//So back when I was re-watching Naruto, I noticed something during the Sound and Sand Invasion Arc. Bear with my long post as I delve and ramble into detail ;)
Sasuke ran off to stop Gaara the moment the attack started, urged by Genma who declared he was already at Chunin level and to consider this the continuation of their fight. Genma holds off Baki who was supposed to capture Sasuke on Orochimaru’s behest. Without question Sasuke runs off ahead to do his part. Once Kakashi notices this, well aware of the danger that threatens his student, he has Sakura wake Naruto and Shikamaru from the genjutsu to pursue their comrade. He wants them to catch up and get Sasuke (and themselves) to a safe location before any harm can come their way. He also knew Gaara was no regular Genin (unaware that he was a Jinchuuriki at the time) and is worried for their safety. Sending Pakkun to help in tracking and avoiding the enemy, he declares it an A rank mission.
As we know, they catch up, Shikamaru separates to fend off a group of Sound ninja that ultimately was no match for him. Asuma’s timely arrival saved him.
Sasuke used too much chakra in pursuit, during his small/brief fight against Temari, and mostly in his battle against Gaara. He fought to the point of exhaustion, pushed himself near death by forcing a third chidori (which Kakashi warned him plain and simple that it could kill him) and ultimately succumbed to the overwhelming pain the curse mark manifested, causing him to become immobile. Gaara was going to kill him, but Naruto comes in time to strike him aside. While Sakura is immediately at Sasuke’s side, worry forming as she fears the worst.
Sakura defends him when Gaara bypassed Naruto, getting caught and rendered unconscious in the process. While she is stuck and Sasuke is incapable of moving, Naruto advances. However, he gets struck and sent flying back. Sasuke, despite the pain he’s enduring, lunges himself forward to soften the blow, something that wouldn’t have harmed Naruto all that badly had he hit the tree instead.
Afterwards, the two debate on the fight, wondering the best course of action to take. Sasuke overcomes the throbbing pain, managing to stand again. This is a very important character development scene for him. Although his whole life, revenge has been his fuel, his reason for existing, Sasuke willingly put the life of his comrades ahead of his own. Claiming that he’d sacrifice himself in order for Naruto and Sakura to get away, even if he only bought them a few minutes, he’d give that. He’s even out of breath as he explains, showcasing his growing fatigue.
It’s just as Orochimaru mentioned back during the preliminaries of the Chunin Exams. Being around his friends, mostly Naruto, changed Sasuke’s heart. For someone who should be preserving his own life, selfish in design in order to kill his brother, shouldn’t be so ready to die. But he takes no reproach upon himself for being weak here. He doesn’t even hesitate or pause to think of another solution. Deciding that if he died here, he was never meant to go further, tossing any chance of avenging his clan aside.
He lost his family, everything that was precious to him when he was merely seven years old. His heart and mind never fully healed, but being around Team Seven, living instead of simply surviving, caused them to become family. Just like in the Land of Waves, Sasuke stopped Haku from killing Naruto by getting in the way of a fatal attack. And later when he hears Itachi is back in the village, his instinct isn’t vengeance, it’s saving his friend.
Sasuke has taken loss after loss, structured his world on loneliness and sorrow, growing up in a devastation he learned to hon and tolerate. Yet, he’s grown. He managed to comprehend what truly mattered throughout his time with them. Although his protective instincts are usually buried in fear of losing more, he’s learned from those around him. Orochimaru’s offer of power is certainly desirable, but there was never a moment where Masashi depicted him contemplating the idea (despite the fact that he probably had at some point prior to the Sasuke Retrieval Arc).
His words stir Naruto into action, making him realize what it means to be strong. Sasuke sparked the notion of strength via protecting others into Naruto’s head, making him remember the power that lies in having people you care about. Due to Gaara’s ferocity, he nearly forgot, questioning it. He and Gaara were alike, so much that he began to fear the idea of what he could’ve become if he didn’t have Iruka and the others, that it somehow made Gaara stronger than him, unbeatable. Until this very instant, recalling all former mentions and selfless actions that were proved by Sasuke’s words, he knew he had nothing to be afraid of.
Naruto tells Sasuke that’s he’s done enough, that he should rest, while he decided to take over the fight. In obvious consequence to Naruto’s raging power and capabilities to take down Gaara, Sasuke is surprised to see just how much stronger his friend became. And as Naruto did the same during the exams, while Sasuke and Gaara fought, he belittled his own strength by comparing. It’s only natural that this occurs due to their rivalry and competitive nature.
However, in Sasuke’s perception, it’s different. He considers himself only strong when he’s stronger than those around him, stifling his inferiority by his nurtured superiority complex. He gets criticized over this, but it’s what he’s done in order to make it this far. He has to claw his way out of the past, out of the vulnerability that was exposed when Itachi took his entire world away from him. Rebuilding a future around the destruction caged inside was all he considered himself capable of until those ideals were squandered by his upcoming defeat at Itachi’s hand.
Once the fight draws to a close, the sand binding Sakura to the tree disappears. Her interference in order to protect him caused her to get hurt. The guilt is betrayed on his face. He catches her, placed her down gently, telling Pakkun to keep an eye on her as he goes to check on Naruto’s condition.
