Just over a year ago I would have given you a very different answer. But now, the worst thing that has ever happened to me was probably the last few weeks writing my novel last year. I'm taking worst thing to mean the most emotionally difficult. It was the only time when I have ever walked right up to the line of my own sanity and seen just how easy it would be to cross over. The frenzied period of writing nearly cost me my marriage, my job and my health. I was easily drinking a bottle of wine a day and surviving on around four hours sleep a night. I was in fact completely addicted to writing my novel. It went from a hobby to a passion and finally into an obsession.
As for how it helped me as a witch. Well witchcraft was one of the many things that suffered. I neglected my established practises and routines and my shielding went to pieces. And when finally after the novel was finished and I had the time to examine my spiritual health I understood just how much I needed those practises. I realised I was in significantly better health and happiness when I was grounded, meditating regularly, practising my craft and taking the time to step outside the world. That was my learning, not to ever again let anything become so important to me that it could endanger my health to that extent.
I'm currently about to finish my second novel and I have taken this learning seriously. It took me nearly a year to start again, I think I shocked myself a bit with just how much it took over my life. But this time I am in excellent spiritual health, established in all the elements of my craft that I undertake with regularity and determined that my writing, albeit a big part of my life won't become all there is in my life.
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