Nope. Not a title meant to grab the reader’s attention and make them go “ooo”. I’ve been a practicing witch for many years now – almost ten. Wow. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. But that’s not what this post is about.
The fact of the matter is that the witchy side of me isn’t just a SIDE. When you choose to follow a pagan path, it often becomes the most important aspect of your life. But – like any normal person – it’s easy to get waylaid by the usual life stressors and lack of free time to devote to one’s spirituality. I’ve noticed over the years that I’m at my unhappiest when I’ve drifted from my religion, and I can’t imagine I’m the only person with that affliction.
The ancestor of every action is a thought. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I had a pretty bad autumn, but this post isn’t about that either. What it IS about is the concept of Affirmations, and the fact that no matter how bad things get, sometimes all we need is a little affirmation in our life.
According to dear ole Wikipedia, an Affirmation is a declaration that something is TRUE. It isn’t just a magickal concept – you could consider it “positive thinking”. Many people utilize it in other aspects of life, like the business man who adjusts his tie in the bedroom mirror and tells his reflection, “I will win this account.”
But when it comes to my life, it is simply…witchy.
I believe that what we BELIEVE manifests itself in our lives. That’s the sole purpose of a witch who practices magick in ritual – to manifest the change we want to see. What many witches tend to forget is that “ritual” doesn’t need to be elaborate and have use of every tool in our arsenal – a simple affirmation is ritual on its own.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Ghandi
Above the small table on which I write, I have a purple post-it note. In black ink, it states: “I am a GREAT WRITER. I will make it.” Simple and to the point. Every time I sit down to write, I see it, I read it, and I repeat it to myself. In doing so, not only do I push my intention into the world so that it can manifest in my life, I drill the concept into my own head (with the hopes I’ll start to believe it).
An affirmation doesn’t only work for something we hope to achieve, like me and a writing career. I have another affirmation I created over a year ago and don’t use nearly enough – The goddess dwells within me, as me. I am her daughter, and she is me. I am a priestess of my goddess. When I lived at my mother’s home, I had this on a post-it note next to my bed, and I’d repeat it to myself three times every day before I went to sleep.
Example affirmations from vitalaffirmations.com:
- I prosper wherever I turn and I know that I deserve prosperity of all kinds.
- Loving myself heals my life. I nourish my mind, body and soul.
- I rejoice in the Love I encounter everyday.
- When I believe in myself, so do others
- I am my own unique self – special, creative and wonderful
One of my goals this year is to get back in touch with my spirituality. I don’t want it to be a separate part of my life – I want it to BE my life. I want no end, no clear line where the spirituality and the heather meet. So, something I am incorporating into my daily routine (beyond my writing goals and blogging goals), is a simple daily affirmation. To sit at my altar. Light a candle and some incense. And repeat affirmations. “I am a good writer. I am beautiful. I will have happiness. I will be successful in my writing career. I am at peace…
I am a witch.”
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
-Martin Luther King