Metaphysics is the philosophical study of first cause principals. That's a fancy way of saying How the Universe got started. The word meta means higher and beyond. Metaphysics is a philosophy of physics that tries to solve the questions that material science cannot. Thus, it is the study of life beyond physics ; how life relates to the spirit.
Shamanic Healing is deep soul work. It is a journey where we reach back into the wounded places of our hearts and minds, our bodies and spirits, to release negative energies and beliefs that are causing us distress. Spirit guides assist us and may appear in the form of animals, plants, minerals, angels, mythic beings, ascended masters, ancestors or elemental forces.
With the help of the shamanic healer, we can reconnect with lost parts of ourself, journey to heal a past life that is holding us back, or cut cords to people, places or things that no longer serve us. This type of healing can help us release the past, clear our energy field of negativity, reclaim lost power.
Ritual is the shamanic act of going into an altered state of consciousness, accessing your spirit guides, accomplishing your task and returning home from your journey. The only actual participants in a shamanic ritual are the shaman and his/her drummer/human helper, and the person for whom the work is being done, if any.
Rituals have been an integral part of human evolution since prehistory. These powerful processes can help us move beyond the limits we create for ourselves and have the power to heal. Typically a ritual is a set of instructions that must be carried out exactly with specific intent. The ritual is given on a journey by a teacher or power animal who will give specific instructions about performance of the ritual. Typically the time and place are given along with a song, mantra, or meditation that is to be done. Typically the ritual is done only once.
Spirit Guides, Totems, Power Animals
Spirit Guides: also called guardian spirits or helping spirits, describes any spiritual being that helps us in a positive way. They protect us, guide us, and provide encouragement and inspiration. We may have any number of spirit guides throughout our life, whether or not we're consciously aware of them. Some have been with us since childhood, while others have appeared at various periods in our life, perhaps to help us through a difficult transition. Spirit guides can be religious figures, angels, ascended masters, ancestors, faeries, or, animal spirits.
Is there a meaning to the animal I saw? If a spirit guide comes to work with you, the form it takes can be a lesson in itself. If it is an animal, for example, you can learn about the habits and medicine of that animal. Their medicine is what makes them special or different from other animals. It is their gift. Look at what you can learn from this gift and how you can apply this lesson to your life.
Totems: an animal which is with you for life, often an animal with whom you share a connection, either through interest in the animal or your resemblance to or shared characteristics of the animal in question.
Totem animals are any animal, bird, insect or aquatic life that offer themselves in service to assist not only humans, but all forms of life. In general, most people are born with 7 Totem animals while Shamans or those carrying strong shamanic energy may have hundreds of Totems. New Totem Animals may be acquired throughout the life, especially in response to a great need for guidance or support.
Power Animals: are usually a reflection of your deepest self and also represent qualities which you need in this world, but which are often hidden or obscured. A mistake that people often make is to be dissatisfied when they find that their Power Animal is some non-ferocious animal like a mouse. We tend to think that a mouse is not very powerful - that it is meek and afraid. What they forget is that spirits are not limited to physical reality and that size is irrelevant. Your Power Animal may be a tiny mouse, but in times of need this mouse can and will change its size and deportment to that which is appropriate to the occasion.
A power animal is on the same spiritual level as yourself. This soul helps you with your higher purpose or mission in this embodiment. The karmic issues, the spiritual lessons, the gifts and talents you brought from the past into this life and so on. Their main purpose is to help you evolve your soul during this incarnation and to learn and grow.
1. wolf - Life Totem (female) - my life; my total being and essence.
2. falcon (male) - my dream guide; my guide upon the astral plane.
3. mountain lion (dual) - deals with my emotions.
4. chameleon (male) - my everchanging/adapting self.
5. cat - Totem(female) - my magickal and sensual self.
6. dragonfly (male) - deals with my flights of fancy; my fantastical/whimsical self.
7. black dragon - Totem(male) - his name is Epsilon; leads me through visualization and meditation; my psychic self.
The art of shapeshifting, the transformation of a human being into another living creature, is an ancient shamanic practice known and practiced by many indigenous people throughout the world. Very adept shamans are said to be able to physically change their human forms into that of plants and animals, using this shamanic technique of becoming the other in order use the abilities of the plant or animal to help and heal themselves and other.
Shapeshifting is a transformation, a potentially life-changing shift that brings us to a new level of understanding and consciousness; one that helps us become aware of the illusion of our separation from all of creation. It is done through visualization so that you may carry the power and abilities of an animal with you when you need it.
