Keep Yourself Safe, Sane & Centered

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Keep Yourself Safe, Sane & Centered
Six Steps to Magical Hygiene
by Tess Whitehurst

As magical practitioners, we walk between the worlds of form and spirit. We open ourselves up to the subtle realms, and become aware of the play of energy on a deep level. We consciously choose to create positive change in the world and in our lives, and to release negativity and that which doesn’t serve us. For these reasons, it’s important for us to regularly engage in proper magical hygiene. A daily magical hygiene practice allows us to walk between the worlds safely, effectively, and happily while becoming more and more in possession of the fullness of our magical power. It cleanses us of psychic debris and energetic blocks, allowing us to be clear channels of magical information and power.

I’ve outlined some effective magical hygiene practices that can be incorporated into your daily meditation. I often work with Archangel Michael to help with magical hygiene, and include him in the descriptions of several practices below, but feel free to work with the Goddess, God, and/or any other appropriate being(s) of your choice.

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Grounding and Centering

Grounding and Centering

Root yourself in the Earth.

Have you noticed that Pagans and magicians use the word “grounding” to mean two entirely different activities? Sometimes “grounding” is the word we use to mean “releasing excess energy.” We do this at the end of a working to help us return to ordinary consciousness (the term “unwinding” means something very similar). It’s also a good idea to clear our minds before beginning a working, just as you would physically clear your secular work space before starting a project. At other times, we use “grounding” to mean latching on, tapping into the Source of the energy, empowering ourselves like plugging in an appliance before using it. I’d like to focus on this second sort of grounding right now.

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