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A few years ago someone I knew was promoting himself as a spiritual coach. Inadvertently the word that he typed on his profile was ‘spiritual couching’ instead of spiritual coaching. Its funny how these ‘Freudian slips’ can be very revealing. Something deep from our unconscious knows how to communicate and express itself through meaningful coincidences even through mistypes and miscommunication.

Yes, we all need to reflect on this – all thanks to my acquaintance who made this slip and taught us a valuable lesson. Are we in the danger of becoming ‘spiritual couches’ who are passive livers than active spiritualists? Do we misunderstand and misinterpret much of our ‘spiritual’ new age gurus’ teachings are many of these teachings true in the first place? Read on to know what all ‘is’ and is not being spiritual in this ‘new age’ world.

Myth: Being Effortless = Being Lazy. 

Truth: Relax, receive and effortlessly attract, these new age principles do not mean we should be ‘couch potatoes’ just sitting and waiting for the apple to drop right into our mouth. Yes we receive the fruits of our karma effortlessly when the time is ‘ripe’ but hey – don’t forget to sow the seeds and water them. When the fruit is ripe it will fall down on its own, for sure. But go and prepare your soil first, get your tools out, dig and delve, sow and grow, nourish, be patient – it takes effort. Some karma is required for us so invest into your life and surely the returns will flow back to you. All the ‘effortless’ things you have received in the present life are your past life fruits ripening up now. Being ready to receive has helped. New age spirituality helps you be more ‘ready’ and receive your fruits, but do not mistake this receptivity state for being lazy and dull.

Myth: The Universe is Within = We should be self centered/ selfish.

Truth: The definition of within needs to change. Who are you? Know thyself. The Universe is within means expand your consciousness – you are not just your limited lower self, your body, your material possessions, your limited mind. Make your mind more unlimited and see how everything in the universe is part of your Self. The universe is within this greater ‘Self’ not in your narrow and contrived notions of your selfishness. To be selfish is to love only your limited self or your lower self. To be self loving is quite a different approach. It means to love everything and everyone including yourself. It means being aware that love is not something very limited that can be either given to yourself or to others, but an endless energy flowing to all in ever increasing amounts. Be generous and expand yourself- reach out and love everything and everyone as part of you.

Myth: The Secret and Law of Attraction = Pursue Material Goals All The Time

Truth: So you have read all these new age books and they seem to tell you that the universe exists to serve your lower needs of food, sex, shopping, diamonds, fashion and beauty? Just tell me one thing. Do you ever meditate and is there any substitute to your inner peace? Can any amount of food, sex, glamour and money buy you peace? No, you do not exist merely to accumulate and gather material comforts. Having money and things is simply not a state of true abundance. Being spiritual is all about being aware of your spirit nature, your real self, at all times. There will actually come a point when you will no longer ‘hunger’ for anything, ‘crave’ for anything, be ‘needy’ for anything. Being content is possible – make that you.

Myth: Being Positive = Thinking Positive (Doing good is secondary)

Truth: There is so much hype created around positive thinking that the worst of criminals have been projecting themselves as spiritual people. Some ‘spiritual’ people actually believed that they could get away with anything and everything by just thinking positive and imagining all kind of good things happening to them right now even while indulging in negative activities on the side. The truth is you simply cannot delete or cancel out your negativity just through superficial thoughts. Being positive right now is a great thing and this includes positive actions. You need to transform all over – mind, body and soul. You need to start doing only positive things else it will be very difficult for your inner or unconscious mind to believe that you are a good person and you deserve good. Our unconscious mind is way beyond our conscious thoughts and affirmations. We have to change the way we live into something phenomenally positive in order to be truly positive.

Myth: Joy and Bliss = Drunkenness

Truth: Being in a state of spiritual bliss is very different from the ‘trance’ you induce through drunken dancing, substance abuse and lewd sexual performances. ‘New-agers’ reveling in pagan rituals that focus on excessive enjoyment do feel great for the short run but the effects wear off. A real ritual should empower you and shift your consciousness so deeply that you never need any drugs, alcohol and sexuality to stimulate yourself ‘spiritually’. Real paganism is about being in tune with nature through our inner meditative state, not just an external but an inner connection that is expressed outwards in such beautiful ways that even a child can feel safe in your rituals. Truly children require no drugs to dance, play and be merry – so why should we? Be in tune with you inner child and give yourself only those things you know are good for the child within. Be in a natural state of deep inner bliss.

There are many more such insights I would love to share with you in my next book – stay tuned into my author page on amazon http://www.amazon.com/Swati-Prakash/e/B00V54BBHQ

Blessed Be!

