Shamanism In Hollywood Movies – Explored By Phil

In what ways does Hollywood depict Shamanism in its movies? Here’s a wonderful reflection by shamanic practitioner, Phil.

It’s been a wonderful journey with shamanic practitioner, Phil (goes by Phantom Phil). Through his guest posts for this blog, he’s shared some amazing insights into the world of Shamanism. And today, he shares his final reflection as a look into how Shamanism is nestled into Hollywood movies. I hope you enjoy him reflecting on some of the finest works, like the Batman Triology and Star Wars series. Here’s what he shares with us today.

“Why Do We Fall Sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.”

– Alfred, played by Michael Caine in Batman Begins (2005)

This quote is so simple and so vast. It says so little and tells us so much and is the central theme of not only The Dark Knight trilogy, but maybe even life itself. More on this later as I will fill you in on the last of my Shamanic Studies (they are finally done).

The courses and themes I outline will not be placed in chronological order because unlike trilogies where the third act of the story ties everything together this conclusion came during my second last course. The final course was still important but didn’t nearly pack as much gravity. With that being said, that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t extremely cool. In fact, I think this will be a good place to start, so lay your head on that fluffy pillow and enter the dreamtime.

Do You Remember Me?…On The Street Of Dreams?

-Street of Dreams by Rainbow, from the album Bent Out Of Shape (1983)

Dreams are utterly fascinating and the interpretation of them deserves their own series of blogs. I am willing to bet that some of you were unaware that dreams and their symbols can also be interpreted through Shamanic Journeying.

Don’t worry because until the middle of December 2021 I wasn’t aware of this either. I came to this class with a journal that was full of recent dreams and some from the distant past that never really left me.

Like in my previous two entries I can only recite some of my own journeys. When I’m journeying on behalf of or working with others I cannot fully comment because that would be breaking the sacred circle of this practice. In this course we journeyed into one another’s selected dreams to gain new insights and information.

dream interpretation in shamanism

It was quite an amazing experience and if some of the details didn’t resonate at least Spirit gave us symbols to decode. So if you’re having a recurring dream (be it a positive or a negative one) and you can’t decipher its code or shake it out of your subconscious, look up an experienced Shamanic practitioner.

You may be pleasantly surprised with the results if they are able to journey into the dreamtime on your behalf. What I can share here in this space are some of the different styles of dreams and how they pertain to my journey.

The first one I will focus on is called Big Dreams.

These are dreams that I would describe as being ‘realer than real’ or can be classified as psychic premonitions. They are so vivid in detail and feeling that you may feel like you are in your waking life when experiencing them. I have had several of these since receiving my first ever reiki healing in 2013.

Some of them have been recurring and anything recurring is delivering you a message. At this session I was able to journey and gain insight into one of my recurring ‘Big Dreams’ and it’s everything that I thought I was.

It’s a series of clues leading to what was spelled out to me as ‘purpose’ and ‘soulmate’. While this dream appears to be an upcoming promise of love and light it is important to acknowledge them when they turn dark.

Welcome to my nightmare…I think you’re gonna like it.

Welcome To My Nightmare by Alice Cooper, album of the same name (1975)

I don’t think a single soul on this planet has been able to live a life free of what we know as nightmares. Nightmares are unpleasant and can escalate to night terrors for him and can turn into a pattern of no escape. But these unpleasant experiences (like the ones in waking life) can sometimes be our greatest teachers.

Here is an example of a nightmare I had leading up to the course that’s meaning got revealed to me from Shamanic Journeying.

I was in a dimly lit bathroom at the sink and I was brushing my teeth. For some odd reason I cut adjusting and manipulating the size of the bristles and when I finally decided to start I had to stop because my gums were excessively bleeding and were quite sore.

nightmare of bleeding gums with shamanic interpretation

It’s really easy to go onto a search engine and find out the direct interpretation for this but there are so many varying meanings that I didn’t really connect with any of them. So I decided to do a journeying exercise on this and I received an auditory message that roughly said ‘It’s not the bristles, it’s you.’.

Not the most uplifting message you want to hear from Spirit but after much deliberation I discerned that this message was about self sabotage. Despite all the healing I have been able to work through in recent years this is one theme I am still wrestling with and working through.

I am grateful for the message and I share this example because nightmares can be useful warnings or lessons for us to grow. I could go deep with this modality of Shamanic healing as it is quite layered but I have so much more to get to here that I have to conclude.

However there is much reading material on this subject and even though I have yet to enjoy his work the author Robert Moss has been highly recommended to me. One of his best known books is Dreaming The Soul Back Home: Shamanic Healing For Dreaming And Becoming Whole.

No One’s Ever Really Gone”

Luke Skywalker – The Last Jedi (2017)

Like the quote from Alfred that started this whole thing off, this one is full of beauty and powerful simplicity. This is from the much maligned Episode VII of the Skywalker Saga in Star Wars.

