The following piece by Lori Bradford Miles was one of the most provocative of the year. Like waving a magic wand, Lori revealed metaphors and connections to the ancient world’s version of “spells” and “spellbinding” to our modern world’s version of technology and media-led mind control in an unforgettable way. In this re-print, also enjoy the addition of "Tell-a-vision", a spoken word recording by Angela Morris below.

“Fairy tales from long ago to modern day, with all the magic in the world sent your way…”

I just cast a spell on you! All spells of enchantment are magical formulations of words with the intent to bewitch or entrance. An incantation, a spell, a charm, an enchantment or a bewitchery is a magical formula. Even innocent sounding phrases we grew up with such as “once upon a time….” are words of incantation, signaling the beginning of a spell of enchantment. Once the spell has been cast, the subject becomes spellbound. An incantation can be a spoken recitation in the form of words, sung or chanted, played by a musical instrument, danced or even drawn in the form of sacred geometries. “Abracadabra” is an ancient Hebrew magical word meaning, “I will create as I speak,” used while waving a magic wand with the intention to make one’s dreams and desires come true. But remember, magic is magic and it can be used to help or hinder.

Spells can be cast by those practicing both helpful, defensive magic or harmful, offensive magic. In modern terms, the two are separated as “white” or “black” magic. Practitioners of White Magic share sacred gifts that have been passed on through hereditary lines or awakened by some event later in their lives. Black Magic is the use of supernatural powers or magic for evil purposes. It is "low magic" or the right-handed path dichotomy. Black magicians practice curses, hexes and jinxes—magic spells or charms that are meant to cause harm. They can be as simple as wishing something bad would happen to someone, or as

complicated as performing a complex ritual to ensure that someone is injured or even dies. In contrast, White Magic is the use of supernatural powers or magic for selfless purposes. It is "high magic” and considered the left-handed path, or the benevolent counter to malicious Black Magic.

White Witches and those of us practicing magic on the side of the Light know that while it may sound like just a story from folktales, it’s not: for thousands of years Black Magic has been cast worldwide by demon-worshipping sorcerers on the collective consciousness and subconsciousness to attempt to create a reality without sovereignty. Some have been successful. Consider the rise of Hitler and his Nazi Party a historical example of the manifestation of this kind of evil in the world. Just because the war was won, does not mean the evil-doers behind them have stopped plotting and enacting their dark agenda. Keep in mind, modern sorcerers don’t need to don cloaked garments any more than I need to wear a pointy hat… In fact, their dungeons have been replaced by government chambers, boardrooms or the war room. The intent of these sorcerers is to control our psyche, emotions and decision-making processes to influence their own opportunity for personal power, no matter how insignificant. Fear, lies and manipulation can be inflicted by supernatural means or masked under seemingly harmless ones. This powerful magic invokes people to do or think anything without question, no matter how nonsensical it is.

Gratefully, the good news is that just by having awareness that subversive, hidden means to control us to varying degrees exist without most of us realizing it, we’re breaking the spell.

All of us within the collective, divine, cohesive consciousness can release or reverse dark spells of enchantment that have been cast. One of the most effective ways to protect our minds from the spells of dark magic is to first become aware of these methods and how they are being used to control you:

Learned helplessness is a form of mind control used to indoctrinate an individual in the attitudes and beliefs of a specific group. It forms a sense of powerlessness, arising from a traumatic event or enduring repeated adverse stimuli beyond their control that appears to be inescapable. There are various forms of learned helplessness that we may have chosen consciously or unconsciously to abide by.

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