I have been taking a break to wrap my head around edits for my new book (sorry to those of you who wrote me asking when part two of this blog will come out) but I am now able to write part two of this blog. For part one you can click here

So in brief this blog is exploring the continuum of spirits– from really, really self-created (hey, I really like puppies so a puppy will be my spirit animal) to actual, meaning, externalized spirits. In part one I talked about how spirits (at least in my perception) are on sort of a continuum from self-created to actual, meaning that there is a whole lot in between. Again, read part one for the first part of that continuum…

And I will repeat that you really need a good teacher to teach you spiritual discernment, basically so you know who or what you are talking to. As a spiritual practitioner I have seen so many people have “spirit guides” that tell them they are Jesus or the greatest thing on Earth that are not really anything that people should want to talk to. Sometimes these people turn into gurus and spiritual teachers. But that is another blog, I suppose.

So here we go again…

Category #5: Ancestors
Ancestors are one of those categories that is both internal and external. They are a pivot point, basically. In many spiritual traditions, including my own, the energy and essence of your ancestors flows through your bloodstream. You can talk about this on a practical level in terms of DNA, genetics, and so forth. But ancestors are also external– meaning that they can act separately from you, have separate personalities, interests, beliefs, and so forth.

For example, I talk to people a fair amount who are very spiritually aware (enough to sense their ancestors) whose ancestors were deeply religious. They want the person to go to church. The fact that the person doesn’t go to church makes their ancestors disapprove, which causes a sort of stagnant energy in the field of the person in question.

There is no way that I can stress the importance enough of people knowing how to access and work with their ancestors. Our ancestors can protect, provide guidance the way only an elder would, and are concerned with our lives the way that most spirits are not. They also understand and can work with energies that are more “mundane” such as money, job/career, romance, and such that most spirits either don’t have an interest in or don’t understand their importance.

Most spirits, by the way, don’t really care that much about us. This is one of those bigger “self-created vs. actual” things. A lot of spirits may be interested in our power, our capabilities, our capacity to hold their energy. But most don’t really care too much about us, or our human lives, because especially when you are talking about the further categories (later on in this blog) a lot of what we as humans care about is fairly silly and inconsequential.

So I am a huge proponent of ancestral work. Of not only healing ancestral trauma (of which all of us have a lot) but also learning the strengths of our ancestors and carrying them forward into our existence as a part of us (the whole internal/external thing).

So how do we know we are in contact with our ancestors? This is one of those categories where we really start to feel power, a presence separate from us. Power is palpable; spiritual presences if they are separate from us are palpable. We will feel chills, energy surges, sense something in the room, as well as in this category… a sense of connection to the Self, to who we truly are… to our ancestry and ancestral line that is a type of power and strength that when done right, when done well, is incomparable and somewhat indescribable (sorry).

But, basically, if you have contacted your ancestors truly you will know. They will speak through you, you will begin to understand and know your own power in a way that few people do. You will feel strong, and protected by them.

Category #6 Former Humans and Such (Lower Level)
So I will not go through all the categories of spirits, and arguably this should be in a “lower” category, but there are spirits out there. Dead people (or former humans, as I refer to them). Ones that are separate from you. There are a lot of them. Every house, every land I have been on has spirits of varying sorts (don’t tell this to those Ghost Hunter guys, though). Most of us just don’t notice them. Most of us get freaked out by the thought of spirits, even if we are interested in spiritual work.

But they are there, and they are plentiful. Most former humans don’t have much power. They are just there because they didn’t properly “move on”. They are in the etheric realm (mostly) which is one sort of layer removed from crass physical reality so a fair amount of psychics can see or sense them, or some of them. Some of them are angrier, or have figured out the etheric or astral realms a bit, so they know how to make an impression on physical reality. But most of them don’t. So largely we just get a sense of something there, and that is about it for this category.

