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The Trained Mind: Apprentice Anger Management
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Those new to the Craft are often overwhelmed with the diversity that various sources offer. There is no one reference that contains information about all the aspects of the numerous personal and group knowledge found under the cover title of “The Craft” or Wicca or Paganism. This causes some concern, especially for the early teen or even pre-teen, and for those who are infatuated with this new and different viewpoint of the spiritual existence. This essay will deal with a few skills needed by the immature novices in their attempts to wrap their untrained minds around “The Craft”.
I am speaking especially to our young apprentices who are having difficulty controlling their thoughts and feelings. To those who are unpredictable angry or short-tempered due to the immature nature of their lives, I am speaking. Control of the mind/body/spirit interface is fundamental to work with the Magickal forces and forms of the Universe. A lack of control may lead to a path down the Dark Side of the Craft and into spiritual regression rather than spiritual evolution. At the very least, the aspiring witch may move onto another form of religion for lack of fulfillment.
Unlike many mainstream religions, the Craft deals with the spiritual evolution of the Inner Spiritual Being that each of us connects to, not the composite soul. Many a time I have overheard my Christian friends speak of prayer for material possessions and favors from God. If you have joined the path of the Craft in search of riches and treasure, then I submit that you are on the wrong path.
The Craft of the Wise is not about material objects, but rather it is about spiritual growth. If you are infatuated with spells to turn water into wine or finding a particular job then I feel you missed the point during your introduction to the Craft. Of all the things you may acquire during this incarnation, none can be taken with you when the physical body dies, especially the ego or mind. For this fundamental reason, working within the Craft for things is a waste of time. I am not saying you cannot do a ritual or spell to attract money, a spouse, or even a job that will produce the desired result. What I am saying is that this sort of spell does not help you at the time of death. These types of spell will not fill the emotional voids in your life. You cannot buy happiness!
In all things one must be truthful, especially to yourself. A religious sub-section of the Craft is Wicca. Within Wicca is the Rede, “If it harms none, do what you will”. This applies in particular to harming yourself by lying. Pretending that what you are doing will not harm you when these actions do not aid in your spiritual evolution is lying. The truth of your actions denies the unfavorable results of spell craft for material stuff.
A couple of decades ago, I was into premonitions, tarot reading and astrology. These activities take an emotional toll on your inner spiritual being unless you first prepare properly for this type of activity. I got marginally good at tarot under the pseudonym Grey Ghost in a couple of chat rooms. But I am not a medium. The results for me were psychic devastation because I had not taken the proper precautions and training. Yes, you can play the right background music -- I like “Tommy” by the Who or a little Wagner -- to become connected and productive, but that does not help to protect your inner spiritual self from the dangers involved in making a psychic connection.
So I dropped out of that world in 2001 because I had broken that first law: lying to myself that I could become a medium. With the help of coven friends/family and a lot of deep meditations, I grew beyond that phase. I returned to the subjects that first drew me to the Craft: death and the evolution of the inner spiritual being.
Our younger apprentices seem to miss the important point that all things will come to them through understanding in time. This generation, more than any other, is used to fast food, buying on credit and instant gratification. I am not saying that I am any better at waiting, but I do remember a time when my parents had a hissy fit when I started using a credit card rather than save up to make a purchase. Not being able to resolve our morals and/or religious belief with inner rage or anger are signs of the immature mind. But that is what the teen and pre-teen years are about.
Realizing you have an anger issue is the first step to finding the type of help you need to overcome the issue. Anger issues are messages to your ego of a problem that you need to address in order to evolve and move forward, which is a natural part of growing up. So I have written a short exercise to help calm the Mind/Ego.
Some have difficulty obtaining the “Ah … Ha” experience. This exercise should help remove the obstacles. You may be having problems because your mind has not matured to the point where you can block out the material world. This is not bad or a fault, just normal mental development.
The material world has many distractions. We will start with some basic mind clearing techniques. Stand or sit erect with your arms at your sides. Then raise your hands, keeping your arms straight, until your arms are parallel to the floor. Start to repeat your mantra, keeping it simple with something like Ohm. This is pronounced in three segments: Ah … UU … mm.
‘Ah’ starts in the throat, and then moves to the forehead or top of the head as ‘UU’ and then moves to the heart as ‘mm’. Bring Prana and breath in through the nose for 4 full seconds, “Ah”. Hold the breath for 7 full seconds while thinking/humming UU and out thru the lips for 8 seconds, “mm”: Ah … UU … mm. Move your point of consciousness as you speak the mantra. If your arms start to ache, ignore them, for you are entering the spiritual realm and must block out the material world. Only think about the three sounds … ignore your mind wandering to what you did at work/school, or the movie last night or what’s for dinner, or when will you’re latest crush call.
You’re entire world is three sounds … breathe in prana, hold and speak.
Continue this exercise for 5 minutes to start, working your way up to 15 minutes. It is best to set a timer, as looking at the clock or your watch can be come a distraction. If your mind wanders, relax for 5 minutes, lower your arms, and then start over. You need to control your mind for at least 5 minutes if you are to succeed with the visualization exercises. You are learning to separate your physical mind or ego from your inner spiritual being. This takes practice … there is no easy path!
You will be able to achieve some success right from the first… and then go through a time of not being able to perform this basic meditation rite without distraction. This is normal, as, at first, your physical mind/ego will perceive this exercise as something new or exciting. After a short while though, your mind will become bored with this exercise. This is the dangerous time when you may wander off to another part of the Craft rather than to fully explore and become master of your mind. You will find yourself in a battle of ego vs. your inner spiritual being and you must maintain control in order to evolve. There are numerous books on the subject and I am no expert; this is a 101 look at some of the alternative realities you will encounter in your path to fully exploring the Craft and all its wisdoms. Many other aspects of the Craft such as astral travel, power raising, invocations, etc. are dependant upon this basic ability.
With regard to safety during this type of exercise, you must establish a safe working environment, some place where if you fall from sleeping while standing in meditation, that you will not be harmed. You should perform this type of exercise in the early part of your day, when you are fully rested, not after dining or just before a sleep period. As an example, when I was in boot camp in the Navy in the late sixties, our company had displeased our company commander.
As punishment and to improve our strength training we were ordered to stand at attention, grasp our Springfield rifles and hold them straight out from our chests. After a few minutes, my arms started to hurt so I put myself into a deep meditation to stop the pain. This worked fine for about twenty minutes until I opened my eyes to find a very upset company commander starring straight into my face. Apparently, I had become so focused in my meditation that I had not lowered by weapon when the order was given. It is very important to establish a safe place to perform your meditation, because you may become so submerged in the meditation that you will not perceive a potential danger.
There are many disciplines within your study of the Craft that will be done through revealed knowledge. There are others that require guided experimental training such as this exercise above. Enjoy! I have found the experimental learning to be much more gratifying than reading it all out of books, but maybe that’s just me.
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