Sage has been a witch for 25 years. She enjoys writing informative articles to teach others the craft of the wise.
How to Learn Witchcraft
The most important tool in Witchcraft is not the athame or the wand, it’s not the cauldron or the herbs, it’s not even the book or the spell—the most important tool in Witchcraft is the mind.
There are many definitions of Witchcraft, but the one I like most is that it’s a spiritual art rooted firmly in psychology and nature. It involves psychology in that it requires you to have control over the mind—the ability to focus, to enter different states of consciousness, to visualize, to create essentially a self-fulfilling prophecy through positive, deliberate brainwashing (for belief not only that you will achieve your goal, but have on some level, is essential). To utilize nature—which includes learning about and working with things such as herbs, roots, crystals, etc.—requires knowledge. To work with energy—that is to learn how to raise natural energies and direct them toward achieving one’s goal—requires knowledge, skill, and developed mental discipline in psychic arts.
It is because of this that a student of The Craft should not begin by seeking spells or by gathering tools. In fact, once you’ve studied, you’ll know how to construct your own custom-designed spells. With proper study, anything you have on hand can become a potential tool—and if there’s nothing on hand you can work without them. A student of The Craft should dive into two main activities: first, studying, and second, training the mind. This article deals with the latter.
Let's train your mind.
Training the mind all begins with starting a meditation regime. The more consistently you keep up with the routine, the more you will benefit from it. If you’re completely new to meditation, it can begin with just five minutes per day of focusing on your breath and putting your awareness in the moment. This is the traditional form of meditation, known as mindfulness. You don’t need to force yourself to clear your mind; you don’t need to think about anything—simply let yourself be firmly rooted in the moment and let thoughts just drift by as if you’re a tree at the edge of a flowing river. Acknowledge the thoughts as they go past, just don’t let them carry you away.
You can begin to expand the amount of time spent in meditation little by little over the first few weeks until you can do it for up to 30 minutes.
Once you’ve learned to meditate mindfully, you can move on to visualization. For some people, it’s hard to get a mental picture of something, but visualization doesn’t have to be actually visual. If you prefer, you can focus on an emotion, a physical sensation, a sound, a scent, or whatever works for you. The key to visualization in magic is being able to experience the expected results of your spell in some way in your mind-- to take your mind to that place in which you have your goal.
For example, if your spell is for financial prosperity, you can visualize an actual image of money in your wallet, or just see the color green (or gold, or whatever you associate with wealth). If you are more of an empath than a visual thinker, you might conjure up and hold onto the emotion you would feel if you had the money you needed (joy? Relief?). If you are more auditory than visual, you might imagine the sound of your voice counting your money, or paying your bills. If you’re more of a kinesthetic (tactile) person, you can try to hold on to the memory of what money feels like in your hands—or perhaps the feel of something you associate with riches, such as how satin sheets feel on your skin or how lobster and champagne taste on the tongue. Perhaps your strongest sense is olfactory, and the smell evokes the most powerful sensory experience: the scent of money, or the finest perfume you've ever whiffed, or perhaps something earthy like patchouli indicates prosperity to you.
Start working on holding on to your visualization (whichever sensory experience you choose to use) for a little more time in each meditation until you can work your way up to 20 or 30 minutes.
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One of the most difficult steps in mental training for Witchcraft is to hone your psychic awareness. Namely, you need to reach a point at which you are able to sense energy so that you can begin manipulating it and directing it. Being able to achieve a meditative state will help you raise your vibrations so you’re able to do this.
Another major factor in raising your vibrations is to keep your thoughts positive. Believe it or not, negative thoughts are like an anchor that just drags you down to a lower vibrational frequency. The more you allow yourself to fall into negative thinking patterns, the lower your frequency goes. Hating the world, hating yourself, telling yourself you can’t do it, complaining about everyone, blaming problems on everything, being argumentative, judgmental, fighting with people—this all lowers your vibrations to a point at which it will be difficult to sense energy, let alone control it.
This is where mindfulness comes back into play. Recent studies confirm this. Being mindful and living in the moment is when we are at our most content. It’s a way to find a center of inner peace.
If you find you have a bad attitude in general, try being mindful during your waking hours, or use positive affirmations while you meditate. This is a way to essentially ‘brainwash’ yourself into having a better attitude so that you can raise your own vibrational frequency.
