After reading Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey, I started thinking more about digital detox and, as Grey discusses in his book, the effects that the internet may have on our dreaming, short term memory, and critical thinking. For myself, I also have found that it can have adverse effects on my imagination, visualization, and ability to tune in with spirits, which are all important aspects (along with dream work) of my Craft.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think internet=bad, it can be an amazing tool for learning, connecting, and cultivating community. I do, however, believe that it should be used with awareness as just that – a tool. This is just my personal opinion – you can (and probably should) formulate your own perspective on it, if you haven’t already. We are entering an increasingly digital age, and rather than getting tossed about in the waves, you might consider constructing your own boat and making sure you have your map and compass for the voyage ahead.
I find that I tend to go through phases of mindless scrolling, and then realizing at some point that it’s really affecting my mental state and spiritual life, then totally dropping off from the digital, then repeating the cycle again… instead I’ve decided to get more intentional with it. In my mind, being a Witch includes learning self-responsibility – a Witch takes action according to her Will, often in the form of ritual, offerings, or magick. But there are mundane levels to this too, which can reverberate into the spiritual realms.
So I’ve decided to challenge myself to remain offline for the first hour of everyday – and longer if I choose to. During this time I might meditate, read, or wash the dishes… it doesn’t have to be anything spiritual, but rather just setting the intent at the beginning of the day to bring awareness to disconnecting from the digital.
I invite you to join me with this challenge if it resonates for you – I’ll also be making note of any effects of it for myself in my Mirror Book, as I am interested to see how it changes my dreaming landscape and magickal workings. And I’d love to hear your thoughts on what the Internet/digital world/social media means to you, and if you’ve done any digital detoxes in the past, and how that went.