Sooner or later, anyone delving into the field of the supernatural will come across the word shape-shifting.
It’s an ancient word and concept.
In various cultures and mythologies, it holds similar themes and patterns, but what it essentially encompasses is an ability of a person to change forms, to shift consciousness even.
The subject, usually engaged in a trance-like state, abandons his physical self and all of its mind-controlled trappings, to journey.
In the Aboriginal culture, they call this a VISION QUEST, which is aptly named because it is indeed a typically voluntary release of the soul.
It’s a fascinating venture for the subject who takes on his perceptions and images seriously.
It’s akin to a person’s involuntary dreaming travels at night, but very much a real experience to most.
His recollections of events and communications from Manitou, from Spirit, angels, guides, relatives are often vivid, positive, and inspirational.
Any experienced subject, such as elders and shamans, return from that preternatural realm with information and understanding that goes beyond his own interests.
He or she then willingly shares his words and messages to those willing to heed them.
Many experienced subjects leave this physical plane with the intention of resolving human conflicts, gaining understanding to complex situations, or merely answering emotionally taxing inquiries.
Seldom are they disappointed.
From a soulful perspective, our spirit disengages itself from the body.
We grant it freedom to soar, to wander, to explore uncharted territory and familiar places.
Our souls are meant to do just that.
They are not meant to be held back as in a cage.
When our souls are restrained from expressing themselves or experiencing great adventures beyond the physical plane, aches, pains, and diseases manifest themselves somewhere in our bodies.
There is such a thing as being overly involved in mental activities, in being too intellectual.
There is often a physical consequence or manifestation when a person is too rigid in his thoughts and analyses of circumstances best resolved by following one’s heart influence.
The heart knows, intuitively, what the body requires and all too frequently it is the wholly liberating expression of soulful activities or connections with the natural world.
Returning to the word itself, shape-shifting involves the emancipation from body and soul.
If a person is to believe that from Spirit we came as light bodies, who took on physical forms to experience life events and human emotions, it should not surprise one much that we can indeed become formless during vision quests, or meditations.
We can, also, very much shift forms; instead, becoming something or someone else altogether.
That is the nature of shape-shifting and that is one of our truest abilities we are rediscovering and developing in these evolving times.
In accepting that we can, we are making spiritual headway.