It is an obvious fact that physical matter is transforming itself at all times although our ordinary mind tends to fix whichever it sees or perceives, fixing it with an associated idea regarding what it sees. As a result there is a clining to specific physical forms, there is a fixation which is not part of the natural process but is part of the cultural system or the disease system. Or there is a person that I love or hate and of course I tend to fix that person in a physical form so that I can identify that person for different reasons. Whether is an enemy or a lover I need to identify that person. But that person is not a physical person, it is a cultural idea, a mental or emotional idea that I define through the identification to a physical body.
As a result of the belief system that promotes this concept there is a tendency to disregard almost completely the ongoing process of transformation that happens at a physical level. The tendency is to see physical life as fixed and this highly jeopardizes our ability to perceive what is actually happening in the third dimensional reality. This ability is corrupted by our belief system that fixes physical reality. We may continue to see something although it is not there at all and at the same time as a result of promoting that belief system we will not be able to see things that will radically question the belief system itself. What happens in moments of extened perception in shamanic practice is that all these belief systems begin to collaps more or less radically and that is when we get to perceive another definition of the world, of forms and physical life and we begin to realise that the physical body is not the only reality.
ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF SEEING
There are many selves and there is a lot of void. Actually the body which is fully in the world is a very minimum center and all the rest is void. There are a lot of gaps and the void does not support the belief system based on fixation. And when I perceive the void I cover it with the pretend of fullness. I take the body, this little fullness, and allow it to cover all the void and that creates the form that we see with our eyes which is not the real form. Nevertheless it is the accepted and acknowledged form in this reality and unless I acknowledge this form I can not function in everyday reality. A child has the capacity to see things in a very different way from the way we perceive them without the strain to see things as other people see them. The problem is that human beings as they grow older – actually after five or four years of age – they loose any connection with the alternative way of seeing things and so in training children to see things in another way they believe that that is the only way.
Working with shamanism or any other kind of practice or even in situations where one spontaneaously connects with an alternative way of seeing a totally different reality emerges and this reality is not available in this third dimensional realm or in what we see with our eyes. There is no point in training our eyes. It is available in the realm of imagination. All of whatever we do not want to see here becomes available at an emotional, mental or imaginative level. A major arena for all these things to come up is during our dreams but also in many other moments in our waking life all of this alternative business comes up. It comes through emotions, feeling or thoughts which can not be translated into something physical and yet they are there. I can not see certain things because my eyes are conditioned by my belief system but I can feel them. Just like a blind man, he can not see but he can feel things around him. Likewise we also can not see certain things but we can feel them. The problem is that the things we see are acknowledged by this third-dimensional reality and there develops the very unfortunate misunderstanding of relating what I see with what I feel which is very limited. What I see is a very limited amount of realtiy and yet it is the only reality which I consider real. As a result ordinarily all that I feel or think has only this arena to find its bearing and it follows that many misunderstandings occur. For example if I am in a room and there is a friend of mine with me and I am very upset I will relate my being upset with this particular person or with the setting where I am. And when this occurs more then once I will take measures concerning that particular person or that particular place. And that is the merrigoround of human differences that simply derive from problems or issues that happen at another level and yet this reality is thought as the only reality.
When doing shamanic work, the purpose is the other way around. I start from the ordinary reality, from the way I feel in this moment, the issues I have with myself, with people or places but then instead of operating on those places and people I look for the matrix of those places and people. I go into a multidimensional reality which covers more than I see and find the parallel setting of whatever is happening in the ordinary world of my experience. There I will be confronted with a different scenario perhabs and there I will get some information but this information is not intellectual. I may also get intellectual information but I need to be aware that my brain functions are very limited as part of the corruption that is engraved in my whole being. So it can happen that I do not understand what is going on but I can feel it and I can energetically connect with what is happening at another level of perception. So I may go into another supposed reality and do not understand anything about what is happening but I may get a feeling, an energy of what is there which than, connected with my ordinary world, will create a link, will support a healing process.
The aim is not that of understanding what is happening, that´s a secondary intent given the circumstances of shamanic work and understanding as I perceive it but is that of creating links with different realities. And this link will gradually allow an experiential understanding of what is going on. The first aim in any shamanic enterprise as I see it is that of creating bridges between seperated realities and the bridge itself will already create a healing. For healing in this case is related with the letting go of seperation. And as I connect 2 realities, between each other seperation is amended at that level and information begins to circulate. And although in my mind I may not understand or may create a provisional understanding of what is happening at an energetic level I feel better, something is changing simply because I am not in my little world which has a certain date of expiry and in which I need to survive and fight. I sense the presence of something more that connects with me and than as a result of that an understanding will also develop.
