Spirits in the Material World: An Everyday Affair for Practitioners of any Discipline

Basic bóveda set up
Call them what you will. There are lots of types of spirits and they are around us in our material world every single day. Their force is felt in our magical rituals, in our moments of solitude and meditation and sometimes, while we are surrounded by every day people.

Dealing with spirits is second nature to me. There is no longer a fear factor involved to conquer, and through the years the sense of awe has faded away. But I am not jaded or take their presence for granted. There are spirits that are malevolent and one must be truly careful in our dealings with them, but fear should not be part of the equation, only preparation and discipline. I am still in awe of the things they can help us accomplish, but I am not longer in awe because they exist.

Since I started the blog, I have received several emails and instant messages from people who know I am a Spiritist and want to integrate spiritist practices and technology into their own practices and rituals. I am all for that. Every person has guardian spirits. However, most are not aware of them and go about life rationalizing odd feelings and sensations. Have you ever felt hair standing on the nape or you neck when visiting a place or meeting someone and touching them for the first time? Have you felt a chill and goose bumps or even a dizzying sinking sensation in the pit of the stomach while visiting an old place or a nature spot? Well, that is more than likely because your body has reacted like an antenna to spiritual presences, but you were perhaps none the wiser.

So how do we turn on this antenna? How do we apply spiritist techniques and concepts to your own practice?

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A Thing or Two About Vodou

Practicing Vodou in a Metropolitan area can be challenging. There is so much misunderstanding when it comes to Afro-Caribbean practices as all of them tend to be seen from the Christian point of view as cults for ignorant people. That is one of the challenges practitioners face, particularly those who live in the Bible Belt of the United States where I was invited to participate in a Sèvis Lwa to Dambalah. My husband and I showed up dressed in the appropriate color: White. We came bearing appropriate gifts to be placed at Damballah’s altar in honor of a lwa associated with purity and wisdom and represented by the snake.

After I handed to the Houngan the white flowers and the white cooked rice in coconut milk I had made, we took seat nearby to watch him draw expertly the sacred veve of Damballah. The place was buzzing with energy and laughter, folks were busy about in the kitchen, others were greeting guests and making feel welcomed. We were happy to be there, happy to come and join our hearts and spirits with this community and praise a powerful Lwa.

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