The Power of Your Words (Week 11, Chapter 8 Wrap Up)
Welcome to Week 11 of The Inner Temple of Witchcraft. If you're new here and want to review past weeks' notes, check out the summary of notes in last week's post.
This week, we're wrapping up Chapter 8. Here are my notes!
This section involves the concept of reprogramming our brains so that our thoughts become more positive and reflect our energies and intentions. Learning to neutralize negative thoughts that are harmful to ourselves or others can help us reprogram our thought process.
The Islamic Proverb Found in The Mantram Handbook by Eknath Easwaran
Each word we utter should have to pass through three gates before we say it: (1) Is it true? (2) Is it necessary? and (3) Is it kind?
In learning the ways of witchcraft, we begin to understand that our thoughts and words have power. So, it's important not to direct any negative energy toward ourselves or others. We can also neutralize others' negative thoughts or actions toward us, especially when we feel powerless against someone.
The best way to handle negative energy sent at you is to neutralize it, versus sending bad energy back at someone.
To neutralize your thoughts, it's as simple as saying, "I neutralize that" or imagining an X over any negative image you imagine. My husband learned, being raised Christian, to say, "I rebuke that thought in the name of Jesus." Other spiritual traditions have similar ways of neutralizing thoughts.
Other Magickal Laws
Here are some other magickal laws beyond the Hermetic Principles described at the beginning of this chapter.
The Law of Synchronicity
-When two events happen that seem to be coincidence, but you can't find any direct relation between cause and effect. Penczak also compares this to a Tarot card draw that seems to directly reflect what's going on in your life, that feeling of greater meaning and a connection to your intuition. Penczak also encourages following synchronous events in order to find your path.
The Law of Association
-If two things have something in common, they can influence each other. This related to the previously mentioned Principle of Correspondence. Penczak notes, for example, using a dollar bill in ritual to bring more money to you. A dollar carries the vibration of money and be used to draw that vibration to you, gathering similar vibrations together -- the Principle of Abundance.
Two sub-laws are: (1) The Law of Similarity (if two events are , the smaller event can cause the larger event) and (2) The Law of Contagion (if two objects have touched, they continue to interact and influence each other).
The Principle of Triplicity
-The idea that the universe resonates with the number three -- that good luck and bad luck can happen in threes. In magick, complete each action in threes fort he middle, psychic, and divine minds.
The Law of Symbolism
-Penczak notes, "Symbols are the language of the psychic mind." Pentacles, circles, crosses, pyramids, stars, the triskelion, etc. It's important to note that witches never associate the pentacle with evil.
- Journal about the Laws you feel most drawn to.
- Meditate using a symbol you connect to in the text. Journal about your experience.
- Be aware of your thoughts and feelings and neutralize any that are harmful or negative.