Swati Prakash

karma

In India it is almost impossible to not come across a man with a long beard, giving wisdom eloquently to thousands of enchanted people. Swamis, Sadhus, Babas, Sri Sri’s, Oshos, Sadgurus,…there is no dearth of men with long beards and saintly robes preaching, teaching and guiding others spiritually. Yes, there are a few who are not usually bearded – Yogananda, Ramakrishna, even Buddha probably considered shaving to be of at least some importance in addition to meditation.

In the West there were and still are (a few) wise men or wizards, druids, shamans (from before the Pope and his team took over) symbolized by Merlin, Gandalf the Gray, or even the Hermit card of Tarot. All pointing to the higher self, respected, revered, held in awe and fascination, so much so that we call clever computer programs wizards that help us get things done so easily. Truly it has always been a compliment to be a wiz, hasn’t it?

The Hermit of Rider Waite Smith Tarot cardsThe Hermit of Rider Waite Smith Tarot cards

But where are the women? Not just the few scanty Matas and Ammas (and just why does a woman need to be a motherly figure to get some respect here) but all those numerous women who are wise and enlightened…why just a few in the limelight amidst so many men with beards? Why are they hiding under the veil of mystery just like the High Priestess – sworn to secrecy to practice in mystery covens or solitary, but not proud and open on every street and corner.

The High Priestess - Rider Waite Smith Tarot cards

The High Priestess – Rider Waite Smith Tarot cards

Perhaps they all off on their broomsticks to Discworld (of Terry Pratchett) where it is completely normal to be a witch (a wise woman). Are they all still burning at stake, trapped in the cage of the past memories left by Christian inquisitors who made the word witch such an abomination that till date people are afraid to say – Yes, I am A Witch! Confused about whether witchcraft is purely evil or somewhat evil? Worried about whether half the witches are bad ones and not sure which half? Worried that they will put up a curse on you should you refuse to keep them happy? How many people have been brainwashed by Roald Dahl’s The Witches, Hansel and Gretel and other such innocent looking fairy tales passed on over generations to impress upon young minds that a witch can be really a dreadful thing to come by.

Articles of witchcraft have been totally muddled up with all kinds of nonsense even till date – no matter how much we tell these journalists to pay attention to real facts and not fiction. References to movies and television shows such as The Craft, Bewitched, Charmed… that make a mockery of witchcraft, images of brooms and cauldrons of green slime, focus on hexing and love spells, newspaper headlines that begin with the word Devil, features that focus on myths and burning times as if the Christian views of witches are the most important thing about witchcraft, stories that almost always present counter-views by some ill informed rationalist or ‘expert’ who has no idea what witchcraft truly is with focus on how women are hunted and killed on accusations of ‘witchcraft’ when the fact is that it is merely a wrong or inappropriate use of the word witchcraft which as NOTHING to do with those ‘accusations of cursing’, and right on top Halloween cartoons designed to mock at witches used to embellish the story and make it more colourful (Phew! but I am not going to shorten this sentence)….truly journalists can do much better than all this.

Yes, I would love to see more real witches and real witchcraft featured in the media – stories that say the truth, not some conditioned misconceptions but the real truth – that witches are nothing but the wise people who practice folk medicine, give intuitive or spiritual advise and were generally respected long before the meaning of the word witch was distorted to wicked from wit or wisdom which is and will always be what witches are all about. Why else are there so many places and plants, as well as people with the words such as wych, wich or witch in their names all over the western world, if not for the fact that these words were never meant to refer to evil but only to folk or pagan magic which has been practiced all over the world as a natural way of life – you may introspect and find the answer for yourself.

So the next time you hear someone say ‘wise wizard’ and ‘wicked witches’, do give them the facts without any hesitation.

My book Yes, You Are a Witch! has more information. You can get it on kindle or as a paperback – just search on amazon.

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And….for the sake of the Goddess, do not forget, witchcraft (not necessarily religious but a spiritual practice) is not exactly the same as Wicca (a specific religion or spirituality). More about Wicca in The Global Wicca Revolution 

Happy witching!

(*)

Swati Prakash

www.swatiprakash.com

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The Purpose

What I have learnt from life:

Bits and pieces of memory – that is life, or at least what remains of it each moment

Remember rather than forget, for remembering is uniting

Learn from the past – do not repress it, or subdue it

Learn from the future – the possibilities are all within you to foresee, beyond time

Choose your actions and thoughts – both matter, both create

Let go – of the unnecessary – be light and joyous – Let God/ Goddess (true Self)

Love, love, love – yourself and every-self – all is one

Do not run after money, fame, sex and romance – these things can be all too easy to obtain but are they the Purpose?

