Press your face to the earth,
Dig with bared hands, claw the soil,
Let dirt stain your fingers,
Let hard earth bruise tender flesh.
Sing to the spirits of wild places,
Share with them your breath,
Learn their songs,
Sing them back.
Sing to the city,
Hear it’s mighty cacophony,
Hear the sighs in brief silences,
Dance to it’s beats.
(I am fully aware that my poetry is awful, shut up, no one is forcing you to read this it)
Isolation can be a serious drawback in some ways.
On a physical level being isolated from community can restrict learning opportunities, the ability to network, and keep you away from all the best
parties events. It can also lead to depression and other health issues. With witchcraft it can effect you if you want to work group magic or be part of a formal tradition etc.
In the case of magic, when we move away from the physical, it can also be so incredibly frustrating to get that one tiny bit of information that must belong to something bigger but it’s come to you isolated and without context.
And yet… Isolation has it’s place.
When we’re isolated and disconnected from others (yes, I DO mean disconnected from the internet too) we’re alone with our heads. On the one hand that’s sort of traumatic to start off with, if you have my brain, but when you settle and that constant mental chatter shuts the fuck up you’re much more likely to find that centre in you. When you’re quiet and isolated you can become that bit more open to the soft voices. The entities that whisper can get through to a silent mind that much easier.
And those frustrating bits of information? The opposite is equally frustrating. Getting too much, having to try and make sense of a big jumble of informations. Tease it out, my darlings. Tease it out. Isolate what’s important, isolate the individual elements and play with them. Isolation in this case allows you to clarify and master.
Too much isolation is bad. Not enough isolation is equally bad.
Find the sweet spot in the middle. Remember to make time to be alone with your thoughts and to let them quiet. Mileage always varies, what works for you won’t work for that person over there, but make the time.
And those isolated bits of information? Try thinking of them in context of your larger practice. Generally they’ll start making sense about then.
(Can you tell I had no idea what to write here and threw down the first thing that came to mind?)
Or before you open your mouth for that matter.
Seriously, just stop and think about what you’re putting out there in the world for everyone to see and/or hear.
Firstly think about it from the perspective of privacy. Is it really something you want to share? Does everyone need to know about the most intimate parts of your relationship with a person, entity, deity, spirit? Are you screwing your own working over posting it online for comment before it’s completed? Are you sharing aspects of yourself that are more powerful kept to yourself or that make you very vulnerable in a place that anyone can see them?
Then think about it in terms of your own mental fortitude. Are you going to be able to gracefully deal with people if they rip into you? Or if they start mocking and making fun of you? Or, hell, if they simply tell you that you are wrong?
If you answer no to any of the second set of questions then don’t fucking post it. The first are far more subjective.
There is power in silence, in choosing to keep what’s yours as yours.
And there are ways of discussing practices that don’t give away what should be kept intimate.
Think about what you say before you say it.