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Metaphysics


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 Ways


Healing

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

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.

My Personal Guides and Totems

I have seven guides I rely on myself:

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.

Shapeshifting

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



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Aromatherapy


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.