Sunday, January 5, 2014

What Is The Difference Between A Prayer And A Spell? Exploring Ancient Wisdom

Prayers and Spells Can Produce Magical and Positive Results!

What is the difference between a prayer and a spell? When I first started to explore spellwork, it seemed a spell was much like a prayer, in that both were ways to seek Divine assistance. What I found confusing was, those who prayed always ENCOURAGED others to do the same, (none were too young, too old or too inexperienced to pray)while many who practiced spellwork actually DISCOURAGED others (especially children and those new to the path) from this form of Divine communication. Wasn't that a bit like telling a Christian not to pray?
Then a wise person reminded me that a spell usually involves considerably more energy than a prayer. Knowing how powerful our thought energy can be, this difference made sense. Virtually all spiritual paths encourage individuals to PRAY to the Divine, but most, including Christianity, have always reserved the deeper teachings for the Elect, or those with a solid spiritual foundation.
Tapping in to the Universal Power of the Divine should not be taken lightly. Our ancestors believed that we should only have access to this information after years of spiritual training, to insure the power was not misused. Traditions varied from path to path, but many required a three to seven year period of initiation PRIOR to being accepted into the Inner Circle where these deeper "Mystery Teachings" were shared. There is no way for us to know where an individual is at on their spiritual journey. Instead, I encourage those new seekers to first gain a better understanding of the universal laws and spiritual principles that form the foundation of these advanced practices.
The effectiveness of a spell will depend greatly on the level of focus and energy put into it. Your ability to visualize or create inner images and feelings is an important part of raising the spiritual energy needed to manifest the desired results. In this respect, spells and prayers are alike. The most effective ones come from sincere feelings and intense thought.
It's been my experience that thoughts sent out in the form of prayers can lead to a life full of miracles and magic! However, if you truly want to try spells, I recommend you pick up a copy of "Before You Cast a Spell" by Carl McColman. This book does a wonderful job of explaining the universal laws and spiritual principles that form the foundation of all magical practice. It can help you find the confidence and skills essential to writing and casting your own spells, and assist you in applying magic to every area of your life. This book is also excellent reference material for those who have been following The Craft for sometime. Books are wonderful simply because each time you pick one up and read it entirely, or just browse, you will find new things, insight and wisdom that you previously missed.
Just remember, whether you send your thoughts out through prayers or spells, there is a life of miracles and magic awaiting you!

Working With Thought Energies


Used with permission. Artwork by Esta Weiss.

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