Sensemaking is the ability or attempt to make sense of an ambiguous situation. More exactly, sensemaking is the process of creating situational awareness and understanding in situations of high complexity or uncertainty in order to make decisions. It is "a motivated, continuous effort to understand connections (which can be among people, places, and events) in order to anticipate their trajectories and act effectively" (Klein et al., 2006a).
To understand what is being explained by Daniel Schmachtenberger in the videos in this article, you need an above-average intelligence and command of the English language, and an equally good understanding of philosophical concepts, science and technology, and finance and business terms. If you have none or only some of these but want to watch the videos anyway, I recommend that you write down the words you don’t know and pause the video to look them up or look them up later.
If you’re capable of and actually enjoy critical thinking, this dialogue will truly be a delight for you. It was for me. Daniel Schmachtenberger’s outline of sensemaking, narrative warfare, the importance of a healthy information ecology and other related topics is simply brilliant.
In this day and age, few people have the mental and intellectual capacity (or even the will) to deeply and, more importantly, correctly analyze complex concepts and situations which, if it doesn’t change and change soon, is an existential threat to the human race.
Daniel Schmachtenbergeris a founding member of The Consilience Project, aimed at improving public sensemaking and dialogue. The throughline of his interests has to do with ways of improving the health and development of individuals and society, with a virtuous relationship between the two as a goal. Towards these ends, he’s had particular interest in the topics of catastrophic and existential risk, civilization and institutional decay and collapse as well as progress, collective action problems, social organization theories, and the relevant domains in philosophy and science.
Motivated by the belief that advancing collective intelligence and capacity is foundational to the integrity of any civilization, and necessary to address the unique risks we currently face given the intersection of globalization and exponential technology, he has spoken publicly on many of these topics, hoping to popularize and deepen important conversations and engage more people in working towards their solutions. Many of these can be foundhere.
If you've reached the point where you're saying to yourself, "..okay, I get it now, I can have a happier life if I manage to raise my consciousness/the frequency that I think on and act from to a higher level, but how do I do it?, reading this book is a good place to start.
Handbook to Higher Consciousness was written by Ken Keyes Jr. and it was first published in 1972. It's still available in bookstores though sometimes only in used versions. To my surprise, it has also been made available online and if there ever was a time or need for this book to be read it's now. This isthe linkto the site that I am referring to and I included the PDF below. I'm not saying this book will give you all the answers you seek, but it might be a place to start.
Other books that came to mind to recommend (for the holidays) are Journey of Soulsby Dr. Michael Newton and these 3 books by Barbara Marciniak in this order: Bringers of the Dawn, Family of Light, and Path of Empowerment.
You can read a few excerpts from Bringers of the Dawn on this page on Barbara Marciniak's website, but please take this to heart: if what you read doesn't resonate with you, you're not ready for this material and/or these books are not for you. And that's ok! If you want to know more about this author before diving into the books, you can watch a workshop she gave in 2007 in this article: Pleiadian Wisdom For Challenging Times.
Take time to unplug, to balance and center yourself everyday, in whatever peaceful way works for you.
Don’t let the lunatics (read: Politicians) pull you into their asylum.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at Peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him/Her/It to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Entities are probably one of the scariest and most avoided topics in modern shamanism (native shamans are more feisty than New Age shamans!). Yet an understanding of entities is a must for any real shaman and highly recommended for anybody who wants to stay healthy and live a good life. Though entities are invisible to ordinary physical sight, their presence and activities leave tracks in our lives — of a very negative kind. Our society trains people from an early age to be in denial about anything invisible or spiritual, which then creates a lot of fear. And so it isn't surprising that you meet many "tough guys" who watch horror movies but freak out when confronted with a ghost or the idea that entities are real. Here is a typical case:
Once, on a workshop of shamanism, one of the participants, let's name him Jim, heard of entities and became so frightened that he was lying on the ground shivering uncontrollably for hours (to top it off he also puked in my sandwich box!). Though we did a banishing ritual and tried everything to assure him, and though somebody kept him company throughout the night, he was so freaked out that he left and never came back for any shamanic workshops with that teacher, who happened to be a genuine and powerful shaman!