Once your vibrational frequency is raised, you’ll find you’re able to better open your chakras, your ability to sense energy will dramatically improve and thus you’ll be ready for the next big step: learning to work with energy (for this is what the entire spell is designed to accomplish: raising, manipulating and directing energy toward the goal).
Before you get any book of spells, before you buy any candles or try any ritual magic, start at the beginning. Strengthen and hone that tool that’s going to make the difference between success and failure every time: the mind. These are the first steps on the road to practicing Witchcraft.
© 2013 Mackenzie Sage Wright
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on September 24, 2020:
Depends on what you mean by that. I don't believe magic is black or white, or good vs. evil. Magic is magic, it's just a tool or a method. A spell to destroy can be used to destroy a person's happiness or to destroy a disease ravaging their body. The spell is still the same, it's just the intent and target that is different. It's like having a hammer, you can build homes for the homeless with it or bash someone's head with it, you wouldn't say it was a "black" or "white" hammer.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on September 24, 2020:
Yes, gender doesn't matter in Witchcraft.
SKY_WITCH on May 22, 2020:
starting black magic would u recoment i start or not
Anna on April 16, 2020:
Hi I am looking for a mentor and the more I read your page the more I feel connected to it and I was wondering if you could help me!
raymond arvidson on April 16, 2020:
can men be witch
hjjuju on March 26, 2020:
is it possible to become a vampire werewolf hybrid
Apechha on March 12, 2020:
Hello there what to do to learn this
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on March 07, 2020:
Reading and meditating are the best places to begin.
Sabrina on March 03, 2020:
Can you guys guide me as I would like to start my journey towards witchcraft.
leslie on February 19, 2020:
i want to learn witchcraft and voodoo because to help people and my self
Leonn on January 15, 2020:
I would like to learn witchcraft so I can defend myself.
Nicole on December 25, 2019:
Hi im nicole and im 11 years old i woud like to learn about how to move things like a tv remote or something
Jennyh391971 on December 21, 2019:
I want to find my true inner self and meaning and purpose of my life
Jason Reed on December 04, 2019:
This is exactly what I’m learning at Veterans Affairs.
Georgia Lawson on November 22, 2019:
i would like to learn about witchcraft i already know about witchcraft i want to learn change clothes presto changeo and turn lights off and make boyfriend to change his mind and change mom's mind to stay new haven please help me
Addy on November 17, 2019:
Hi I’m 11 and I’d like to learn witchcraft to have fun like moving a few pencils and making things float so pretty much telekinesis can you help me
Nicholas holness on August 21, 2019:
Hey i wanna talk to a pro i was born sensitive and i know how to control my vibration positively but one time did something negative and mess my self up can talk to someone who knows all about energy
Ginger on July 06, 2019:
That was amazing and everything just made so much sense... Absolutely a great starting tool... Thank you
Chris on June 22, 2019:
Wow such an enlightening video and article! Thank you Sage, so much! I am only just beginning my journey and really had no good idea where to start, and now i do, thank you again.
Anastacia on June 12, 2019:
I am 12 and ever since i learned about witchcraft all i want to do is learn it so i can bless people before coming into my home and i whant to learn the meaning of the cards.
anna on June 10, 2019:
id like to learn about witchcraft and i dont really know where to start
if someone could help me that would be great
Teresa on June 09, 2019:
Hi im 12 years old and im really intrestead in witch i want to learn healing magic could you help me with this
Chard on April 18, 2019:
Hi mam sage if I do a spell like opening the cosmic door without mastering the meditation, will the spell work and how the spells work besides mastering meditating your mind
Skylex Rashford on April 09, 2019:
Pls I am 16 years hold and I have been trying all I could to become a witch, but nothing seems working
River on February 15, 2019:
I am an empath already by heredity. I’ve been working on focusing and reading mine and other energies but I can’t direct it yet and i had no idea where to start with witch craft so this helps a lot thank you
Leah on January 31, 2019:
When you say doing research, what do you mean by this? I just don't know where to begin for the research portion!