In my own opinion, this is one of the cooler scenes of the movie when Luke’s (not yet known) Force Ghost reunites with sister Leia. I brought this to the table to introduce the concept of Psychopomp and how it is used by Shamanic Practitioners.

In fact I will make a bold statement here as I am wondering if George Lucas brought in the concept of Force Ghosts to the Star Wars Universe after doing some research on psychopomp.

I know it’s a stretch but you just never know and after studying and performing in this modality I really ponder if that in fact was the case.

For those who may not be familiar, a Force Ghost is a luminous apparition of a character who has passed on or become ‘one with the Force’.

The goal posts have constantly moved on what these beings can or can’t do and whether they exist in the modern film for merely ‘fan-service’ but it comes across as a powerful tool to show us in the real world that grief can be temporary and that the spirit of the departed can exist beyond the physical.

Which brings me to the term of psychopomp and how it relates to core Shamanism. Now fasten your cosmic seatbelts because this section gets a little wild. Psychopomp work is generally speaking the caring work of guiding others through transformative experiences from life into death.

shamanism in hollywood and psychopomp ritual explained
To further bring in the element of core Shamanism and journeying, the right practitioner can track down souls in the spirit realm that have not fully crossed over and can assist them in doing so only if that soul grants them permission.

My friends the physical world is only but a single realm in this vast Universe. While this work is to be done with the utmost care and respect it can provide immense healing in the right situations.

I want to clarify a statement from an earlier post in this series that Shamanic healing is not a substitute for medical advice or therapeutic counselling.

If someone may have a terminal illness or experiencing crippling grief from losing a loved one or animal, then seek out the professionals. However, if grief is still consuming you a great deal and someone ready to pass on needs comfort in order to peacefully cross over after professional help then this may be a worthwhile option to look into.

Related: Spiritual Resources on Death

Psychopomp can prepare people in the final stages of life so they can understand the geography and cosmology of where souls go. It helps transition the soul / life force from life into death in a loving and compassionate way. In fact I would like to share an interesting experience I had while journeying in this class.

We had to journey to what’s known as The Destiny Of Human Souls in order to know where the souls that needed to fully cross over would end up.

Now, by no means is what I’m about to say imply that I personally know what happens when we die. I don’t have a clue and in my humble estimation neither does anyone else. But what I felt and experienced in this journey showed me that this may be along the lines of the ‘right idea’.

At least that’s how it feels to me personally. The gist of it being that every soul crosses over to the same realm. There is no duality (ie: Heaven & Hell) and the souls that did wrong in their life or didn’t fully learn their karmic lessons would be reincarnated on Earth while the ones that lived to their higher purpose and learned their lessons would stay.

angels and masters help us reincarnate and live a more spiritually evolved life

A couple additional thoughts I would like to share here is that in the spring of 2019 when I was new to Shamanic Journeying I connected with and conversed alongside two long-time deceased relatives of mine. They each gave me a message and faded into the ether and after I came back I was overcome with emotion. I just knew it wasn’t a figment of my imagination.

Fast forward to this course and The Dreamtime, and I can now call on deceased loved ones with ease. I’ve even connected with one that I never knew during my waking life. Although I don’t have experience with this, the same can be done with our deceased animal friends too.

If grief is controlling your life and professional help has not brought closure, looking into a trusted Shamanic practitioner with psychopomp experience may help the grieving process along.

One other fascinating aspect of this modality is that it can allegedly clear haunted spaces and help those disembodied spirits cross over. On my podcast Unexplained Inc. I interviewed a veteran paranormal investigator about it and she had never heard of this being used in that field. Somehow I don’t think the Shamanic and paranormal investigative field have worked together in a way that I can think of.

But if their expertise could team up with Shamanic psychopomp knowledge? Who knows what they could accomplish together. While the Star Wars franchise may have dabbled in the teachings of psychopomp they also used methods of Soul Retrieval in their characters.

“No one cared who I was until I put on the mask.”

“You think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark, I was born in it, molded by it, I didn’t see the light until I was already a man and by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING!!”

Both quotes are from the character, Bane played by Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

And these two quotes from the hulking and brooding super-villain known as Bane are the perfect way to take us to our conclusion into my journey of core Shamanic Studies known as Soul Retrieval.

This modality I feel is the most important one as a whole because it can arguably apply the most healing if used properly. I didn’t realize it at the time but this is what I went through on the journey while visiting my first Shamanic practitioner in 2019. Before I dive deep into this theme being used brilliantly in The Dark Knight Rises I want to give a brief explanation as to what exactly this is.

There is no Soul Retrieval without Soul Loss.

Soul loss is just about any form of severe trauma that may include forms of abuse, prolonged grief, separation / abandonment and most other difficult situations. A lot of this can happen in childhood (parallel to inner child healing in a way) and even at various stages of adulthood.

