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The Bad Witch’s Guide

October, 2018

 

The Bad Witch’s Guide to Ghost Hunting

(Photo by Callie Gibson on Unsplash)

 

It is the season apparently for all things spooky…ooooh!

I don’t ghost hunt as a rule. I ghost shoo! That said I do understand the desire for some titillation and so, on some intellectual level.

It is easier in general to ghost hunt in cities than the wilds and better in Europe than the US purely down to number dead people over thousands of years. There are of course many kinds of haunting and spirit activity but violence and large amounts of people seem to imprint or cause haunting more often. My psychic American bestie used to hangout in New Orleans all the time without much hassle (but that could have been the others spirits influence, nudge, nudge) and was shocked, delighted and amazed visiting Chester for the first time! Chester is an old city, founded by the Romans in 79AD. It has much of the old town still intact as well as the later medieval town and its beautiful buildings. It doesn’t hurt that the river runs near it. Water is a great psychic and spirit conduit. She saw full blown colour spirit figures walking around, was touched, even got some stuff on film!

Hunting ghosts is easier if they are also seeking you!

That said the trend to go to derelict hospitals and such seems distasteful and a bit dangerous to me.

There are two main kinds of haunting. The restless dead (a spirit who is confused, frightened or lost, particularly one that doesn’t know they are dead) and an echo of an event that either happened over and over or was so traumatic it left a mark, a memory on a place.

The echo is just that. It doesn’t interact. It doesn’t change it is just the echo of a place remembering. It can be a bloody battle, a crash or someone leaving out milk bottles. You get a better chance of seeing one of these someone that has had a lot of people to imprint, or the sight of battle or trauma.

The restless dead can and are anywhere. This is why hospitals and the like can be bad because if they don’t know they are dead they can follow you home and get the hump when you ignore then. These poor souls often had a rough enough time in life, they don’t deserve it in death too. I dislike a lot of the ghost hunting shows, especially if they get shouty and rude.

All in all dead people are just that, people. Some of them are lovely. However some of the worst hauntings I have dealt with have been addicts and little kids. You want to see some shit go down have a ghost toddler wobbly. They will throw things, slam things and even bite! Crossing someone over usually requires years of training (which I have) and some reasonable sight, and friends and guides on the Otherside to help people cross.

All in all I’d rather living people than dead around me rather than getting cold or uncomfortable somewhere but to each their own. While I am medium I am also a witch. This means I don’t let spirit in my body, home or circle without permission, in fact I am strict when it comes to spirit. Granted I am a bit of a sucker for kids, but they are pretty easy to cross over.

A spirit guide or guardian is nothing like a haunting. A haunting is a spirit this side of the Veil. They tend to look like regular people whom slowly seem to drain of colour over time becoming shadows. They are stuck, either willingly or unwittingly and can be varying levels of troublesome. When a spirit crosses everything lifts. It is really beautiful. It is as though someone opened a window and let fresh air and light in. Spirit when they have crossed over is different. They are bright, glowing almost with the light of the Otherside. They can appear as how they saw themselves or even how they wished they had looked. They come and go at my request or their own desires rather than being stuck somewhere.

In general my experience with dead people has not been spooky, dark places. It is usually well lit living rooms on a sunny Sunday afternoon, or someone’s kitchen.

My advice is don’t go somewhere derelict especially without permission, you may end up as one of the ghosts! The floors aren’t clear, the ceilings are crumbling and you are far from help if you need it. I am serious these places are abandoned for a reason. If you want to ghost hunt, do a proper tour. You can do them in many cities and even some castles at least in the UK. Take a protective symbol with you (be it pentagram or something else) as a precaution. Cast a circle if it gets ooky. Don’t use a spirit or Ouija board*. Cleanse with salt water and smudge (sage, rosemary and frankincense are great) afterwards. Don’t get drunk or high and ghost hunt. You might be more open but you are also more vulnerable too.

If you are thinking of getting spooky closer to home (is your Aunts house haunted?) and decide to do some spell or rite or other please do not invite anyone or anything. Don’t use a spirit board or Ouija board. If you can get a proper and respected medium to attend do it. You would be surprised how often I get calls this time of year from folks doing this by themselves who get freaked out, and get caught out by something unpleasant. Some get attacked, some get sick, and some even have pets die! Mostly it is purely psychological and I turn up, check nothing weird is about and shut the door they opened. Again if you fail to heed my advice and you need to fix this, you will need a decent medium and they have every right to charge you through the nose (call it an idiot tax).

 

*Creating a doorway you can’t close is not a smart idea ever.