To learn to shapeshift, you should be in a place where you can meditate, but where there is enough room to move around. You should be dressed comfortably (or undressed comfortably, if that is your preference) so that you may move freely. Relax, close your eyes, call and greet the animal spirit you wish to shapeshift into. Let yourself become that animal in posture, stance, movement and sound. How does this animal see, hear, taste, touch, smell? What is it experiencing? Move as it would move. Become it with all the abandon of a small child. Experience it as long as you wish. When you choose thank the animal spirit that has helped guide you in learning its ways and then return to your human body. Write or draw your experiences if this helps you.
You can do this with as many creatures as you wish, getting comfortable with their difference forms and abilities, so that if you are in need of their strengths you need only don them much as you would a mask. In fact masks have been used as a focus to help in the mindshift used in shapechanging and might be something you would like to try.
The ability to shapeshift can be very useful when you are doing shamanic journeying or astral traveling. If you come across a place where there is no way to continue because of a huge chasm you may choose to take on the form of a hawk or if you find a place too small to enter, become a mouse.
You should be careful not to take on any one form for too long. Changes in your abilities will happen with time, not by keeping the abilities of a certain animal with you at all times. Although you will have the positive aspects of the creature you have chosen to keep, onward will also grow the negative ones.
For further information on the forms of shapeshifting, and the "kin" communities, go to: Therianthropy and Otherkin
Aromatherapy is the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being. Essential oils which are the pure essence of a plant, have been found to provide both psychological and physical benefits when used correctly and safely. It is important to note that perfume oils, also known as fragrance oils or fragrances , are not the same as essential oils. Perfume oils and fragrances contain unnatural chemicals and do not provide the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.
Essential Oil Safety Information
Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids that can be harmful if not used carefully. Implementing aromatherapy into your lifestyle shouldn't cause paranoia or undue worry. By treating essential oils as medicines and following the steps outlined below, you will be well on your way to safely enjoying the many benefits that aromatherapy can offer.
These safety guidelines are not a complete safety reference for the proper use of essential oils. When in doubt, consult your physician and/or a qualified and trained aromatherapy practitioner.
Reiki is one of the more widely known forms of energy healing. Energy Healing involves direct application of Chi for the purpose of strengthening the clients energy system (aura). Chi is the term used by the Chinese mystics and martial artists for the underlying force the Universe is made of. Mystics in all cultures have talked about the physical universe being made of an underlying form of something, much as modern physics research is now coming to understand the Universe is made of energy which is subject to (or affected by) thought. Just as modern physics says this energy is affected by thought the mystics also say this underlying form is affected by thought, going so far as to claim we create our own reality from our thinking and the thoughts we share between each of us every day.
Stop and reflect for a moment. Imagine the implications of the universe around us made from energy which can be shaped and manipulated by thoughts. This is the implication of both Quantum Physics and ancient Metaphysics. Might this make some diseases easier to explain, especially those which have no apparent physical cause? Might this make miraculous cures easier to explain? For example there was research study done a couple years ago showing that prayer improves the health of those who are prayed for, the focus of intent in prayer sends thoughts out in the form of I wish such-and-so to happen , so if the world is energy subject to the power of thought then prayers must work (depending on how clearly and carefully you hold and elaborate on the prayers or thoughts). Remember this while reading here about Reiki.
Reiki is very easily learned, very simple to use, and beneficial for all. It is one of many forms of healing through the use of the natural forces which were given the name Chi by ancient chinese mystics. Some forms of healing using Chi energy forces are Chi Gong, Pranic Healing, Chelation (as taught by Brabara Brennan and Rosalyn Bruyere), and Polarity Balancing. All (apparently) use the same energies, with the difference being techniques of application and an energy quality commonly known as vibration. (This term vibration is widely used in the New Age community to refer to the range in experience between the dense or low vibration of the physical world to the high vibration of the highest spiritual expression; while the term is inadequate to truly describe the differences, and while Reality is probably not a simple bipolar scale of experience, the term is descriptive of how the energy feels). I'm reluctant to definitively say Reiki uses Chi because I am not an expert on what the Chinese mean by this word. To my eye the force referred to with the name Chi is the same as Prana, Orgone, Odic, they are all names for the same force.
Since the word Reiki means Universal Life Force Energy, it (strictly speaking) refers to the energy and not the specific techniques taught by Reiki Masters. The techniques are more properly called the Usui System of Natural Healing after the founder of the system, Dr. Mikao Usui. However as Reiki is the common name, and a fine name at that, this is the name we will use here.