Think of a perfectly shaped shining and sparkling crystal. Blunt force trauma smashed into the crystal and not only does it crack but shards of it ‘splinter’ away from the rock and all of a sudden that crystal loses its sparkle and shine.

It experiences ‘loss’ from its truly beautiful and glittery essence. It can only get that essence if the lost shards are ‘retrieved’ and put back into the crystal to give it the full power charge that it needs to sign.

Now take that example and apply it to your soul or spirit. Just because we can’t physically see the soul doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

If we experience physical trauma our bruises and scars heal on the body but not always in the soul. It takes someone like a shamanic practitioner to journey to the spirit realm to retrieve them and rightfully give them back to their client.

Star Wars fans vocally shared their discontent with the treatment of the Luke Skywalker character by writer/director Rian Johnson in The Last Jedi. Even though it could have been executed a little better I think this was just another adaptation of the Hero’s Journey.

This theme has been recycled in countless stories / movies everywhere and with good reason because if it’s done properly it works wonders. In Episode VII Luke is in the shadow aspect of his journey and triumphantly completes his journey saving The Resistance in an act of self sacrifice that costs him his physical life.

shamanism in hollywood movies like star wars

Like I said before even though the execution could have been a little smoother this was the part of the saga where Luke performs his own soul retrieval as reconnecting to his Jedi roots and saving those he cares about. The Last Jedi may not be the greatest example of this but I will share a movie where this was done to near perfection.

Enter director Christopher Nolan.

The Dark Knight Rises is the third and final instalment of The Dark Knight trilogy. It had to follow the previous film from 2008 which many consider to be the greatest superhero / action movie ever made. That assessment is not too far off and the iconic posthumous performance of Heath Ledger’s Joker is legendary.

The third film had big shoes to fill and I feel it almost does the job and a big reason is the layered themes of the Hero’s Journey and how it can tie into Soul Retrieval on the big screen. Here’s an excellent video sharing more about the Hero’s Journey, for those that are new to the idea.

At the beginning of this movie Bruce Wayne is mentally and physically beaten down. He lost his childhood love Rachel, his confidante Harvey Dent and the persona of Batman as a whole. He also hadn’t shaved in a dog’s age and needs a cane just to get around Wayne Manor.

Enter Bane.

He is a character loosely tied to Wayne’s past and comes to slowly wreck havoc on Gotham City. Things reach a boiling point to where Bruce is finally in the right mindset and dons the batsuit again to put a stop to all this. Problem being is that he completely gets his ass handed to him by Bane in a fistfight.

Through here he proceeds to take over Gotham albeit permanently. While Bruce is escorted to the prison where Bane came from halfway across the world known simply as The Pit. Bane doesn’t just leave him there to die but to do it slowly while watching Gotham destroy itself through a satellite feed beside his cell (I’d love to know who footed the bill for that expense!).

shamanism in hollywood movies like batman
When an individual experiences an inordinate amount of Soul Loss in their lifetime they are ruled by their shadow. It envelops and takes over them.

The shadow aspect of ourselves needs to be acknowledged yet held in check. When Bruce gets physically and mentally broken down and left to rot in The Pit he has succumbed to his shadow in the form of Bane and his own personal demons. 

But witnessing his city burn on the monitor is too much and he pushes himself to get his body back in shape and to make the climb out of The Pit which has only been done by one person that lived to tell about it. All others perished.

After a lot of time passing and dialogue with fellow inmates who are symbolic of his ego-mind, Bruce makes the triumphant and impossible climb. His life flashes before his eyes, especially when his father repels down a rope to pull him out of the well. Bruce tried climbing out of The Pit tethered to a rope but got told to drop it and that is when he was successful.

This gesture symbolizes that Bruce’s father, Rachel, Harvey Dent were all his rope to pull him from the bottom of the well of his own life.

He makes the climb out of The Pit without the rope and takes a ‘leap of faith’ in order to do so…this is Soul Retrieval.

Bruce is now on his way to reclaiming the safety of Gotham City and its rightful place as its hero. In the scene when he finally returns and  fights Bane instead of matching brute strength he uses strategy to damage his mask and get the upper hand.

This can symbolize breaking unwanted patterns in your life which is another benefit of Soul Retrieval. On a side note I wonder if his sidekick in this one Catwoman was an animal totem? I tend to think this is a remote possibility.

“Deshi! Basara Basara! Deshi! Basara Basara!”
“What does that mean?”

“It means..Rise.”

-The Pit from The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The prisoners chant this while Bruce is making the climb. And of course it’s symbolic of the film and the entire character arc of the trilogy. It took Bruce to ‘make the climb’ to reclaim the missing piece of his soul so he could fulfill his destiny as the hero Gotham City needed.

I could have used any example for Soul Retrieval because so many really do apply. This just happens to be one of my favourites and I watched this film a good year and a half before I took the course so I believe that’s why I resonate with it so strongly.

