Welcome to 2017! As a shamanic practitioner, I like to ritualize ushering out the old and welcoming in the new, and what better time to do that than the new year. Part that ritual includes reviewing the past year to determine what worked and what didn't...and what needs to change.
I recently fielded a couple of questions about channeling this week, and seeing as the line betwen "spirit channelling" and "spirit possession" is a thin one indeed, I thought it might be useful to share those thoughts publicly.
Ever had one of those dreams that is so engaging, so wondrously vivid that, even after you’re awake, you can still summon the images? Or so disturbing that you can’t shake that feeling of unease until you’re well into the day? Or one that you don’t remember in the morning, but suddenly comes to you in the middle of the day, after something you’re doing uncannily reminds you of it…?
Have you ever felt as though part of you is missing, and you can't seem to get it back, no matter what you do? Or do you feel that you've "never been the same" since a certain difficult event in your life? Or perhaps you've felt there's a void or emptiness in your life?
The concept of possession is a scary one for many people. Given people's common perception of possession as a condition that can only be cured by exorcism (the forcible removal of a spirit or entity who is possessing a human body), this fear is quite understandable! Popular culture (movies, books, TV) adds fuel to the flame by portraying exorcism as a violent act, pitting priest or practitioner against dark forces, demons, or even the Devil himself.
If you think that haunted houses only happen in movies and TV, think again! Apparently, 35% of home owners think they live in a haunted house...and more than 50% of all potential home owners would consider buying a haunted house! Hauntings also aren't necessarily a bad thing—some people report feeling a presence in their house that is welcoming, playful or neutral, not at all off-putting or hostile.
While the word "curse" sends a shiver up most people's spine, the truth is that cursing is a very human phenomenon and has been around for as long as humans have walked the earth. A curse can take on many forms, and can be unintentional...like when you're hurling epithets at a fellow driver in terrible traffic, or when a parent's thinking assists in limiting their child's career opportunities to jobs the parent wants them to have.