your magick. In short, using magick and the power of your thinking to help you along with personal development. Sounds pretty neat, right? And it certainly could help you with more effective magick in the long run, too! Call it “greasing the wheels”!
If you find that your list is a bit too tough to tackle and could use a sounding board, I’m here for you. Contact me anytime for a session or a free consultation.