For this reason, many teachers of shamanism avoid the word "entities" like the plague. They call them negative energies or spirit intrusions so as not to freak people out. Both of these terms are not quite correct. In the end, everything is energy, even you and I are. But if you stub your toe on a brick you won't tell your friends that negative energy affected your foot! So let's not split hairs. I am always in favor of calling a spade a spade instead of beating around the bush. Entities are conscious beings. It is therefore simply incorrect to call them negative energies. “Spirit intrusions” is a term that includes many different things that can be stuck in the human (or animal) aura, too numerous to list them all here in great detail. However, you should know that some of these so-called spirit intrusions are non-sentient, some are man-created or impressions from past lives, and some are entities. Of all forms of spirit intrusions, entities are usually the most damaging.
I am offering this article not for entertainment nor to scare people but for those who wish to protect themselves from entities and get rid of the ones they already have. As said before, the path of shamanism is not for wimps. If you want to be a shaman, be ready to confront your fears and a couple of entities! Whether you believe in them or not, entities are real and chances are you have got them. Would you like to do something about that or would you rather be in denial? Imagine you found out you had intestinal worms. Would you go and get medicine to cast them out, or would you go to the pub and get drunk so you can forget about them because the idea of worms freaks you out? Now, if you are ready to take the path of action and the path of the warrior, then read on.
What are Entities?
The unknown is always what creates the greatest fear. So let’s get to know entities because once you understand them, you will fear them less! Entities are spirit beings, which means they have a non-physical body and live in the realm of spirit, to be specific, on the astral. Entities are not spirits of deceased humans or animals but something else altogether. They have been called astral wildlife, which I feel is a good descriptive term. Entities really belong in the demonic realm, but many are living on the lower astral planes which are interlaced with our physical world. Entities differ in size from tiny beings the size of a bug to huge forms of several meters long. The biggest entity I ever removed was about 20 meters long! Entities come in many shapes. Some look similar to beings from our animal kingdom, others look completely alien. I have chosen the picture of the tarantula for the Entity Page because I have indeed come across and removed spiderlike entities on occasion. However, the more common type looks worm or snakelike but the head shape is usually very unlike snakes or worms. Other entities may look like jellyfish or octopuses.
You find all kinds of strange creatures among entities. But no matter what they look like, they all have something in common:
Like all beings entities need to feed! And what they feed on is the energy of living beings such as humans and animals. For this, they attach themselves to the energy field or aura of a person or animal and then start drinking their energy! In essence, entities are vampires and parasites, for they feed on others' life force (prana). Many entities have a very low level of intelligence and to them, a human being is just food. You could compare those with mosquitoes or leeches. They also don't drink your blood because they are "evil" but because they are hungry and you smell good! But there are other entities that are intelligent and cunning and know exactly what they are doing, which is much more than just take your energy. Some of those are very powerful and have been around for a long time. These ancient and highly developed entities we call demons. The Christian concept of demons is not correct, but I will talk about this another time. For now, it shall suffice to say that demons are wilier and more dangerous entities and that they are more difficult to remove.
Could I possibly have entities?
Unfortunately yes! About 99% of modern people have entities. Basically, anybody has entities unless they have done extensive shamanic work, real shamanic work which involves facing one's issues and removing entities, not lightweight New Age type workshops. People who haven’t done extensive and deep spiritual work always have entities. There are many reasons why people have entities. Part of this is vulnerability to entities because of weaknesses in the aura, part of it is lifestyle-related; more about this later on. A wise shaman was once asked by a student how you know that you have entities. He answered: "if your life is a mess you have entities!" And that is definitely true. On the other hand, if your life seems quite peaceful and calm, that doesn't mean you have no entities, you may just not have so many and not of the worst kind, or, more likely your entities are dormant because you are living a materialistic life! Entities usually get active when you start to do something spiritual, when you engage in serious spiritual practices and come closer to the Oneness. That is when entities feel threatened and begin to put obstacles in your path and mess your life up. But don't blame it on your spiritual practices, they only shone the light on what was hidden away in the dark for a long time. As long as you are living an unspiritual life entities usually operate in hidden. Entities are devious and the problems they cause in your life can be horrendous.
How Entities Affect You
The one thing that all entities have in common is that they feed on your energy. A person who has many entities or a couple of huge ones will generally have low energy. Some people who have serious entity infections will feel cold a lot, but that alone is not an indication for entities. The general rule is the more entities you have, the less energy and vitality (prana) you have. Entities can cause physical problems in the part of the body or the chakra where they are stuck. A friend of mine always had pain in her upper thigh. She had it checked by the doctor who found nothing wrong, neither with the muscle nor the bone, but the pain persisted. I didn't know about that, until one day, just to demonstrate what entities are, I scanned her energy field and found an entity in her thigh! After I removed it she never had pain in that place again!
