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    Re: Hello, folks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jembru View Post
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    Well met! I admire the work that you do for your community. Are you a nurse/caregiver/doctor/special needs or education specialist by profession? It must take a lot of courage to work with people about to or who have just passed on. I don't really see any problem with whether you choose to associate yourself with the shamans of old or are comfortable doing your own thing. Well at least it doesn't bother me. Shamanism's always been an experientally-based tradition, so power to you! But really just props to you for what you do for your community. In that respect, the most I've ever done was use acupressure to deal with infantile colic and help a child who wanted to be athletic overcome asthma. How do you do it?

    I'm not sure if this is the place to inquire into the nature of your lucid dreams, but I'm very excited for you! I find that when you've hit that point where you can at the very least project yourself outside your shell, you're just about ready for exponential progress. Do you have a teacher? Either a spirit or an older shaman?

    I'll definitely be hitting up the Shamanism subforum soon. It's always good to see and meet fellow travelers I can talk to comfortably about these things. I'll see you around!

    Happy Hunting,
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    Re: Hello, folks.

    Thanks for the reply! Well, this is your thread, and I think we're a bit more relaxed about what you can discuss in your intro thread. That's the feeling I get anyway. It's a safe place to get to know one another after all!

    If you want to take the discussion elsewhere though, I touch on my experiences here: http://www.paganforum.com/showthread...piritual-plane. In fact, I've described dreams and journeys all over the place, but it's hard to remember specifically where everything is, and some of it is inner world journeying, which you might not be as interested in. I refer to my dreams as 'vivid' most of the time in those posts, largely because I don't always have awareness that I'm dreaming (something has to make me notice), but there is still a marked difference in how these dreams feel compared to regular dreams.

    Of course, you could always start your own thread, or ask a staff member to re-open on of the existing threads (just do a search for 'lucid dreaming', and see if any of those topics seem relevant), if you want to discuss lucid dreaming specifically.

    On the subject of teachers. I've a few spirit helpers. On in particular, Arkle, who began life as an 'imaginary friend' in my teens and my main animal helper is Magpie. Again, I have a long and close relationship with Magpie. I have other guides too, such as Great Horned Owl/Eagle Owl (I'm not sure which he is, as they both look similar. I assumed he was Great Horned Owl for a while, until I met an Eagle Owl and heard that they're being reintroduced to the British Isles. My work is land-based, so a local spirit makes more sense. I've asked for confirmation, but it hasn't come yet).

    I also have a second inner world, in which my guides all take animal form. I don't know yet, but I think they're all different parts of me, rather than actual spirits. It's a work in progress!

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    Oh, I forgot to answer your other question. I am currently a support worker. I work the night shift in a home for 5 adults with 'dual diagnosis', that is, a learning disability and mental health diagnosis. Although my job isn't specifically palliative care, this is considered their home for life. So eventually, people we support grow old, or sick. My company is building a specialist facility for elderly people with Downs' syndrome, because the current services for the elderly tend to fail people with learning disabilities (we were told a lady we support had less than 6 months to live.. over 3 years ago, because had she been in a regular home, that would probably have been true). I'm considering putting my name forward to work the night shift there eventually. I imagine it'll be hard but very rewarding work.

    I've also been a community enabler (for the same company), and a classroom assistant for teens with learning difficulties, disabilities, or behavioural problems. I'm just really at home in this line of work. It's cheesy, but the people I work with really make my life complete.
    夕方に急なにわか雨は「夕立」と呼ばれるなら、なぜ朝ににわか雨は「朝立ち」と呼ばれないの? ^^If a sudden rain shower in the evening is referred to as an 'evening stand', then why isn't a shower in the morning called 'morning stand'?

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    Re: Hello, folks.

    Welcome to the forum!
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    Re: Hello, folks.

    A really big thank you to everyone who has come out and gone out of their way to greet me. I really appreciate it.

