The Gypsy’s Tricks for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection: Feeding the Hungary Ghost

Rice is a simple form of spiritual cleansing used in a similar way to sea salt. This is what I call a “psychic vacuum” because it draws out, and absorbs negative energies. Sometimes people will combine (white) rice and sea salt for spiritual cleansing rituals, especially in Feng Shui traditions.

The use of rice for spiritual cleansing is rooted in the Ghost Culture of China, and Japan.

There is an old Buddhist belief that there are hungry ghost roaming the earth seeking food, and liberation from pain. These ghost are the shadows of the dead who in life were greedy, evil and unsavory. Upon their death they are cursed with very large stomachs that are never full, and tiny mouths only big enough for one grain of rice to pass through at a time.

The Chinese Ghost Festival is an annual celebration in honor of the dead. According to, ChinaCulture.org, “The Chinese Ghost Festival is also called “Half July” (Lunar). It is a popular occasion celebrated throughout China on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month”. This is the time of year when these hungry ghost roam freely looking for sustenance. People honor them with offerings of Rice to keep them at bay, and stop them from causing misfortune.

Feeding the Hungary Ghost is an ancient ritual for appeasing the roaming spirits of the land, and in-turn protecting the home, and those within from their negativity. This is an offering for the ancestors, and a protective barrier for the home.

To perform the ritual of Feeding the Hungary Ghost gather a bowl of white rice. Say a prayer of thanks for those who have passed on, over the bowl. Then with the bowl of rice, walk the parameter of your home, laying a circle of rice around the foundation. A small amount of rice will do!

Halloween is the traditional time to honor the dead, and our ancestors. Perform the ritual of Feeding the Hungary Ghost during Halloween to observe this practice. This will keep your home safe from negative energy, as the veil between worlds grows thinner. You can even leave a bowl of rice by the front door, or on grave stones to honor the dead.

Here are a few more ways to use Rice for Spiritual Cleansing:

  • Place a bowl of rice, and sea salt in each window of your home. This will serve as a protective barrier absorbing and disempowering negative energy that comes in your home… including ghost, and stray entities.
  • Fill a bowl, or plate with rice (any kind will do). Place crystals, jewelry, Tarot decks, and other objects on the rice to absorb negative energy, and thoroughly cleanse them. Discard after two or 3 uses.
  • Place uncooked rice in a muslin sachet, and tie tightly shut. Place this in your bath water, along with some lemongrass essential oil. Soak in the tub for 15-20 minutes. Do not wash with soap, or any body products this is strictly for spiritual cleansing. Dispose after each bath.
  • Make a circle of salt around the base of any object, or place to create a protective barrier… as described above in the ritual of the Hungary Ghost.
  • Infuse white rice with camphor essential oil by placing a few drops on uncooked rice, and tossing it about to coat each grain. Then place handfuls of the rice in sachets, or bowls around the home as a protective amulet. You can even leave them in the car, or on your person.

Happy Halloween!

 

© Shaheen Miro 2014

Happy Halloween

Samhain or Halloween (as it is more commonly know) is a time to honor those who have passed, including the parts of ourselves that we are learning to let go of. This time of year creates a gateway that helps us step through space and time, and more importantly into the mysterious world of our inner universe.

I urge you to follow the whispering winds of the season as they pull you into the silent places within. Find a place of sacred mediation and learn to hear your inner voice… your intuition. This will help you bare the chill of Winter so that you can be fresh and new once the Spring returns.

The majority of us feel that something is missing in our lives; whether it is love, career, money or even our life purpose. It can be a miserable search and many of us become jaded because of multiple “failed” attempts. It’s powerful to see how many of the things you seek will find you when you begin looking within! 

I invite you to take the time to be silent. Wrap yourself in something warm, bring to this reverent moment all that has troubled you… close your eyes and give it to the universe. Be still and call to your inner light… ask, “what wisdom can you offer me?”

After, all you need to do is be mindful and LISTEN!

Your intuition will find a way to speak to you that you will best understand… so don’t discount anything. Call on your ancestors, your guides, and your Angels… that’s what this time of years is about… Light a white candle to honor them and invite their influence into your life.

