As a witch or a magician, things happen because we SAY they happen. It is our intention, our will that makes a spell work. If we get in the habit of only speaking the truth, doing what we say we are going to do, we reinforce our powers as a magician.
A few months ago I was focusing a lot of my energy reinforcing my will. I needed to go back to the basics, to the core of magic. I spent a week intensely aware of the words I spoke and the commitments I made. Of course, I was careful not to lie, but more than that, I was careful to follow through with any and all commitments I made and to politely decline from any commitments I had no intention of making. This could be as simple as telling the sales clerk that I did not want the item she was pushing.
Around the time I was focusing on my will power I was noticing that a woman at my office was sacrificing hers. She suffers from emotional problems and is seeking treatment from a therapist. She is often combative at work and in more recent days has burned a lot of bridges, offending even some of her closest office allies. Let’s call her, Matilda.
Part of the problem is, she is a chronic liar and it is hard to know what is wrong with her. She is very bright and a talented designer, but makes no excuse for her emotional outbursts that often end with her directly insulting one of her coworkers or a consultant.
Matilda sits in the open-office next to me where even soft conversation is easily overheard. She is an avid outdoors-woman, hiker, rock-climber and survival training teacher. She had signed up to teach wilderness survival classes as a means of meeting men (by her own admission). Committed to a class one evening, she learned that the man she was attracted to wasn’t going to be there. Because it no longer served her to go, she called over another coworker of ours to help her establish a believable lie so she could get out of teaching the class. I cringed as I listened to her beg our other coworker for a more believable lie. I could tell our coworker was uncomfortable too as such manipulation was out of character for her. There was noticeable tension in her voice. In the end, Matilda was satisfied with the story she had devised and I listened as she called the class organizer apologizing for standing up the class of 12 with some fabricated excuse.
Being truthful goes beyond not telling lies. It means following through with your intent. By always being truthful, you tell the Universe, “what I say goes.” Matilda suffers from depression and anger, as well as other mental and emotional issues. Her lies may be a result of that or, more likely, her disease is compounded by her lack of honesty (with others and herself.)
The practice of truth is something we can all do every day. If you want to improve your power base, practice honesty. Commit to something small every day. Something you know you can achieve. You can commit to taking out the trash, making the bed, calling a friend. Whatever it is you commit to; do it. Do not allow anything to stop you from doing it. Your word is your promise. You word is your power.