Most entities will eventually cause physical disease and problems. Extreme entity infestation could in the worst-case scenario lead to premature death as the entities will deplete your life force and/or wreck vital organs. I would like to point out that we are talking about a shamanic concept of disease here, and not what is "believed" to be the cause of disease according to traditional medicine. Shamans see disease in a very different way and treat it in a completely different way. The results can be quite stunning at times. For example, once I removed an entity from a friend's eyes and it resulted in her being able to see reasonably well without glasses for the first time in her life! (Before she could hardly see even with very strong glasses!) If a problem is caused by entities it is quite easy to deal with. But not every physical problem is caused by entities! But the good news is that entities can be dealt with and that you don't have to keep them!
The more advanced and cunning entities have another agenda altogether: to cause separation. As entities are demonic beings, they loathe Oneness and try everything to separate you from the Oneness with God/Goddess/All-That-Is. They achieve this by pushing your buttons and creating negative emotions in you, such as despair, apathy, and unreasonable fear (as you can see from the case of “Jim” described above). In some cases when a person is being "possessed" by very powerful entities or demons their character will change drastically, as the entities influence them, and in the worst cases even run their lives! You can be sure that entities are not going to create a life of prosperity, abundance, and joy for you! The opposite is the case. Their agenda is pain! The more you are in despair, the further you will drift away from your natural state of enthusiasm and joy which is close to Oneness. Therefore entities will try to create such situations in your life that will cause you maximum pain. And, they try to lead you astray spiritually wherever they can, leading you to false teachers, and scaring you of the real ones who could help you! They will rebel if you start to work with the Goddess and will try to manipulate you to go back to disempowering religions. Their purpose is to keep you from finding your power, which would make an end to them! While you have entities you will never fully get into your power nor to the Oneness!
If you seek out a healer or teacher who has real power, meaning the power to remove entities and demons, or the power to help you find the Oneness, the entities will do everything to prevent you from getting there! Your car may suddenly break down, a family problem arises, or you may get freaked out and suddenly fear the healer. As astral beings, the entities can hear your thoughts as if you spoke them out loud. They know exactly what you are up to, what you fear, etc. Entities know every one of your buttons and every one of your weaknesses and will exploit them mercilessly! If you are a lazy person, they will manipulate you with your tendency to be lazy. So instead of doing meditation or going to a healer you stay at home and watch telly and have a couple of beers. If your tendency is being a coward, they will tell you the healer is "dark", and whisper in your ear that you should look for somebody more gentle and "angelic" — probably leading you to a false teacher or an evil person wearing the cloak of "love and light". The entities will have no problems letting you go to a Reiki healer because Reiki doesn't remove entities! They may lead you to false teachers and quacks, and to those who have no real power but put up a struggle when you do something that can make a real shift in your life. I have seen this happening in my own life and in the life of friends countless times. Here are some examples:
**Once, when I was involved in an intensive Goddess devotional period, entities tried to manipulate me to stay away from the shaman/healer I was working with and who had helped me so much. They planted a thought in my mind that this healer was evil. I noticed the mental manipulation only because my mind is trained in Yoga and tends to be very discriminating and sharp. The thoughts in my head felt slightly alien, besides that they were the opposite of what I had been thinking of that healer before. Even when I had recognized what was going on, I could not shut the entities up! It only stopped when I prayed to the Goddess and simultaneously received an e-mail from said healer who sensed that something was going on. This is a typical example of the mental manipulation that entities are so good at!
**When a friend of mine wanted to go to a powerful medicine ceremony (designed to get rid of entities) she was tripped up by her entities so badly that she almost didn't make it to the ceremonial place. We didn't heed the omen (read the whole story on the Shaman’s World Page) we received that morning, which led to her not being allowed on the flight and having to take another flight for a lot of money. That flight was delayed by hours, but rescheduled to an earlier time in her absence, and she almost missed the second flight as well. When she finally was on board the plane, she thought nothing could go wrong now — but then the plane got into severe turbulences! She was sure the plane would crash and that she was going to die and held her seat neighbor's hand while around her passengers were praying and crying. After landing, still ill from the rough flight, she had to take several trains to go to her destination on her own. She had never traveled alone in her life as this was forbidden to a woman of her faith. At first, things were going smoothly until she neared her destination, then the train suddenly broke down… And the shaman who was to pick her up had another ceremony that night and couldn't wait at the station indefinitely. She did finally make it but it was a big drama.