© Shaheen Miro 2014

How to Distinguish Between Ghost, Spirits, and Other Types of Hauntings

This is the time of year when people notice invisible things tugging at their psyche. Because the boundary between plains has become thinner it makes it easier for things to be detected, and to interact with them. This brings up questions about ghost, haunting and spirit activity.

People tend to use the word spirit and ghost interchangeable, though they really aren’t the same thing. They are similar… both being disembodied, but they exist in very different places.

Ghosts:

A ghost is the spirit of a person who has passed on, but hasn’t moved on. For some reason they are “stuck” in the lower levels. Usually stemming from greed, guilt, pain, or a sudden death. Something has made them cling to the physical world, and not accept that they are meant to move on into the healing light of the Divine.

The presence of a ghost is actually sad to experience because they basically exist in a twilight space. We perceive them as shadows, kind of looming, creepy and intangible. They actually experience us in much the same way, perceiving us as strangers in their “world”.

Because a ghost is fixated on something, they tend to be very one-dimensional which comes across as angry, aloof or uninterested. But really they are just confused and trying to figure out what they are doing there. Though some ghost can become more aware of their surroundings. A ghost who has become aware of their own “power” become extremely attached, and combative.

Spirits: 

A spirit on the other hand is someone who has passed, crossed the great dived, and now lives peacefully in the upper layers… to put it simply they are in Heaven. These beings are completely aware of who they are, where they have come from, and where they are currently. When they passed, they accepted the transition and walked peacefully through the tunnel to the Other Side.

When a person transitions to the Other Side, and becomes a “spirit” they have complete awareness. Moving freely between levels, they are not stuck, bound or attached… rather they are able to communicate with us, visit us, and send us healing and messages. And even give us proof of their survival and life after death.

After a loved one has transitioned to the Other Side, they will usually visit you in one way or another, to let you know they have made it safely. This will happen in a variety of ways. Either through dreams, or signs, or even coincidences.

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Ghost and Spirits always bring up questions about Haunting. Everyone has heard of a haunted house or building in their town, or encounter what they thought to be a ghost at some point. Even for the complete non-believers the thought has crossed their mind! The truth is… most Hauntings are not a Ghost, or a Spirit.

The average Haunting is an Imprint. An imprint is the residual energy left over from a traumatic event that took place within a space, or the psychic impression left behind from high energy, or route people.

For example: if a person lived in a house for 30 years, and always practiced singing in the living room, you may experience some phantom singing in that same space. There is no ghost haunting the space, it is just the strong psychic impression left behind from the route… the event is basically on repeat.

Most hauntings tend to be this kind of energetic loop that continues to happen. The energy that is left behind is a cycle that continuously plays through, but it does NOT interact with people. If you are experiencing an imprint it will not interact with you. Interaction is a sign of a ghost.

Though some imprints can become so elaborate, and dramatic that it becomes a whole light show of events. Careful investigation can help to clarify the situation. This is where spiritual cleansing becomes so important in a space.

In some cases you will actually experience something that is neither a Ghost, Spirit, or an Imprint. Sometimes you will encounter something that seems to be interactive, evolving and intelligent called, Astral Thought Forms.

Astral Thought Forms are thought forms with such a highly charged energy that they take on a type of consciousness. They can interact like a ghost giving you different messages, and indicators that they are there. However, they have never been alive, nor have they ever died. They are nothing more than extremely concentrated thought form energy that has taken on a life of its own.

You can address them in the same way you would address a ghost!

Astral Thought Forms are usually the result of an overactive imagination, a person who experiences mental/emotional imbalances, children and young adults, and lower level experiences (drug abuse, violence, etc.).

Have you had any experiences with any unknown force such as a Ghost, Spirit, or Haunting?

 

Feeling Haunted? Check out some of the Gypsy’s Tricks for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection, here!  

© Shaheen Miro 2014

4 Signs of Spirit Activity

The whole month of October fills me with magic! It awakens some ancient feelings that stir deep within. There is a feeling that pulls me back to center. As the fall settles in we begin to journey inward, reflecting on the seasons passed. Actually, October is the traditional time of year when the veil between the worlds grows thinner. 