As for the work I did during the course I can’t disclose specifics. What I can say however is that when I was journeying on behalf of others to find their own lost soul pieces I was performing some ‘next level’ type of moves in order to get it back and reunite them.

I surprised myself with how far I can take this ability to heal from that very realm. It was a monumental and pivotal part of my journey that solidified that I had indeed made the right choice to pursue this in the first place.

This corner of core Shamanism can change your life. It certainly changed mine and I’m just beginning to ascend to new heights.

Concluding Thoughts

In closing I want to thank each and every one of you for taking this journey with me and giving me positive uplifting feedback as well. I chose to put Soul Retrieval last because I feel it is the glue that holds all of these various modalities together.

Writing about it is difficult because it has to be experienced and felt to appreciate its full impact. I have been blessed to experience it as both a client and a practitioner in training.

The connections I’ve made during these courses have totally been worth it as well. I will end by paraphrasing my teacher that mentions that we are all here to find out why we are here – and that why is to reconnect with our personal power.

Now if only it were that easy…but that doesn’t mean that it’s not impossible and it all starts with one journey. Until next time…Aho!

Also Read: Part 1 of Phil’s Shamanic Journey | Part 2 of Phil’s Shamanic Journey

Phantom Phil
Phantom Phil

Phantom Phil hosts the mysterious, paranormal and spiritual podcast Unexplained Inc. and his show is a member of the Void Podcast Network. Phil has experience blogging on his site The Phantom Hub. He is also currently in the middle of Shamanic training and while is nowhere near being an expert is thrilled to share his discovery and journey into this mystical healing modality with you.

Connecting With Your Soul Guides – Tips & My Story

How can you connect with your soul guides? Are there any tips to deepen your connection with angels and masters? Here’s an informative article.

One of the reasons I find a spiritual awakening such a magical experience is that we wake up to the realization that there’s an entire army of soul guides behind the scenes, ready to support us. There are different levels of connection that we have with our spirit guides and this article is dedicated to helping you understand and deepen your connection.

In case you’re new to the idea itself, the existence of soul guides, let me share a little more about that as well.

So, soul guides are essentially the souls that are more evolved in their spiritual journey AND have chosen to support “younger” souls in their evolution.

What does it mean to be supported by our soul guides?

To understand a soul guide’s purpose in our life, we need to understand a little more about our own purpose here as humans. Why are we born and more importantly why do we keep reincarnating?

As I often talk about in my articles, we are all here to fulfill our potential. Whatever that may be for us. Or in other words, to live a more purposeful life and pursue the things that we feel are our “higher calling“.

And in order for us to fulfill our destiny, we need support. Not just physical resources or skill training, we also need emotional and spiritual guidance. That’s where well-wishers from the spirit world step in for us.

Our spirit guides then become our saving grace, in that they are a source of unconditional love and spiritual guidance. Sometimes, they are also that gentle “nudge” waking you up in the middle of the night, reminding you to get back on track with your purpose.

Do soul guides come in and out of our life?

If you go by what renowned afterlife regression therapist, Dr. Michael Newton researched and revealed throughout his work (which I’ll share more about in the tips section), our spirit guides are pretty much always available in our life.

Of course, you don’t “need” them around if you’re taking a shower or doing something mundane. And they’re not in our private business like that. However, they are also seeking opportunities to connect with us, and sometimes, a calming bath is your soul’s way of connecting with its guardian.

In essence, our soul guides are either on standby or actively engaged with us, depending on the intensity of our challenges. As well as how receptive we are to their messages.

What do you mean by receptivity of spiritual messages?

When you’re crying, for instance, you’re all caught up in your emotions. At that point, just like it’s difficult for you to understand what a human might say to you, it’s difficult for your guides to connect with you.

In a similar fashion, you may receive insight or advice but refuse to act on it. That’s where your free will plays out. So while you’re not bound to listen to them, you probably should start tuning into these messages if you want to accelerate your spiritual journey.

But just know that you and I are constantly being guided through spirit guides whispering ideas in our ear (clairaudience), showing us synchronicities, popping images and inspiration in our head (clairvoyance), etc.

soul guides whisper spiritual message in ears

I like to believe that soul guides also help us have intuitive “hits’, where we have insight about something that we couldn’t have possibly known a moment prior. Essentially, they are our caretakers from the beyond. Looking after us, and capable of doing even more so, if we allow them in.

Do we all have a soul guide?

Yes. We actually have multiple of them, again, as confirmed by many spiritual teachers. Our spiritual team can be a combination of some of your closest, deceased loved ones, angels, masters and so on.

And as Dr Michael quotes, “I have never worked with a subject in trance who did not have a personal [soul] guide. Some guides are more in evidence than others during hypnosis sessions.”

It’s a different story how connected (and receptive, like I shared before) we are to them.

All that briefing laid out for you, I want to pause and share some of my story.

