Book Recommendation

For Espiritismo, Mediumship and Spiritualism, the best primer I have read is Ancestor Paths, by Oba Ilari Aladokun.

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Within these chapters, the author and Priestess Ilari presents a concise guide on working and honoring the spirits that already walk with you, rooted in practices of Espiritismo, Spiritualism, and Personal as well as Group Mediumship.

The book presents a view of Espiritismo that highlights it’s identity as a both a Cuban rooted spiritual tradition, but also a well traveled one that moves with the cultures and people it takes root in. 

North American Table Spiritualism can learn much from the more holistic approach authors and practitioners of Espiritismo take towards the spirit worlds. 

As Espiritismo travels with the Cuban Diaspora  and converges with North American Spiritualism, Chinese Folk Religions, European Witchcraft, Black American Rootwork etc, the courts of spirits become enriched, and in turn the practices and spirits Espiritismo absorbs opens doors to new ways of spirit communication within these other cultural practices it interacts with.

Through Espiritismo and Spiritualism, I have been able to reconnect with my guides and Ancestors, not just with the means I learned growing up in my own culture, but also through the cross cultural approach taken by Espiritismo and Spiritualism.

I am not just Chinese, but a Chinese Canadian, living in a city covered in a multicultural tableau. 

I have Chinese guides and ancestors. I have Hindu ones. I have Black American rooted spirits. I have European Spirits. All a part of my spiritual tableau for different reasons and because of the different routes my life has taken.

Spiritualism, and more importantly techniques in Espiritismo, provided me with a manner of honoring and communing with all the good, elevated spirits that walk with me. This book was instrumental in helping me do that.

I feel one of my ways of giving back is to spread a helpful, primary source like this book and author to those who feel lost in Spirit, and who may not have access to more experienced mediums. 

Hopefully this book will help you as it has me, in the development of my personal path in the world of Spirit. 

valshaena
bogleech:

raw-fed-pets:

faofox:

raw-fed-pets:

All dogs share the same basic digestive system despite the range of physical variations (and attitudes) across different breeds. Every dog is designed to eat a raw animal-based diet, from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane. Breed-specific dog food brands are simply a marketing gimmick aimed at playing on the pet owner’s emotions, and their desire to feed their pet the best possible diet.

I don’t think that dogs need an animal-based diet. If done right they can be vegan and not contribute to the murdering of innocent animals. We’ve adapted and domesticated them enough to do so. They’ve evolved to live without meat just like us.

