On the Importance of Keeping a Calm Focused State of Mind for Students of the Occult and Traditional Witchcraft
by Sophia diGregorio
It is especially important for witches, those interested in spiritual or psychic development, healers and those who are experimenting with any aspect of the occult to avoid drama of any kind – to avoid the pot stirrers in the world, who stir up our emotions for their own ends.
Getting rid of television is an excellent way to lower the drama in your life almost instantly. Restricting yourself from becoming emotionally involved with the things you read online helps, too. As discussed in the previous article, Why Television is an Obstacle to the Study and Practice of Occultism and Traditional Witchcraft, television programming and the actual broadcasts, themselves, can interfere with the human mind, body and emotions, both physically and metaphysically.
But, television is not the only source of mental or emotional agitation. In fact, if you have ever had a bad experience with bullies in an online forum or if you have simply run across disturbing material at online websites, then you know that the internet can, also, be a source of disturbance, which can interfere with your focus and interfere with your progress. It’s not always possible to avoid all of these negative stimuli, but once we realize how they might be affecting us, we can limit our exposure.
Moreover, it is important to avoid people in our lives who engage in a lot of high drama, who are over-reactive, unreasonable or who disturb our peace of mind. If you have friends who leave you feeling, frustrated, angry or emotionally and physically drained, you may have to decide what is more important – them or your well-being.
Now, I am not suggesting that we all hide in a cave, figuratively speaking, or that we ignore dangers in our lives or ignore others around us in need. But, it is more beneficial to you in the long run as a student of the occult and traditional witchcraft to avoid high drama and those who like to dish it out.
Avoid the Pot Stirrers and Accelerate Your Own Progress
Pot stirrers are gossips, bullies and other people who like to engage in high drama.
I remember something a friend said once. I don’t know where she got it – it might have come from a book, but I don’t know the source. She said that the children’s song “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” is really a maxim for living a good life.
The song says to “Row your boat,” which means row your own boat and not someone else’s. Try to row your boat “gently” and “merrily” because this life is only a dream.
Pot stirrers are people who don’t row their own boats very well because they’re so focused on how other people are rowing their boats. They are not gentle rowers, either. They want to tell other people what to do and how to do it. They want to try to interfere with the rowing of other people’s boats instead of concentrating on rowing their own.
But, when we not only row our own boat, but steer far away from the drama of those less gentle rowers, we can best concentrate on our own voyage down the stream.