With Astroshamanic Touch we really work on the third dimensional realtiy, the physical body, we do not work with the multidimensional or the spritiual. The work is done on the body itself and yet the touch that is given to the body is a touch that links the body with a wider scenario and allows the body to become a device that is used for healing purposes. Instead of respresenting our limitations, blocks and our confinement, it becomes a socket through which I can plug into a multidimensional network and land. The importance of the touch in this sense is not very much what the touch does in terms of e.g. energy healing. It is simply the touch as a link with what you perceive. For during touching we are all journeying, we are all in a shamanic modality so in the moment when there is a touch that involves that, which involves a wider scenario the physical body is aligned with that and begins to respond to it and releases its confinement to our ordinary predicament and paradigms, to our ordinary perception.
SHAPE SHIFTING – a misunderstood term
Now something about the controversial term shape-shifting. The body is at all times shape-shifting but due to the fixation we still continue to regard it as our body as it was ten or five years ago or when we are born. But the body changes constantly, in every moment and radically every day.
In shape shifting what happens is that I enter into a very illegal area because it disregards totally private property. It is about recirculation through matter where I can move into other bodies, wear other bodies as if they were pieces of cloth, in which I am not confined into this body. It identifies a part of me which has full mobility and which can move whereever and penetrate whatever and become that for a certain amount of time. Some people can do this on a third-dimensional level but I would like to emphasis the multidimensional level. It works very powerfully even if you apparently continue to be in the same body. And yet even if you contine to be in the same body you can become an eagle or you can become a wolf or a hero or a godess and allow your body to vibrate with the quality of a different physical system. What you see is still your body but at another level of perception there is truly a physical change that affects also the whole funtioning of the physical body and everything that happens afterwards.
We need to be aware that the belief of many cultures still promotes shape shifting in this way and we do not need to look very far. Some cultures still have dances and practices in which somebody shape shifts into an animal or a god, in which they dance that. For example in many indigenous traditions there are priests or shamans or people that engage regularly in shape shifting into a totem spirit which may be for example the snake. So the whole tribe gathers during a special event and somebody with a mask or some implements that support shape shifting shapeshifts into a snake or a wolf. Of course everyone who is not initiated into what they are doing will realise that this is simply an acting scene where somebody is playing the wolf or the snake and yet for the people who are congruent with what is happening the person is really the snake or the wolf. It is not a symbolic representation of it, he is the wolf and not John or Bill. Then when the ceremony is over he will return to being Johan or Bill. In those moments, those people who connect with that particular kind of vision will see the wolf.
ACTING – SHAPE SHIFTING IN WESTERN CULTURE
And yet also in our mundane world disrespectfull of all this traditional cultures shape shifting constantly occures and it is one of the main sources of attention for western human beings: Actors, actors that play parts. There is a whole industry that evolves around that and there is a whole lot of attention given to them. We see ordinary people with an identity playing certains roles. And these roles may become even more important then their own identies especially when it is a famous actor or with a television series that lasts for many years. And those people become archetypes, become myths, become the wolf.
Shape shifting simply involves taking on another role and being totally coherent with that and of course while you are playing this role you are aware that you are still John or Mary for example but you are not saying that. It is like a famous actor who in the middle of a movie would stop and say “Ok, listen people, just for the sake of being honest I am really John Travolta”. That would be ridiculous. The actor is totally involved in the part and then after the show is over he will return to is own identy. On one plane I am still aware that I am me but yet totally in the part and I am the part.
SHAPE SHIFTING AND THE SACRED CIRCLE
In astroshamanism the way in which shape shifting can be done is by using the circle. We connect with a partner, absorb his vibrations and then go on a hunt in search for a medicine or a sacred tool for our partner which we will find in one of the twelve sectors of the sacred circle. And then we shape shift into the medicine, embody it and absorb the energy of the spritit force – the god or godess, the spirit animal. And then we give it to our partner via touching who will then integrate this energy according to his or her capacity. There is one advantage in doing astroshamanic touch in this way. Each person has the capacity to connect with energies on his own and yet there are certain energies which are more difficult given the circumstance of our physical body and history to connect with but somebody else can do it for you.
THE BACKGROUND OF ASTROSHAMANIC TOUCH
Now some things regarding the background of astroshamanic touch and how it was generated. It is a very acient tradition and this working with astroshamanic touch in the way I use it came from the realization that there are constant encounters that happen among people that are aimed at this, that are aimed at healing, at exchanging multidimensional energies and information. Most of human encounters especially those which are quite radical, which involve a lot of emotion and energy like encounters between partners, lovers, relatives or even enemies, whatever creates strong emotions, they are basically initiatory processes. But since the awareness of these rites of passage has been lost I would interpret what is happening according to my consensus understanding and give it a label. But definetely most of them are major healing events that all have to do with a larger configuration that involves ancestors and things that are happening much farther away then my little self.