When she arrived she was so shocked she couldn't even speak for quite a while. Finally, she told me the whole story and added she wanted to write it down and call it "The Worst Day of my Life!" During the medicine ceremony, she got rid of a major demon. She is a very petite person but developed great strength when her demon came up and I had to hold her down and calm her down for a long time. However, after the medicine ceremony, she experienced very positive changes both in herself and her life. She later said every human being ought to do such a medicine ceremony at least once in their lives, and the world would be a better place!
Needless to say, she became a total believer in medicine ceremonies, as well as in entities! It is easy to dismiss entities, but once you have felt them stirring in you, or putting up a struggle when you begin to do true spiritual work, or wriggling about in your body as the shaman pulls them out, once you have experienced that you will turn into a believer too!
Some entities will try to destroy specific aspects of your life, such as your relationships, family life, or your health. Entities can make people angry, violent, and act totally out of character. A person with willpower, integrity, and a strong spiritual connection will not easily be taken over by entities, but the weak-willed, the already violent and angry, and those under the influence of alcohol and drugs will fall prey to entities' manipulations very easily. People who haven't integrated their shadow and are in ego are also more susceptible to entity control! I have read a book in which the author describes how entities remote-controlled him to throw his child off a building. He resisted, though barely. I have not personally experienced such an extreme case, but I believe that this can happen. A word of warning: never engage in conversation with your entities, neither out loud nor mentally! If you do you will soon develop a co-dependent relationship with your entities, besides you run the risk of being hauled off to the loony bin!
Conclusion: entities are bad for you! Don't get them, and if you already have them, get rid of them! How can you avoid getting entities? You must know how entities get in to avoid being "infected"!
How Entities Get In
There are various ways of getting entities, and various activities and lifestyle choices that predispose you to them. There are also places that teem with entities and people who can transmit them to you, so be careful where you go and with whom you mix!
Holes in the Aura
This is the most common way for entities to get in. An intact aura will protect you quite well against entities. The only problem is very few people have an intact aura. You develop holes in your aura if, for example, you had surgery. When an incision into your skin is made, the energy field is opened up as well and entities can get in. This is aggravated by the fact that hospitals are among the worst places to be with an open aura because many earthbound spirits, spirits of the recently deceased, and entities are hanging around in hospitals! And secondly, unconsciousness makes you prone to possession by entities – both these factors usually come together during surgery in a hospital. So, if you ever had surgery you probably have entities.
You can also get holes in the aura because you had a soul loss. This is a shamanic term for losing a part of yourself, part of your spirit soul because of a great trauma or a prolonged period of suffering and unhappiness. When you lose a piece of your soul it leaves a big hole in your aura. This type of hole cannot be closed by mere aura healing, Reiki, or crystal healing. For it to be permanently closed the missing soul piece has to be retrieved and reinstalled by an experienced shaman. This procedure is called soul retrieval. You can always book a soul retrieval healing with me, even if you live far away. I am capable of doing soul retrieval in a distance healing session, so I can help you wherever you are.
In terms of entities, this means if you lost a loved one (whether a beloved human or a beloved pet) and never got over it, if you had a traumatic accident or any other great loss or trauma or period of prolonged unhappiness, you can be sure that you have holes in your aura caused by soul loss and you can be quite sure that you have entities as well! In these cases it is not enough to just remove all the entities, the soul loss needs to be fixed by a proper soul retrieval, or you soon will attract new entities that plague you!
The use of drugs or alcohol also creates holes in the aura! This means if you have ever been drunk, even once in your whole life, if you have ever smoked marijuana or taken any other drugs, even once, you are prone to have entities. Alcoholics and drug addicts usually have an aura that resembles Swiss cheese and tend to have more entities than a flea-ridden dog has fleas! Having close contact with substance abusers can expose you to their entities as well.
And there are various other causes for holes in the aura as well, such as physical injury and trauma, emotional problems, or insufficiently developed chakras. Sometimes a person's energy body can already be incomplete or damaged from birth, for example, if they had a big trauma in a past life. In the end, any kind of weakness in the aura will expose you to entities. I have yet to see a person with a completely intact energy body. I specialize in repairing the subtle body and can see it very clearly. In countless healing sessions, I have never seen anybody whose energy body was completely intact. And therefore I say the chances that you have entities are almost 100 percent.
