By Kristi Klein
Here's how to use your phone as an enchanted tool to focus your intention.
Every time you pick up your phone can be a powerful way to reconnect with yourself and manifest your intentions. You may not realize it, but the consciously using the wallpaper background on your phone (e.g. the lock screen and home screen photos) is a game-charger – especially for witches. Depending on what we want to focus on, we can mindfully use those images for positive, on-the-go magick.
Your lock screen photo is the one you see most often, it can be used as an intention “reminder.” There’s such deep magic rooted in something that people spend hours a day staring at (or even glancing at). It holds the power of familiarity, the power of routine, the power of personal expansion. So why not try “charging” that lock screen image with your own intentional energy?
Here are ways I've used my phone wallpaper to aid in my manifestations...
My home screen photo has been the same for probably over a year now. It’s a photo of me taken on an amazing, love-filled night. I added a quote from the Astro Poets’ Twitter account that happened to be my horoscope for the day. (Pisces Queen!). That was over three years ago, but the photo and quote still brings me joy.
Witchy Tip: Add a photo of yourself where you’re at your best, living life to the fullest, and/or when you’re most happy. Accompany it with a “beautiful prophecy” that grounds you and makes you light up inside.
Using this photo to connect with your past self can be an effective tool in reminding your present self of your accomplishments and the positive times in your life. Gratitude is the foundation of manifestation.
The screen lock wallpaper is the one I tend to change the most often because it’s the image that I see the most. One of my favorite lock screen wallpapers is a root chakra mantra, reminding me to stay grounded and calm. The root chakra is all about being secure within yourself and your environment. It’s the baseline for the rest of the chakras that build up from it, in order to be stable and aligned.
Here's a Mantra: “I feel deeply rooted. I am connected to my body. I feel safe and secure. I have what I need. I am grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet. I trust in the goodness of life. I love life”
Witchy Tip: Have fun with it! The simplest way to add texts to photos without downloading a photo editing app is to use the Instagram story feature. Add text and graphics, play with the colors. Once you’re satisfied, save the photo to your phone (there’s no need to post it on Instagram unless you want to).
I often put my favorite song lyrics, inspirational quotes, mantras, and even kind words from friends onto photos (either of myself or other images that I find uplifting).
I also enjoy making collages and vision boards for my phone wallpaper selects. My current lock screen is a collage featuring artwork by Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine) and a happy photo of myself. Florence has long been a guiding light for me, she possesses such a deep well of magic and it shines through in her lyrics. Every song is a portal, a glimpse into something real and raw – so seeing myself surrounded by that loving, creative energy is very uplifting and inspiring.
Witchy Tip: Vision boards are used to help you focus your intentions on what you truly want to manifest into your life. A new house? Dream job? Create a vision board with a favorite photo of yourself in the center, then add photos of the home/job/countries you want to travel to, whatever you are calling to you. Seeing yourself surrounded with visual representations of the things that you’re manifesting helps move you in action, and keeps you motivated.
All of the above can also apply to your computer background. Aside from our phones, our computer is the screen we see the most and charge the most, both energetically and with what we are using this tool to create. My current wallpaper is a dreamy scene created by James R Eads. This otherworldly art piece calms my mind while also inspiring me and igniting my creative side.
Want to read more about manifesting your intentions? Check out this interview with color magick expert Sarah Potter.