After reaching Naruto, hearing that Gaara wishes to stop fighting and go home, the other passes out with a smile on his face. Initially, Naruto is still trying to move, but Sasuke warns him that it’s enough, and tells him Sakura is safe, allowing Naruto to feel relieved. Their teamwork might not have been on display during this fight, but their devotion to protecting one another outweighed any question to how deeply they care for each other. This is a prime example to how much Team Seven has developed since they first formed as a team. They’re imperfect, maybe even mismatched at times, but their imbalance stabilizes them, forming bonds.
Now I can get to the actual point of my post. This is where Masashi decided to close on their progress and we only see these three later on, well after the invasion forces are being drawn back, this arc coming to a close.
But at this time, after the Sand Siblings leave, they still need to get somewhere safe. While his teammates are both unconscious, Sasuke is the only one able to move despite his physical exhaustion taking a toll. He has to take the both of them to a place they can hide from enemies. Now as Pakkun and Shikamaru stated enemy shinobi are lurking around, travelling in strategic groups to ambush any ninja they come by in the forest, all Chunin level or higher.
Sasuke had to manage all on his own, carrying his friends, probably running into numerous fights along the way in order to protect them. The strain he must feel on his body is enormous since the curse mark siphons chakra and he depleted himself the moment he decided to use a third chidori. Forcing himself to stand is one thing, but being on the verge of collapse, pushing past his lack of strength, he gathers himself, his friends, and fights.
They were sent out to stop him, and in the end, Sasuke is the one that has to safeguard them on his own against all odds. If that doesn’t display Sasuke’s development and where his priority truly lies before he was enticed by the lure of power, then I don’t know what does. But even then, Sasuke proves himself many times over before leaving the village that he cares and is no longer the child he used to be, clinging only to self-preservation. His devotion goes beyond revenge. It’s only the mix of fear and confusion that shatters that resolve later.
I wanted to post this a long time ago, but I decided to take a long break and didn’t return until recently. But now I’m back, so here we go! :)
A long time ago, I saw how some people were claiming that Sarada still didn’t know in the end that Sakura truly was her biological mother (because they thought that Sarada actually never understood what had truly happened during the DNA test) and that Sarada believed Sakura was her real mother just due to the love they had for each other.
In reality, yes, Sarada learnt that only love is important when it comes to relationships and she treasures this lesson deeply, but she also now perfectly knows who her biological mother is.
^ These panels from Naruto Gaiden Chapter 9 are clearly showing that, despite the fact that Sarada had truly understood that blood connections don’t matter and that only love does, she simply couldn’t have been completely fine with Sakura not being her mother, especially not right away.
^ Sarada was still upset, but she knew that what only mattered during those moments was to save Sakura as soon as possible.
After some time, Sarada punched the ground with an astonishing strength in order to protect Sakura, leaving everyone incredibly surprised and making Sasuke smirk proudly (just like he had previously smirked while looking at Sakura in Naruto Chapter 632 after realising how strong she had become):
Then, as it can be seen in the panel from below, Chōchō saw Sarada’s Sharingan and realised that Sarada’s eyes were just like Sasuke’s. She told Sarada this, but, instead of reflecting on her similarity to Sasuke, Sarada became speechless and immediately looked right at Sakura while still holding up the hand she had punched with just a few seconds ago:
After that, Sarada started looking at her hand and agreed with what Chōchō said. Still, the fact that she was looking at her hand highlights that this was actually the moment when she realised just how similar she was to Sakura. While giving the impression that she was referring to her similarity to her father while saying “yeah”, Sarada was actually agreeing with how much she resembled Sakura. Then, after staring at her hand for a while, Sarada started looking at Sakura once again while still holding up her hand and being extremely surprised:
Even in the panel from below, Sarada’s right hand (the one she had punched the ground with) remained in the very same position, fact which shows just how surprised she was after realising that she had the very same ability as Sakura, thus being extremely similar to her:
Deviating from the subject a little: Sarada managed to punch the ground with such an inmmense strength due to the fact that she genetically inherited her good chakra control from Sakura. If Sarada hadn’t had naturally good chakra control, she wouldn’t have been able to create such an amazing punch solely with the help of her Sharingan.
What you cannot directly inherit is, indeed, the superhuman strength itself, but the strength is a consequence of naturally good chakra control and learning how to control it even better over time.
Sakura herself had an amazing chakra control right from the very beginning of the series, fact which was observed by Kakashi-Sensei himself on two separate occasions in Part 1:
- one of them was during an extremely early point of the story when Team 7 was training together:
- the other one was during Sakura’s fight with Ino from the Chūnin Exams:
^ This was due to the fact that Sakura’s extremely good chakra control was natural, as well. This way, it was also passed down to Sarada, who can control her chakra even better than Sakura could at her age due to the fact that Sarada also has the Sharingan which she inherited from her father and always activates it while using her naturally good chakra control:
Also, judging by Sakura’s extremely surprised expressions during and after the moment when Sarada punched the ground extremely hard, it is more than clear that Sakura hadn’t trained Sarada at all when it comes to this aspect, so absolutely everything regarding Sarada’s punch was natural:
Still, considering that Sakura is now well aware that Sarada has inherited her naturally good chakra control, she will definitely train Sarada from now on. Over time, Sarada’s chakra control will become even better, just like Sakura’s did after training, even though, as I’ve already said, Sarada is already greatly helped by the fact that she has also inherited the Sharingan from Sasuke.