Whenever you are unconscious you do not inhabit your body. It doesn't matter whether this unconsciousness was caused by anesthesia, the use of drugs, or by fainting from low blood pressure. Whenever you are out, other things can get in. A person who is drunk or on drugs may not be fully unconscious, but they are still "out of it" and that is enough to open them up to entities. If you have ever been unconscious you are likely to have entities.
During intercourse of a lower nature entities are being transferred. When your Muladhara chakra (a.k.a. base chakra) is linked to the Muladhara chakra of another, as happens during intercourse, entities have a free-way into your body! If the one you are sleeping with is an alcoholic, a drug addict, or a negative man/woman who is full of entities, or worst of all, a vampire, you can be sure that you will pick up many entities! Even if your partner appears to be nice, but in their mind they are only thinking of themselves, basically using you for their gratification, they will still transfer entities to you. The only way to make sure that you are not picking up entities during intercourse is to only have sacred sex. Sacred sex is when the man sees the Goddess in the woman and she sees the God in him. If this is one-sided it will not work — as I found out the hard way once when I had to rid myself of dozens of entities after having slept with a man, who seemed nice but as it turned out later had a very abusive attitude towards women! So choose your sex partners carefully for you may catch more than diseases by sleeping with the wrong partner, and a condom is not going to protect you from entities! During my women's empowerment workshop sexually transmitted entities will be removed from the lower chakras. This is part of the clearing work necessary to build a healthy energy body and healthy relationships.
People with serious entity problems can sometimes be so negative that mere contact with them is enough to transfer entities to you! In some cases just having them in your house will do it! Like lice, entities like to jump to a fresh source of energy from time to time. And if you are open at that moment, because you had a few glasses of wine, or recently had surgery, or simply because you have holes in your energy field, some of their entities may jump over!
Crowds enable entities to jump over to new hosts with ease. Have you ever been in a crowd and come home with a terrible headache, even though you are not normally prone to headaches? If so you probably picked something up in the crowd. It is generally a good procedure to take a shower, put on new clothes, and do psychic cleansing such as smudging whenever you come home after having been in contact with many people or in a crowd.
Entities and demons can also be sent to a person by sorcery (commonly known as "black magic"). When entities are sent by a sorcerer they are much more persistent than ordinary entities which are basically just opportunists. Let me explain: if you are in an area where there are entities, and they see you as an easy victim because your energy field is wide open, or because you happen to be drunk, they may get into you. If on the other hand, you are well-shielded, with an intact aura, and totally sober and in possession of yourself, the entities are not likely to go for you. They will look for an easier victim. Even a lion will hunt the weakest animal in the herd. If however somebody has cursed or hexed you, the entities will throw themselves at you constantly until they get through your defenses and breakthrough your intact aura or shields. Even the strongest protection will break down eventually under such an onslaught. I had times when hundreds of entities were throwing themselves against the warding of my living room, virtually bashing in their heads in the desperate attempt to get in! Those were sent by sorcery of course. If somebody sends you entities by sorcery you will need an experienced shaman/witch/magician who knows how to deal with sorcery to sort that problem out for you!
The Favourite Haunts of Entities
There are certain places that entities favor, sometimes because of the nature of the place, sometimes because there they are likely to find food — that is suitable hosts. Places that have a lot of stagnant energy and very low vibration are favored by entities. If your house is messy, dark, and dank, entities will feel at home in it! So keep your place clean and tidy! Likewise, the cemetery, with its energy of decay and death attracts entities. Entities can feed on extreme emotions, usually negative emotions such as grief and despair, of which there is plenty at the cemetery!
Pubs, where people get drunk and open their aura up to entities, are also among the favorite haunts of the astral critters! So are places where people take drugs regularly, and of course the homes of drug addicts. Mental institutions are another favorite place of entities. Many of the patients there are full of entities themselves, and the drugs they are being given open them up to entities even more. If you are working in such a place — as a friend of mine does — you need to shield yourself and do daily cleansing or you will be affected. Hospitals, as mentioned above, are also places where there is an atmosphere of disease, despair, and death combined with heavy use of anesthetics which makes them a very favorable environment for entities. Finally, places where dark rites have taken place will attract entities as well. Of course, you may not be able to avoid all these places at all times, but you can take good care when you have to go there.