Autumn on January 23, 2019:
I really need this
Rose on January 12, 2019:
I have been meditating but its not working i want to be a witch but its not working
Brogan on January 03, 2019:
I was just wondering but what does it mean if during meditation I felt a tingling that started as a very subtle feeling in the bottom of my feet then started to grow untill it was an intense feeling that I could feel from my knees down that then slowly faded away
mitch on December 01, 2018:
while Im listening to "guidedmedition", I tried to recall happy memories but i couldn't, i tried seeing those Bright light as i close my eyes, breath in breath out but i only see it for a moment then it would gradually fades and turn into a orange sort of light then gradually fades and then turn into total black and then it would repeat again, bright lights fades, orange then black. whats that supposed to mean..?
alessam on November 27, 2018:
@Melissa I know it’s a big shot but can I chat to you? I’m not seeking any readings I just have few questions you may have the answer to, most of the witches or Wiccans here do not believe in demons and dark forces and I need to speak to someone who understands to understand myself..
William on November 14, 2018:
My power grows ....
Melissa on November 07, 2018:
Cassandra, you posted 2 days ago about what happened to your friend the suicide after you used the pendulum, thinking you were just playing around and believed that it to be a simple joke you were playing on a friend. You also asked if anyone knew what was happening to you, and if their was anyone who could help you.
Well I believe I may have a few answers for you, my name is Melissa and I'm a spiritual medium which is someone that is able to communicate with spirits and people who have passed, as well as demonic spirits which are things from the darkest of places, things that have never been alive or walked on Earth as a living being, using a pendulum is a tool used in witchcraft it is also used as a tool to communicate the dead and open spiritual doorways. After reading what unfortunately happened, I fear that you have opened a doorway for demonic spirits to pass through into our world to torment the living. While you may have believed that you had only been playing a silly joke in reality it's very possible that you could have unintentonally summened a demonic force, and When you said that there was going to be something coming for your friend the spirit may have taken that as its needed permission to torment and eventually collect That soul. Although there is a slight chance that I might be incorrect, in all my experience with spirits and my gift of communication with the Departed, the chance that this is exactly what happened are very high. My advice would be to properly get rid of that pendulum, so that this won't happen again. Also just because the demonic spirit has collected one soul that doesnt mean it or anyother demon can't pass through that door way because it's been opened and not properly shut. So my suggestion to you is to seek out someone who can close the doorway you quite possibly may have opened by accident, so that it can be closed so that no other demonic forces are able to come through and do more harm to the living. After that properly despise of the pendulum, because even though it is no longer an open door it still has been used as one and it's dangerous.
Cassandra on November 04, 2018:
Hello I need help I really don't know what's happening to me. A few months ago I started dabbling with the idea of magic and foresight ect. and I started using a pendulum. I thought it was a joke and it was all light-hearted fun and we teased my one friend because the pendulum said that there was something coming for him and that it was going to kill him. It was all fun and games but 3 months ago he committed suicide. I don't know what's going on you don't have to believe me but I wanted to get this out in a relatively safe environment where some people would be relatively understanding. If anyone knows what's going on please help me.
Me on October 22, 2018:
I regret everything now.
I told one of the thingsyou said on this articleit was "You’re a tree at the edge of a flowing river. Acknowledge the thoughts as they go past, just don’t let them carry you away." Because she was talking about the past when my dad cheated on her and she's having nightmares about cheating, Uh, Then I remembered to not steal from a witch and I feel kinda guilty now, I'm gonna tell her to credit you if that's uh...Enough to satisfy you? (I'm sorry, I'm one of those people who don't think before they speak.)
FallingStar on October 09, 2018:
Hello!! I've just recently started learning and reading about witchcraft, and it greatly interests me. Your articles have truly helped me understand the concepts of the craft and I would love to begin practicing it. I have a few concerns though and one of them is based on experiences in youth. From the majority of people I've seen who practice witchcraft, many of them had spiritual experiences or performed some of what is discussed in this page from a young age. Can anyone become a witch? Because nobody in my family practices it and I haven't had very many spiritual or magical events happen to me. This is just a concern of mine, so I would appreciate it if you answered. Thank you for the article!
bleakeagle666 on September 26, 2018:
Please send me a book of witchcraft about beginning spell magic
Raven on September 25, 2018:
I love this! You helped me so much!