Returning to the main subject: Thus, this was the actual moment when Sarada finally started realising just how similar she was to Sakura.
Later, Sakura told Sarada that she indeed was her real mother. This also was the moment when Naruto started realising that Sakura actually was the biological mother, fact which is highlighted by the black background from the panel with Naruto and by his surprised expression:
Still, Sarada might have actually believed at first that Sakura was saying that only because blood connections don’t matter and because Sarada now understood the fact that only love and memories are important.
^ At this point, Sarada didn’t care about blood connections anymore and proved that she had learnt to appreciate relationships purely based on feelings.
On the other hand, at that particular moment, Sakura wasn’t aware of the fact that Sarada had understood such an important lesson.
Also, Sakura had no idea that Sarada had taken a DNA test and that the results from it had matched (just like it was eventually confirmed at the end of Naruto Gaiden Chapter 10, this was only because of the fact that the DNA that had been tested was actually from Sarada and Sakura’s umbilical cord, this being the reason why there had been a 100% match between it and Sarada’s DNA - an umbilical cord contains only the DNA of the child, so the umbilical cord between Sakura and Sarada contained only Sarada’s DNA).
Therefore, Sakura didn’t know why Sarada decided to immediately bring up the love they have for each other and the memories they have together and was surprised by her daughter’s reply, just like the left panel from above shows.
Still, after this, Sarada asked Sasuke whether his and Sakura’s hearts are truly connected (thus basically asking him whether they truly love each other), to which he offered an affirmative answer:
But then, Sarada asked Sasuke how he could be so sure about his and Sakura’s connection and he immediately offered this meaningful answer:
As it can be seen above, in the official Viz Media translation and in the raws for this chapter, Sasuke actually replied with this: “Because you exist, Sarada.”, which literally offers all the explanations we need.
What Sasuke meant while saying that was that Sarada is the living proof of him and Sakura being connected, thus basically stating that she is the proof of him and Sakura loving each other.
Therefore, he basically said that, if he and Sakura hadn’t loved each other, Sarada wouldn’t have existed. She wouldn’t have been born.
But she exists and her simple existence basically represents the love between her parents. They decided to transform their love into a beautiful, precious child and this fact is what is connecting their feelings.
And Sarada understood this right away, as right after hearing Sasuke’s words, she started crying happily and was exremely relieved:
^ This was the exact moment when Sarada understood it all. She finally understood that Sakura truly was her real mother in every single sense of the word. Thus, this certainly was also the moment when she finally understood the reason why she had managed to punch so incredibly hard a few moments ago, just like Sakura. It was because, as I’ve said above, Sakura was her real mother in every sense of the word, including biologically, and Sarada finally realised this.
Naruto and Chōchō immediately understood the meaning and importance of Sasuke’s words, as well:
^ Here, Naruto finally unquestionably understood that the DNA test was, indeed, mistaken and that Sakura truly was Sarada’s biological mother.
Also, this certainly was the moment when Sarada understood that the DNA test was wrong, as well.
^ Furthermore, right after hearing what an enormous misunderstanding Suigetsu had caused and after explaining everything regarding Sarada’s birth to him, Karin told Suigetsu to go and apologise to Sarada right away. This means that Sarada did finally completely understand what had truly happened during the DNA test after Suigetsu eventually went and explained everything to her:
In conclusion, of course Sarada now knows who her biological mother is. To repeat myself one last time: Sarada is now completely aware of the fact that her mother is Sakura in every single sense of the word, including biologically. :)
Every time you make a decision, you tear a hole in the fabric of spacetime and enter a new parallel dimension. Not making a decision causes the same to happen. You may have thought that doing this requires a shaman, hallucinogenic drugs, or a time machine (or all three), but actually it stems from free will, is so subtle you never notice it, and happens all the time.
This is a meditation I made that I found to be extremely deep and powerful. Use it when you feel you need some balance or beneficial energy in your life, or just need to sit and meditate in general. It is also good for opening the third-eye. I find that this meditation gives many sensations which can be pretty intense, so don’t be alarmed if you feel things very strongly. Just relax, go with it, and you’ll be ok. You’ll need about a half-hour for this procedure.
1. Sit in a comfortable position (preferably cross-legged) and keep your back straight, with your chin tilted slightly downward. Put your hands in your lap with the palms facing up, with right over left for females, and left over right for males.
2. Take a few minutes to breathe deeply and relax your muscles. Gradually slow your heartbeat down, and begin to clear yor mind. Block out the surrounding world, and focus on your breathing. Focus on the present. Begin breathing more slowly and deeply, in through the nose, out through the mouth. Close your eyes.
3. Gently bring your attention to the root chakra, located near the privates. Visualize this chakra as a red, swirling point of energy or light. Try to breathe ‘into’ and ‘out of’ this point, directing your breath to the location. As you inhale, imagine clean, beneficial energy entering the chakra, making it brighter and more vivid. This should look something like when an ember from a fire is blown on and it glows. As you exhale, imagine any unhelpful or unclean energy leaving and dissipating, again making the chakra more bright and vivid. Feel this energy exchange as you do it. After repeating for as long as you feel is necessary, move to the next chakra.
