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Doubt and Lack of Belief: How It Affects Our Lives
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Doubt is the enemy of all people who pray, do magic or try to improve their lives. I say this because I watch people sabotage themselves every day. They doubt that things will ever change and judge their future by bad moments in the past. They do not draw the past to them and can focus nonstop on good things coming into their life. Yet there is a hard-core belief that nothing will change.
In magic I have seen magicians who cast spells and then ask others if they see them working. It is an obvious doubt and will undo the work of the person doing the spell. People who do magic and pray are supposed to release their work to the universe with the end result shining brightly. You never try to structure what happens to cause the end results because no one knows how it will happen. You have to believe it will happen and not hold onto the spell with your expectations and try to control it.
Control is a manifestation of fear of change, and expectations are trying to control change because you are afraid it will go wrong. Magic will not work properly if fear is used in the spell because it will not release the energies properly. The mistake of fear will infuse doubt that you can do anything right when the spell or ritual does not work properly.
Everyone has doubts when they are having troubles. I always suggest watching your own mind and your reactions. You will see the fears manifesting and being rationalized into some other statement to hide the fact that fear is involved. Magicians and witches can control their lives is one statement. We can set the direction we want to go, and move forward on our path. We can find out our life challenges that no one else should judge and move forward in our lives.
Magic is like a thread cast into a huge river of threads. It has to go with the flow to manifest properly just like a plant has to be planted in the right season and watered. Repetition will cause it to be stronger and more focused in the flow of what is to occur in your life. Yet we have no control over anything but ourselves. The flow of the people we are around in our lives also affects our flow. We cannot expect life to hop too and do every thing that we expect to have in our lives. It is what goes wrong with most prosperity and abundance work we set the middle of how it is to happen in fear of losing control. Enjoying life and its challenges is the only thing that will work. Spells, magic, miracles and the energies we want to flow into our lives will manifest. We have to release it in trust and know we have connected with the forces to be brought into existence in our lives.
Do not think I have not done this to myself. I have sabotaged myself a number of times before I realized what I was doing. I was afraid of change because of so many bad things happening. I wanted to control it so only the good could happen for others. It cannot be done and in my work I would love to be able to do it. You cannot solve others problems. You can teach them how to help themselves so their energies are put into their lives going into a positive flow. You can block and remove the influences causing them not to go in a positive flow. Yet you cannot make the person believe. It is impossible to live up to expectations if they decide they can only be healed in a certain way and try to control the healing. I am nothing with out the Goddess as that is the true healer not me. The healing occurs only in the way that the divine wants it to occur. If the methods fail it is the divine saying the person is not ready yet.
So I started noticing the bad habits of my clients where they sabotaged themselves and want to share them with you. I helped them to resolve the problems but it does not mean that the people reading this article will not be helped by thinking about the things others do. I stick with everyone until the problems are gone as all it takes is a moment of co-operation or epiphany to make things work.
One of the first examples of doubt is a client I had who kept asking me to check her magic. I kept telling her that negated what she did and to redo it. Since I would not even listen to that request anymore as I knew she kept sabotaging herself. I told her to do a tarot reading on whether the spell would work the way she had it planned before she did the magic. She then decided that fortunetellers could help her since I would not and spent a fortune on asking if her magic worked. She finally told me this and I pointed out everything. I also said it showed she had a fear of the future, doubted her abilities, and doubted the fact that any divine help would manifest.
Another manifestation of doubt is expectations. How many people do you know who expect magic to happen when they want it to do so, and how they want it to manifest. A person has a request and tries to set a time limit on when it will happen. Time limits are bad because it is a manifestation of control and fear of the future. If you ask the right divinity the magic manifests when it can accomplish the best results and most good. You have to have belief and not doubt the energies you are calling upon and working with to accomplish your goals.
The last is mental abuse and trauma. Almost every one I heal has problems with this including abusing themselves due to past traumas. An example of this is by doing all the laws of attraction and manifestation. You get done with the spell and it does not work instantly when you expect it too. You then make a statement like nothing good ever happens to me. I will always be poor. It is self-doubt and one of the worse ways to sabotage your work.
I have that problem with clients. I always teach them to empower themselves and remove self-doubt. Yet if they stay in a mindset where they do not clear the negative energies out of their mental state they cannot be healed. They keep returning to the same patterns and the cure is not permanent. It is why healings may take a year at a time because the person is not working on himself or herself. They feel every thing that is outside of them has to be worked upon to stop the problems.
I have also had people who felt they had unbreakable curses and that nothing could help them. They carried this like a badge of honor yet if they believe nothing is more powerful than the curse how can they be healed? They turn away the help of the divine as good is always stronger and more powerful than evil. Good will always come into any situation where evil is and all we have to do is polish up and make the divine sparks of good shine in our world. Yet people that have problems always believe his or her evil is the worse ever encountered and that no one else could handle it. It is not true. It is a challenge to be overcome to enjoy the goodness in life. Everyone with a problem always is a stronger and more balanced person when they resolve the problem.
I had a client recently from India. No Puja or Homa would work for her when we first started working together. I taught her methods of clearing and ways to watch her own thoughts. It has been a two-year battle but finally the Puja or Homas worked where she can connect to the divine. She said “Nita you should write an article on this because part of my problems was the belief that the Goddesses were working against me.”
She doubted the very forces that could help her and thought they would work against her. The tricks being used by the other magician were all hooked to her beliefs about herself. Yet most people would expect the magic to be removed and then every thing would be perfect. It does not work that way.
Thought forms and patterns of thought which make it so doubt, lack of belief, and fear are the reactions to any negative force keeps that force fed and manifesting. The person powers the magic and evil done against them by their own lack of self-confidence and self-love.
It is the real challenge of my work. I have removed entities every day for a person but as long as they had the negative beliefs it would not stay gone. Once they worked upon themselves it vanished. I suggest to every person who reads this article and does magic that they work upon themselves nonstop. They keep looking at every thing they do and put themselves in the other persons place.
It brings about balance, any magic will work better, and any prayer will work better. The reason for this is that they connect to their true selves, higher selves and the energies of divinity. They no longer will allow fear or doubt to rule their lives.
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