What happens is that these people have exchanges which at times may involve using energy and emotions but yet the understanding of that exchange is missed. The result is that often a lot of healing takes place but then usually through a misunderstanding all this healing is taken back. I will give an example for this. On of the ways in which situations similar to astroshamanic touch with that energy happen for the majority of ordinary human beings is through sex. Through sexual activity people even if they do not ascribe to all this stuff they enter into quite an intense level of energy in which there is inevitably a multidimensional awareness. The awareness and the energy that happen during sexual activity is very different from the one that happens in everyday activity. There is much more there and also the desire and all the elements are quite strong and overwhelming in these moments because these are situations in which there is something happening at a multidimensional level and you may also notice the way in which we look at a person or a partner sexually is very different from the way in which we look at him in an ordinary way.
There is something more like a person who is totally insignificant from an ordinary perception sexually may transform himself comletely. So during sexul activity there is already a shape shifting in which I see the partner in a way which is not usually like him or her because it is a much more expanded level of awareness. And also when sex is related with opening the heart and love there is a major opening and healing situation in which a lot of things are happening in which the two people are able to absorb and exchange a lot but unfortunately due to the misunderstanding related to what is happening. And than what happens in this situation can also operate in the opposite way. Just imagine two people who are in a loving relationship, who love each other so beautifully and they have moments of divine extasy together and of course there is a lot of beautiful interaction and a lot of healing happening but then at a certain point in time there is a major misunderstanding between the two of them and they argue and they can not stand each other and they seperate in quite a hard way hating each other and having a lot of resentments. In that moment all the healing that occured is acutally felt in a totally different way and all this is seen as something very bad and not beautifull anymore simply because that person is now something bad to me or I believe he is. We are doing Astroshamainc Touch for ages but to create wounds and scars by misunderstandings. As a result all this major energy field is surrounded by a wound, by guilt and by grievances. What was given is taken back. Most of the healing work often involves healing those situations, healing the situation in which I opened up to someone and through that opening I actually received a medicine from Spirit but since I identify that medicine with that particular person the moment in which that person withdraws from me then I also loose connection with the Spirit and that is the bitter reality. Since I pay so much attention to the physical person who is carring that energy the moment in which the physical person is not available to me anymore I disengage from the Spirit as well. And bearing in mind that it is inevitable that we loose physical forms not necessarily through arguments, divorce or seperation but through death. Even people who love each other and stay together for fifty years, at a certain stage one of them will die and in the limited understanding it is also that the Spirit will die and I will loose the connection.
HEALING WOUNDS – AIMS OF ASTROSHAMANIC TOUCH
Astroshamanic touch comes from the awarness that there is something happening through human interaction of any kind. Above I refered to sex but that is just one example of many. The aim is that of seeing what is happening beyond that and acknowledging it and also creating situations in which the people involved both acknowledge that. It works in that way: I give this energy to another person in an unconditional way, I give it to him or her as a gift which is not connected to the way this person is going to related with me or what will happen in the future. When two or more people are able to do this that creates such a healing and that will reverse all the course of corruption that was created since elderly times.
Astroshamanic touch works from these premises of creating connections based on integrity when two people are aware that they are doing this as a practice of healing which does not have any implications regarding their physical identity and that what is given there is given unconditionally. It is not depending upon the way you treat me or what you will do in the future or what you did in the past. When people also start to behave in this way there can occur a lot of healing in the reationship. It is like the gateway into unconditional love but one has to be aware of the fact that the major source for grievances and pain is due to situations of major love that ended up the other way around. This is exactly what is going to be healed.
With Astroshamanic Touch I can also retrieve such situations and mend wounds or scars that I have in my energy system. And someone can also represent the previous partner and in this way represent the spirit energy related with him or her and amend and return it to the person involved.
WORKING WITH THE ESSENCE
The advantage of shape shifting in this case is the fact that anyone can represent whoever. So if for example a major scar in my life is related with a relative or a partner who has died and is not there anymore I am really hopeless. There is no way of reconciling things at a third-dimensional level. But at a multidimensional level I can work with the essence of the partner or person which is really the thing that matters and do whatever is needed for the physical body when it dies is just a bunch of worms and dust. This can also be done by another person that can represent that physically so that I have a physical person to deal with which makes things more understandable.
It can also be effective if I work only at an emotional or multidimensional level. We do not need a physical interaction to create healing. I can simply go into a journey or connect with the multidimensional part that represents that. But since bodies are available and we use them the option of having someone representing that can provide further support especially at a level that is physical, that is more understandable for the majority of people. It is important that there is a coherence and understanding about all that is happening.