200% incorrect. Vegan diets are carbohydrate-based. Carbohydrates are inflammatory, feed cancer (glucose), contribute to periodontal disease (leading to systemic organ failure, eg heart), cause insulin spikes leading to a multitude of other issues in the long-term (thyroid, liver, diabetes, heart disease) and also cause pancreatic problems due to extreme stress on the pancreas (secreting heavy loads of carb enzymes over a long period of time). The low moisture content coupled with high plant protein may also cause renal failure in the long term. The preservatives used may also be linked to cancer (BHA, BHT etc), and these diets also skew the omega3/6 ratio, causing further inflammation (linked to cancer again). They cause urine alkalinity leading to urinary problems such as crystals, blockages and UTI’s.
Brief into to dog anatomy/physiology:
- Stomach PH: Their highly acidic stomach is designed for eliminating harmful bacteria and breaking down bone into a gel-like substance. Humans have a much more alkaline stomach acid which is why we would struggle to digest raw bone.
-Digestive Enzymes: Higher level of proteases to break down animal protein. High bile load to help push through bacteria.
-Dental Anatomy: Sharp pointed teeth designed for ripping and tearing flesh and bones.Dogs do not chew their food as we do, they are wired to swallow chunks quickly as a basic survival instinct.
-Jaws: Dogs also have strong jaws that physically cannot move sideways (like your own can). This sideways grinding action is a feature that allows pre-digestion of plant material. Again, dogs rip off chunks and swallow them whole.
-Lack of Salivary Amylase: Omnivores have this for pre-digestion of carbohydrates. Dogs and cats do not. The canine pancreas secretes amylase as a backup, however this does not mean they should be fed a high carbohydrate diet every day for a lifetime. Processed food (incl vegan) is 40-70% carbohydrate.
-Lysozyme: Instead of amylase, dogs have lysozyme in their saliva which is an antibacterial. This may be useful for destroying any harmful bacteria in carrion/rotten food/feces, as well as wound cleaning.
-Gut length: The canine gut is short in length which is because flesh must be pushed through quickly. It does not need to sit and ferment, as this could allow bacteria to multiply to harmful levels. Note that plant eating animals have a long digestive tract and even multiple stomach chambers in order for plant material to be slowly broken down by the necessary enzymes.
-Nutrient profiles. Dogs have 0% biological requirement for carbohydrates. They gain every single essential nutrient from a prey based diet such as Whole Prey/Prey Model. Vegan diets are full of processed lab-made vitamins and minerals. Many vitamin pre-mixes are made in china and shipped to the country of manufacture.
All in all, dogs will survive on a high carbohydrate diet but it will cause systemic effects eventually. Similar to smoking, a junk food diet affects every dog differently and some may be affected more severely than others, and in different time spans. You can also expect high vet fees in the form of dental cleanings, dental surgeries and various health problem later on in life.
It is not recommended that you feed your pet the equivalent of a big mac for the entirety of its life. This is essentially what kibble and vegan diets are. Evolution has changed the appearance and even the behaviour of your dog, but their digestive system is still geared towards meat. Basically, you are paying money to have a company slowly kill your pet from the inside out. 
0/10, Not Recommended.

Hard science here for anyone who needs to shut down a “vegan pet owner.” It’s abuse. Feed your animal the substances they evolved to eat or do not own an animal, it’s as simple as that.

bogleech:

raw-fed-pets:

faofox:

raw-fed-pets:

All dogs share the same basic digestive system despite the range of physical variations (and attitudes) across different breeds. Every dog is designed to eat a raw animal-based diet, from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane. Breed-specific dog food brands are simply a marketing gimmick aimed at playing on the pet owner’s emotions, and their desire to feed their pet the best possible diet.

I don’t think that dogs need an animal-based diet. If done right they can be vegan and not contribute to the murdering of innocent animals. We’ve adapted and domesticated them enough to do so. They’ve evolved to live without meat just like us.

200% incorrect. Vegan diets are carbohydrate-based. Carbohydrates are inflammatory, feed cancer (glucose), contribute to periodontal disease (leading to systemic organ failure, eg heart), cause insulin spikes leading to a multitude of other issues in the long-term (thyroid, liver, diabetes, heart disease) and also cause pancreatic problems due to extreme stress on the pancreas (secreting heavy loads of carb enzymes over a long period of time). The low moisture content coupled with high plant protein may also cause renal failure in the long term. The preservatives used may also be linked to cancer (BHA, BHT etc), and these diets also skew the omega3/6 ratio, causing further inflammation (linked to cancer again). They cause urine alkalinity leading to urinary problems such as crystals, blockages and UTI’s.

Brief into to dog anatomy/physiology:

- Stomach PH: Their highly acidic stomach is designed for eliminating harmful bacteria and breaking down bone into a gel-like substance. Humans have a much more alkaline stomach acid which is why we would struggle to digest raw bone.

-Digestive Enzymes: Higher level of proteases to break down animal protein. High bile load to help push through bacteria.

-Dental Anatomy: Sharp pointed teeth designed for ripping and tearing flesh and bones.Dogs do not chew their food as we do, they are wired to swallow chunks quickly as a basic survival instinct.

-Jaws: Dogs also have strong jaws that physically cannot move sideways (like your own can). This sideways grinding action is a feature that allows pre-digestion of plant material. Again, dogs rip off chunks and swallow them whole.

