Used to rid oneself of possibly harmful blocked, or denied memories.
Casting Instructions for ‘Banish Bad Memories’
The premise for this rite is that we all have blocked memories in ourselves, that we either wont, or cant face. They may include everything from being teased at school by our friends to psychological, physical, or psychological abuse by parents, loved ones, etc.. The purpose of this rite is to draw these hidden memories up into a closed box, open it in a fashion like the Pandora myth, and meet, greet, and make peace with the memories, since they can be quite detrimental to ones ego growth if kept hidden. Rather than finding confidence in our boxes though, we will find acceptance, and peace with oneself, and ones past. This rite is very good for anybody, even people who assume they’ve had perfect childhoods. You dont always realize the past is dragging you down until it’s too late, and you would be amazed by what you can learn about yourself!
The box should have a lid. Paint the inside glossy black, or line it with an irregular reflective coating, such as aluminum foil. The exterior should be decorated with any drawings, pictures, or whatever one may want to help evoke a childlike state of mind, and to help trigger childhood memories. Begin with an opening of any sort you feel comfortable with. Light candles and incense as wanted.
State the intent: It is my will to greet my past, and accept it for what it is. Recite the invocation:
I call the past to meet the present, that the future may be bright. I bring myself forth from the dark, and hold me to the light. Let not the past control my present, let’s my future be dark as night. I meet and greet me with open arms, and move back into the light.
At this time, one person sits in the center of the group with their box, keeping it shut. She focuses on the box while the rest of the participants circle around, teasing, insulting, degrading her. At this time, the teasing should not be too personal. When she reaches gnosis, she opens the box, and gazes inside, watching whatever she sees.
At this point, the taunting should reach a more private, and vicious attitude. This continues until they close their box again. The box then is dealt with in whatever way she sees fit. It can be destroyed, left open in a spot of sun, kept for future applications, as it may be a good idea to do this more than once. When the first person is finished, another takes her place, until the entire group has a turn. Banish by laughter and embraces.