Terra Wilson on September 13, 2018:
I'm wanting to be a witch really badly, and you've helped me. Thank you very much. You see my parents are wiccan too, but their pretty much too busy to be able to teach me much about Wicca. I said this once, so I shall say this again, thank you. You've been very helpful. :)
David Fraser on September 01, 2018:
First article that I've read online and very helpful. I'm on my way. Thankyou.
ren tauro of davao city philippines on August 19, 2018:
Please send me a book of witchcraft
Wonderful on July 19, 2018:
I want to become a wizard pls .
Jewel on July 08, 2018:
I think your page is so helpful and easy to understand. I really appreciate all the effort, Ald good advice you give us all.. it’s extremely helpful !! Xxx
Angel on July 05, 2018:
Thank u for posting this it helps understand a lot more
Tina on June 15, 2018:
I really like the way you said one should meditate. ill surely try it
HGH on June 10, 2018:
If you don't believe noting will ever change.
Prateek panwar on May 10, 2018:
All I want is some happiness and good time in life. I have failed in exam. Got beatens many times a day. I want to know is magic real?
Tawni on May 06, 2018:
Thank you for the help tips. I am just beginning at learning the craft literally your my first article. Ive always loved the idea of witches and worlocks and the power within them. I have never studied but ive meditated something an old boyfriend caught my interest in. Ive opened 2 doors so far which explanes why im so in tune with peoples energies. As a natural healer a gift i was given as a child feeling when someone is upset or sad i have a muchness to help them in Anyway.. I really want to progress into the craft just really unsure on how and what steps to take. Do i seek a mentor do i hit the books or just meditate and the earth will tell me. I need of guidence please
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 03, 2018:
Thanks so much!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 03, 2018:
Back at you Val, I appreciate the comment!
Scarlet on May 02, 2018:
Thank you so much for this information! It has really helped me on my path to being a contemporary witch. Just so you know, i am not a Pagan Wicca but I do practice witchcraft.
Val on May 02, 2018:
I have always had an intrest in witchcraft, but I've never really done any research. I'll start doing lots of researches and meditating and all the good stuff after I have finished my final exams. I'm really excited and I find the way you explain things very helpfull! Thanks a lot. Lots of love x
email@example.com on April 29, 2018:
I want to be a witch
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 27, 2018:
You're welcome, thanks for the comment!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 27, 2018:
Read, for a start. Meditate. As you learn and your mind gets more focused, practice. :o)
tse on April 25, 2018:
Thank you so much for all this
tse on April 25, 2018:
i like Learning Witchcraft:
Magical how can i?
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 25, 2018:
Hi Rhiannon; glad you're finding my articles helpful!
Rhiannon on April 24, 2018:
Thank you so much for all this information. Its easy to read as well. My mother was a white witch after she passed I never got into again but now I am. Just don't know where to start or anything ha. If u can help that would be great my email is firstname.lastname@example.org appreciate it. Rhiannon
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 08, 2018:
Thank you Josh!
Josh on April 04, 2018:
Wow this is the most easy to read and understand in depth article I’ve ever seen,it’s absolutely perfect and just what I’ve been looking for for about 5/6 years now,Thank You sooooo Much B.B.
Swiggity Swoot on March 01, 2018:
Will my parents be disappointed in me if I pursue my dream of witchcraft?
dave s on February 27, 2018:
i saw a hypnotherapist who turned out to be a witchdoctor and ever since I am hearing voices, ears having weird sounds, and weird dreams. How do i get rid of it, can i hire you? or can you refer me to someone who can help me or let me hire them? ive hired others in the past for curse and hex removals but nothing has changed for the better. ive also seen a psychiatrist for over a year now and the strongest medications dont help with the voices. do you know what type of witchcraft this is?
Katherine wolfe on February 05, 2018:
I would want to become a wich
roshni on February 01, 2018:
I want to become a witch I want to learn witchcraft but don't know where to start
Fraya Smith on January 24, 2018:
Hello Sage, I'm really into witchcraft and magic but I'm also all new to this and I've just started to learn how to meditate properly before starting the next stages, but I need to ask a couple of questions before I carry on, have you got an email at all so i could email you privately?