A Reiki healing is very simply performed. The practitioner places his or her hands upon the person to be healed with the intent for healing to occur, and then the energy begins flowing. The Reiki energy is smart since the Universe is a very smart place indeed. The energy knows where to go, and what to do once it gets there, or else is being directed by a higher intelligence. The energy manages its own flow to and within the recipient. It draws through the healer exactly that amount of energy which the recipient needs. All this happens without direct conscious intervention by the healer. The healers job is to get out of the way, to keep the healing space open, and to watch/listen for signs of what to do next.
Reiki Treatment does not use any tissue manipulation or massage, and does not ever involve sexual contact of any kind, under any circumstance. Unethical practitoners have been known to abuse people under the pretext of spiritual, holistic and complimentary healing. Such practitioners should be reported to authorities promptly.
Chakras are the energy vortex that we have in our bodies that bring in the universal energies we need to remain living . Chakra is the Sanskrit word for moving wheel, the chakras are vortexes of energy present in the ethereal body and in related locations of the physical body. There are seven major chakras and they function as pathways for energy to be taken in, metabolized and sent to the major nerve center nearest each one. Several more chakras seem to be opening up in many people but for now we will begin with the traditional seven. They are: the root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, brow and crown.
The chakras are located along the line of the spinal column and are composed of high frequency energy strands that the spiritual eye perceives as light The life force is channeled to the physical body and its organs via the nadis and meridians and enters the body through the chakras. the degree of chakra activity depends on a combination of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual development of the individual.
Chakras can be damaged or blocked through an emotional upset such as conflict, loss or, accident . Fear, anxiety and stress are common causes of chakra malfunction, it is the disruption of the chakra and aura that create disease and disturb the energy balance of the chakras. Psychological problems may cause 'blockages', obstructing the flow of energy into or out of the chakras.
In general the front aspects of the chakras correlate to our emotional function, the back to our will function, and the top three chakras to our reason function. Balance in our reason, will and emotion centers is necessary to good health and well being. the amount of energy flowing through our chakras determines how well we function.
Relaxation Through Meditation
My preference would be to call meditation relaxation, conscious relaxation, chosen relaxation. These are words that are more universally understood, more comfortable. Constantly working toward the goal of discovering my own ability to reach a state of serenity, I have learned to meditate.
Meditating is actually easier than you might imagine. Most of us have dabbled in meditation by participating in conscious relaxation. Maybe during an exercise class or to manage pain at the dentist or anxiety before a test. We start by paying attention to our breathing. The practical effort to focus completely on our breathing takes our minds away from the mind clutter that constantly tries to invade our mind and eliminate feelings that will lead to a time of calm. With repeated effort the goal of clearing your mind, to think of nothing, does occur and the process of meditation takes on its own energy. The result is, and I guarantee this, peace, serenity, calmness, eventually opening yourself to new insights.
Meditating for Life
Too much stress, stress reduction, chill out, let it go, detach, familiar phrases to all of us. Our world is fast, fun and exciting. It is also challenging, trying, demanding and frightening. These two sides of our lives produce stress, emotional reactions, anxiety, worry and anticipation. Our bodies and minds can tolerate only so much of any of these. After a while, each of us reaches a saturation point and the results become uncomfortable at best; for some it may be unbearable, even unendurable.
No magic pill is available to eliminate these feelings. The reality is, as the wise old man said, the answer is inside all of us. To manage these universal concerns we must go inside ourselves. Among the steps we can take is the learning and practicing of meditation.
What to Expect
With time and faith in the commitment to practice frequently, (daily meditating is ideal), during your meditation time you may leave the moment. A feeling of separation exists where the mind is clear, clean and blank. You will still hear sounds around you, but they will not interfere with your meditation.
Sometimes you may weep -- you may not even be aware of what is making you weep. It is your own emotions having a voice of their own. Sometimes you may feel a smile across your face -- that is contentment showing itself. Sometimes you may fall asleep and awaken truly refreshed.
There is no right or wrong behavior during your meditation. It is your time for you. Everyone deserves this kind of personal attention. This is a self-care activity; loving oneself Teach it to your children instead of a time-out in their room or corner. Teach it to your friends, family, anyone who will listen. We can share this gift and get back as we give. We are all better because of each person who meditates. The peace and joy felt by those who meditate enters the world for all of us as positive energy. From it the world is a better place. Imagine if we all practiced meditation
The last time you checked, you weren't feeling sad, but someone walked past you, and suddenly you feel as though you're about to cry. When this continues to happen, you might get a bit worried, but there's no need. There is a reason for what you are feeling.