4. Continue this process for each chakra, all the way up to the crown. As you move up, you may feel a sense of your conciousness ‘changing shape’. You may also feel vibrations in certain parts of the body (especially the crown), feel numbness and tingling in the face and limbs, see flashes or swirls of light, have a floating or disconnected sensation, or hear ringing in the ears.I find that these start to get very intense at throat chakra, and reach its peak at the crown. Remember that this is normal and will not harm you in any way.
5. When you finish the crown chakra, take a minute to just breathe and prepare for the next step. When ready, imagine a stream of white or pearly light going from the crown chakra all the way down to the root chakra. Feel and see this energy hit each point as it travels down.
6. When the stream of light reaches the bottom, imagine it climbing its way back up starting from the root chakra. Go slow this time, and really feel it work its way back up to the crown. Imagine it reaching and filling each chakra as it goes along. Tune into the vibrations it gives each chakra.
7. When you reach the crown, imagine that stream of light going up and out into the universe in rays. Feel it open up and spread out above you, connecting you to the universe and its knowledge, strengths and vibrations.
8. Take a couple minutes to just breathe deeply. Relax your muscles, and begin to regain awareness of the world around you. Ground yourself and start to move your fingers and toes. Seperate your hands, put them on your lap, then gently open your eyes. The meditation is now finished.
I do not know when I will have the next part done. I might not have time to work on it again until the end of August (edit: probably later than that), and whether that turns out to be the case or not, please do NOT ask about updates.
He wakes up to a glow, an overwhelming
brightness coming from all around him. It permeates him in and out, coursing
through him like constant blast wave and for a moment he’s blinded by the
strange radiance, unable see or sense or even think.
This has been bouncing around my head for a while, so I thought I’d share (was originally going to be an ask but it got stupid long as it spiraled out of control). It originated by thinking about how weird Naruto is in the new stuff, and I was struck by a thought: What if they didn’t win the war and were instead caught by the infinite Tsukuyomi which made them believe they won. Then when Kaguya tried to take the chakra back, she found out it couldn’t be done without killing the people (she ate the fruit to stop conflict, not kill everyone), and instead came up with the plan to wait them out and breed the chakra out of them, reverse the strengthening that the clan era caused until there is nothing left (after all, she is immortal, she has plenty of time). So to that end, she sets up something like the Matrix with the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Everyone is living in the joint dream world, conflicting dreams make things a bit sketchy at times (see Naruto and Hinata) but it works. Children are created using the genetic material of the parents and placed directly into the illusion on birth, this generation sees little decline, but in time the chakra will be gone again.
Eventually, however, the illusion is partially broken and a small group of people escape (Naruto’s Team and Boruto’s Team), maybe due to the sages chakra maybe for some other reason. They plan to try to defeat Kaguya again, but she’s holding the world hostage and displays a willingness to actively kill hostages, so they’re forced to change tactics. Sakura holds off Kaguya using her seal (which had been collecting her chakra for the entire time she was in the illusion) while the boys try to scrape together a pile of bullshit capable of saving them. They end up using the sage’s chakra to send Boruto, Sarada, and Mitsuki into the past to the start of canon (or maybe just before).
At Naruto’s urging, the three go to Konoha and use key phrases known only to the Hokage to convince Sarutobi that they are from the future (this is primarily done because the kids only have an incomplete collection of stories about what happened leading up to the war, the hope is that Sarutobi and Jiraiya will be able to put together the pieces). He sets them up to join the graduating class so as to affect change with the rookies and remain close to the action while Sarutobi focuses on the large scale changes (Sarutobi is saddened to learn of Danzo’s treachery, but not surprised). A select few are told the truth (Shikaku for sure), while everyone else with the proper security clearance (most of the shinobi corps) are told that they were rescued from a recently discovered and raided Orochimaru lab. Oro playing with Uchiha and the Yondaime’s DNA surprises absolutely no one (though most are only told that he shares DNA with the jinchūriki, and they just assume it’s for his Uzumaki heritage), and Mitsuki is assumed to be a test to see if using his own DNA would create a better host body. The lab is said to have been raising them like normal children and it’s postulated that he’s not sure if mental trauma can be transferred by the body stealing jutsu, but since these are such long term investments he’s not willing to risk it (this is to explain their functional personalities, and why they are not traumatized lab rats). Boruto and co are mostly unsure how to interact with their parents’ generation as equals (Boruto has no idea how to interact with the hyperactive ball of sunshine that is his chibi father [Naruto, however, is fucking ecstatic to have a kinda-brother], Sarada is confused by Sakura’s general everything and how obsessively overprotective Sasuke is [he found another Uchiha, like hell is he going to let Itachi take her too], Mitsuki amuses himself by tormenting Anko with kindness [Anko doesn’t know what to do with the clone of her sensei declaring her nee-chan and generally being a vicious little angel around her] [Kabuto is very confused by the entire situation]).
Spirit Keeping Basics (according to Chaos in Pandora’s Box)
What is Spirit Keeping/ Companionship?
