Doing “Nothing” During a Pandemic

“Sometimes the most powerful thing a witch can do is….nothing. Not try to seize control. Not insist on leading. But, rather, listen, follow, allow. It’s what my aunt Curtis called Making Allowances for the Universe. ‘Witchcraft is the most natural thing in the world,’ mother said on one of many afternoons when she pained and I watched and listened. ‘And I mean that quite literally. To be a witch is to possess a keen and unique sensitivity to the natural world. Not merely the top layer that everyone can see and understand, but those layers beneath where the machinery that drives the universe resides.'”–Augusten Burroughs, Toil and Trouble

If you’ve not read this book, put it on your list. Augusten Burrough’s, a mainstream author, pulls back the curtain and is quite candid about his experience as a natural witch. He definitely has the gift of what we in the Appalachian mountains call “second sight.” He also speaks freely about how we manifest our intentions by plugging into the powers of the natural world.

This particular quote resonated with me because, in the midst of sheltering in place, my favorite activity is to take my dog out for a long walk every morning. I’m fortunate enough to live nearby some urban forest that has a stream running through it. As he sniffs and peas on nearly everything in sight, I breathe deeply and let nature absorb all the worries and fears I’ve been carrying every day this past month. I let it flow though the soles of my feet and into the vibrant earth beneath me. I then begin looking on an energetic level, all the wonderful flowers and vegetation that is coming to life all around me this spring.

Sure, I love candle magic and incense and all the herbs and stones I work with to help me focus my intentions and send them out in the Universe. But this simple practice of breathing with nature is the most powerful part of my spiritual path these days. And when I take the time to listen very carefully to what nature is telling me, I always hear the following message, “You are not alone. We are here for you. We believe in you. Do the work you’re called to do and all will be well. You were made for times such as these.”

What has your spiritual practice been like during this pandemic? If you’re feeling a bit lost or disconnected from the world around you, perhaps the best thing you can do for yourself is take a walk out and nature and, as Augusten Burroughs says, do nothing. Blessed be!

Copyright ©2020 by David Taliesin,

About David Taliesin

My name is David Taliesin. I'm an writer, teacher and retreat leader who explores the connections between Christian and Pagan Spirituality. E-mail me with any personal comments you'd like to share and I will do my best to answer them. You can also contact me through my Facebook page
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