When this happens the energetic vibrations begin to shift and things become aligned, making it easier for different spiritual/psychic phenomena to be more detectable. You might find yourself sensing a new presence, or encountering an invisible guest. Or maybe some unexplained events have taken place.

Here are a few ways to detect spiritual activity:

  1. You have an unsettling feeling that some is around you, behind you, watching, or following you. This is often a loved one visiting you from the Other Side, or some other type of spirit whom you aren’t typically aware of. In essence, they are able to become closer to you. Pay attention. The more open you are, the easier it is for them to make contact!
  2. Unusually vivid dreams. Our dreams can be doorways into our inner world, but also the Astral world. You may find yourself slipping into the ambiguous boundaries of the Astral during sleep because the veil is thinner. This can be a very liberating experience. Everyone astrally projects, but during this time of year it can be more noticeable. Where have you been going? What do you see?
  3. Physical changes in your surroundings. When spirits are closer to our realm they tend to manipulate the energy of the area. You may notice lights that flicker, electronics that act up, changes in the temperature, unexplained sounds, and knocking. You may also experience things moving on their own… such as objects, or even doors. Clearly someone wants your attention.
  4. If you notice something 3 x or more, then there may be a message there for you. Especially if it is something that doesn’t typically cross your mind, or stand out. This can be a sign from a loved one or guide.

These are just a few things you might notice. They are not unique to this time of year, just more common.

Have you had any strange, spooky… October activity?

 

© Shaheen Miro 2014

Weekly Reading with the Tattered Nomad Oracle October 27, 2014

Happy Halloween to all my Mystical Friends!!

Here is your weekly reading with the Tattered Nomad Oracle!

What message do you see in the cards? Comment below, or Tweet #ExploreTNO

Learn to Open and Close Your Psychic Door, by Melissa Leath

(Part of the “Kids Growing Up Psychic” Series).

Shaheen’s Note: I am so excited to feature my wonderful friend, Melissa! She is a gifted medium, writer and teacher, and she is here to share her expertise and experience with the psychic world in our new Series of monthly articles titled, “Kids Growing Up Psychic”. This is the second article in the series… enjoy!

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Most empathic and psychic children (and some adults) are constantly “open” to energy and spirit entities. This may include angels, spirits of those who have passed away, spirit guides, and experiencing the emotions of living people, places and conditions. Sometimes the kids do not know that the emotion they are feeling belongs to someone else.

This can make them very confused.

So, how does this happen, you might ask? Let’s see if we can get a better understanding of this by looking at Empathy, the Aura, and how to gain control of the situation – to open and close your psychic doorway.

Subtle Bodies and Empathic Psychic Kids          

First of all, if your child is able to see or hear spirits, or has healing hands, then more than likely, the child is highly empathic, too.

What is “being empathic”? Being empathic means to be hyper-sensitive to other people’s energies: such as, feeling sick to your stomach while being around someone with an intestinal upset; or feeling a headache when their mother has a migraine. Other sensations can be exhibited as excitability, unknown fears, anxiety while in a shopping mall or large department store, anger, over-zealous outbursts, etc. All these things are carried through the energy field (aura), and a highly empathic person can feel these emotions and sensations – children usually do not know that the feeling really belongs to another person.

To understand what being empathic is, and learn to control it (that is, to open and close energy), will make a world of difference to you and your child. Then all the other gifts will be under control too.

Just because you have a spiritual ability, does not mean it should control you. You should be in control of the gift. But as children are being born to us now, they are coming in totally open to the gifts without any instruction. In contrast, most of the baby-boomers (born around 1955 or before) who are psychic or mediumistic probably had to sit for development of their gifts. (Although, some psychics received their gifts as a result of near death experiences, high fevers, or sudden mental and physical shock.)

In our world now, the energies are so intense in the universe, and the times are so ripe for transformation, that our kids are coming into the world ready to do their spiritual work.

However, we as parents, guardians, and teachers have to step up to be their instructors – to help them understand how to maneuver in the third dimension, why it is important to handle themselves in society, and the most advantageous manner to use their gifts correctly.

What Subtle Bodies Are        

There are seven energetic layers around the physical body, which create the auric body system (aura). These are called Subtle Bodies.