~Spirit keeping, or Spirit Companionship, as we prefer to put it, is the act of creating a link between a human being and an astral being or spirit so that the two can interact on a frequent basis. This is done through conjuration (the summoning of spirits) and binding (the act of creating ethereal ties between the companion and their spirits.) The spirits cover a wide range of beings. Basically, if it’s been imagined, it’s in the astral, to some extent. All those creatures you’ve been told are just your imagination? Yeah, they’re totally real. You’re not crazy for believing in them.
What is a vessel?
~For those of you new to the concept of spirit keeping, you may be wondering what the heck a “vessel” is. Well, in short terms, a vessel is an object that’s used to link the human companion’s energies with their spiritual friend’s energies. It’s not a prison, as some people would have you believe, nor is it the only way to interact with a spirit companion. Any legitimate conjurer would never dream of imprisoning a spirit in an object. A vessel is a conduit, nothing more and nothing less.
Now, as to what a vessel can be, the limit is your imagination! I’ve seen paintings used, as well as dolls, jewelry (most common). gemstones, writing utensils, power tools, you name it, it can be a vessel. The only thing not recommended for use as a vessel is food, because it’s perishable and won’t last very long.
What does “binding” mean?
~This is something important to discuss, because there’s a lot of negativity surrounding this word in the Spirit Keeping community. Many people think the work “binding” automatically means “slavery” and this is not the case with reputable sellers. I have covered this in a forum post, but I’ll recap here. A binding is the forming of an energetic tie from one energy source to another. (In the most basic definition) It’s done with full consent of the parties (purchasing a spirit binding implies consent on the part of the human companion)
Bindings often include safeguards for both the human and the spirit or entity. There are certain rules implied, but they vary from conjurer to conjurer. At the core, a binding will ensure that the spirit or entity is never able to harm their keeper, directly or indirectly.
How do I bond with my spirits?
~There are countless ways to welcome a new companion into your home. We recommend finding some quiet time where you can be alone. Hold the spirit’s vessel in one hand, close your eyes, and call their name a few times. Pay close attention to your body and the atmosphere around you. What changes? Even the most subtle changes can be your spirit manifesting. When you’re first starting out we recommend that you take anything out of the ordinary as a sign from your spirit. Keep these observations close to your heart, write them down, and gradually you’ll learn the difference between “Oh, that was just an everyday freak happening” and “Oh! It was a sign from my companion.” Sometimes announcing a manifestation to the world can spoil its sacredness. Make sure you have permission from your companion before sharing it.
As far as offerings go, you can give them to your spirit as often or infrequently as you choose. It’s polite to give them some sort of offering if you’re tasking them to do something, because that’s an energy exchange. Put yourself in their shoes. What do you think they’d like to have as a small gift? You can just set the offering near their vessel for a few hours. If it’s food, you can either eat it afterwards, or throw it away. (Up to you.) If it’s crystals you can recharge the crystals and use them again. Waste not, want not! And don’t be afraid to get creative. Write letters, listen to music they like, invite them into your everyday lives.
I can’t feel my spirit. What should I do?
~This one, as I’m sure you can imagine, comes up A LOT. Number one: DO NOT FREAK OUT. Spirits move back and forth between their realms and ours frequently. They may have just popped off to their realm for a bit. However, it’s also important to remember that these beings are sentient energies, and as such they all have personalities just as diverse and varied as humans. Some are quiet and prefer keeping to themselves, whereas others are social butterflies and will floor you with their manifestations.
It is easy to lose hope if you can no longer feel a companion. Believe me I’ve been there, I know. When I first started buying vessels from other sellers, I had a complete blackout in communication. One week I could feel them as strongly as ever, and then a week with nada. Not even a twitch. And I stayed on this roller coaster for a while. Full communication, blackout. Full communication, blackout. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what was going on. Then I started to notice a pattern. During each blackout, I had something else going on in my life that I should have been paying attention to. My emotions were out of balance and were creating major blockages. So if you’re experiencing a blackout, it’s time to look away from your companions and work on yourself. They won’t get upset, they won’t get exasperated, and they won’t hate you for taking a break. Matter of fact, I’ve had more than one spirit tell me I’m too hard on myself.
So in short, don’t panic if you’re feeling a blackout. If you felt something at the start, then never fear, it is there. They will come back stronger, provided you work on yourself first.
Do I need to open my third eye more?
~Short answer: No…and yes. Long answer: Your chakras are a bit more complex than you think. When people refer to the “third eye,” usually they’re referring to the psychically sensitive space between your eyes and a little above your nose. Just like many other points on our body it is a chakra space, and one that is attuned to psychic vibrations. However, strengthening your third eye chakra can throw your other chakras out of whack. As with everything else, there needs to be a balance. So all those “third eye” improvement spells and attunements? I personally haven’t had one work for me unless is strengthens the other chakras at the same time. Now I know there may be some controversy surrounding this post, so I’d like to remind you all that this is my opinion, not the gospel truth Instead of focusing JUST on your third eye, why not raise the vibrations of all your chakras?
What if I’ve been spiritually deaf all my life? Can I still keep companions?
