When I was a teenager, I played soccer for three different competitive teams. I was practicing or playing eight times a week for three years (before I was injured and decided that I didn’t want to try to be a pro soccer player after all — I wanted to be a rockstar). During this time, I developed a meticulous pre-game ritual of superstitions: the right shin guard always goes on before the left, then the right sock, then the right shoe, etc. This isn’t uncommon in sports, and in fact studies have shown that superstitions can help athletes perform better. Essentially what a pre-game superstition helped me do was focus my mind and centre myself before beginning something I was anxious or nervous about.
The things that get me anxious or nervous nowadays are, arguably, more important than winning soccer games. Lucky charms and superstitions don’t help me as much, but I’ve adapted my pre-game rituals into a method of intentional thinking and focus that I refer to as spellwork. And I’ve added pretty crystals.
For me, focus, intentional thinking, meditation, prayer, and mindfulness all translate to a clearer trajectory and more successful outcome for whatever task I’m grappling with. It’s helped my mental health, my goal-setting, and focus.
I find that going for a walk when something is weighing me down is helpful to get my mind clear before I do a spell. Along the way I usually pick something up and add it to my altar as a token of the intent I want to focus on. I find that it helps to have a physical object — plus they’re pretty!
Whether or not you’re interested in witchcraft or spells or magic — or any name you want to give this idea — you can totally use similar techniques that I use in spellwork in your everyday life. They can be super helpful in helping you focus and re-centre yourself.
If you’re interested in giving it a go, try this:
- Start by clearing a space by physically tidying it up.
- Envision it getting clear of bad energy, while focussing on your thoughts and clearing your mind. Light a candle (or a dozen…) and watch the smoke. It’ll help you focus and help you visualize the air clearing around you.
- Spend some time thinking clearly about what you’re trying to work out. Meditate on what’s bothering you, or what you hope to accomplish.
- Don’t worry about trying to work the problems out — just focus on them.
- Visualize the outcome you’re hoping for — just like visualizing a victory.
- I recommend focussing on positivity! Sending out vindictive vibes — though obviously fun — could come back to bite you.
- Once you’ve narrowed down your thought/wish/prayer/intention, you could write it down as an act of committing it even more, or repeat it out loud like a mantra. You could hold a stone or charm or something while you meditate and envision imbuing it with your hope.
- If you wrote it down, you could burn the paper or keep it somewhere safe and private, or on display to help you remember.
- Have faith in your magic and remind yourself that you’ve got the universe on your side!
I keep all my magical stuff on a dresser in my room. I like having it out in the open to remind me to keep thinking positively and keep my eyes on the prize. You can keep your note of intention on your fridge so you see it every day, or even set a reminder on your phone to remind you to think of your spell. The more I reaffirm it, the more the universe wants to help me realize it.
The most important thing when it comes to witchcraft is intent. Whether you’re interested in witchcraft or meditation or intentional thinking or whatever, you should feel comfortable using these strategies to help you concentrate on what you need most.
What are your tips for intentional and positive thinking, or magical work?