What is my relationship with my soul guides?

When my journey first began (here’s that story), repeating numbers like 11:11 on the clock and number plates, called angel numbers, were my first encounter with the divine. I was curious why they’re associated with angels in the first place and went down the rabbit hole of research.

That, and reading Dr Brian Weiss’ books (also shared in the tips later), I was finally initiated to the world of connecting with souls from the ‘beyond’. As I kept reading and trying on new things, I began to have my own experiences.

For some people, they would see orbs or flashes of different coloured lights, which would signal that an archangel was near them. For other people, they could hear “guiding voices” in their head.

And for me?

I was freaking out. Every time I saw a flashing light after meditation or hearing thoughts that were clearly not mine, my logical mind rushed to sabotage my awakening. I did NOT want to have any of that, so I also started researching ways to cut all connections.

scared of spiritual journey
Later on, I learned that being scared of spiritual experiences is pretty common, and I also figured out how to slow down this supernatural dial.

Of course, it wasn’t all scary. I would often ask for help from my guides, and it would work out like,

  • Getting help in finding a parking spot or clearing the traffic when I was running late for a meeting at work;
  • Wondering where something was in the supermarket and having a “hunch” to turn around, my eyes landing on exactly what I was searching for;
  • Asking for healing and noticing my health recovering startlingly fast;
  • Praying for guidance and the right song coming on the radio in that moment to give me some insights;
  • Making a prayer to help me open the lid on a stuck can (this has worked SO many times);
  • and more!

A more recent practice that I’ve been introduced to, is asking for guidance from our soul guides before we sleep, to clear energy (or recover health) in our dream state. I don’t doubt the powerful healing ability of dreams and love that we can work with the Universe for our spiritual growth even while we’re asleep.

While my spiritual journey first had a lot more involvement from my angels and soul guides, I just wasn’t the person to want them overly-involved.

So overtime, I tuned out the intensity of the guidance and consciously prayed to work with the Universe, but from a less freaky place. I will share some tips on that in the upcoming section.

And a disclaimer that I wasn’t “born” with my connection and had to work towards it, unlike some spiritual seekers that share how they’ve always talked or seen souls from the beyond.

That’s just me though and my connection with my guides is constantly evolving as I build more spiritual appetite. But now, I want to share some of the tips and lessons that helped me develop the connection.

Tips to Connect With Your Soul Guides

While I believe that every soul guide is unique in their approach to connecting with us, here are some general tips to help you deepen your connection.

Tip #1 – Allow them in.

There’s something childlike and mischievous about this idea of “invoking” a spirit guide. I would always think of myself like a Pokemon trainer, summoning one of my angels or guides to be with me!

You may not have done this consciously before, but today, I invite you to call in your team to actively make themselves known to you. Here’s an example of what that intention could sound like:

“Dear soul guides, I would love to have your support and to know that you’re here for me. Please guide me in a way that I know it’s you. Thank you.”

Don’t miss the thank you. It’s nice to be grateful!

Of course, you might be like me and not want active participation from your guides. There’s nothing to worry about in this case, you can simply rollback a past intention.

In which case, you may saying something like:

“Dear soul guides, thank you for being so present in my life. I wish to receive your support in a way that’s not so intimidating to me. (if there’s something specific you want them to stop doing, tell them). Thank you.”

At the end of the day, remember the law of divine intervention and know that your guides will never “interfere”. They will work behind the scenes if that’s all you want from them.

#2 – Don’t stick to just one soul guide.

Of course each soul guide has their own strength that they lend to you but you don’t just have to limit your prayers to a certain angel or master.

Like I said earlier, because I detached myself from actively working with my soul guides, I made my prayers a little more generic.

So instead of seeking help from one being, I trusted that the Universe would send in the right resource. My prayer for divine intervention was now being sent out to the entirety of this cosmos. This allowed me to not “depend” on instant gratification or idolize (and then get angry at) my guides too much.

prayer to soul guides for divine intervention

Whenever a prayer is not answered, I trust that there’s a spiritual lesson I need to unpack on my own first. As a rule of thumb, when asking for help or an affirmation from your soul’s team, always, always remember to step into a place of gratitude. The answers or help we get may not be what was expected, but by allowing something higher to show up for us, we can be assured that it’s for our highest good.

#3 – Build and strengthen your intuition.

I know that as a left-brain dominant society today, we’ve parted ways from tuning into our inherent wisdom. But science is beginning to catch up with the idea of intuition (here’s some research). So rest assured, your heart and soul are definitely catching on to insights your mind hasn’t grasped yet.

Fortunately for us, intuition isn’t rocket science. It’s actually natural for kids to go with their gut feeling, if they’re not being looked down upon for it. Somewhere along the way, most people will disconnect from their gut because of trauma or simply because their environment wasn’t conducive.