Only what is within matters – only inner peace and contentment bring true happiness

True happiness can be found anytime, anywhere – and it is free – the best thing in life and beyond

Life is not just this physical existence, there are many many more kinds of lives

Infinity – begins from within and continues forever – that is nature – the universe – us

Remember, just remember – who you are truly

Blessed Be

www.swatiprakash.com

earth-mirror

Earthquakes are felt on the surface, there is peace at the core.

In the circle of life, we experience ups and downs, highs and lows, trials and tribulations – only if we are superficial.

Going within in the first step to experiencing peace. At first it is challenging, there are many distractions in the outer world of superficiality. Only the one who meditates goes within. That is how it all begins – the journey of magick – to find your power of spiritual consciousness. You see the suffering all around. You feel for the world, not just yourself. You seek healing and love. You have made an intention. You are ready for transformation.

At a deeper level we are not only aware of the superficiality, there is also a temptation to return to the outer world and engage in the same cycles of unconscious karma. Only the one who persists goes truly within. You hear the voices of chatter – the hollow sounds of laughter and cries of ignorance. You see the sights that excite and depress. You are tempted to engross in them – to be a victim once again – to blame, curse, suffer. You meet your inner devil luring you away from yourself. You choose to love yourself. That is how it continues, the path of magick -through dedication. You stay on the path – the straight path that goes within. Through sattva or the middle pillar of the tree of life you travel within. Through your chakras from earth to crown you journey on. Towards your center..you focus…focus and focus …shedding all the layers one by one…from one initiation to the other…going on deeper and deeper within. Letting go of your personalities and facades…leaving behind all your shadows to meet your inner light of truth.

At the innermost and deepest level, we are aware of the outer superficiality, but established in our innermost core. Unfazed by the highs and lows of the outer world, we have found a perfect grounding in our spirit, the inner self. We are at the apex of our being …which is the axle of the wheel. We turn the wheel through inner magick…no longer trapped in the automatic and semi-automatic, unconscious and subconscious cycles of destiny or fate. We have arrived, only to return again – but when we return we are not the same – something has changed forever. The gold that can no longer be corrupted. This is alchemy.

The lotus blooms in the muddy waters, untouched and unpolluted, only to spread love and light.

As we change the world changes too.

You create and dream…the world is shaped around your consciousness. As you row your boat gently down the stream

…the wheel turns, merrily this time….

Blessed Be!

(*)

http://www.swatiprakash.com

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Illustration: The wheel of fortune – Rider Waite Smith tarot

I have tried all of this – is totally possible gets easier by the day if you would just begin now.

  • Breathe in deeply and exhale slowly several times daily – every few minute/ always – focus on breath and be with your breath. Oxygen keeps cells healthy. Lack of oxygen causes anaerobic cell growth leading to cancers, other diseases and ageing.
  • Close eyes and relax very often – every few minutes daily – in between while listening, talking, etc. Meditative state will help absorb good energy to balance the energy leaving you constantly – this will help in health gain and stop drainage
  • Don’t think all the time – give your mind a break – just enjoy and relax. Thinking less will help reduce drainage of energy and help in gaining health as well as conserving energy
  • Speak very less – speak slowly and softly in low voice, listen calmly, observe nod and smile – do not debate and discuss too much. Being forceful causes many stress disorders and diseases – heart problems, blood pressure – be more gentle and calm. Reacting less will reduce drainage of energy in unnecessary things
  • If anything is wrong just relax and say positive affirmations in your own mind to change it – talking, arguing or fighting is not required at all. When inner work and magick are there why take the effort to struggle and fight. Less struggle = better health and success
  • Appreciate and compliment often – criticise, gossip and complain very less or not at all. Good and healthy energy circulates through us when joyful and thankful. Negative energy circulates when we are upset or unhappy.
  • Do not worry about anyone or self. Worry increases stress and causes illness. It can never solve anything. Only constructive and positive thoughts can improve anything.
  • Do not feel guilty to accept, take or receive from others or yourself. The universe loves you and wants you to be happy. Only happy people can be any good to the world.
  • Enjoy and relax OUTDOORS in NATURE daily. Nature cures most illnesses and conditions. Being trapped indoors causes many ill conditions.
  • Spend equal or time off computer and phones than online – go gadget free often. Microwave radiations cause many illnesses if in excess– including wifi and gadgetary rays – use in moderation.
  • Eat slowly with mouth closed and without talking – focus only on the food and you. Gulping air due to talking and chomping can interfere with digestion. Focusing on ‘food and you’ can help absorb the best from the meal, getting more from less and reducing intake of food automatically.
  • Have clean water when thirsty – NOT juice/ NOT beer or alcohols/ NOT soft drinks. Nothing can substitute water. All other drinks contain artificial sugars and negative and stale energy that cause many diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc.
  • Have no or less coffee, tea, chocolate drinks, etc. No smoking and avoid passive smoking. Caffeine, nicotine and sugars cause many health hazards and are totally unnecessary in life.
  • Have NATURAL organic food, raw fruits, less cooked veggies and salads. DON’T HAVE processed and highly cooked foods – from market or homemade. Processing and cooking destroys the natural healing qualities of food and adds harmful sugars, excess salts and spices as well as preservatives and chemicals at times
  • Eat less or no milk, eggs, chicken, meat, ghee, butter, chocolate, ice-cream  and also less or no root veggies such as onion, ginger, garlic etc. Animal products have bad karma as they are created by killing animals while plants do not usually die unless pulled by root. Milk industry also kills male calves and older cows to add to bad karma. Bad karma can cause diseases and other stressful problems in life leading to illnesses
  • Love yourself and also everyone and everything. We are all one! In everyone see yourself.

