Another World is a series of guides on the Astral, spirit life, spirit work, and all things involved in trekking across the universe. I am not an expert. These are not definitive rules.
L’s methods for getting to know spirits, guides, and ethereal visitors. Part II
The second half of this guide I have put off writing for a long time. 1) Because I lacked the spoons. 2) Because it is slightly more complicated, advanced, and I definitely do not advise the more intense methods for everyone. Not everyone is built for them (or can do them safely) and that is ok. But they’re here as a guide none the less.
To preface: Like any advanced art, the amount of dedication and difficulty increases. To get amazing results in anything–you have to go the extra lengths to get there. There is simply no other way (not talking about technique, but strictly: dedication and commitment). There are a million techniques but you have to push whatever it is you do–to the next level, and once you get to the next level, you have to push it beyond what is fathomable. This is where the deeper connections are formed.
I will be focusing on four techniques for this post. I could write a book alone on the various methods, but these four are the ones extensively used in my practice. I’d like to reiterate again that these are not for everyone–they come with health risks, emotional/stress risks, they are time consuming, and you have to have a level of self honesty to stay “am I doing this for the right reasons?” Meaning, you have to know when its time to stop–and if you are truly getting anything out of it, or if you’re just damaging yourself in the process more than you’re gaining.
I will also list the consequences of each method. If you view this as a negative take and discouragement; then I must highly advise you do not partake in these methods at all if you cannot read the side-effects without issue.
Additionally, I will list the “requirements” or background needed for each method. That’s not the say that you must have the requirements fulfilled to do any of these methods–you may have found yourself doing any number of things without a full grasp of what you’re doing. That is OK, but it likely indicates somewhere down the lines you have an inherent knowledge of something you have yet to uncover, that makes up a part of who you are. The requirements are included simply to give a full grasp of what category of work and magix these methods fall under, for better comprehension.
Method One -Becoming One & Merging
This method is not one everyone can do. It’s not really something taught per say. It’s either part of your inherent nature to do this, or it’s not. It also is dependent upon the circumstances and history you find yourself in. On the surface it’s fairly straight forward. You are becoming one with the spirit–you are for all intents and purposes, merging. Either indefinitely, or for a set amount of time. This requires consent of both (or more) parties. Without consent it falls into the category of possession (if you are forcing yourself into another being), or a hostage situation (if you are being forced into the being against your own will). Again–context is everything. But lets keep it simple for the sake of this entry.
Becoming one is difficult in the sense that you need to be able to strip down everything you are, to become an entire other being–your identity, aesthetics, history, experiences, etc, must all shift to the back burner–while you inherit the qualities and life of another.
Why do this? The single most effective way to understand someone in totality, is to be them. “Walk in their shoes”. You will never understand someone better than when you perceive the universe and react through another’s mind and eyes.
People who are predisposed to using this method with ease: Oracles/Seers, Shape shifters, otherkin, mediums, and anyone who shares a lineage of sorts with the being they seek to merge with. This does not mean ONLY these people can use this method. They simply share qualities with those who merge to begin with. (Having basically an open door within their soul through which others speak through, or through which they experience feelings and sensations/experiences in a form not human or not their own).
Consequences of Merging: Loss of your own identity (merging too long to the point of sharing an identity, and finding it hard to separate yourself form the entity–which may or may not work to your advantage depending on the situation). Excessive mental and emotions stress (you will be taking on their woes and struggles on top of your own). Victim to their history and circumstances (if they are on the run from the law, you will be too. Both as them, and as yourself–if they are subject to abuse, you will be experience this with them. Basically, if you have any triggers, please tread carefully).
Requirements: Understanding of bond and thread work/magix. Merging is highly dependent upon the initiator having a solid understanding and practice with bonds (which alone is not something I advise working in. If you do not already know how to do it–you are likely not meant to or are not ready to. It takes a certain level of maturity, experience/wisdom, and the ability to see outside ones self–see the bigger picture–to properly do bond magix without fucking someone over, including yourself.)
Merging is essentially this: You are overlaying your “thread” on top of theirs, until it becomes theirs, or until it creates 100% blend of both (or all) parties’ threads. Think of it like reprogramming your DNA to become someone else’s unique individual code of amino acids. In some cases, the entity you are merging with will do this for you. In other cases its on you and you just simply “know” how to do so. Visualization helps, but in common practice it’s a mindless and simple as slipping into a different pair of pants.
Merging becomes a very deep relationship. Unique in that it is not love or romance, friendship or camaraderie, it is simply it’s own breed unto itself. There is no other relationship quite like the one you have with a spirit/entity than when you have become each other and know each other in and out. The good and bad, ugly and beautiful, heinous and glorious. You will develop a mind blowing empathy, and a connection that redefines “deep”. Like the image–you are no longer separate beings, but one continual loop of a soul.