There are three (3) lower subtle bodies that process energies dealing with the physical plane. And there are three (3) higher subtle bodies that deal with the spiritual plane, and process the high-level energies from the upper realms, or heavens.

There is one (1) middle subtle body, known as the astral, which is the bridge between the lower and higher bodies. It acts as a buffer and transitional point. Some believe this is the area that helps to ground the higher level energies into the body.

How the Subtle Bodies Work

Normally, the subtle bodies are close and tight along the body, as a form of protection, maintaining support and a separation from others. However, in a fully developed Spirit Medium, for example, the subtle bodies are loosely connected. But this is not the normal condition.

As the medium’s subtle bodies open through spiritual development, this allows complete exposure so that the spirit entity, or other energy can (with permission) temporarily communicate with the medium’s physical etheric body. This open state is one that potential mediums strive for, as a way to communicate with spirits. But it is a learned talent, and they are able to open and close at will, through practice.

I think of the subtle bodies looking like seven umbrellas opening up completely. While this process goes on, the medium surrenders some of their own personal etheric energy so the spirit entity can manifest in some way.

This surrender of personal energy, in itself, can be very draining to the person. If done on too many occasions, without time for recuperation in between, it can be physically disabling. It is thought that hyper-empaths could suffer from exhaustion and low immune systems as a result of this constant drain.

Four ways subtle bodies can be opened

  1. When being empathetic and compassionate in normal caring situations
  2. On purpose during unfoldment for spirit communication
  3. Being born wide open as with indigo/crystal children
  4. Through trauma, near death experiences, severely high fevers, shock, or fear (as with some chiller movies, etc.)

Usually, the medium knows how to close the subtle bodies, and spirit connection when finished. But the psychic children have no knowledge of this process. So they remain in what seems like the normal condition – open. When they are wide open, then other spirit energies can enter, and usually are lower vibrations that want to feed off a depressed or anxious energy. Sometimes the energies even create more anxiety.

The best way I have found to help anyone who is hyper empathic to gain control is to teach them the process as if they wanted to learn to be mediums. I take them through the learning process of unfoldment, mainly to help them understand that they should be in control of the empathy, or the psychic/spirit communication.

So, How Do Subtle Bodies Work with Empathic Kids?

Do you always feel badly when you are around a group of people? Do you seem to have physical symptoms that you didn’t think are yours? Do you have problems with depression, or mood swings? Then you could be empathic.

Many children these days are empathic in one way or another. They have the ability to feel other people’s emotions as their own: they literally feel what other people are feeling. They may be aware of it, but usually they don’t know that they have this ability, and subsequently feel like the misery is all their own!

As an example, let me share some information from Elise LeBeau. She is an empath and professional coach. Here is what she says: “I can sense the emotions of everyone around me, even my next door neighbors. It comes to me like a scrambled radio station where I get bits and pieces from all those people.” LeBeau has even classified different levels or types of empaths, which make it easy to understand.

  1. Non Empaths. These are people that have shut down their empath skills so completely that over time, they can completely lose their empath abilities. These could be children that feel such pain, that they close it down on purpose and become numb to emotions.
  2. Impaired Empaths. These people have managed to use very basic filters. But they can easily get overwhelmed. A crowded event or emotional turmoil of some kind can throw them over the edge. Sometimes they can experience emotional distress, such as feeling the weight of the world. Or they take on physical symptoms, such as exhaustion, headaches, or depression.
  3. Functional Empaths. People that are functional empaths are able to control the ability. They are aware of the flow of information, keep it under control, and are able to work comfortably with it.
  4. Trained (or Professional) Empaths. These people usually are able to use their abilities to interpret complex emotional information. They can access this information to assist clients in counseling or healing work.

You may find yourself or your child in one of these categories. When empaths take on the impact of stressful emotions, they may feel swallowed up by it. This can trigger panic attacks, depression, food, sex and drug binges. Not just emotional, but physical symptoms can emerge, including fatigue and exhaustion. But do not fear. There are ways to address the situation after you finally recognize what is going on.