-Lack of Salivary Amylase: Omnivores have this for pre-digestion of carbohydrates. Dogs and cats do not. The canine pancreas secretes amylase as a backup, however this does not mean they should be fed a high carbohydrate diet every day for a lifetime. Processed food (incl vegan) is 40-70% carbohydrate.

-Lysozyme: Instead of amylase, dogs have lysozyme in their saliva which is an antibacterial. This may be useful for destroying any harmful bacteria in carrion/rotten food/feces, as well as wound cleaning.

-Gut length: The canine gut is short in length which is because flesh must be pushed through quickly. It does not need to sit and ferment, as this could allow bacteria to multiply to harmful levels. Note that plant eating animals have a long digestive tract and even multiple stomach chambers in order for plant material to be slowly broken down by the necessary enzymes.

-Nutrient profiles. Dogs have 0% biological requirement for carbohydrates. They gain every single essential nutrient from a prey based diet such as Whole Prey/Prey Model. Vegan diets are full of processed lab-made vitamins and minerals. Many vitamin pre-mixes are made in china and shipped to the country of manufacture.

All in all, dogs will survive on a high carbohydrate diet but it will cause systemic effects eventually. Similar to smoking, a junk food diet affects every dog differently and some may be affected more severely than others, and in different time spans. You can also expect high vet fees in the form of dental cleanings, dental surgeries and various health problem later on in life.

It is not recommended that you feed your pet the equivalent of a big mac for the entirety of its life. This is essentially what kibble and vegan diets are. Evolution has changed the appearance and even the behaviour of your dog, but their digestive system is still geared towards meat. Basically, you are paying money to have a company slowly kill your pet from the inside out.

0/10, Not Recommended.

Hard science here for anyone who needs to shut down a “vegan pet owner.” It’s abuse. Feed your animal the substances they evolved to eat or do not own an animal, it’s as simple as that.

cloudspun

"Should parents read their daughter’s texts or monitor her online activity for bad language and inappropriate content?"

etherealzephyr:

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Earlier today, I served as the “young woman’s voice” in a panel of local experts at a Girl Scouts speaking event. One question for the panel was something to the effect of, "Should parents read their daughter’s texts or monitor her online activity for bad language and inappropriate content?"

I was surprised when the first panelist answered the question as if it were about cyberbullying. The adult audience nodded sagely as she spoke about the importance of protecting children online.

I reached for the microphone next. I said, “As far as reading your child’s texts or logging into their social media profiles, I would say 99.9% of the time, do not do that.”

Looks of total shock answered me. I actually saw heads jerk back in surprise. Even some of my fellow panelists blinked.

Everyone stared as I explained that going behind a child’s back in such a way severs the bond of trust with the parent. When I said, “This is the most effective way to ensure that your child never tells you anything,” it was like I’d delivered a revelation.

It’s easy to talk about the disconnect between the old and the young, but I don’t think I’d ever been so slapped in the face by the reality of it. It was clear that for most of the parents I spoke to, the idea of such actions as a violation had never occurred to them at all.

It alarms me how quickly adults forget that children are people.

Apparently people are rediscovering this post somehow and I think that’s pretty cool! Having experienced similar violations of trust in my youth, this is an important issue to me, so I want to add my personal story:

Around age 13, I tried to express to my mother that I thought I might have clinical depression, and she snapped at me “not to joke about things like that.” I stopped telling my mother when I felt depressed.

Around age 15, I caught my mother reading my diary. She confessed that any time she saw me write in my diary, she would sneak into my room and read it, because I only wrote when I was upset. I stopped keeping a diary.

Around age 18, I had an emotional breakdown while on vacation because I didn’t want to go to college. I ended up seeing a therapist for - surprise surprise - depression.