Method Two – The Psychotherapist
Merging and Psychotherapy tend to go hand in hand, but don’t have to. They follow the same lines and sometimes require the same things (becoming one at moments in time, rather than in identity) and diving into the very depths of that being’s mind. In usually calls for traipsing through what I call “the head space”.
If we think of the different modes of existence as spaces–they can be broken down into a few parts. I would not equate this with chakras, although they line up much in the same areas, chakra work is an entirely different discipline unto itself (and its derived culture). The most common spaces used in astral psychotherapy are: the heart space, and the head space–and depending on the being, the root space (sexually derived or pertaining to inherent nature). If you are an advanced adept in this field, you may even enter the being’s “core” directly. Which I will not cover here–like bonds, if you don’t already know how, you probably shouldn’t meddle in it for now. It is far too complicated to cover in a post.
Let’s focus on the head space for now. Beings are usually just as complicated and overrun with psychological impairments and behaviors based on their history, past, and influences. They often need a lot of help for a variety of reasons. Aside from becoming someone–getting to know someone’s inner demons and nightmares is fast track to deepening your connection and knowledge of them to a great extent. It also builds an immense amount of trust and companionship.
People who are predisposed to using this method with ease: Empaths, Victims of abuse/trauma/mental illness (which makes it doubly dangerous for them at the same time), analytical thinkers, and people sharing lineage or bonds to the being in question.
Consequences of being a Psychotherapist: Inflicting the same troubles on yourself, triggering yourself. Getting involved too deeply in a bad situation/toxic relations. Feeling trapped. Run down. Extreme exhaustion. Delirium, confusion, and mood swings. Inability to separate yourself from the responsibility of helping others–the consequence of taxing yourself too much. Growing attached to things that must change and hence inhibiting progress.
Requirements: Understanding of the applicable psychology for that type of entity/being. Extreme honesty with yourself. Ability to view both objectively and subjectively. Nonjudgmental. Big-picture/goal oriented.
As always, consent is key to make this work. However once you have established a certain relationship with the entity–where they are comfortable with you doing work with them when say they’re having a mental break down–the line gets blurred a little. (If they boot you out however, you must leave, unless it is life or death–this is their prerogative. Unless they are compromising themselves in a flurry and they have given you prior consent for such occasions, do not overstep your boundaries).
Essentially you will be entering their head space–the conical point of every last mental pattern and web that dictates who they are and what they do. Experiences vary, it may be very intangible, in others it will feel like time travelling. Sometimes it is vision questing that is highly manipulated/prone to tinkering. Sometimes you are dismantling self-created horrors, and sometimes you are unlocking 750 nested boxes of things the being does not wish to deal with but must for their progression and health. Sometimes it is illusions and battles and epic alice in wonderland work–and sometimes it is just finding the being sitting alone somewhere and having a conversation with them inside their own head with a part of themselves they may or may not show to the outside world(s).
This borders on the lines of Facet work–but that’s another post for another day.
As you gain success in this field, trust deepens, as does your understanding for how the being works and thinks and interprets their experiences: hence you will know them quite well from the perspective of whatever space you are working therapy on.
Method Three – The Historian
This method usually coincides with the Psychotherapist as the therapy generally requires some knowledge or manipulation of the beings past/future (I do not see time as linear, so I use those terms loosely). The Historian method is pretty blunt: you are gathering the entire scope of a beings experiences and context, both in time and out of time–in reality and within themselves, every piece of a puzzle, and generally extends to working on multiple spirits at the same time.
You are basically, recreating a model of all the things that make up who and what they are–which in a sense is constructing a world (creatrix magix will have its own post). Since the six degrees of separation applies to the astral too–you can quickly see how it is hard to scribe history around just one being. You have to get the history of the things that influence them–and the things that influence those influences, and the origins of those influences’ influences.
The historian is hard work. You are up against a lot of stubborness, politics, hidden agendas, hidden objects, hidden everything. Hard to interpret things, and obscured ideas, visions, or concepts. You will likely need to employ a method of merging or psychotherapy to actually garner the information. Whereas using those methods directly is to get closer to the being–in this method, you are using those other techniques as tools to create the surrounding history of that being.
Hence its a practice of both direct and indirect means of getting to know a spirit–but often entailing getting to know a whole host of spirits, or an entire plane/world.
People who are predisposed to using this method with ease: Avid readers, data collectors, history buffs, designers (of all kinds), cultural enthusiasts, and anyone with a love for understanding/knowledge and the art of crafting or gathering. This is one of the more accessible methods for anyone, despite sometimes requiring the use of the other advanced methods as tools. That is more so a personal level of dedication (you don’t have to practice merging to write their history, but it will surely give you more accuracy).
