Learn how a former death row inmate that used magick to save his life. When Damien Echols experienced an angel for the first time in his life, he was stunned. This experience came to him one day as he was a convict sitting on death row after being falsely charged for the murder of three children.Not the stereotypical looking angel, this angel had a body that was made up of black triangles, with no distinguishable facial features. Echols described the being as horrifying, but knew it was angel and remembered a Biblical passage that said to not fear them when they arrive.
After an initial state of shock from the incident, Echols then described being completely one with the angel and its brilliant light. After being in solitary confinement for several years, Echols began performing rituals with the intention of bringing forth protective angels. He referred to this practice as “ceremonial magick” that he states is gives him the ability to manifest his desired reality. Up until his life transforming incident, Echols had merely visualized being comforted by imaginary angels and viewed them as an artificial way of being comforted and at peace. He never had visitors before, other than a few bugs and small critters. He described related that it was the first time an angel was actual present.The vision of the angel reaffirmed his belief in magick, which is spelled differently at the end to differentiate the term from the popular hobby type of magic. His practice is not like the Harry Potter type of spells or pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but rather actually being engaged in a tradition that has been used since ancient times, He describes the tradition as an ancient practice that has been utilized by many religions, both eastern and western alike.
Transforming his cell into a place of intense spiritual practice, he began to practice for 8 hours a day.He give his thanks to magick for being the reason of his release after a long 18 years. He states in his recent book that he has proven that his practices of visualization, breath work, and passionate chants in the Hebrew and Aramaic languages are real and effective. Echols states that he practiced his art to triumph over the power of government officials and that he practiced his art to manifest freedom into his life.Even skeptics have their beliefs shaken by the release and enthusiasm of Echols. While Echols’ occult spirituality played a huge part in surviving death row and his eventual release; it also played a part in why he got there to begin with.
As a metal-head teenager obsessed with Metallica and growing up in West Memphis of Arkansas, his interest in Wicca made him be shunned by his city that was made up of mostly Fundamental Christians.The false accusations that landed Damien on death row began in 1993, when three 8-year old boys were discovered next to the shack that Echols lived in. In a hard search for the killer, the town quickly placed the blame on Damien and his friends, whom they had called “Satanists” for dabbling into Wicca. While no physical evidence was found to prove that he and his friends were the murderers responsible for the children’s death, pentagram doodles in Damien’s diary were presented on trial. This convinced the jury of the crime and Damien was immediately sentenced to death. Echols described the situation as being the Salem Witch Trials all over again, as his 18-year old self stated in a 1996 HBO documentary.
In his prison, Echols got ordained as a practitioner of a zen meditation practice that was used for ancient samurai. During this period of time, his interest sparked for practicing ceremonial magick. This practice allowed him to overcome his miserable living environment through visualization and memory.In a space that had zero sunlight, he performed a ritual called the “Fourfold Solar Breath” that involved visualizing the healing rays of the sun that went through his entire body.Conditions got worse as Echols began to be beaten by jail guards. Stating that he was beaten so badly that he would pee blood, he would simultaneously visualize archangels protecting his body. Echols got so deep into his spiritual practices that he would often forget where he was because he was so in tune with his art.Finally in 2011, Echols and his supposed two helpers were released from prison, after HBO’s Paradise Lost created a rally that helped to prove the innocence of the three, which was supported by new DNA evidence that brought forth a new suspect. Original Story: Here