The soul body, all spiritual parts of the human being, can take a hit from daily stress to distant unresolved trauma from childhood onward. This can amount to soul fracturing and loss of resources that make the next group of stresses harder to take and even more taxing. With fewer resources a person can be an easier host for a disembodied being. How does this appear? The list is long, and some physical and emotional symptoms show up because of an attached being. Did symptoms appear originally and continue without an apparent stress trigger? If they did show up without an obvious trigger, here's a brief list:
It takes a trained and experienced shaman to know if someone's problem is due to an attached spirit or something else. And if it can be relieved with shamanic methods and wisdom. It also takes a trained and experienced shaman to identify and safely help a disembodied being move on in a sacred way.
Back when I was first starting out in 2011, I only had a Reiki master level under my belt, crystals and sage. I was taught that disembodied beings and obstructions in a person's aura could be moved out with the same tool, Reiki. So sentient, feeling souls and energetic debris were lumped together as one category: negative energy. The people who taught me about this stuff back then did the best they could with what they knew: Move out negative energy with Reiki, crystals and sage. Well, that didn't work out too well for me. I was attacked. On one occasion I woke up in the morning face to face with a client's angry being who slammed into my chest head on. He got to me before I could get to him at a session. Although he feared me and it was a compliment, it was a painful lesson. I had chest pain everyday for a month. It could have turned out worse. He might have attached to me. I had good intentions, and I believed I was protected. I was not a shamanic practitioner then. It took more than a few years of training, practice and wisdom to work compassionately, be fully empowered, and have the right tools to work with, to be helpful each time.
If you think a disembodied spirit is around you, please take that situation to a professional.
I appreciate the opportunity to share a calm perspective about this topic. Ancient Greeks had a special word for a deity who escorts the dead; that's a deity psychopomp. Once the deceased cross the threshold into the afterlife, they continue the journey possibly with multiple escorts along the way. A shaman can also be a living psychopomp, on this side, who is ideally trained and has an affinity for the safe transition of disembodied spirits. The word psyche, pronounced psee-he, in Greek, identifies the soul of a being. Pomp is a sacred procession, such as in a festival honoring ancient Greek gods, like Dionysius. The ultimate fate of a soul deserves a sacred process. For most of us, the word psych will be familiar. You've probably even heard the word psyched up used to mean getting mentally prepared for some big event.
Today psych-ology means the study of the psyche, exclusively the human mind, so it's far from the original meaning and use by the ancient Greeks. They saw the soul as essential, not separate from a person's identity. The soul is a container of memories and the essence of a unique person. Core soul energizes the mind's ability to think and feel. Those of us who are living psychopomps, we also care about the soul and healing it. We know the presence of human soul means a body is alive. So "pomp" is the process of helping a psyche, a soul, in a sacred way to move from the earthly plane to their next journey into the afterlife.
Do you ever find yourself reacting with frustration and anger to somebody cutting you off in traffic, a colleague dismisses you, boyfriend dumps on you in a bad mood? In a situation like this, as an empathic person, you're feeling your stuff and theirs. You become one of two kinds of people: You get upset on the inside and hide your feelings or show your feelings then and there—rolling your eyes, or saying something sarcastic. Which are you? It's fairly common. Preventing that whole division from starting in the first place is a huge gain. From a shamanic perspective, you want inner wisdom to rise up in you; it's your inner shield of calm and peace, so you don't over-react or under-react. Right? Otherwise, it could add up to soul loss. Doing just a bit of writing invests in deciding who you’re going to be in a situation. That builds self-empowerment, and you can be of use in the situation when someone else is losing their cool. Or at least not make things worse.
Developing inner wisdom takes effort.
Author: Jacqueline Komninos
Shamanic Practitioner and Educator, Specialist in resolving middle world spirit issues and supporting empowerment, self-confidence and interpersonal success with shamanic practices and wisdom
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