How to Get Rid of Entities
It is well known among shamans that the first part of shamanic work is to get rid of all one's entities. There is no point in seeking empowerment while you are full of entities. Because entities will hinder you on every turn from coming into your power and will try everything to lead you astray. You need a “psychic detox” before you can build up your inner strength, your power as a shaman or as a magician. And that psychic detox is getting rid of entities. Unfortunately getting rid of entities is a lot more difficult than getting rid of intestinal parasites. A one time dose won’t do it! To become completely clear of entities usually takes a year or longer with traditional methods. There are ways to speed it up, medicine ceremonies for instance, and if you do your share it will be ever so much faster. But you have to understand that getting rid of entities takes more than a one-time healing session – even though a lot can be accomplished in just one session. And, that once you are clear you yourself will have to take responsibility to stay clear!
The reason why entities can rarely be removed in one session is that they are embedded in different layers of your aura and subconscious. I am using a special technique that is very effective in extracting entities and major demons even from deep layers of a client's aura and being. The techniques I am using are a blend of what I learned from an authentic shaman and what my own spirits and spiritual helpers taught me.
The direct method, with the physical presence of the seeker of healing, enables them to feel and locate the entities themselves, which I then remove. If they are too numbed out to feel or see anything on an energetic level I can work without their help. (During a distance healing their help is not required at all, which is often better for nervous or tense people anyway). In this way, all active entities are removed. Though at the end of the session the recipient of the healing will feel completely free of entities, a few weeks later one can usually find some more. In some cases, this could be because meanwhile they have picked up more entities due to life-style choices they made. But the main reason is that removing entities is a bit like peeling layers of an onion. Many entities and demons are connected to certain unresolved issues and trauma which need to be resolved to heal the weakness and permanently banish entities. When people do intense spiritual work they open up deeper and deeper layers of their subconscious and unconscious causing the entities residing in those regions to become activated and accessible. Generally, it takes about four sessions of soul therapy to get somebody entity-free. If the cause of the entity problem is sorcery or curses, other methods need to be employed as well to neutralize those causes.
For surface intrusions, I have on numerous occasions used my self-made exorcism bath salts with great success to cleanse myself of entities that I had picked up in crowds, busy places, or from negative people. This however only works when you have just picked up the entities before they had time to firmly latch onto you and penetrate the deeper layers of your aura. I highly recommend this type of regular cleansing to all those who are exposed to negative people, drug users, and the mentally ill, who have to mix with people a lot, or are exposed to any other negativity on a regular basis. The exorcism bath salts are also good to prevent any build-up of negativity if used regularly. They cannot normally cast out demons or entities that are firmly and deeply lodged in your energy field. One of my clients however reported that after using the exorcism bath salts he saw two spirits coming out from him in the night. They wanted to get back in but couldn't! You can read more about my self-made bath salts on the Potions Page, or order them in the Magick Shop in the Bath Salts section.
Smudging is only useful for surface entities that you have just picked up. Unfortunately, it will not go to deeper layers of the aura. And it definitely won't be able to exorcise any demons! It is however useful to clear your space of negative energies and random entities. It is also useful to cleanse ritual tools, even crystals from negative energies. Always smudge if negative people have been to your house, if there has been an argument or any form of violence (even after the children had a fight!), or whenever you sense negativity. You can smudge your pets as well if they allow it. But please be careful not to burn them with the smudge stick or falling hot embers!
How to Avoid Getting Entities
Once you are free of entities you probably wish not to have them again. A short anecdote in this place: I once took part in medicine ceremonies which were to last for three days. On the first day, the shaman removed a major demon from one of the participants. She left the next morning and didn't attend the remaining two ceremonies. Later she e-mailed me, and complained that the shaman had removed her "nice demon", and that she was now feeling lonely without it!
It is strange what people get attached to at times! Hopefully, you will not be like her! From what I have written above, it should be quite clear now how to avoid getting (new) entities. Just don't do the things which predispose you to them! This means, never drink or take drugs. Have only sacred sex or none at all. Avoid negative people, the insane, and drug users. Don’t go to places of negativity and if you must, be sure you are shielded and in possession of yourself.