Around age 21, I spoke on this panel with my mother in the audience, and afterwards I mentioned the diary incident to her with respect to this particular Q&A. Her eyes welled up, and she said, “You know I read those because I was worried you were depressed and going to hurt yourself, right?”

TL;DR: When you invade your child’s privacy, you communicate three things:

  1. You do not respect their rights as an individual.
  2. You do not trust them to navigate problems or seek help on their own.
  3. You probably haven’t been listening to them.

Information about almost every issue that you think you have to snoop for can probably be obtained by communicating with and listening to your child.

Part of me is really excited to see that the original post got 200 notes because holy crap 200 notes, and part of me is really saddened that something so negative has resonated with so many people.

Prayer doesn’t just have to be prayer.

Let your mind and spirit commune with your good spirits as you pray. Let it be a stream of stuccatoed words, and beaded lyrics. 

Let it fall from your hearts. 

I think many of us become so limited in what we view as prayer because of the dominance of “accepted forms of prayer” in our collective mentality in North American, Main Stream Christian Society.

Dance is prayer, singing is prayer, music from the heart is prayer. Words whispered in ernest and urgency at the light of a burning candle is prayer. Learning a new language or the forgotten languages of your ancestral culture is prayer. Polite, heart felt conversations with your spirits is prayer.

Things that come from the heart is prayer.

Prayer isn’t and shouldn’t be just for the spirits, it is a communion, so let the spirits give their love in return.

And let the world be the altar where the spirits and you dance. 

Spirit is in many places, see the divine in not just your altar. But at the crossroads, in the forest, at the thresholds. In the sky, at the sun, under the moon. In your own breathe and pulse.

A perfectly set up spiritual shrine is not the only place where powers converge. 

A sincere heart, an aware mind, and a threshold of any kind are all powerful places where spirits meet. 

And there is no more powerful place than in the little transitioning moments of our days.

A Prayer Before Bed Time

Holy Good and Elevated Spirits who walk with me, for a few short instants my soul will be together with other Spirits.

I pray that I be protected from any harmful intrusions, and may I be surrounded in counsel and healing by the Elevated, Good Spirits that walk with me.

Blessed Central Guides (whisper their names here if you know them), and my Holy Guardian Angel (Spirit, Daemon), please help me keep a lasting and beneficial impression of this encounter on awakening!

- Prayer adapted from Sea El Santisimo: A Manual for Misa Espiritual and Mediumship Development by Mario Dos Ventos

idanceitarotiart

idanceitarotiart:

constantine-spiritworker:

This is really fucking important. I ALWAYS tell my clients about the ‘I already knew that’ phenomenon, because they (rightly) do not have any idea that it can be super important.

THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS. This is so important for potential clients to understand. 

Mediumship Cont.

See part 1.

I can’t believe I haven’t connected the dots before or felt no relation to that word and my spiritual practice.

But I like talk with spirits in my head and have manifestations without the need for evocation triangles around me, scents, visions, feelings on my body, and it wasn’t just during the Misa that it has happened before.

I mean half of my craft was taught by witch spirits I work with (or guided to sources by if it is too long to talk about).

But when people in the past have been like “cool you are a medium” when I read their cards.

I’m like :slol, I’m not a medium, and here’s what your dead grandmother is saying you should do about her belongings, but that’s just the Tarot cards lol, what is medium”?

I think it’s because of the internalized racist, and ableist stereotypes I need to unlearn from both the cultures I have been a part of.

I mean in the parts of China I grew up in, mediums are stereotyped as these little old, often blind, Chinese ladies who owns a tea/herb shoppe and operates her medium ship out of the back alongside her drug trade and money dealings as a loan shark.

And then when she channels, she falls over in a table top scattered with rice and comes up speaking in a different person’s voice. And she is usually a fake.

And in the west, Mediums have been shown to me as these racist caricatures people try to pass off as Romani (and call them G*psy or worse yet “Gyps”) and wears too much makeup and jewelry.