So intuition is actually something we’ve “unlearned” and want to call back into power. And when you build your intuitive muscles, you allow your spirit guides to guide you in real-time. A tip I share in my article about developing intuition is when in doubt, pause and ask for a sign. Either you will see a confirmation of what you were thinking of doing, or silence (which confirms something too).

#4 – Learn, learn and learn.

I’ve found it SO helpful to learn from those that were ahead of me in their spiritual journey. And five books that I’ve greatly benefitted from reading, in context to soul guides are:

Along with these resources, of course, keep up your own explorations through meditation and prayers. Remember that your connection with your spiritual team is very personal and unique to you. Everyone can only give you some degree of knowledge, but you’ll eventually find what really works for you.

Concluding Thoughts

While the Universe is always guiding us and sending us messages to make our life easier, it is fully our discernment to listen to the call or let it pass. I do know for a fact that after one point, we are all being shown that there’s a higher path available to us. And when we ignore it long enough, our soul guides have a way of shaking us awake!

I would love to know if the insights here help you connect with your spirit world or if there are other tips you have for the community.

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Twin Flames: Signs, Myths & Significance

What is a twin flame? What are the signs and misconceptions about twin flames? Are there stages in Divine Union? And other tips for your twin flame journey.

Have you heard the term Twin Flames? If not, you’re lucky! Jokes apart, I came across this concept several years ago in the most random way – from the comment section on a Medium article! And combined with 11:11 on the clock, it sparked my Spiritual Awakening.

I learned and experienced a lot of unexplainable things when actively working to heal myself through my twin flame journey.

Initially, when I began writing on my Instagram account, I would talk about Twin Flames, create memes on Divine Union, and whatnot. It was a learning curve for me, and those around me. Over time, as my spiritual journey expanded, so did my work.

I’ve been stalling this post for more than two years now. From the beginning, I’ve written, rewritten and deleted this more times than I can count on my fingers. But I finally decided to do this.

I want to bring all the genuine advice I can, from personal experience. Because of late, I notice a lot of fluff and misconception on the subject, and I hope that this post will address most of that, even if not all.

This post is not just from my perspective. But also from the lens of several other Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine that I befriended along the way. 🙂

DISCLAIMER: This information was personally gathered from everyone I believed could add value to this subject. Using Google Forms, I asked a dozen questions. Most people want to remain anonymous at the end of the day. This is a personal choice and I respect their privacy. So, I will only share what I am permitted to.

Even though this is a giant post, it is still scratching the surface of what the whole twin flame journey is really about. Nevertheless, we must all start somewhere, and this is my initial jab at the subject. Let’s dive in, shall we?

WHAT is a Twin Flame?

The most popular idea on the internet is that twin flames represent one soul split into two bodies that come together in that last lifetime. They’re believed to merge back together after having learned all their individual lessons, for a lasting union.

soulmates, recognition, inner union, twin flames

As nice and romantically satisfying as that sounds, that never made much sense to my logical mind, because there was insufficient proof.

Even then, there are some interesting yet unexplainable events that happen in day-to-day life during the twin flame journey. And as you experience them first-hand, you will know that there’s something magical unfolding.

I can thus, explain twin flames best with a few telltale signs and experiences that happen during the process.

So, what are the signs you have met your twin flame?

#1 -you see VIVID, otherworldly or prophetic Dreams of this person

A Divine Feminine from the US shares,
Early on in this journey, I dreamed of him very often. Each dream ended the same: we said I love you to each other and we were always dressed in the same exact colors.”

Personally, for me too, I wasn’t ready to move to Canada. And I wasn’t willing to even meet the guy at the time, as a prospect for arranged marriage. But it was a very vivid dream that helped me let go of my resistance. At the time, I saw a man I couldn’t recognize tell me I need to go to Canada, so that we can “meet again”.

twin flames experience a lot of prophetic dreams

Interestingly, my mother also had a prophetic dream about my getting married to Sagar (my husband), in the exact way we did!

#2 – you experience deep RECOGNITION & UNEXPLAINABLE FAMILIARITY with this person

This turns out to be a person you’ve had a deep, past connection with over many lifetimes and you have a lot of history together (even though you can’t remember it).

You may know the person for many years and still not recognize them, or on the other hand, you might hit it off right away. But you will experience a certain familiarity, an intense attraction, and the desire to be around them even if it started as a platonic friendship.

However, as you do hang out together, you will also notice yourself constantly being triggered and feeling emotionally threatened. This is called the mirror effect. They are mirroring to you what you need to see within you so that you can feel it, and heal it. For good.

man and woman holding hand together

Your twin flame’s biggest role in your life is to bring out your unhealed wounds, your shadow aspects, and help you overcome them through self-realization. They act as your biggest teacher, as a true mirror to help you see yourself.

