This article might read a little differently then others I've written.
Truly, it's a collection of advice and experience in regards to ghosts,
spirits and entities. It's Things You Should Know if you're planning on
getting involved in such beings, or such beings have decided to get involved
in you. Consider it a bit of a So You've A Ghost - Now What? 101 kind
of guide. It's most certainly not all-inclusive, nor is it the only approach
or belief out there on the topic. My hope is that, given my experiences with
the subject (being that I didn't have a choice in my interactions due to the
fun genetic quirk of inherited "always-on" mediumistic ability) I can help
give some general information to those who are facing it for the first time.
Ground Rules and Basics
Here are some general things to know when dealing with entities of any
First off, there are a
host of different types of entities. Trying to come up with a
comprehensive list would be an article on it's own. But, in [extreme]
brief, some of the more common include spirits/ghosts (the "soul" or
essence of a person who has passed or who is non-corporeal); residual
energy/poltergeist (mere energy without a driving soul or thought that
is left over like a stain or imprint on a place or object); and
demons/elementals/fae/etc. (non-human entities that come in all shapes,
sizes, dispositions and intentions.)
Secondly, because there is
such a range out there, and because it can be hard to know which are
helpful, which are harmful and which are merely curious, it's important
to always be polite. No really. Asking nicely tends to get you
much further than ordering, commanding or arguing. Try respect first.
Third, no matter what type
of entity it is, it needs your permission to physically interact with
you. Stop and think about that for a moment. No matter what you fear
might happen, you do have a level of control because of this basic rule
of the universe. Entities can - and will - try to trick you into giving
permission, and may physically interact with non-living things in an
effort to obtain their desire, but unless you allow them, you do have a
built-in level of safety. Which brings me to....
Do not open doors you
can't close. It's often easy to start something but extremely
difficult to stop it. The easiest way to prevent problems is to keep
them from happening to being with. So please, when you get the idea to
summon up something, just don't.
If you find yourself in a
situation where you're out of control, frightened or otherwise lost, the
first step is to calm down and try to re-center. Take steps to cleanse
yourself and your surroundings. This too often goes further then you'd
think if you approach it with strong intent and clear mind.
So You've Got An
Whether you seek it out or not, sometimes entities can be drawn to us, or
our surroundings and they might not want to leave. Or you might just be
uncomfortable with their presence and you'd really like to be left alone. So
here are some steps to try in removing unwanted entities.
First off, ask nicely
if it will leave. You can literally just speak aloud and express your
request that they leave you alone. Yes, you may feel silly. But this
should always be your first step. It honestly does work
Second step is to be a
little more forceful. I don't mean rude. I don't mean nasty. I mean, put
a little more will into it. Be firm but don't cross the line into
Third step is to cleanse
yourself and your home. *See below
If you still can't get rid
of it, you might need to seek other help. This can get difficult. You
can look for resources such as mediums or psychics in your area who
might be willing to help you push the entity out of your home for good.
It's rare that it would go so far. Most of the time asking or cleansing
will remove the problem.
How to Cleanse Yourself
And Your Home
Sometimes, you might have attracted the attention of an entity and you need
to remove lingering ties or attractions to yourself or your personal space.
Here are some suggestions of things you can do to purify yourself and your
home after such encounters. They're not bad to do in general now and then
just to keep yourself and your home energetically and spiritually tidy. You
keep your home clean in other ways, so why ignore it's energetic side?
A great way to cleanse
your energy/aura is to take a ritual saltwater bath. Sea salt is
best, but even regular table salt will work. Using a washcloth,
slowly and with the focus of cleansing any negative energy or
attachments, slowly wash your body, visualizing that you are
purifying and removing all bad energy. Breath slowly and deeply, and
really take your time to truly see yourself disconnecting anything
that is dark, bad, or harmful from your body and your energy.
Another alternative to
salt is lavender. It's very calming and can help you reach a mind
state of relaxation and purity.
underestimate the power of meditation. It need not be anything
formal. Merely taking some time to sit down, focus on your breathing
can go a long way. As you breathe, pull in positive, clean and pure
energy; as you exhale, push out the dirty, negative and tainted
energy. Find your center and try to connect with the rhythm of the
earth. Even ten minutes of this will leave you feeling refreshed and
rejuvenated. Ease yourself back into your regular breathing and
continue on with your day.
Cleanse Your Home
A simple way to
cleanse a home or other living space is with the use of sage. Often
called "smudge sticks" sage is usually wrapped into a bundle. You
light the sage and walk the smoke purposefully through the space.
Sage has been considered sacred in many cultures throughout the
world for years. Again, visualize the smoke removing any negative
energy. Let it carry any impurity up and away.
Another way to cleanse
again involves salt. If you are burdened with bad dreams for
example, make an unbroken circle in salt around your bed. Salt is a
great purifier and can be used as a barrier against unwanted
energies and entities.
I know first-hand how daunting, frightening and confusing it can be to deal
with entities and encounters. I know how lost and bothered you can feel by
the invasion. Just try to keep the basic rules in mind, never try to summon
entities or give permissions if you aren't 100% fully prepared for the
consequences. Many entities you will randomly encounter are not malicious;
many are just curious or bored. But that doesn't mean every one is nice or
even truthful. So please, avoid provoking or initiating such encounters and
use these steps to help finish random encounters that may come to you.
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