~In short: Yes. You may hear of many people who have been sensitive to spirits most of their lives coming into the spirit keeping community, but there are those who haven’t even believed in spirits before joining the community as well. Truth be told, we all sort of start over when we join this community. For those of us that have interacted with unbounds most of our lives, the concept of binding may be new. Or it may not. It all depends on the individual. If you’ve been “spiritually deaf” for most of your life, you may just have to work a little harder for what comes naturally to some other keepers. But the fact that you’re here in this community and have a strong desire to learn speaks volumes. If you are ready and willing, you will find yourself opening up to possibilities you’d never thought of before. And don’t be afraid to reach out to others who have been “spiritually deaf” when they first started out. You never have to feel alone.
I’ve seen this especially with those very new to Spirit Keeping. They want everything to be a manifestation, so it is. But then the day after nothing out of the ordinary happens, so they complain. This roller coaster is pretty common when someone first starts out. What people need to remember as well is that everything moves in cycles. Their spirits may have spend a ton of energy one day to manifest, and the next day they’re recovering. The problem is with people posting like that, they lack the patience to work with their spirits long term. They have to realize that there may be times of a blackout in communication, and that’s okay. It’s normal. What they shouldn’t do is freak out about it.
What’s the difference between spirits, entities, thoughtforms, and servitors?
~There’s not a lot of decisive information on this matter, but here’s how we classify these different beings: Thoughtforms are collections of energy that our subconscious creates when we use our imagination. They can be sentient or non-sentient. Beings like Slenderman, Jeff the Killer, and the Doctor are all examples of thoughtforms, born from someone’s imagination. They’re usually short lived unless they’re fed from multiple sources.
Spirits, on the other hand, are the energy left behind after an entity dies and their soul moves onto the next life. All of their thoughts and energies remain behind, forming the Spirit of who they were during their life. They still have ties to the Soul, or the core of their being. They’re like echoes.
Servitors are sentient or nonsentient thoughtforms that are deliberately created by someone (usually a practitioner) to fulfill a specific purpose. They can look like anything, from a small butterfly to your favorite pokemon, an anime girl or boy, any TV character, and anything in between.
Finally, entities are beings that live on a different plane than humans do, but they’re still living and active as we humans are.
What manifestations can I expect from my spirits?
~This is a big subject when people are getting into spirit keeping, because of course everyone wants tangible proof that their spirits do in fact exist and they’re not just imagining things. But where to start? What to look for? This is the time when most people either give up keeping altogether, or despair because they think they aren’t “advanced” enough to experience their spirits fully.
This is a tricky business, because everyone walks the razor’s edge with manifestations. On the one side there is the true manifestations of the spirits, and on the other side is the imagined signs of spirits that our minds conjure up. So how do we walk this fine line? Number one, confirm any manifestations you think you receive through different methods of divination. Tarot, pendulum, spirit boards, bibliomancy, and so on. If you still doubt yourself, feel free to ask the conjurer or another trusted professional for advice. And my biggest advice for this? Remove yourself emotionally from the situation. If you cannot approach manifestations with calm logic and are emotionally charged, that’s when a lot of people trip. If you want something to happen badly enough, you can make it happen. However, that may not be your spirits, it might just be you. That’s why I encourage you to check different sources for your answers. So when you experience something, ask yourself if you were looking for a manifestation at the time or wanted something to happen. Most of the physical manifestations I experience happen when I’m not expecting them. Why? I don’t know yet, I just know that that’s my experience.
Now, onto what to look for in manifestations. Honestly, they can be just about anything. A general list may be orbs, streaks of unexplained light, dark shadows flickering in the corner of your vision, thoughts that seem out of character for you, cravings for things you don’t normally enjoy, a certain color you keep noticing everywhere, numbers that repeat themselves, words that repeat themselves, things in nature that look slightly out of place, the way frost creeps over a window, temperature changes around your body or the spirit’s vessel, etc etc. You get the idea And as to the repeating colors, words, or numbers, I’ll share my personal experiences there. I almost never notice the repeat the first couple of times. It takes a bit for my slow brain to catch up, but if something keeps popping up more than three or four times, I know it’s a sign.
When first starting out, I wouldn’t recommend expecting fireworks. Even with more advanced keepers I know of only a select few who have experienced a full on physical manifestation. If you keep looking for the big bang manifestations, you might be missing all the tiny cues that happen around you every day.
How can I conjure?
~Number one: Belief. It’s my personally held belief that everyone starts out knowing how to conjure. When we’re young, we have “imaginary” friends and so on, but as we grow up society smashes that ability and we lose the confidence in ourselves to keep those friends close. If you want to be able to conjure, step one is to actually believe you can do it. If you doubt spirit keeping or if you doubt yourself, I wouldn’t recommend setting foot on this path.
Number two: Research. Ask other sellers how they started. Ask them if they have tips. Look into the different styles of conjuring. Take classes if they’re offered. Learn everything you can about the subject. Now keep in mind sellers may not share their methods with you, and that’s okay. People tend to keep their methods private to keep others from stealing their ideas.
Number Three: Figure out your style. Do you like big, flashy rituals or the simple, quiet ones? Will you speak aloud or do everything silently? What protection will you have in place? How will you be able to tell the difference between a trickster and a genuine spirit? What sort of circle will you draw? Will you have candles, incense, and all the bells and whistles, or something simpler?