Be selective about whom you let in your house. People bring their vibrations and thought-forms with them and those often linger long after the visitor has gone. Therefore cleanse the house and yourself if you have had contact with negative people or after any argument. Another less well-known method to keep your house clean is to take your shoes off right at the door! For the simple reason that many entities attach themselves to the feet, and as you don't usually walk barefoot outside that means to your shoes! Now it makes perfect sense, why in the East people frequently take their shoes off and wash their feet when entering temples or sacred places, as well as in their homes. We, Westerners, have a lot to learn from the East when it comes to psychic hygiene and psychic self-defense! You can make a magickal spirit trap and keep that under your doormat. It will prevent random entities from entering your home attached to the feet. (It will unfortunately not prevent entities which are deeply embedded in other people or yourself from entering your home!) Always take your shoes off at the door and never allow visitors to trample through your house and your sacred space with outdoor shoes.
If you are a healer you must do banishing rituals before and after each client and smudge your tools, yourself, and the place regularly. If you have been to one of the above-mentioned places of negativity, or if you think you have picked something up in a crowd or from negative people, cleanse yourself as soon as you come home. First, take your clothes off and put them in the laundry. Then take a full shower including over your head and focus on negativity being washed away. Do appropriate visualization whilst taking the shower. Better still, take an exorcism bath.
Also, to be safe avoid handshakes and hugs with those you don't feel good about. I have always thought that handshakes and hugs are very unhygienic practices. Besides, as you can read on the Vampire Page, handshakes can be used to hex you or to dominate your will. No need to be paranoid about it, but choose whom you allow physical contact. I hug those I love and feel close to, but I don't let myself be compelled by social customs to have close contact with people whom I don't like, who are either physically or psychically unclean, or who just have a bad vibe! I do Namaste (placing the palms together) to greet people and show my respect. Remember, it is your decision, freedom of choice! Don't be embarrassed to say no to something that you don't want to do. And lastly, listen to your intuition – but never to fear manipulation by your entities! You must learn to distinguish between the two! But before you can do that you will have to embrace your shadow and mature your ego or those will cloud your inner sight and your reason! Your intuition should tell you when a person or a place has a bad vibration. If you have the sight you may even see the entities in a person's aura! If so, best stay away! You must learn to distinguish between your entities’ fear of a true healer and your own intuition telling you somebody is not genuine and wishes to harm you.
The best spiritual protection against entities is to have discipline, a clean lifestyle, and integrity! That means you have to integrate your shadow and mature your ego. Once you have done so entities will have much less control over you — should they get in. Self-pity, denial and a loser mentality attract entities. Therefore learn how to Become a Winner and give the entities no chance!
I have been told by a powerful shaman that iron discipline is the best protection against entities! Also, try to develop discrimination so you can distinguish between thoughts that are your own and entity-induced thoughts. And lastly, develop courage, willpower, and some backbone. All this will help you to avoid entity manipulation and these qualities are a must for a shaman anyway! Admittedly, entities and demons can do a lot of damage, but they are not more powerful than you, not if you work on yourself and develop yourself spiritually! If you want to beat entities follow these guidelines:
1) Work on raising your awareness to the point where you are able to examine all your thoughts and actions and are able to distinguish between what is self and non-self, i.e. entities. Entities put thoughts in your head. You must learn to be very discerning and very observant at all times! Not an easy task, but doable!
2) Develop true spirituality as opposed to religious dogma. Spirituality is really your direct connection to God/Goddess/All-That-Is aka Great Spirit, which goes beyond organized religion and dogma and avoids the detour of intermediaries such as a priests. True spirituality also means integrating all aspects of your personality, embracing your shadow, maturing your ego, releasing social and religious conditioning, and taking responsibility for yourself and your life! Again, not an easy task, but doable.
3) Empower yourself through reclaiming all lost power and lost soul pieces, through soul retrieval, shamanic work, and other spiritual practices. In the beginning, you may need the help of an experienced shaman for helping you with soul retrieval etc., or teaching you methods of self-empowerment. In the later stages of your spiritual journey, you will be able to plod on on your own. Life is a journey of becoming whole, and the ultimate goal of it is to return to Oneness, to pure consciousness and your natural blissful state of being. Then nothing will hurt or upset you anymore. However, getting there is not that easy and takes time. But even the longest journey begins with a single step, so why not set your foot on the path of empowerment today?
For no entity or demon will have any power whatsoever over you when you have become a higher developed, fully conscious and aware, fully empowered human being, aligned with the power of God/Goddess/All-That-Is!
So fear nothing, but remember who you are. Remember your power! It is great indeed and it is already within! Grasp it and use it for the good of all!