Shape shifting -
Taking a Different Form
Shape shifting is a
type of meditation on the relationship between humankind and nature, in
particular animals. Shape shifting is based on assuming certain
characteristics of an animal. Traits and talents are also included in
these characteristics. These characteristics, traits, and talents are
assumed for a limited time and for a particular purpose. A shapeshifter
is able to change shape either at will or under special circumstances.
Shapeshifter are not just human; they are also animals and plants.
Shape shifting ability depends on the level or degree of energy or
quality of life the creature possesses. It is more difficult for plants
because they are stationary, and least difficult for human beings
because they are most able to understand the dynamics involved.
Animals, including humans, are mobile, and it follows that animals are
adept at moving and directing energy. It is, as humans, our innate
nature, our state of being.
For Chinese Taoists,
there are two methods or purposes for shape shifting:
One, to strengthen or improve your vital essence by the study of
metaphysics and nature.
Two, to share your vital essence with others. This shift can be
accomplished through meditation, channeling, dancing, and singing - as
well as chanting, ritual, and making love. More or less, any situation
where people merge together as One and build energy.
shapeshift and gather energy by pulling together the power from the
universe; for instance, from dead stars. Through a complex set of
physical movements, breath and intention, the Toltec shaman gathers and
collects energy to be used toward specific purposes.
The Celtic shaman also
understands that things never truly die; they merely change form. Thus,
the cycle of life becomes more understood. All things continuously
change shape. A child grows to adulthood to old age to death and again.
Everything is continuously reborn through shape shifting, and the
elemental components are constantly recycling.
A glass of water is a
good example of these changes. If given a glass of water, you cannot
destroy it; it is impossible to destroy the water. If poured our, the
water becomes part of whatever you pour it into or onto. If evaporated,
it later becomes rain. If drank, it becomes part of the body then waste
that is recycled into the Earth. In other words, like all other things,
it cannot be destroyed. Nothing can be destroyed. All is
ever-beginning, never-ending. All things merely shift shape. This very
strongly suggests that shape shifting is a natural state of existence.
How It's Done
Human reason and logic
do not necessarily apply to shape shifting. To shift into another
person, animal, or elemental energy means being privy to the secrets of
a state of being where you are able to feel the unexplainable, the
mysterious. By setting aside known and accepted natural laws, like
inertia, you can merge into the body of any animal, plant, rock, body
of water - anything you choose. This merging allows you to experience
the world of instinct. This world is frightening to most humans who
have separated themselves from nature and from the "natural" state of
being. As you learn more about shifting, and abandon the structures and
forces that hold you to the Earth, time and space become very fluid and
soft. This creates a gateway to Oneness, a threshold of awareness where
your perspective alters and changes permanently.
Once you move through
that threshold, you are transformed. It becomes a metamorphosis. The
fluidity of reality becomes "normal" and you realize you are not a
fixed human being on this planet but a mutidimensional being with the
potential of experiencing an infinite number of lifetimes, worlds, and
shapes. One important thing to remember in practicing shape shifting is
that nothing is what it seems to be, especially time, matter, and
space. On a very basic level, shifting allows for a richer and fuller
perspective of life and experience. As a way to gather information and
build magickal skill, shape shifting connects you with your creative
ability and your spiritual center, regardless of your religious,
philosophical, or cultural preferences.
The key to learning
shapeshift is merging, sometimes called the "thirteenth factor."
Merging, or the thirteenth factor is the point where there is no
division between body, mind and spirit. Everything becomes Oneness, and
all knowledge and wisdom are readily accessible in this place of being,
depending on your intentions and desire. Merging is the mystic state
where you become one with all things. This occurs naturally when you
are in a beautiful nature area, and suddenly you feel yourself becoming
part of the trees, the waterfall, and the rocks.
It also occurs when
you fall in love. You merge and meld with your partner. Another example
is the bonding that happens between parent and child, or between twins.
The Two Main Components of the merging process are breath and
intention. First, your intention needs to be specific, simple, and
directed. Focus on the intention before, during and after merging.
Second, pay close attention to how you are breathing. Relax. Use "in,
2, 3, 4 - out, 2, 3, 4." Hold your breath briefly in between. Repeat
this as many times as needed for you to relax. After practice, you will
find that merging becomes automatic.
When you merge into an
animal, you enter the energetic being of the animal, stepping into
catness or wolfness, and so on. It is as if you enter the domain of
essence, becoming the animal, almost like becoming a mirror of the
animal. Each animal becomes an aspect of yourself, your eyes, your
legs, your heart become one with the eagle, the horse, the lion, etc.
When you incarnate into the physical, you take form and become flesh,
embodied and defined. Definition gives temporary form and shape as a
human being. Shape shifting allow you to briefly step out of that form.
It also allows you to move out of "ordinary" reality into
multidimensional awareness, realizing you can be here and there at the
same time. It is a strange feeling at first, until you accustom
yourself to this new perspective. With practice, you can eventually
learn to experientially be in several places (worlds) at once, hence
the concept of simultaneous lifetimes.
Done at Three Different Levels
There are three levels
of shape shifting: mental, physical (usually accompanied by mental),
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