But yeah, guess I’m a medium. Now I know why my spirits always prompt to read the prayers “to bless a medium” before I do communications with them, ever since I started working with my two volumes of “Helping Yourself with Select Prayers”.

And I was just always like “lol, but I am not a medium as I talk with you, but okay”.

talkingtodeadguys
talkingtodeadguys:

This is probably the most hands on guide you’ll ever find, or one of the few where you don’t have to re-read 7 - 8 paragraphs that all blend into saying the same thing. 
Use it well. We encourage all of our followers to digest this and use it as a practicing tool. At some point we want to start hosting Channeling Parties in our tinychats where we just go around in a circle and have people channel some of the spirits we speak to that have agreed to help us. If you need anymore information on channeling, check out our Tips button on our blog :)

Homg, that’s basically how I have always communicated with Spirits. 

talkingtodeadguys:

This is probably the most hands on guide you’ll ever find, or one of the few where you don’t have to re-read 7 - 8 paragraphs that all blend into saying the same thing. 

Use it well. We encourage all of our followers to digest this and use it as a practicing tool. At some point we want to start hosting Channeling Parties in our tinychats where we just go around in a circle and have people channel some of the spirits we speak to that have agreed to help us. 

If you need anymore information on channeling, check out our Tips button on our blog :)

Homg, that’s basically how I have always communicated with Spirits. 

Mediumship

I updated the descriptor at the top of my blog, changing sorcery to mediumship. 

I think it’s time to just stop ignoring, overtly distrusting, and shunning this side of myself now because of the fear and misinformation I was raised with about people like me. 

I’m a medium. I knew it deep down in me for a while, and after the Misa, I think it’s pretty clear to me now. 

I mean what is having conversations with spirits in your head and feeling sensations in your body with accompanying messages, sometimes smelling scents associated with spirits or hearing responses, seeing responses anyways? 

Mediumship.

I’m a medium and I don’t think I know or am comfortable approaching sorcery without the witch in me. That witch fire is going to be in my sorcery whether I like it or not.

Hmmm. Mediumship. 

I like it. 

I can’t believe I tricked myself into thinking an I Ching Sword was going to stop that.

Though I am glad it has balanced out my sight. 

Witch. Medium. Spiritualist. 

Can I really separate the terms into three distinct things?

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THE TRUTH OF NATIVE AMERICANS BEFORE THE GENOCIDE

Gotta put this on blast.
We never needed a white savior.

I hate this country.

What I learned from this video:

  • 100 million Native Americans died at the hands of white colonists
  • Instead of planting crops the colonists spent their days digging random holes in the ground looking for gold. They started starving and dug up Indian corpses to eat. They took Indian prisoners and forced them to teach the colonists how to farm
  • Native Americans had massive cities with tens of thousands of well constructed houses, intricate water canals and large merchant areas.
  • The Native Americans used soaps, deodorants and breath sweeteners while colonists never bathed or even took of their clothes
  • There was a delousing policy with the mantra Nits create Lice; nits being Native American babies, so their goal was to kill every Indian, including babies 
  • In the 1700’s 80% of the Federal Budget went towards eradicating the Native American population so they could take their developed farmland
  • Colonists leaders went town after town killing men women and children under the approval of George Washington
  • "Pursue Indians to extermination" -Thomas Jefferson
  • California governor (1849-1851): “extermination must continue to be waged until the Indian becomes extinct”

The main factor which prevented Native American extinction was the fact they were used for slave labor. The most prized Native Americans were young girls who were said to be valued for labor and lust (that one white dude in your ethnic studies class that says he’s 1/36th Cherokee?)

In modern times children were forced into Indian Boarding Schools whose goal was to “Kill the Indian in them”. It was federal policy. They were beaten if they used their native tongue, they were forced to dress and style their hair like whites 

This country was literally built on terrorism and mass murder. White people are savage terrorists.

Until, this is taught in schools everywhere- “history class” is merely a racism propaganda course.