When you recognize these feelings you can find ways to ground and center yourself. Here are a few practices to keep centered and in control:

  • Use quiet time to emotionally relax. Take regular small breaks during your day to stay calm. While you breathe in fresh air, stretch up high reaching for the sky and stand on your tip toes. Feel yourself in your own body.
  • Use mini-meditations. Close your eyes and focus on the sounds around you for one or two minutes. It keeps your energy centered and grounded so others’ emotions don’t get caught in your energy field.
  • Understand and honor your empathic needs. Know that you can say “no” to something without needing to make excuses. Honor your own feelings.
  • You can still hang out with friends if you want, but in small ways: Only be with a few friends at a time. Find quiet spaces to take a break if you need to.
  • Large crowds and big events can be very overwhelming. You can still be there at these events, but stay off to the side, and know when to take a break to breathe and relax. (Sometimes I use the restroom for that.)

Learning about Boundaries

Communicating with Spirits and Angels – Instill the knowledge in your child that they have control of what they witness. Your child may see spirits in the spirit realm, just moving around in the other realm. Communication then is not necessary. If some spirits know the child can see them, the spirits may try to communicate.

Just because you see ghosts does not mean you must interact with them. The child can tell the spirit that now is not a good time to communicate. But if the child wants to have some kind of communication (like with a grandparent, for example), it is good to set up a time to connect with the spirits.

Special Time To develop psychic and medium abilities, you must set aside a special time each day to open and connect with your guides, angels and teachers. This creates a positive environment to receive information that is always around you so you can understand what it feels like.

It is just as important to do the same thing if you are constantly bombarded with invading ghosts and spirits that will not leave you alone. You need to know how to close off the subtle bodies during the majority of your day, in order to deal with the regular world.

Also, the spirits around you need to learn when it is the right time to connect with you. So sitting at a special time every day to connect with them on your own terms is important.

Learn to Open the Umbrella (Your Subtle Bodies)

As you sit quietly, pay attention to your breathing.

Imagine that you are inside a giant umbrella that is all closed up. –just like a big umbrella on the beach or your patio table. This closed umbrella is a protective energy around your physical and spiritual body. It allows the “real you” to be safe and comfortable.

Say to your spirit guides that you are ready to open up and understand what information they may have for you.

Pay attention to your breathing and relax.

Now pretend this big umbrella opens up. As it opens, you become more aware of your ability to see and hear psychic things. You are able to communicate with your spirit guides. And you are able to feel the energy of others (like relatives that have passed away).

Notice the sensations that you feel, see or hear. You can also ask your guides to filter information that other spirits want to tell you. You might see this filter as a large fishing net or a special colorful blanket draped around you just for that purpose.

Set up an agreement with your guides that they only allow positive and uplifting information to be sent to you. Your spirit guides are only with you to help you and can be your mediator with other spirit people. And they only bring loving and supportive energy and thoughts to you.

If the spirits try to tell you to do things you are uncomfortable with, then they are not your spirit guides, and you should tell them to go away and stay away from you.

Close the Umbrella (Your Subtle Bodies)

When you feel like you are finished with this experience (2-3 minutes), pretend to close the big umbrella around you again. Know that when you close it, you will be totally shut off from outside energies and spirits. You may even like to make a special word or saying to go along with that, such as: “I’m locking the door now.” Or “Shields Up.”

Thank your guides for being with you, and say to them that now you are closing your energy.

Then get up and walk around to break the connection. Or you can drink some water and change your breathing. After doing this several times, you will start to recognize what it feels like to open and close your energy.

In Conclusion

Younger children and some adults are not only psychic, but might be empathic too. So gaining control of your psychic gifts and empathic sensitivities is a great thing to do. Now you can understand how to open and close your energy field as a very special technique to use. That way you are in a protected mode. By using your imagination, and pretending there is an umbrella around you to keep you safe, you will be more in control of your life. Your sensitivities will be filtered and you can practice your psychic gifts and work with your spirit guides.

