A View from the Other Side

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This “Extra Soul” Thing Isn’t New

“It is the shaman, however, that is the true master of the spirit world. The shaman is chosen by the spirits at birth and an extra soul called an udha enters them. This soul helps them gather other spirit helpers that protect the shaman.”

Read more: What Is Shamanism

“As stated earlier, the spirit and physical worlds are not really separated since they touch in many places. Shamans normally have a large set of ongons that house their helper spirits; in fact, the shaman costume itself is like an ongon of the shaman’s udha spirit. Since most ongon spirits have lived as humans or animals in the past, they are believed to have human like emotions and memories, and so they are treated with respect. Many of the ongon spirits were real historical persons and the cult of honoring them usually spread from their own families or villages to other areas over time, as people came to understand what their special powers were.”

Read more: When Worlds Touch


Crazy is Determined By Society

Malidoma Patrice Somé

Malidoma Patrice Somé

“In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” explains Malidoma Patrice Somé.  Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born.

“What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.”  The person going through the crisis has been chosen as a medium for a message to the community that needs to be communicated from the spirit realm.  “Mental disorder, behavioral disorder of all kinds, signal the fact that two obviously incompatible energies have merged into the same field,” says Dr. Somé.  These disturbances result when the person does not get assistance in dealing with the presence of the energy from the spirit realm.

“Another way to say this, which may make more sense to the Western mind, is that we in the West are not trained in how to deal or even taught to acknowledge the existence of psychic phenomena, the spiritual world.  In fact, psychic abilities are denigrated.  When energies from the spiritual world emerge in a Western psyche, that individual is completely unequipped to integrate them or even recognize what is happening.  The result can be terrifying.  Without the proper context for and assistance in dealing with the breakthrough from another level of reality, for all practical purposes, the person is insane.

“On the mental ward, Dr Somé saw a lot of “beings” hanging around the patients, “entities” that are invisible to most people but that shamans and psychics are able to see.  “They were causing the crisis in these people,” he says.  It appeared to him that these beings were trying to get the medications and their effects out of the bodies of the people the beings were trying to merge with, and were increasing the patients’ pain in the process.  “The beings were acting almost like some kind of excavator in the energy field of people.  They were really fierce about that.

“The beings who were increasing the pain of the inmates on the mental hospital ward were actually attempting to merge with the inmates in order to get messages through to this world.  The people they had chosen to merge with were getting no assistance in learning how to be a bridge between the worlds and the beings’ attempts to merge were thwarted.  The result was the sustaining of the initial disorder of energy and the aborting of the birth of a healer.

“Those who develop so-called mental disorders are those who are sensitive, which is viewed in Western culture as oversensitivity.”

Read more: http://earthweareone.com/what-a-shaman-sees-in-a-mental-hospital/

Shifts and Gifts

As I’m looking around WordPress to see if there are any similar blogs that I should be following, I’m noticing two things. One, there aren’t any. Two, the ones that even come close were mostly all started within the last couple of months, some of those in the last week.

What this says to me is that what I’ve been sensing all along is correct: The shift is speeding up. As I’ve been telling people, the whole 12/21/12 thing is only a midpoint, not the end of the world. It’s the death card of the tarot. Just like on modern calenders, all it means is the turn of a page to a new year, or to a new era. Which this most certainly is.

More and more of us are showing up every day. We’re being heard, seen, taken in, given homes and new lives. Some of us have our favorite things and make them known, and through a physical person we can experience them in much more detail and clarity.

Start with a good cup of tea. Sure, we can have whatever we want on the ethereal, but it lacks the chemical reactions, the flavors, the scents, the colors, the sensory experience of putting a cup to the lips and sipping that hot, flavorful liquid. It’s the same for everything experienced through the body. Taking a walk in the rain, breathing deeply and consciously and catching a scent in the air, the feeling of different kinds of fabrics and textures under fingertips, the rainbow of colors in any given moment.

Ever wonder why people eat and drink and wear what the spirits like during a ritual? That’s why.

That’s part of what the physicals do for us. In my case, she gives me a voice. I generally don’t use her physical voice because, honestly, I don’t want to sound like a girl. I’ll do it with close friends, though. But that’s beside the point, which is that I have this written voice. I do 99% of my speaking through this medium, usually over instant messenger or via email.