Also in this category are elementals and elements. Some of these are “higher level” which will be talked about, but most elementals, beings, and spirits of varying sorts don’t have the power and know-how to really get through to us. We are too dense, and we (pardon my language) make too much shit up. So what happens to most “spiritual” sorts is that they actually sense something (like a former human, or an elemental) and they put on all of their ideas, thoughts, and wants onto that spirit/being. This makes it hard for the spirit to actually come through properly, and cuts down on their power. Some spirits in fact realize this and come through at diminished capacity to sort of nurse you up until you can handle a real spirit, one not of your own imagination; one that does not contain your hopes, dreams, and cosmologies.

But generally for this category you will just sense something there, and possibly get an intuitive sense that it is a spirit or similar. No real surge of energy, maybe some chills, but nothing really that will stand out to you other than intuitive impression (unless you have developed some skills to clue in/work with energies like this).

Category #7: Collective Consciousness B
So I separate collective consciousness into two units. The first (group A) are symbols that we personally find interesting, or gravitate towards because of how we relate to them psychologically. As I also talked about, even that is an inner and outer category because we have been taught by a culture who has already deemed certain symbols culturally relevant, and so our subconscious speaks to us through this type of language to allow for us to follow a spiritual path, and to know that basically spiritually as well as on a mundane level things are “in line”.

But collective consciousness is also a field of energy. It is also composed of specific historical figures, angels, deities, demons, mythic figures, “ascended masters” and so forth that show up not because you are interested in them (i.e. the I love Marilyn Monroe so she is coming to be my spirit guide sort of ideology) but because they are simply present in collective consciousness. One of my main spirit guides I had no idea who she was until I looked her up, and this is common for when people reach this category of consciousness.

Collective consciousness is also a field of energy that you can interact with as a whole. Complicated to explain, but true. Our whole history, past, present, and even future is part of the collective grid, and this grid can be accessed, visited, and worked with.

Working with the grid or even finding it is typically a bit of a mind-fuck (again, pardon my language). It will result in a huge power surge through you. Most people I have talked to (not that many, probably under twenty or so over the years) who have accessed it have been burned out for days after from the energy, as well as have had power surges in their environment. Your eyes and the light in them will also change after making contact with this energy.

Collective consciousness as an aspect still carries power and a lot of wisdom. Again, as a separate energy these will be ideas that will not be your own– you may be drawn to study what they studied, have your interests change, and be able to access someone who has a completely different and expanded view of life than you. And, frequently, they will speak differently than you.

It should be stated that although figures from collective consciousness can have caring for an individual that they are teaching (because this is their role, basically… either that or to transmit their work through someone, which also happens at this level) it has strong boundaries to it. They will not cuddle and tell you how great you are, basically. They will often put you through initiations to see if you are worthy of their time. They will visit in dreams. They will challenge you and your ideas, or call you out when you are being stupid. Any teacher from this category, even if they are love themselves, will challenge and cause a bit of chaos for you so you can learn, so you can grow.

Category #8 : Elevated Spirits
So arguably this is part of the collective consciousness category, but certain spirits, beings, deities, ancestors, and so forth are here and are considered “elevated”, basically meaning that they have the energy and know-how to not only affect physical reality but also have a lot of their own power to make a considerable mark on it.

This also means that these energies are “healed”, basically meaning that they no longer have the sort of trauma or difficulties that a lot of spirits do. They may still be jealous, proud, mean, lovely, and everything in between, but that is part of their true nature. They no longer have the sort of human-ish foibles, emotions, and vendettas that we all would recognize.

Most of these spirits are elevated because they have a role to do. Basically, they are the teachers and types of spiritual energies that can interact with powerful spiritual workers, or those on a deep spiritual path. These, of course, are the ones who do interact with humans. There are a wide variety of spirits, deities, and beings out there who really don’t care about humanity, and don’t really want much to do with us (I very much understand their mentality on this, by the way).

These energies are powerful. As in if one runs through you you won’t sleep for days powerful. Heightened energy, huge flows and rushes of energy, blacking out– these are all things that happen if an energy like this comes into your physical form. Even if these presences are simply near you you will get a huge rush of energy. Most of these energies do not communicate in words but in states of felt sense (feelings in your body) as well as sudden shifts in knowing that you will experience. If you think you have an Archangel chatting with you and it is speaking to you like your girlfriend would and you don’t change in any way philosophically after the discussion.. if you cannot feel a palpable huge shift in power… you likely have your answer about your Archangel presence and if it is self-created or not.