 

Gael Song

September, 2018

The Astonishing Powers of Intuitive Healing

There are four amazing gifts of healing by simply ‘reading’ the energy or spirit in a person’s aura using intuition and inner sight, gifts I think would help virtually everyone to understand. The first is the ability to tap into the unconscious in moments. As a clinical psychologist, I was trained in the old therapeutic talking method. This means walking clients through memories, often from childhood, in order to bring forgotten fears into awareness. This is because any event that is pushed out of an individual’s consciousness is locked in. Growth from new experiences and healing efforts cannot reach it. Only when the fear is brought back into awareness can the mind apply all that has been learned in the intervening years and choose a new and far more appropriate belief. As a therapist, this was always a magical moment, watching those mental wheels of change whirring away.

But it often took a year or two to talk an individual through their inner barriers to reach core memories that were seriously impacting their lives, like peeling off the layers of an onion to the first moment a mistaken belief was taken in. So, in energy school, I was thrilled to observe that focusing on a shadow energy, reading the memory stored there through intuition or inner sight and telling what I’d seen or felt, brought the memory to awareness in fellow students in seconds. This simple shift convinced me to switch to an energy healing method in my therapy practice immediately. And in the 22 years since, it has never failed, a vastly more accelerated (and cost-effective!) method than the old way, the speed of light brought into therapy!

If you have never ‘read’ energy at all, then start by playing with it. Go up to a tree or flower, perhaps, and close your eyes. Don’t touch it, just be close enough to feel its aura, about 4 or 5 inches away. Then open your mind and heart and feel it. There are vast differences between the tree spirits, for instance, that I never discovered until I tried this, spruces quite protective, with almost a policeman type feeling to them, pines like a warm and welcoming mother reaching for her children. See for yourself. It’s a whole new world! Just try this for a while, and it will reactivate your heart’s intuitive and your third-eye’s visual powers. Then, when you are ready to try healing something, sit down and close your eyes. Run your hand about one inch above your skin until you feel a place of shadow, weakness, or coldness, perhaps, where it just doesn’t feel as full of life as everywhere else. Then, focus on that place and let images come into your mind’s eye or feelings into your heart. It may be a bit vague at first, but with practice, you’ll get a definite reading of what is held in that shadow spot. It took me about 2 weeks, with ten minutes of practicing on trees and other simple things, to begin to get very clear and detailed pictures in my third eye of past life events. But some of the people I have in workshops never get pictures like this, because they have entirely different ways of accessing information in spirit form. Usually such folk feel many fewer details than I do, getting a general sense of the shadow energy in their hearts. And that’s good enough. (A very few people I’ve worked with get their intuitive understandings through scent or sound, which I haven’t a clue how to do.) So just understand that you have your own natural way of reading the spirit of things around you and trust that. It’s right for you.

The second phenomenal power of energy work is how easily shadows or fears can be transmuted into light. In my own way of healing, I imagine my client’s (or my own) shadows moving into the core of my heart, a bright white light there that my guides call ‘the creator flame or diamond light’. My druid guides tell me that our imagination is strong enough to actually move quarks, and this is the level such healings are taking place. This diamond light is a small dazzling star that sits right in the center of the four lobes of the heart, the highest vibration in the human bioenergy field, by far (or the universe, for that matter, for it’s a tiny piece of the highest light structure in the seventh heaven, God and Goddess in union). All shadow energies melt instantly into this diamond light, like watching a little cloud disappear in the sky. I was skeptical at first, but again, over many years, this method has consistently resulted in effective change in students, clients, and myself. Even horrific memories of war or childhood abuse cleared in moments, and I’ve never taken on any residue of another’s fears by bringing them into my heart, either. But there are a lot of levels to be ascended through, so another piece of the same fear might show up later on. In every lifetime, we move through all the fears we took on during our once-upon-a-time descent from the highest heaven to earth. You might heal a fear up to the fourth heaven level, say, and then need to heal the rest of it when you get up to the sixth or seventh heaven in your soul climb. And there is a core fear that’s wrapped into all the others, so that, too, will linger in various forms and permutations all the way along. There are many ways of bringing shadows into the light these days. But no matter what method is preferred, it’s still incredible to think that a fear that has plagued an individual for many years (or lives, or eons!) can be transmuted in the twinkling of an eye. This healing is wizard work, for sure!