Thank you Fraya x
favour beauty on December 08, 2017:
I know I am a witch already. witches are the most beautiful beings I want to be.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 25, 2017:
Thanks Deedra; much appreciated.
Deedra Balli from Washington on November 20, 2017:
Hi Sage. Enjoyed this much! I will be reading the Kybalion next! Like Asap.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 07, 2017:
Hi Angelica; yes, I remember the days well of having to keep altars high up to prevent little fingers from getting burned or grabbing athames or eating herbs... lol! My youngest is 16 now but yeah, it's a special challenge for Witches with young children.
Personally I am Wiccan, so I don't see the world in 'black and white' terms, of good vs. evil, of dark vs. light. I think the Hermetic Law of Polarity in the Kybalion expresses it best: "Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled."
I see everything more as a spectrum than either/or extreme, so like the Law of Polarity states, it *is* connected (same in nature, different to degree; all extremes meet somewhere on a spectrum). I think magic all works on the same principle, and working with different forces is just a given when learning magic.
I don't think this means one must deviate from one's ethics, though. And safety precautions must always be taken because even too much of a good thing can be not a good thing, KWIM? Hope that helps.
Angelica13 on November 02, 2017:
Hi! I always felt a strong connection with nature. From a very young age up till now I touch and smell all the flowers and trees and actually feel their energy. It feels like having butterflies in my stomach and this enormous feeling of pure joy and all the negativity is gone in a sec. For many years I had lost the connection but lately It really started calling me. I guess is the fact that I get to spend alot of time by myself but I still have a very energetic boy to look after. So I got a couple of books and I have a little box instead of an altar (atherwise my son would probably eat everything) with some herbs, insence, crystals etc.
Now, my mom is a white witch and she has "cleared" many people and the truth is I've seen stuff. To be honest I've always been fascinated with White and Dark forces. And I respect All of course. We are all nature. So I would like to learn both. Do you think is doable? Can all be connected? Would it be safe?
Thank you so much!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 12, 2017:
Thank you again Rommel, for your thoughtful insights. I have always thought that Lucas must have learned about Ceremonial magic in writing Star Wars, so much of it rings true.
Scosta on October 05, 2017:
witchcraft, magic, and all sort of spiritual experience fascinate me. I do meditate daily and I can tell that I have felt physical and emotional changes while doing it. I am able to feel energy, attract it, hold it and send it back to its source. I am able to imagine color energy around me and actually see it with my eye closed. I love my time alone get lost in thoughts and etc, but I don't know how to use energy or manipulate it for the good of all... I wish. I am considering learning about Wicca. Thanks a lot for your articles . ;)
ROMMEL ORTEGA from METRO MANILA on October 02, 2017:
We are of the same wavelength Sage and this is according to your writings and my readings plus empirical science. Physics has crudely explained some of the phenomena we are talking about the mind. Kindly read Elemental Mind by Nick Herbert to shed a little light on the topic of Mentalism/consciousness or mental vibrations. Read psychology too and physics about dark matter and dark energy. There we will realize that even very little gravity can separate yeasts to multiply. There is also a study in space wherein small worms when cut in two produce two heads instead of head and tail only. Amazing as what gravity can do. With regard to dark matter and dark energy, incidentally brain is called grey matter. Psychology and bio-psychology have proven to us that brain functions are dominated by weak electrical impulses [others are transformed into the currency of chemicals]. Again, and incidentally, Dark Matter is also known as Weakly Interacting Massive Particles [WIMPs] to which I think they affect our mind - the ALL is mental by Kybalion.
I am also into the Jedi thing and the Force of Star Wars, George Lucas has got something from the yin-yang of the Chinese but can clearly be explained by the theory of Akasha of the Hindus.
Thanks to you Sage. Great learning and confirmation that I am not alone in thinking this way.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 02, 2017:
Yep; first law of Hermetics. Absolutely. Witchcraft is one method among many to achieve that goal.
Thanks for your comment, Rommel!
ROMMEL ORTEGA from METRO MANILA on October 02, 2017:
Witchcraft is just a name to something beyond the five senses but it is actually a 'communion' to the Great Mind or the one called in Kybalion 'vibrations' of Mind. Because in Kybalion, Trismegistus said that all is mental. Spells will do just like prayers to the ALL will do.