Category #9 ET’s
I will not spend a huge amount of time discussing this category, because it is a tough category to chat about. Partially because people have enough cognitive dissonance with this subject (there are reasons for that, but whatever) that they reject any thought of this subject; or because there are enough silly conspiracy theories and mentally ill people (who may or may not have actually had contact, or have it be a psychological construct to explain something deeply traumatic in their lives) that most people who have actually had contact, or understand this category, don’t want to talk about it.

But ET”s are another palpable presence– one that have an energy so different from our own that it, at first at least, causes physical issues to the experiencer. Headaches, ear ringing, bad dreams, nervous system being on high alert, a sense of something really odd going on. Due to the energy of ET’s not being congruent with our own, they do not “mesh” with our energetic systems and cause a lot of disruption, basically.

Category #10 Spiritual Constructs: The Void, Abyss, Bottom of the Ocean and Parallel Worlds
So I recognize that this is a discussion about spirits, but this list would not be complete without discussing the influence of “places”– meaning actual places in the spiritual landscape that some people come upon. If you self-create these worlds it is like any sort of play-acting, you create an illusion, a movie, that will cast you as the protagonist where you come across helping teachers, animals, and so forth, and learn a little something or other.

But there are actual, spiritual worlds out there. I work with people a fair amount who get lost in the Abyss, or after an Ayahuasca ceremony (and the haven’t felt right for months or years) realize that they are someplace else/ that they have split off. But the main criteria for this is the realization that you aren’t the protagonist in these worlds. You are simply there, sometimes stuck, sometimes not. It is like visiting New Orleans. Simply because you are there doesn’ t mean everything in New Orleans is about you.

If you are able to visit these places they are deeply mind-expanding, frequently challenging, and often an initiation in and of themselves. I do not mean to state that all spiritual work is difficult, but most real spiritual contact is challenging, it will test you, you will learn and grow. This is another one of those “am I being contacted or actually going somewhere?” questions that I would supply this answer with. If you are only hearing what you want, creating worlds and animals and are still in the same place mentally, emotionally, and spiritually after doing so… chances are it is not an external spiritual experience (or even an internal one, as our internal landscape is often challenging as well).

Category #11: Flow
So I will have this be the last category, even though I could have separated out a lot of things a bit more (especially collective consciousness B into separate angels, demons, deities, and so forth), but the last interface and most external spiritual construct you can come across is flow.

The irony here, which I hope you will appreciate after reading this list… is that true divine flow allows for you to recognize that everything is inner and outer at the same time. That we are both separate as well as part of divine flow. A drop in the ocean, and the ocean in the drop, as the saying goes.

But what this does not mean is that everything is a psychological construct of us. That is too simplistic of a thought, and a huge misunderstanding of the basic nature of oneness. And again, if anyone thinks that they can deal with a destructive spirit simply by thinking good thoughts or taking care of themselves psychologically, or whispering some Ho’oponopono to them, be my guest. If you have worked with spirits full time for five to ten years or more and still feel this way, and have also studied ideas and with cultures not your own (basically not just interacting with new-agers and neo-shamans) and still feel the same way, please contact me.

But the highest form of spirit contact is a flow state. Of being a gateway to flow. Of allowing for yourself to recognize it and flow from you and through you into the world. Most people are too obstructed to do this. They have too much trauma, too many ideas about themselves, to be the sort of “hollow bone” that divinity can pour through. And a lot of people want to move to this state, or working with some of the “higher” spirits without recognizing and working with any of the lower ones. Some people have the knack to do this (a complicated topic) but many do not. They just want to do the brightest, shiniest thing. They want to learn calculus without learning addition. So they never gain the knowledge, power, or ability to really be in a flow state, or to interface with it.

But even those of us who still have trauma, still cannot be fully “flowing” can allow for ourselves to access this in part. The more that we recognize the spark of our own divinity, even allowing a trickle of divinity to flow through us… it will change our existence. It will break through the ego and the b.s. and the illusions and allow for you to begin to access your own power. Just don’t forget to learn how to do addition before you try to learn calculus.