Number Four: Did I mention PRACTICE? Probably the most important part of conjuring is to practice. Whatever your method is, repeat it over and over. If you don’t have anything at first, keep trying.
Now these are all basic steps that could be applied to anything, really. If you truly wish to learn to conjure, I’d recommend first and foremost to talk to a trusted professional. Learn from their mistakes. Find your individual style. And this is going to sound like a sex ad, but ALWAYS USE PROTECTION! Never ever, under any circumstances, conjure without wards and protections in place. Doing this would invite in chaos that I’m pretty sure most people wouldn’t be equipped to deal with. And that’s another thing; don’t get in over your head. Don’t start out conjuring all those sexy demons you see in the shops just because they appeal to you. Conjure what works best with your energies. It may be an angel, it may be a demon, it may be a shifter, etc etc. You know what’s best for you in the end. Don’t conjure just because you want a certain spirit. You may end up with more than you can handle.
What should I ask a seller to see if they’re reputable/ethical or not?
~The Meta world is full of minefields. People telling you to do this or that, people telling you to buy this or that. It’s understandable why a lot of new people get totally confused. I’ve seen people get so paranoid that they shun anything from the Para world because there’s just too much of a risk that they’ll get cheated out of something. And then there are those that get burned time and time again because they stumble into the dishonest sellers. So…how are they supposed to protect themselves? Well, I’m not an expert, but I have seen a few trends that I can speak out about.
1. Prices are not an indicator of skill. This is a big one that I think trips a lot of people up. Almost everything from conjurers is self-priced. There’s no “standard” that anyone has to hold up to, because each working is different. However, there’s some common sense to keep in mind-Just because a seller’s prices are low doesn’t mean that they’re not reputable or legitimate. On the opposite end, just because a seller’s prices are through the roof doesn’t mean they’re any more legitimate than someone with low prices. Matter of fact, from what I’ve seen many of the higher-priced conjures have had some not-so-impressive results. But anyway, my point is this: don’t panic if you see quite the price difference between sellers. There’s many different things to take into account: The cost of the vessel itself, the amount of energy and work that goes into the conjuration and binding of a spirit or entity, shipping, and so on. And it’s also important to look at whether conjuring is the person’s only source of income. If it is, then their prices may be a little higher because they’re using the money to support themselves. Those that have other jobs can perhaps afford to have their prices a little lower. (Mind you, this is a general statement and may not be true for everyone.)
2. A conjurer/seller is not validated by anything they say. They are validated by their customers. I don’t care if they’ve had ten years’ experience or ten days. Here’s a saying I live by: Results matter. Someone can have all the experience in the world and even they may slip up from time to time. Or a newbie could do everything right from the word “Go.” The important thing to do here is pay attention to your gut. Does a seller’s bragging about their experience put you off? Does someone’s bashing of a seller intrigue you? Intuition doesn’t lie. People may misinterpret it from time to time and come to an incorrect conclusion, but I like to think that it never lies.
3. Of course, both the above points lead to this one: Ask questions of the seller. If you’re looking at someone new, pepper them with questions. If they answer you readily, and their answers are verified by others, pretty sure it’s safe to say that that’s a green light. If they stall or give you answers that don’t seem to jive with what you’ve read about them, then something’s up. Here’s a few questions you can ask sellers:
What does your binding consist of? (Now keep in mind they may not answer fully, because each conjurer prefers to keep some secrets close, but they should be able to get you a general idea of what they do.)
How do you conjure/What are the protections you put in place to make sure that you’re conjuring the right spirit? (Again they may not share everything, but they should be able to give you a general idea)
When did you conjure your first spirit? What was it like?
Which Arts do you work with the most? White, Grey, Dark, or Black?
What are some safeguards you have in place to buffer the Companion from their spirit if they’re feeling overwhelmed?
What is your return policy for a spirit and Companion that just doesn’t connect well on an energetic level?
And this is a big one: What do you think of other sellers? (You can name specific sellers here, or just leave it general.) This question will give you a feel for the conjurer’s personality.
Have you had issues with customers in the past concerning your conjures? How did you resolve the issue?
Can I follow up with you after I purchase a binding/How available are you after our transaction is completed?
If anyone else thinks of some other questions, let me know. My point here being, for the newbies at least, is don’t be afraid to ask questions. If a conjurer doesn’t get back to you right away, ask anyone here. A lot of us have been around the block a few times, and we’ve seen conjurers and shops come and go.
(All information was compiled from the Newbie Station on MetaSpirit and is originally Pandora’s.)
Here are some *lengthy* notes from my Grimoire, or Book of Shadows:
Chakras are believed to be the seven main energy points in your body that represent an aspect of your life. When these Chakras are balanced you will feel a sense of happiness, that you are awakened and intuned with things around you, or maybe you will just feel light, like a feather. When left unbalanced, you may feel depressed or burdened. Keeping your Chakras balanced also allows you to have more energy and to enjoy life better.
The first Chakra is typically the Root Chakra, or Muladhara. It is located at the base of the spine, or in the adrenal gland. This Chakra is used for grounding, and represents safety, strength, and your physical need. Stones that represent this Chakra are Garnet, Hematite, Red Jasper, Brecciated Jasper, Snowflake Obsidian, and Bloodstone. This Chakra glows red, and requires mostly red stones, and stones that help with grounding and absorbing/cleansing negative energy. Ways to balance this Chakra are foot massages, pedicures, walks, taking care of your physical needs.