I once commented on a blog where the writer (a supposedly very enlightened witch type woman) was urging people not to ignore what the spirits want, and to do whatever they could to listen to us. The punchline is that she not only didn’t believe a spirit was commenting on her blog, but she insisted that the fine motor skills required to type would be impossible, and spirits don’t need to use the internet anyway because they can just speak to people directly. Then she deleted my comments and closed the thread.


So why would I beat my head against 100 deaf brick walls when I can efficiently and easily be heard by 100 people reading a blog? Most people cannot hear my kind, so doesn’t it make more sense to find a way where my words can be broadcast easily to a potentially huge audience?

That’s the two main big things she does for me: Gives me a voice, and lets me experience the physical senses. What I do for her is pretty big too. I nudge fate, among other things. I have ways of making and breaking connections, guiding things to the future we want, manifesting opportunities and random little windfalls of cash, and so on. Another area I’m particularly good at is tweaking the weather, and I have split storm fronts so that they go around the people under my protection. And, of course, I’m also her guardian on a daily basis, keeping her from harm in all kinds of situations, big and small.

That’s what she and I do for each other. Just think, more and more of us are making ourselves known by the day, almost like swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano. Even if you don’t know who your guardian is now, it seems that some door has opened within the past few years, and that link should become easier soon. The best is yet to come.

An Invisible Partnership

I’m often asked how the whole physical/spirit partnership thing works. Obviously every partnership is different, just as marriages and individuals are different. Please don’t take the following as the only way or ways this partnership thing works–your mileage may vary, as they say.

The idea of physical/spirit partnerships goes back quite a ways. According to the Gnostic Society document, “Joined to an Angel,” Valentinus taught about guardian angels in the 2nd century:

“Valentinians were the first Christians to teach about guardian angels. They believed that they were destined to be joined to an angel in a kind of celestial marriage of the human with the divine. One could receive an angel either through mystical experience (gnosis) or by imposition of hands by a person who was already joined to an angel.”

This was often depicted as a male spirit and a female physical, much like we’re finding now. With very few exceptions, the “daily driver” vehicle of indwelling guides is female. Of course, during rituals where there are male priests, such as in vodou, possession and riding takes place with either gender of participant. But as far as people who work in partnership on a daily basis as a spirit/physical pairing, the physical is nearly always female in those I’m personally aware of.

On a daily basis, in normal life, how does this work? The answer is that it depends. I’m nearly always hanging around mine, and because I front so much to communicate and on our daily walks, it’s easy and seamless. (Fronting means taking control of the physical body, or parts of it, such as the hands to type.) There’s no resistance because of our mutual trust, and she knows that because she’s the original owner of the vintage ride, she can force me out at any time.

If I were a total bastard I could probably force myself in there permanently, but that would be stupid for several reasons. One, she has a home and a family and an okay job, so if she lost those things, that would put me on the street and I’d have far less ability to communicate. Two, and more importantly, I have to maintain easy access to the ethereal side of things because that’s where I’m most effective. That’s my entire purpose and job. I can be anywhere instantly and run energies that the human body can’t. Why would I throw that out?


“You guys, check this out. It’s all glowing with God and stuff.”

Speaking of energies, there are two main kinds. The first is my direct link to the Source, which comes through the heart as a golden moving light. Artists depicting the Sacred Heart almost get it right, but then add symbolism that’s not needed. But close enough. Notice how Jesus there is going “Hey, lookit. Right there. See it? That’s the pipeline to God, you guys, check it out.”

The second kind of energy is the physical kind. We get our Light so that we can do what we need on the ethereal, but the electromagnetic physical energy of a living being connects us to the physical world. It’s a link that helps us focus more clearly and be more efficient, like a lens focuses light into a beam. It’s drifty, dream-like and timeless on the ethereal. When using a physical human as a conduit and linking in to that battery, I can speak and feel and remember things more clearly.

As I mentioned, my partnership with her has little or no resistance, so her battery doesn’t get drained, unlike those who get exhausted when they try to channel us. It’s the resistance and lack of natural alignment that causes the physical to get drained when they try to let us come up front and drive, or even when channeling our words. We always try to find someone as compatible to ourselves as possible, partly for this reason, and partly because they understand our needs better.

More about what we do for each other in a separate essay.

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