Empathy is the name given to the ability to sense the emotions of other people. Everything in this universe is comprised of, and gives off, energy. This includes emotions, which "float about" within the energy that is you, and spread to your aura. An empath can "read" these energies, and is able to interpret them.
Being empathic can be very useful, but there are drawbacks, namely the draining effect of being stuck in someone else's head. If an empath is so sensitive to the emotions around them that they cannot disengage from it all, they risk draining their energies, which in turn leaves them vulnerable to illness and mental health problems.
To cope with all this stress, it is vital that empaths learn centering, grounding and shielding.
Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Go inside yourself, and look for the place within you that feels the most solid, the calmest place in your body. This is your center. For most people, this center is around the region of the heart chakra, but it can vary, so don't be worried if you find your center in another part of your body. When you find it, you will just know due to a feeling of calm that washes over you after just a few minutes of focusing on the spot.
Grounding and Shielding
Once you have found your center, you need to ground. This is the process of connecting to the earth, dispersing excess energy.
Straighten your spine, breathe deeply and naturally. Visualise a long stream of energy emerging from your tailbone and sinking deep into a hole in the earth. Imagine this is your root, your anchor, holding you safely, and providing you with a "holding tank" for the negative energy.
Now you can start to free yourself from excess energy. Push negative energies, unwanted energies and the energies you have absorbed through your body into your "anchor". Send them down the energy stream, into the earth.
As the unwanted energy leaves your body, you may start to feel "lighter", as though an unseen weight has been taken away. You might feel a sense of "connection", and a peaceful feeling is likely to wash over you.
When all the energy has gone, draw your anchor back into your body, picture a seal going over the hole in the earth, locking the energy away from you. Practice finding this spot until you can do it anywhere, at any time.
Rising from its tomb, the undead creature seeks out the living. Rendering its victim helpless with its hypnotic stare, sharp incisors puncture the soft skin of the neck. Rich, life sustaining blood is taken from the victim. Sometimes just enough to quench the thirst of the undead creature; sometimes, enough to kill the victim, and thereby, create another of the undead, who will walk the night as its creator does. This is the vampire of folklore, the creature of the night that haunts our dreams, and lines Hollywood's pockets via horror movies.
Yet, the concept of vampirism is associated to those who do not feed on blood, but on life energy.....the psychic vampire, or psi-vamp. This need for life energy comes from the basic human instinct to survive, as do hunger, thirst, sex, sleep, activity, and emotions. But each instinct needs one important factor to be fully achieved.....energy, and for the psi-vamp, this energy also feeds him/her spiritually. The psi-vamp is not an "evil" being, like its folklore counterpart, whose sole purpose is to seek out victims, take life energy, and cause deliberate harm.
A known scientific fact: energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it can only change form. The energy absorbed by the psi-vamp converts to what the person needs to sustain him/her physically, emotionally or spiritually. "Old" energy has been taken from the "host" and converted to "new" energy for the psi-vamp. The "host" now has an opening for its own energies to change form, allowing him/her to replenish its own sustenance.
Many psi-vamps are empathic, able to feel and sense the emotions, even physical reactions or ailments, of others....not just of their hosts. This allows the psi-vamp to be able to give energy, as well as take, and maintain a balance in the order of human nature. However, empaths need to find a balance within themselves, so they do not give, give, give, until they cause themselves harm in some form. It is not uncommon to feel compassion, want to heal, sometimes to the point of draining yourself....whether from guilt (of taking energy), or the desire to sustain or help others survive.
Granted, being aware of your abilities does not make the person an "instant" good person. If someone is of a spiteful, malicious or harmful nature, he/she will use the ability to take energy purposely, and with bad intentions. Unfortunately, this type of psi-vamp is the one that will attract negative attention, cause mistrust, and generally give psi-vamps a "bad" name in the public community. The ideal way to waylay this is through educating the public...however, Hollywood, and the media in general, keep making this very difficult. A fourth season of "CSI:Las Vegas" deals with sanguinarian vampires (blood drinkers), and mentions "The Black Veil", a guideline of ethics for the Sanguinarian community. Of course, the episode ended with the vampire in question being portrayed as delusionally psychotic.
One site in particular, House Kheperu , has become a haven for psi-vamps, due to the publication of a book called "The Psychic Vampire Codex", written by Michelle Belanger. But the site is open to all those interested in the metaphysical, whether psi-vamp or non, and the forums allow members to discuss a variety of topics. Ms. Belanger's book covers her experiences with the underground world of the vampire community, and the emergence of House Kheperu. The book is a manual geared towards, not just the understanding of psi-vamps, but guidance for them, and provides an excellent source of knowledge for techniques in energy work.