Affirm: I am now in a state of perfect health – naturally, constantly and effortlessly!

Focus on and keep – the Temperance card of Tarot – stands for inner balance, healing, health, calmness, inner work, moderation and inner focus and is connected with Archangel Raphael who embodies the healing energy of our universe.

Temperance - RWS deck

Temperance card of Rider Waite SmithTarot

Thank you for reading and sharing this article.

Swati Prakash

www.swatiprakash.com

Anything experienced within you is likely to manifest outside too.

Have you ever had dreams that felt very real…dreams in which you were so engrossed that you had no idea that you were dreaming? Dreams are the proof that we can see with our eyes shut. And not only can we see in our dreams we can engross all our senses in the dream experience, just like virtual reality in a multidimensional mode. We can talk to people, eat food, go to places, listen to music, touch, feel and do things just like in our waking life while we are actually dreaming.

Most of us could forget our dreams pretty soon even as we are just waking up. Write them down as soon as you wake up to help you understand what is going on inside you, while you are sleeping. Soon some patterns might emerge. Our dreams tell us what we are within our unconscious mind. Our hopes, fears, needs…dreams are the way our inner self talks to us. Our inner self can get through to us only if we let go of our conscious thought processes and just relax. For most people their sleep time is the time their mind really relaxes. Those who have difficulties sleeping do not even get that break. Those who meditate find it much easier to relax and understand their inner self than those who do not. Many people do not ever remember their dreams as they are so exhausted in their day to day stressful existence, they slip in and out of their dreams unaware that they have dreamt.

Some of us experience lucid dreaming, when we gain awareness while dreaming itself that we are in-fact dreaming. When we do gain awareness that we are dreaming, we can have fun with our dreams and make whatever we want happen in our dream world. For instance I used to draw and paint my dream world with colors and designs of my choice at one point of time when I was designing tarot cards for myself. At other times my dreams were predictive in which I could see something of the future, and being aware that it was my future being created in my dreams, I would change something in my dream only to see that on waking up my dream manifests just as I wanted it to.

This brings me to the point of magick and spells. In waking life too, just like in our dreams, we can gain consciousness and make things happen with the power of our mind. Our inner and outer worlds are so powerfully linked that there is in fact not much of a difference between dreams and reality in the truest sense. Truly at many times we can manifest anything we want without even a lazy flick of a wand…just a mere thought and it manifests so effortlessly, just like a lucid dream.

This is such an amazing truth. Is our whole life also just a dream and when we go to sleep are we just in a dream within a dream? Is the universe just a creation of our own mind and is everyone else around simply a projection of our inner self, waiting for us to recognize them? What will happen if we really really wake up?

Truly being magickal is all about being humble – after all we are as the shamans say – dreaming…only dreaming and creating our ‘reality’, when the truth is that nothing is actually happening at all.

Blessed Be!

(*)

Swati

http://www.swatiprakash.com

Silence

No thoughts to think
No songs to sing
Where there is nothing
There is silence

No words to say
No games to play
Where there is noone
There is silence

No fights or hating
No rush or waiting
Where there is no question
There is silence

Where you must close your eyes to see
Where there is neither you nor me
Where there is truth
There is silence

There is no fear
There is love here
There is peace and joy
And there is silence

Where there is noise
When you raise a voice
When I hear words
I hear silence

In everything i see
Only the joy of eternity
Even where there is anger
There is silence

In laughter, in cries
In pain and in vice
Every where inside
There is silence

Look anywhere, in anything
Deep within
You will find
There is silence

To heal, to change, to cause
The greatest power ever was
In past, in future, right now, always
There is silence

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