#3 – this person amplifieS the signs & SynchronicitieS in your life

Though not all necessary, you could experience any of the following:

  • Increased synchronicities such as Angel Numbers whenever you’re around them, thinking about them or about to meet them;
  • Animal Totems, especially pairs of animals like a pair of birds, horses, etc;
  • Crossing people with the same name, seeing their name written on boards and in random chats, etc;
  • Enhanced psychic senses and a strengthened sense of intuition,
  • So on and so forth.

Anjana, a Divine Feminine from India shares her story,

“I started noticing the word Twin flame while watching over videos related to spirituality, as I was on a journey of awakening. The curiosity made me do some research on TF journey. When I realized I too have met my twin, this journey became more precious and more curiosity bounded me to move forward. “

It’s as if the universe conspiring to bring you together, and every time you pay heed, it rewards you!

#4 – you experience a deeper understanding of the meaning of unconditional love

In the spiritual journey, we are taught that it all comes down to love. Every action we take is either out of love, or a call for love. Of course, this is easier said than embodied, but it gets easier to understand in a twin flame dynamic. How?

For twin flames, they experience an immense and engulfing feeling of love for each other, amidst the intense waves of push and pull. This love can feel so pure at times, it can feel much more than just a romantic or friendship based emotion. It is then, that you get a hint of what it means to be unconditional in nature.

On the shadow side of this sign of a twin flame, many people make the mistake of putting their partner on a pedestal, and letting them get away with things that make us challenge our self-esteem and self-worth. It’s a reminder to use this triggering dynamic to strengthen your relationship boundaries, not let them weaken!

#5 – this person shows up in your darkest hour

It could be after a tragedy or during your dark night of the soul, that you meet this person ‘by chance’. You both could even be going through similar life challenges, and find solace in each other’s companionship. But as soon as they enter your life, they trigger immense healing and an initial sense of comfort.

woman on bike reaching for man's hand behind her also on bike

As a Divine Feminine from Greece shares,

“One night, after I thought I reached the bottom and I was wishing to not be alive, I asked for the first time help from God. I was always an atheist but this time my desperation lead me to surrender and ask help even if that God didn’t exist. A few minutes later I met my twin online by “accident”. It was so intense and I couldn’t even realize why. I was completely unaware of what all those things that I was experiencing were. The only thing I knew was that I wanted for the first time to transform into my best version of me. And that’s what I did.

As you experience these signs, you may find yourself to be in a “Honeymoon” Stage of the journey.

As Lilibeth a Divine Feminine also shares,

It all began with a break up. I sought help on how to understand what I had been through and met a wonderful spiritual advisor, simultaneously I “met” my Twin Flame but I had no idea what I was headed into, I just knew it was going to be different than anything I had ever experienced before.

A twin flame, just like other soul family, holds a strong telepathic connection with us. So, when we are in distress, they levitate to help us.

The differentiator is that twin flames typically carry a lot of complimenting wounds and baggage, and they both heal each other as well as trigger each other’s wounds in a way that’s more intense than most other relationships.

So now, let’s take a minute to talk about the three types of spiritual relationships that we share – soulmates, karmic connections and twin flames.

What Is The Difference Between a Twin Flame, Soulmate, and Karmic Connection?

Broadly speaking, the people we meet can have three types of soul contracts with us.

Karmic connections are said to be the relationships that we get into, purely to fulfill a karmic debt to each other. Such relationships typically do not stay with us for life, and can end in an ugly way.

karmic relationships versus twin flames

These relationships can almost feel transactional in nature, where it eventually feels like one person got the better side of the deal, whereas the other was just giving and giving away.

Soulmates are spread out across our lifetime, and include our friends, family members and loved ones. Initially, they may have many spiritual lessons for us to learn from them, and can trigger us in our healing. However, overtime they can be the easiest people to hang out with, who we even consider our soul tribe.

Even when soulmates go apart in distance and lose touch from time to time, they are harmonious and gravitate back to each other over and over again.

And then, there are twin flames. It’s believed that you only have one such person, a true energetic counterpart.

However, there have been instances in the twin flame community where people have talked about false or catalyst twin flames. Which is what I want to talk about next.

False Twin Flames

Just like the concept of a twin flame feels strange at first, so does the idea of a false twin flame. Until you’ve experienced either phenomenon, you won’t believe in it.

However, there are many people I’ve met in the community that can confirm they have undergone a spiritual awakening due to a false twin flame. The “false flame” acts as a catalyst in your journey, and can prepare you for your final union with your “true twin flame”.

And what people experience is that when they’ve truly awakened to the dynamic of this journey, the false flame will “fall off” and lose sight. And over the next couple of months or years, no matter what they do, will not be reentering the awakened partner’s life. Instead, the path opens up to the real deal.

Sounds like a twisted movie plot, eh? I know!

At the end of the day, remember that these are all labels.

It doesn’t matter if you call them a soulmate, a karmic, a twin flame. Or if you want to call your special someone a tree. At the end of the day, all relationships are helping our soul in its evolution.

So, don’t tie yourself up with labels.