Mark on September 15, 2017:
First you should set your time to meditate. Best to wake early every day. You should keep your practices to yourself as discussing them tends to dissipate your energy. Your meditation area should be private if possible, and it should be an area set aside for meditation only. This area should be accessed by you only, paying particular attention to keeping animals out! This area must receive you utmost respect, keep it clean and organized. Keep it simple, do not clutter it with a lot of stuff. A wand is one of the most useful tools, but remember it is a tool, a useful appliance for focusing mental energy. If you buy one off the Internet it will be, I don't want to say useless, but that is probably what it will be. The best wand will be acquired by first doing a lot of research. Once you have located the tree, you should scrupulously plan the day and time. Get up very early for sure. The easier you make this on yourself the less effective your wand will be. Above all this task should be kept strictly to yourself. You might ask advice of others, but do not allow your intent or plans to actually acquire your own specific wand be known. Of course these are ideal conditions, do your utmost to achieve them, but remember, getting started and being consistent every day are the most important factors.
Sofia on August 31, 2017:
Hey, just a question, what if you are interrupted during meditation? Do you do it all again? Or continue where you're left off?
Sorry, I'm just starting.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on August 27, 2017:
Hi Yahya; that would be mindfulness meditation, and it's a great type of meditation to practice in different situations. While eventually you will want to practice deeper meditations, mindfulness is actually what you're trying to achieve during magic and spellcasting, so it's a good practice.
As for element bending... never saw it myself. But even if possible, it would be such an incredible waste of time and energy to learn what amounts to basically a neat parlor trick ;o) I don't know many serious Witches who bother that, it seems to be more of an internet sensation thing. I have written an article touching on that, you might be interested in it: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Wicca-for-B...
Thank you so much for your kind comments!
yahya on August 27, 2017:
hey sage, does meditation works if, lets say, i am eating and i am aware of my breath, taste of food, thoughts, etc. ? or it must be in your room alone everyday for some minutes?
another question is, is element bending posible?
great article, i have finally made the decision to incorporate meditation. every spiritual practice requieres this lol
joanne on August 16, 2017:
i want to learn now
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 21, 2017:
Nope; sorry Kwanting. That isn't what our religion is about, and magic doesn't work that way.
Kwanting1p-thedoc on July 20, 2017:
That has helped a lot x can Wicca be used to create fictional characters making them alive exactly like in the fictional being?
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 07, 2017:
Hi QQ; thanks so much! Glad to be of help! Usually people who struggle to meditate have just gotten bad advice. It's actually a very natural thing for our states of consciousness to shift back and forth all day, it's all about learning to do it deliberately.
QuittyQuat on July 07, 2017:
Hello again, Earlier today, I read the Witchcraft Primer article and learned a great deal. But this evening, I read through and took notes on this article on training the mind. The Primer article was good, but I have to say, I really LOVE this one! So many things I've tried doing in my own life but never knew how to apply them. For example, I have tried unsuccessfully many times to force myself to clear my mind. I was totally doing that wrong. Your method of being firmly rooted in the moment makes so much more sense. Wow! Plus, I also learned that I am already using some forms of meditation and didn't even realize what it was. Anyways, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for such a wonderful, eye-opening, and informative article.
Julia Polkinghorne on July 04, 2017:
I have only started learning about this yesterday but I find this article already such a big help. Spot on-
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 22, 2017:
You can-- read the articles for starters :o)
I will like to learn please on June 22, 2017:
I will like to learn please someone
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 19, 2017:
Thanks so much Kelly, very kind of you to say. I'm glad to hear meditation is helping you sleep better; there are a lot of health benefits to it.
Blessings upon you and your journey!
Kelly on June 18, 2017:
I have recently decided to go forward with learning and understanding of Wicca after many years of fighting the urge due to family and friends mocking or telling me that it's a bad choice.
I have been reading your articles and find them incredibly helpful and I've started my journey with practicing meditation first. I have been suffering with stress related issues lately which caused me to loose sleep and unable to switch off. Since meditating and saying a sleep chant whilst concentrating on my breathing my sleep pattern is now normal, I'm sleeping through the night and waking refreshed with what I can only describe as a positive warm glow inside. Thank you for your honest and direct information as so many could easily be pulled into parting with money on things they may not be ready to use yet, me potentially being one of those if I hadn't have found your pages.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 15, 2017:
Hi Illyria; not problem with questions. That is something people struggle with.