Resources:

Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life by Dr. Judith Orloff (Three Rivers Press, 2011)

Psychic Integrity, The Respected Practice of Modern Day Mystics by Melissa Leath (Balboa Press, 2011)

Elise LeBeau, Professional Empath Coach (www. eliselebeau.com)

About Melissa Leath

Being a Certified Medium for the past 30 years, Melissa’s learned so much when it comes to metaphysical and spiritual concepts. She also has seen plenty in the seance room. Rev. Leath is a recognized meditation and spiritual growth expert and has worked with thousands of clients and workshop attendees spreading the idea of empowerment. She is an author of several books and CD’s including the newly published (November 2011) “Psychic Integrity: The Respected Practice of Modern-Day Mystics,” which is a guide book for novice and seasoned psychics and mediums as well as their clients. (Balboa Press, a division of Hay House Publishing)

The Gypsy’s Tricks for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection: Florida Water

Florida Water is a traditional tool for spiritual cleansing, blessing and protection. It began as common toilette water in the 19th century, and grew in popularity by spiritual workers of all verities. The mixture is a combination of water, alcohol and essential oils. It has a strong citrus scent, with floral undertones and a slight earthy smell.

The fragrant botanicals are the source of the water’s power. They attract good fortune, and benevolent spirits to whomever, or wherever the water is used. Florida Water essentially raises the vibration of whatever it comes into contact with making it unsuitable for negativity and harm to thrive, and linger.

Florida Water can be used as a base for any energetic and magical application. It can be used for baths, floor washes, and for anointing. It is a powerful tool for spiritually cleansing your home after a difficult time, or when dealing with extremely negative entities. It can also be used to clear, and reprogram crystals, gems and jewelry.

Some practitioners even use Florida Water as a type of offering to their ancestors, spirits and other forms of Divinity. It is a wonderful tool for blessing a shrine, altar or sacred space. You can mist a room with it before a Reiki session, or an intuitive reading.

If you are an energy worker, or if you do any type of meditation/trace/hypnotism work this is a good protective measure to begin with. Apply Florida Water to the wrist, temples, base of the head and the feet. Or anoint the 7 major chakras/energy centers of the body.

Keeping bowls of Florida Water in your home will help to ward of negativity and keep a high vibration within the space. You can wash any new items you bring into the home, especially thrifted pieces. Florida Water will keep any attachments from linger with the pieces.

I’ve even found it to be beneficial for combating nightmares, or sleeplessness. Keep a small cup or bowl of Florida Water by the bedside. Or even better, under the bed. This will filter out negativity.

When you are feeling especially “off” or as if something is attached to you, rub yourself down with Florida Water. Wash your clothes, and bed linens in it. And spritz it around all rooms. This will untie energetic cords, and keep icky thoughts away.

The uses for Florida Water are endless. You can make it as simple or complex as you like. But whenever you are in need of a good jolt of energy… add a little of this to the mix!

Murry and Lanman’s Florida Water is the most common. You can find it easily online, and in many corner stores. Hispanic markets often carry it, as well as a few Chinese markets. This kind is relatively cheap. Though there are many handmade options out there as well.

Handmade Florida Water is one of the products I plan to offer in the near future!! 

Please, let me know if you have any other questions, or comments

@ShaheenMiro #GypsyTricks

© Shaheen Miro 2014

The Power of Purging

Embrace the wisdom of letting go. It is time to release heavy attachments that deplete you and bleed away your joy. So often we hold onto things much longer than we need to. When you have outgrown something release it. When you hold on to things you keep blessings and gifts at bay. 

Evaluate the people, objects, feelings, beliefs and ideas you are holding onto. Have you outgrown any? What is choking the life from your dreams, wishes and goals?

Allow the black holes in your life to come into your awareness… what is sucking up, absorbing and consuming your energy, vitality, and enthusiasm? Trust your intuition. Usually the fist thing that comes to mind is the right thing. Begin your purging there!

Allow this message to settle in! Especially with the retrograde in force… we are looking toward the old, and wrapping things up. Mend all holes. Allow the soft light of the Divine to wrap around you, and wash away the negative and bring about healing.

Now is the perfect time to check in. See where you are, and where you are going. An intuitive reading, or a Reiki session is great ways to really evaluate where you are and create a path toward your wellbeing.

Contact Shaheen, Here.    |    Book an Intuitive Consultation, or Cleansing Session, Here. 

Please, let me know if you have any other questions, or comments below.

© Shaheen Miro 2014