Things That Helped Me Survive Solitary Confinement

Damien Echols_Metropolitan Museum

Being quarantined because of COVID-19 is a strange experience for most people, but not so much for someone who spent almost 20 years in prison. That’s why I wanted to share some of the things that helped me survive solitary confinement that I still practice in my daily life.

The first guy I met in prison told me I could sit in my cell and slowly stagnate and go insane like the vast majority of the people in solitary OR I could turn my cell into a monastery and continue to grow, evolve and learn. Many of the people around me had gone stark raving crazy or were eaten alive by anger and bitterness, and I knew I didn’t want to be like them. I chose to grow, evolve, and learn.

I realized that having a schedule was crucial if you want to be productive and constructive.

In prison there is no time – noon is the same as midnight and the Fourth of July is the same as Christmas. Some people say that living in the COVID-19 pandemic also feels like there’s no time. That’s why you need to create a schedule. Something you can stick to that will create time for yourself, which allows you to experience things.

One of the things I did on my schedule was clean. Someone told me that the most powerful banishing ritual was to clean because you’re not only cleaning in the physical realm, you’re also cleaning on the energetic realm. Cleaning gets rid of any energy that is contaminating your environment or having a negative influence on you. Whether you want to get rid of bacteria or a virus or a stagnant pocket of energy, it works the same way.

Having a schedule allows me to thrive even with COVID-19. I put a lot of energy into practicing magick and cleaning my home, making sure my environment is as pleasant as possible so that I can grow, evolve, and learn. You can do this too. I hope you are all safe, happy, and healthy.

Sending love,