I’ve been brewing up a lot of thoughts in the Mind Witch Mama lab this summer, and one that simply can’t wait for a grander form of expression is this:
Don’t blindly believe anything that myself or anyone else says. Take the time to consider and question what you read and hear so you can come to your own conclusions.
Your deep inner knowing lets you know when something’s spot on or amiss, and your logic helps filter out what simply doesn’t add up. So when you hear an idea that inspires a powerful response in you, take the time to ask, “Is this true? Do I believe this? Does this reflect my personal experience? What do I think and feel about this?”
Mind Witches think critically, dear. We don’t allow ourselves to be spoon-fed information, nor do we allow ourselves to declare that something is true with a capital “T” without a great deal of experience, research, and consideration. We understand that we’re often doing the best we can with the information that we have available, and that what we don’t know is a limitless mountain that towers over the humble anthill of our own understanding.
Even then, we recognize that what’s True for us often isn’t True for others. We also hold space for our True to change as we learn and grow and evolve, because we realize that we don’t have all the answers. Regardless of how you feel about him, Aleister Crowley sums this up well in Magical and Philosophical Commentaries on the Book of the Law:
“It is the mark of the mind untrained to take its own processes as valid for all men, and its own judgments for absolute truth.”
There’s been a lot of talk about the relevance of a liberal arts education for as long as I’ve been alive, and there’s more recent talk about the relevance of a university education full stop. Do I believe that universities have become bloated institutions that overcharge students and underpay faculty? Absolutely. However, many share one chief characteristic that I believe to be essential to a healthy society, and that’s this:
They teach you how to question. They teach you how to think critically. They teach you to value your own noodle and, if they’re doing it right, they hold space for you to apply it as a tool for reasoning and exploration.
When I first landed on the scene, my Instagram profile read: “consciousness liberation advocate.” I doubt I’ve ever lived up to that title, but I included it as a magickal intention that I hoped to fulfill. As of last week, I stepped back from that very platform because, like most social media, it seeks to monopolize your consciousness so it can keep you scrolling and feed you what it wants you to eat.
What are you eating, Beauty? Is it filling you? Is it nourishing you? Is it giving you what you need to grow and create and thrive? If not, it might be time to consider some alternatives.
Before I go, I want to reiterate the message of this missive: question everything. Know that you do not know. Value yourself enough to consult your mind and see what it thinks.
Mind Witch Mama
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