Consequences of being a Historian: There are very few actually (unless you adopt the other methods, their consequences then apply). You may risk some attachment. Or struggle to keep bias out of the record keeping. Time consuming (when practicing this method, I will sometimes draw up to 150 pictures documenting the history per month. On top of the written records, like dates, events, notes, diary entries, etc). Practiced alone, it is one of the safer methods (until you start garnering information that say, some big dogs want to hide, then you may find yourself on the run a lot), and easier for the less experienced. It’s also rather natural to do so, even in our own human lives here.
Requirements: Patience, and the desire to want to do the work. Otherwise it’s laborious and frustrating and you will likely cloud your own abilities with frustration. A basic understanding of illusion magix will help too–as history/time/future/everything tends to be coated and hidden or manipulated by various entities via illusion magix. Either for protection (their business, is, after all theirs. If they don’t want you in their business, they may stop you through a variety of means), or to lead you astray. Hence, discernment is highly valuable asset when embarking on the Historian path. You don’t want to record falsities as truth, and vice versa. Which alone, takes time to figure out often–so patience is yet again the big one. Exceptional self defense skills (in case you find yourself in sordid business).
Again though, this is usually a good starting point method, so you gain the requirements via direct practice.
Method Four – The Healer & Patient
This method has two roles that can be used interchangeably (and if you adopt any of the other methods, at some point you will definitely be playing one of these two roles if not both). Again, straightforward: You or the being are performing in depth healing practices, while you or the being are receiving the care and treatment.
Think of it like healing an injured animal. At first, they may bite. With some rehabilitation, and food, they come to trust you. Then you develop a bond. Or–if you are already deeply bound to the being, being in either of these positions is a form of vulnerability that deepens said bond.
I think it is safe to say most everyone understands there are a thousand different healing methods, so I will not cover that extensively here. Just know that practicing such (or receiving such from entities and spirits) is just as rewarding the path to getting to know someone that much better.
People who are predisposed to using this method with ease: Anyone using a healing practice already, Empaths, those who have suffered extensive damage from the other methods (and have experience being healed as such).
Consequences of being a Healer/Patient: Trouble separating from responsibility, taking on too much responsibility, stress, anxiety, attachment, pain, loss, failures, psychosis.
Requirements: Aside from some school of healing (either an established path here, or one practiced/learned on the astral at large), a basic understanding of all types of magix, all types of injuries, psychology, physiology of multiple kinds of entities and beings, wide depth of knowledge of different planes, worlds, experiences. History about the beings being worked on. Creatrix and Destroyer abilities, ability to dismantle and manifest. Energy manipulation. Quick reaction time, ability to think under pressure. Confidence.
While there are many healers, and many healing arts. To really use this as a tool to get to know a spirit better–you will need a high mastery of the requirements. Adepts in this field are also, generally masters of the other methods as well. Again, that doesn’t mean you must be a master of those things to employ this method. Practice is what gets you to that level of mastery. I am merely stating that harvesting the most abundant benefits of this method comes from a mastery and understanding of all the methods.
Nearly everyone practice some form a healing art, those who make a profession of it likely put in a lot of time to get there (the same as getting a PHD in this world). You do not become a brain surgeon over night or over a year. You do not become a supreme court judge in just a few tries.
In my experience, those who practice these methods do at some point later in their life, become a healer of sorts by trade, or a career victim (constantly needing healing from being subjected to the consequences of the other methods in large doses). Both positions come from an extreme dedication to what they are doing. Pain earned is wisdom gained. Pain healed is wisdom applied.
To be honest, I sandwich all these methods together as one, but I have taught and guided people on doing these as isolated methods as well, and they’ve had great success with it. This list is also short, (for the sake of not wanting to write an entire damn book on this alone). It excludes things such as joint dream walking, and other various magix practices that can be used.
I should note when I talk about pain: in some ways I am saying it is a requirement and inevitable side effect. There are those who will likely say that’s a bleak view on things–or not required. Sure, there are positive experiences. But I have yet to meet anyone deep in their craft that at some point hasn’t undergone turmoil. Nothing is without its failures or hardships. And that pain can be rewarding.
But that goes back to my point at the beginning of the post–you must know when to stop, and when to gauge if this is hurting you more than you’re gaining. Which probably needs its own post unto itself. Sigh.
If you have any questions PLEASE ask. If you are concerned about the way something is worded PLEASE notify me. Lets discuss before a quick judgment and misunderstanding becomes a flaming debate. As always–I have watered down many of these concepts for the sake of being brief ( hah!), so there is much to be said on ALL of these topics.