Whether this person is going to be your partner for life or not, doesn’t matter. What you can, and must do, is learn your spiritual lessons while holding immense love and respect for the individual whose here to play this role in the soul contract.

So… what is the Purpose of a Twin Flame Journey?

I believe it’s a couple of things.

  • One, it introduces you to the realm of Spirituality. For most people in the twin flame community that I have spoken to so far, they’ve all said that the journey brought on their spiritual awakening. It’s possible that through the experiences of unconditional love for another person that we wake up to the bigger truths of life.
  • Second, it makes you aware of your duality and helps you balance your energy from the perspective of the divine masculine and the divine feminine. In every case I’ve seen thus far, the Divine Feminine energy is known to awaken first and undergo immense healing. The Divine Masculine follows suite much later on, but seemingly catches up quite rapidly.
  • It also inspires you to rapidly heal yourself and tap into your higher purpose. I like to think of it as the Universe dangling a carrot for us to keep prioritizing our evolution. Often, I’ve observed that the awakened partner will pursue their spiritual calling and the other partner will join them shortly after.

So in essence, a twin flame journey is a deeply spiritual path that leads us back to ourselves and our wholeness. However, you don’t need to continue pursuing this path to stay spiritual – it’s just one of many modalities available to help us self-actualize.

Myths About Twin Flames

I’m adding this section because it is what triggered my need to write the article in the first place. Some hard-hitting truth bombs your way, now. Note that I will continue adding to the list overtime.

Myth #1 – There are only 144,000 twin flames in the world.

With all due respect, it doesn’t matter how many twin flames there are. There’s no need to glamorize or make any of feel special over the other.

All paths are leading us home, and some people have just chosen to walk down the spiritual path with a counterpart. This is just one of the many spiritual myths that pull us away from our true purpose.

Myth #2 – You need to be perfect to be in union.

It’s natural to want to improve yourself, but remember that the twin flame mirrors you. So they don’t need you to be perfect, they are always meeting you exactly as you are, and simply showing you where that is.

Instead of trying to perfect yourself and beating yourself up that you’re not in Divine Union, try to understand the concept of soul contracts. Some people, no matter how special cannot be with us because we are not contracted or destined as such. And that’s that.

Myth #3 – You’re special if you have a twin flame.

Once again, this idea seems to flatter the ego-mind but doesn’t have much value. Unless you’re using this “special journey” to focus even more intensely on your healing, and you understand the depths of the mission at hand.

At the end of the day, we’re all going back home, twin flame or not. And there are no extra credits for doing your journey a certain way.

My Twin Flame Story

Last but not the least for this post, I want to share a little bit about my story.

For the first few years of my spiritual awakening, I was doing everything in my power to manifest a Twin Flame Union. I was driving myself crazy, wanting to find my Shiva. Eventually, I realized how ridiculous this was, and this was NOT in my power.

So I shifted my focus to other self-healing dimensions like Chakras and Inner Child Healing.

Finally, when I, Vasundhra (Earth) met my now-husband Sagar (Ocean), it hit me. This is it.

Throughout our courtship and several months into our marriage, I kept noticing uncanny synchronicities between us. Here are just some of the mystical stories that have unfolded for us.

  • When I was a 4-year-old, I used to sing a Bollywood song, Pardesi Jana Nahin, which meant “my beloved, don’t forget me to go live in the abroad”. It gave me goosebumps when my grandmother reminded us of this because of the prophetic way in which my younger self must have sung that song!
  • We’ve always had common relatives, but don’t remember meeting each other. However, we were at a wedding together when I was 7 or 8 years old. And legend has it (our mothers say), that we danced together back then!
  • During my awakening, I started painting out of nowhere. The cover of this blog post is the painting I drew, long before I met my husband. Cherry blossoms are NON-EXISTENT where I lived in India, but are a natural aspect of Canada, my husband’s home.
  • The moment we exchanged garlands during our wedding, I looked into the audience. And my eyes landed on someone’s phone cover, as they were clicking our picture. The cover was a beautiful picture of Shiva. I knew I had found him. 🙂
There are countless incidents that happen every other day that affirm this journey and the Oneness that it’s meant to lead us towards!

Even today, after stalling this post for 2 years, when I decided to finalize it for publishing, my twin flame showed me a set of greeting cards he’d just purchased, by a brand called “good twin”. Haha, these synchronicities are something else!

Concluding Thoughts

The case in point I would like to make here is that the twin flame journey is a funny dance between our masculine and feminine energy. For example, the moment one of us is emotional, the other naturally jumps into their logical self. When one is inclined towards physical fitness, the other naturally inclines towards spiritual fitness. And so on.

There are many valuable lessons to be learned through this journey, and perhaps the most important one is finding our own inherent worth and wholeness. So, my question to you, fellow twin flame is, are you ready to stop focusing on them and bring all that awareness to the magic already within you?

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