The whole point of mindfulness is that you're not supposed to try and do anything. You put your awareness in the moment, and whatever happens to be there. Don't 'try' to think of anything outside of that moment, and if you do, don't stress... just acknowledge the thought, and let it go (some people like to imagine the thoughts like balloons, letting them go and floating away). You are probably in a state of mindfulness more often than you think, it's a matter of getting familiar with it.
IllyriaOldOne on June 15, 2017:
I really love the article, in-fact I'm just starting out with this and you've been a huge help. But I'm still a little confused about mindful meditation and how to do it. Am I supposed to find a nice relaxing place to lay down and think about a certain thing. I'm just confused about how to do it. Like where I should do it, what I should think about, and how to begin and end it. I'm sorry if this is alot for you. I'm just a beginner in magic, I haven't even done a spell yet, and I want to start off my path into magic right. And that requires knowing how to meditate correctly.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 28, 2017:
Lavender is very relaxing, I find it a lovely scent for meditation. Sometimes I just use an oil infuser with lavender, and sometimes I mix lavender buds with ground sandalwood and burn it on charcoals. If you like lavender, you might enjoy this article I wrote about it: https://discover.hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/...
Yoga is an excellent meditation practice, too. I highly recommend it! Definitely great for learning breath control, and mindfulness.
Sashakelsi on May 28, 2017:
hi this has been really helpful for me. I'm just wondering is yoga good to strenghthen the mind because you focus of breathing. also could lavender help if you burn it or spell the oil and focus on the smell when meditating? thank you.
Karen Kat Mosher on March 21, 2017:
I had no idea where to start responsibly.
Exactly what i needed.
Anna on February 12, 2017:
I remember ever since I was a little girl I've always felt like there's a presence around me. I've always been curious of this sort of practice, but Every time I've tried I always feel something suround me and it frightens me. I constantly feel either one presence or multiple as if it's/they are watching me. I've had a few spiritual encounters in my life and I never understood why I constantly feel some sort of presence around me. Whether it's day or night. The presence I always feel frightens me and I'm worried if I engage in this practice it will open a gate to darkness. My great grandmother used to do tarot cards and accurately predict things in the future. I myself have done tarot cards and I have been accurate Every time as Well. How can I set aside this fear ?
Aniri on January 29, 2017:
Dear Sage, I am very new to this too and would like to learn. I am afraid I am not religious and don't believe in any gods and deities. I guess I would like to be what is called 'secular' witch'. However, I do believe in energy and science. I would be very interested in reading something about the general philosophical principles of magic and its relationship to modern science (quantum physics and the like). Would it be possible for you to recommend me some intelligent books/articles on this topic? Thank you.
Stephanie Velez on January 09, 2017:
I am new to this art... And by new I mean I started learning more about this today. I have even taken notes from this article and I will be starting the meditation today. My family has done some sort of spell casting, from my mom and my grandmother. I've learned about these abilities that I have a while back but I am just now noticing it all. I can sort of read thoughts. I say things that people are thinking before it is said and I have done this with MANY different people. I also see white and darks balls/figures. Sometimes I sense what is there and it always freaks me out.... Until now. I want to learn how to focus and harnest the energy. This article has great pointers and I'm excited to get started!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on December 13, 2016:
Hi Angelina, thanks for commenting. Glad to be inspiring. Meditation in my opinion is good for everyone, regardless of what they do/believe. Good luck with your studies!
Angelina on December 09, 2016:
As i was a child my mom used to constantly tell me to practice meditation to get a hold on your emotions and be patient and excetera excetera As i grew up entered into a teen phase i dealt with not just concentration problems regarding studies but also emotional stresses .. Confused and depressed mind.. Once again my mom told me the same thing meditation and i refused to follow it... But as i grew up i jave realised the importance of meditation and the power behind it.. The strength it gives.. This article truly inspired me more to regularly follow the path of meditation... I have been following this since few months and there is really a positive effect on me... Now at this point of time looking at the article i got to know more about it like raising vibrations and stuff.. Thank you for guiding us...