I love Halloween and all things magical. While I have never thought of myself as a witch (after all, I am not Wiccan), the concept of magick is present in my daily life thanks to my experience with energy healing, clairvoyance and crystals. This got me wondering what if anything I might have in common with real life witches. I am also curious about the craft, defined as art + structure + creativity. The word itself, witchcraft, had always made me feel uneasy.
So I decided to unpack this queasy feeling by reading one of Christopher Penczak's many books on witches. Penczak is the author of Buddha, Christ, Merlin: The Three Wisemen of our Time. In that book, he explores three qualities that we develop by practicing Buddhism, Christianity and Magick at the same time (intense): wisdom, love and power. Healthy use of magical power sits on a foundation of wisdom and love - and a personal connection with God or the Universe.
I am reading another book of his called The Inner Temple of Witchcraft. It looks at the spiritual side (not practical magic), which is what I am interested in. Below you will see a list of themes covered in Penczak's Inner Temple. Anything with a heart next to it was covered in depth at my energy healing and psychic schools in London. If there are two hearts, that theme was also included in my book, Chakra Healing & Magick, from an energy healing perspective 💕
The goal is to demystify witchcraft for myself and for anyone who might be interested in understanding witches. I should mention that I loved the Inner Temple of Witchcraft and am going through some of the exercises now, as they add plenty of depth to our intuition 💛
Some of the themes in The Inner Temple of Witchcraft:
- What is a witch? A healer, psychic, magician or shaman ...
- History of witches, persecution and the craft of the witch.
- A witch's connection with Earthly and planetary cycles.
- Accessing the higher mind, conscious mind and psychic mind.
- An introduction to quantum physics and why magic works.
- Experiments that indicate the existence of holographic memory.
- Ethics and why it's important to align with Divine Will; using magick or healing to help others, harm none, and set our ego aside 💛
- See and feel yourself as the entire universe to make magick 💛
- How to feel energy between the palms of your hands 💕
- How to feel energy in the Aura 💕
- How to move energy with a specific intention 💕
- How to enter a relaxed meditative state 💕
- The power of visualization in and around us 💛
- The Hermetic Principles and the Kybalion
- The microcosm and the macrocosm 💛
- How to awaken your psychic sensitivity 💕
- How to connect with earth energy through trees. 💕
- How to use a pentagram to send healing to someone else.
- How to work with light and color to clear your Aura 💕
- Shielding your Aura with light, intention and crystals 💕
- How to open, close, clear or heal the Chakras 💕
- Astral travel and psychic journeys to other locations 💛
- Muscle testing, pendulums and other types of 'divination' 💛
- Automatic writing and how to connect with guides 💕
- How to look inside an object and read its energy 💛
- Past lives, energy healing and other fun stuff 💛
- How to program a mudra to activate your magical abilities on command - for the highest good of all and harming none. This is truly amazzzzing!
- Introduction to the various planes of reality / dimensions 💛
The majority of themes in The Inner Temple of Witchcraft have a heart next to them, indicating massive overlap with energy healing. Penczak describes this as a foundation book for aspiring witches - giving them energy tools to cast spells later on. He also discusses the importance of setting our ego aside and asking that magic only take shape if the results are beneficial for everyone involved. Even with energy healing and intuition one needs to watch out for karma.
I flipped through his Outer Temple book (2nd degree for witches) afterwards to see what that was about; I discovered that real-life witches create potions and cast spells. Contrary to popular belief, most witches cast spells to help and heal themselves or others. The Outer Temple of Witchcraft book is fantastic if you would like to follow up with an advanced class but it isn't something that I am likely to pursue because I am not looking for a religion just now - though Wicca does look awesome if you're into healing, magic and mysticism. Also, I have never been into cooking, ingredients or following recipes and there seems to be a lot of that on the witch's path.
Click HERE to find the book on Amazon.
A long time ago I was accused of witchcraft (read about it here). It was funny despite the fact that it happened at work. At the time I had no idea what witches actually did. But now, if a real life witch were to call me a witch, I would take it as an enormous compliment.
Regina Chouza is an Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of A Personal Guide to Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. She studied angels, tarot and astrology at The College of Psychic Studies in London, and qualified as an Energy Healer at the School of Intuition & Healing UK. Blogging since 2010, Regina's passion is bringing the qualities of love, joy and empowerment to healing pursuits.
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