Mental Health

Black Magic

According to Wikipedia, black magic is the use of supernatural powers for evil or selfish purposes and according to most Nigerian citizens, black magic is jazz (using supernatural forces from evil spirits to harm others or enhance one’s selfish desires). Both definitions are saying the same thing.

What if I told you that as humans we are all spiritual beings? We are spiritual beings because we are not just bone and flesh. We are spiritual beings because we have a soul, a mind and the ability to speak and lastly, we are spiritual beings because our words have power.
 
“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words cannot hurt me” this is a quote that a couple of consolists (people who like to deny their true hurting feelings) came up with to use to console themselves but it is a false statement.
 
Words have driven the smartest men to make foolish decisions; words have driven some rich men to poverty because they had to buy things they don’t need to impress people that they don’t like. Words have driven many to take their lives because they believed something horrible someone said about them.
 
If you meet a black magician, a witch, a native or witch doctor to cast a spell on someone; ninety per cent of the time they use their words to say a bunch of incantations to bring the spell to life and the other ten per cent they give you a potion and ask you to say the incantations yourself. So you see, when it comes to spirit you cannot omit the power of your words. Why am I writing this? I’ll tell you.
 
I am writing this because, in the short time that I have lived on this planet, I have come to realize that we all practise black magic and our biggest victim is self. A man wakes up in the morning, looks in the mirror before he goes out for the day and says to himself that he is not good enough and that he does not deserve to be loved, isn’t that black magic? A woman looks at a child she bored for 9 months and calls him a fool, is that not black magic? A man tells his brother that his dreams and ambitions are worthless and can never be achieved, is that not black magic?
 
We believe the words of the people who we trust the most and those are the people that have hypnotized us to hate ourselves and give up on the chance to build our self-confidence and self-esteem. Whatever you strongly believe is what will manifest in your life. It will go against the law of life if a man who believes he is stupid and not worth anything manifests a different attribute just as it was impossible for the man who believed in electricity not to invent the light bulb.
 
A woman asked me a question years ago when I told her that I was not good enough to make anything of my life “If you had a friend that criticized and condemned you on a daily basis, would you still be friends with that person?” “No” I replied, “Then why are you being that friend to yourself?” She asked and a light bulb went off in my head. Indeed I was practising black magic on myself by telling myself that I was worth nothing and not good enough to be truly loved. So I changed the direction of the conversation I had with myself.
 
 
The damage has already been done; you now believe a lot of negative things about yourself. The black magic spell has been cast. Now what? What are you going to do about it? Are you going to let the black magician win? Or you are going to change it? If you do decide to be nice to yourself, I hope you know that change will not happen in a day.
 
A woman does not get pregnant today and give birth tomorrow; you must know that the labour of the mind to choose positivity over negativity at every moment is greater than the physical labour of running a thousand miles. But life is but a moment and we must live as such, for if I am able to choose love over hate and faith over fear at this very moment then I have won. The next moment will take care of itself because I can never be in the next moment, I can only be in this moment. Only today exists tomorrow is an illusion.
 
“If you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing” this applies to everything you say to yourself. Before you condemn yourself for failing, thank yourself for trying. Before you criticize yourself for making that mistake, thank yourself for even realizing that you made a mistake in the first place.
 
You can get away from a bad friend who constantly criticizes and condemns you but you can never get away from yourself, so you have no choice but to be nice to yourself. You dey try. If no one tells you this, tell yourself because at the end of the day it is not easy to be alive; ask all the dead people. Oh, you can’t? Why? They are dead.

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