Where Mental Health Meets Your Craft
When I was in a violently abusive marriage, I went to a witch's shop to buy a protection oil. When I told the resident crone what it was for she said: You don't need oil. You need to leave that dangerous situation. And, she was right!
Magick isn't a magick bullet in the sense that if you are suffering from a lethal condition, you are acting wisely if you forego or bypass traditional methods of assistance. If you are suffering mentally or emotionally you must seek professional support. If you are in physical danger you must seek support from law enforcement professionals. If you are suffering physically, you must seek the assistance of a physician.
Magick adds to and enhances the life of a practitioner, but it is not meant to replace common sense and other means of supporting and helping oneself. You may cast financial spells all the day long, but you must take care with your financial planning as well.
Regardless of your religious or spiritual affiliation, you will still need to work, plan, execute plans, behave intelligently, make good choices, and take great care of yourself. And, I believe this begins with mental health.
As a student of psychology and a holder of a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree, I have learned to practice mental self-care and to be very careful about my emotional levels and mental states. I have noticed that some of those clients who come to me with valid questions for the oracle, about their lives are suffering some very pronounced emotional and psychological disturbances and dissonance. These must be addressed if we are to live our most inspired and enchanted lives. For this reason, I am now offering what I call VENT SESSIONS. Like, talk therapy you have the opportunity, as a witch or magickal practitioner, to come and share your inner thoughts without fear of judgment or misunderstanding, granted you intend no harm to yourself or others. I suggest other oracles do the same.
Our mental well-being is affected by our relationships, environments, work, financial situations, and spiritual practices. Maintaining a continual spiritual connection through wisely practiced spiritual knowledge is the means of establishing a stable foundation. However, putting in place weekly or biweekly meetings with a mental health professional or listening oracle to get the thoughts and feelings out is also a powerful practice. Crafting environments which are beautiful, safe, comfortable, and clean is also majorly powerful and beneficial to your mental health, productivity, and efficiency in life.
Be good to yourself!