    Jembru, I don't always remember much of my travels either. I do however, almost always feel sick after returning. Do you have any particular tools or methods to help you journey? I always like learning about how other travelers do it. I'll be sure to visit your link right after typing this!

    You certainly seem to be in the right career track - conducive to your shamanic practice, and it looks like you're really enjoying it. I'm a pharmacologist with a minor in psychotropic plants, psychadelic substances and hallucinogens. At any rate, it's good that you've found a community to serve. I personally believe that the service bit is the most pivotal part of being a proper shaman. Good on you for that and I hope you flourish there.

    Likewise, I have three spirit helpers - Black Raven, Wild Horse and Yak.

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    Re: Hello, folks.

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    Likewise, I have three spirit helpers - Black Raven, Wild Horse and Yak.
    Woah! If you stumble on my 'second self' thread, you'll learn of the significance White Horse has had in my spirituality recently. I think it is in that thread that I tell the story of a recently met friend of my partner and me, who was signing all his text messages with an image my phone couldn't read. He has become somewhat of a catalyst in personal development for both of us. A really special human being (who is sadly only here as part of a research project he's doing, so we lose him next spring!). I told him about how much horses mean to me, and he wrote down his name and showed it to me. It reads as 'One Horse', or guess you could say, 'Lone Horse', the image I couldn't read on his messages turned out to be little horse heads!

    Tools? Nothing really. I've been meditating to my own spirit place, Rotokia since I was about 18 or 19 (I'm now 33). This is mainly how I built up my visualisation skills. The lucid dreaming started much earlier. I was a child, maybe about 6 or 7, and had a nightmare in which a friend's dad was trying to run my down in his car. I was really scared and remembered thinking to myself, 'this can't be real, this must be a dream' I knew then that I had to wake up. I managed to, and from then on, whenever something bad happened in a dream or otherwise, I'd try to wake myself up.

    It wasn't until my late teens/early twenties that I started to fly in most dreams. Never very high, or for long, more like jumping on the moon really. This quickly became a mental link for me. I'd start this 'flying' and realise I was dreaming. However, when I try to imagine things, they'll be invisible. Still part of the story.. like I imagined a horse from Rotokia and was riding around on him. I could feel him, and see that I was above the ground, but couldn't see him.

    I can fly much better most of the time these days (although I get nervous if I go too high, and still find going higher than a 4 story building is quite hard), but the invisibility issue is still there if I try to manifest anything.

    When I deliberately induce this state, it feels different. I have much less control of what is happening, despite knowing that I am meditating. It feels even more 'real' than the dreams, and I have a feint feeling of panic. My heart pounds, blood pulses in my ears and there's always a high pitched ringing sound. I get into this phase by listening to a drumming track I found on youtube and play through my phone (I'll share the link if you're curious, although it's just some kid with a drum, and he loses his rhythm quite often). I'm yet to do this again though.

    There's one more thing though, that you might call a 'tool'. After a year or two of experimenting with different pre-recorded tracks, I've finally perfected my technique in writing self-hypnosis scripts that work on me. My personal definition of 'magic' is anything that affects change in conformity with will, which means I include asking someone to open a door for you because your arms are full, or taking cough syrup because your throat hurts. However mundane it seems, if it gets the job done, it is a skill or knowledge worth developing. So hypnosis is a vital tool in my inner work, in changing unhealthy thoughts and behaviours. I've started writing a script that will combine the hypnotic state, with journeying. The idea being that I'll encourage better control of my dream state, as well as other magical development. I'll let you know how that works out for me!
    夕方に急なにわか雨は「夕立」と呼ばれるなら、なぜ朝ににわか雨は「朝立ち」と呼ばれないの? ^^If a sudden rain shower in the evening is referred to as an 'evening stand', then why isn't a shower in the morning called 'morning stand'?

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    Re: Hello, folks.

    Greetings and welcome.

    Lovely to have you with us, looking forwards to reading your contributions to the threads soon

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