But by far, the most miraculous effect of spirit healing is realizing that each individual’s unconscious fears hold the circumstances of her or his outer life in place, and that these patterns can change for the better, simply by inner healing. This becomes very, very clear to anyone doing healings on a regular basis as the spirit world takes all reflections of the recently-healed fears out of each person own little world, annoyances and irritations disappearing within a day. Poof, forever gone! This was one of the basic tenets of energy school. But being told does not compare to the wonder of watching a client’s life shift out of suffering after a healing. My own life has changed radically over the many years I’ve made inner healing a daily practice. But it’s also important to understand that there are many, many fears and lessons to be learned. It’s not instant joy, but a process of gradual growth, the emergence of deep and divine aspects of oneself, and the embodiment of wisdom.

When I used the old talking method, only current life memories ever surfaced. And even after years of traditional therapy, with dedicated hard work by both me and my clients, core structures of my clients’ personalities still didn’t change. But by using an energy method that allowed past life memories to be accessed in seconds, suddenly old and deep, and really core parts of my clients’ personalities began to shift. And the fully actualized self, the inner divinity with a personal passion for global change and hopes of a high and holy destiny, did not begin to emerge at all, until memories of that individual’s descent from heaven to earth began to be healed (not until they reached the fourth heaven in their spirit climb, actually). I think this is the truest and most startling power of intuitive healing, the ability to change one’s outer ‘reality’, to find real and lasting freedom from all the fears that plague our lives. It’s because that diamond light in the heart’s core holds a creator essence. So, it creates everything around it into life, fear and love alike, whatever beliefs our spirit carries. And all of that can shift to pure love and freedom, though that does take years of walking, I admit. Still, creating our own reality is magic, pure and simple! It holds out the promise of totally unhooking fear and suffering from our lives, freedom forever. For once an old fear is healed, it will never have to be faced again, even in future lives, so my druid guides tell me.

But the most miraculous power of intuitive healing is this. All that remains in the collective unconscious, the many fears humanity has not yet faced and healed from everyone’s long-ago fall through those seven heavens to earth, is brought up into awareness for healing by the spirit world via global events. In my clients’ and my own life, global catastrophes have caused ancient and very personal memories to surface, over and over again. So this means, if everyone on the planet were to go through an inner healing process, these outer global circumstances would change for the better, too. My druid guides tell me that, if everyone were healed within, all fear-based outer circumstances would shift into loving ones. This means that: mental illness, disease, poverty and excess both, crime, displacement from homelands, even war, would disappear. The times of peace and love sages have spoken of throughout the ages would become a living reality. Imagine this for a moment, will you? Let the shining hope of this miracle of miracles flutter into the depths of your heart and take root, please. Then let us all take hands and move forward to face and heal whatever we must, until peace on earth is at long last realized. I cannot wait!

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About the Author:

Jill Rose Frew, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, energy healer, workshop leader, and author. She will be opening a school teaching light healing and the Celtic path of enlightenment in 2019. For information, please see www.CelticHeaven.com

She is author of Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to arthurian Fulfillment (her name was Jill Kelly then), and Alba RebornAlba Reborn, Book One, RevisedAlba Reborn, Book Two, and Alba Reborn, Book Three.

Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to hurian Fulfillment

BROOMSTICKS!

August, 2017

(Apprentice of the Wind.  Original Piece by Imelda Almqvist)

Here is last night’s conversation in the Almqvist family (I wrote it down verbatim as it unfolded)

Youngest Son: “Mum, I know you fly around on your broomstick but I can’t see it anywhere!”

 

Me: “I have made my broomstick invisible – so no one borrows it without asking first. For instance Middle Son when he runs with elks in the Forest at midnight…

 

My husband: “I want a GPS on my broomstick so don’t end up having a full frontal collision with somebody else flying around in complete darkness…”

 

Middle Son: “I just want a normal broom for cleaning with no magical purposes…”

 

Eldest Son: “I want one that works!”

 

Youngest son: “And I want one with a special seat for a jaguar, my familiar!”

 

 

Middle Son: “And I want a secret locker on my broomstick for a special supply of crisps and treats!”

 

Maybe I should explain that Middle Son (15) really does go running in the Forest (here in remote rural Sweden) at midnight, often accompanied (or closely observed) by an elk or a herd of deer. After “women we run with wolves” it seems the next big thing is “teenagers who run with elks” – and never in the daytime. (His power animal is a wolf. I hope that those deer are safe!)

 

 

 

To me this is what it means to raise a family who keeps the innate gift for magic alive. Practising magic requires imagination and a good sense of humour!

 

Imelda Almqvist, Sweden, July 2017

 

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About the author

Imelda Almqvist’s book Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit For Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages) was published by Moon in August 2016.  

 

 

She is based in London,UK and teaches shamanism and sacred art internationally.  She is a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit 2017 as well as on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True.

www.shaman-healer-painter.co.uk

https://imeldaalmqvist.wordpress.com/

http://shamanismsummit.com/