The second Chakra is the Sacral Chakra, or Svadisthana. It is located just below the navel, or the kidneys. This Chakra is used for emotional balance and it stimulates creativity. Stones that represent this Chakra are Carnelian, Orange Sapphire, Orange Citrine, and Moonstone. This Chakra glows orange, and requires mostly orange stones, and stones that help with grounding, cleansing, focusing, and stimulation. Ways to balance this Chakra are luxury baths, romance yourself and others, splurging and relaxing.
The third Chakra is the Solar Plexus Chakra, or Manipura. It is located at the base of your sternum, or at the center of your chest/below your lungs. This Chakra is used for personal growth and self image. Stones that represent this Chakra are Tiger’s Eye, Yellow Citrine, Yellow Topaz, and Yellow Jasper. This Chakra glows yellow, and requires mostly yellow stones and stones that help with protection, focusing, promoting self love, and inner awakening. Ways to balance this Chakra are establishing a positive self image, personalise self gifts, make time to do things that make you happy.
The fourth Chakra is the Heart Chakra, or Anahata. It is located at the center of your chest, or between your breasts, over your heart. This Chakra is used for compassion, love, and empathy. Stones that represent this Chakra are Peridot, Jade, Rose Quartz, Malachite, Green Opal, and Aventurine. This Chakra glows green, and requires mostly green stones and stones that help with promoting love, self love, friendship, purification, cleansing, empathy, and wealth. Ways to balance this Chakra are free time up for hobbies and loved ones, accomplish a goal or dream, express love and sympathy to a loved one.
The fifth Chakra is the Throat Chakra, or Vishuddha. It is located in the throat. This Chakra is used for self-expression and communication. Stones that represent this Chakra are Aquamarine, Angelite, Turquoise, Blue Agate, and Blue Lace Agate. This Chakra glows blue, and requires mostly blue stones and stones that help with clearing your mind, grounding, communication, travel, and serenity. Was to balance this Chakra are singing, communicating with a loved one, positive mantras, teas, and foods.
The sixth Chakra is the Third Eye Chakra, or Anja. It is located between your eyes, or your brow. This Chakra is used for intuition, insight, and spiritual communication. Stones that represent this Chakra are Blue Sapphire, Sodalite, and Lapis Lazuli. This Chakra glows Indigo, and requires mostly indigo stones and stones that help with peace of mind, learning, seeing beyond this realm, and insight. Ways to balance this Chakra are trusting your instincts, take a nap, read a book, look at art, meditate, daydream.
The seventh Chakra is the Crown Chakra, or Sahasrana.It is located at the very top of your head. This Chakra is used for wisdom, awakening, and unity of your body, mind, and spirit. Stones that represent this Chakra are Amethyst, White Calcite, Fluorite, Clear Quartz, and Selenite. This Chakra glows violet, and requires most violet/purple stones or white/clear stones and stones that help with clarity of mind, body, and spirit, spiritual awakeness, wisdom, astral travel, cleansing, energy, and aura stimulation. Ways the balance this Chakra are pray/make offerings, partake in religious/spiritual activities, give back to others/the community, and donate.
I woke up at around 1:00 am earlier
this morning because I was looking at some Star Wars spoilers, and couldn’t go
to sleep after. That said, I decide to try remote viewing deeply for the first
time. Before I start, I used a selenite wand to raise my vibrations, and
plugged in my headphones to listen to forest sounds.
The main purpose of this activity
was for me to communicate with my guides (which is why I had the selenite), and
ask them questions. While I didn’t get any direct answers, I did feel their
presence very close to me. My vibrations rose intensely, and I almost feel like
I might astral project—but due to fear, I didn’t (that’s the common story with
me lols :,D)
And I wondered if my guides wanted
that to happen on purpose—for me to meet them on the astral plane. I don’t know
how to describe it, but it felt as if someone was guiding me to do it, but of
course I chickened out. Even before this, I’ve had the inkling that I’d have to
project to truly meet them, so this was really nothing too new.
I envisioned my little “space”. It’s
a forest clearing with trees around me—tall
trees and a starry sky above, and it matched with the sounds I was listening
Before I even really began, I cleared
my chakras with affirmations this time—something I’ve only recently done—and put
a protective shield around myself. Also prayed to St. Michael for protection,
and then I asked for my guides to come lay beside me, and felt them(one by
name, and others to just show if they existed).
Either way my guides want me to
astral project I feel, because that’s how I can meet them. so I suppose that’s
my next goal, to get over that fear.
Later on I can do a guide of exactly
what I did, as well as the affirmations and techniques I used to cleanse my
chakras and shield!
Can I request some of those much needed Tobirama headcannons?
AHHH more Tobirama, I’m so glad I have Tobirama hoes here!! I know you said that you wanted Tobirama with a Shinobi s/o, and I wrote a lot so I hope that’s okay! Thank you for supporting the blog @jynxtheamazing! :)
Tobirama With a Shinobi Partner
Tobirama would thoroughly enjoy having a shinobi partner, someone with similar strength and capabilities is something he finds attractive, and a stress reliever. When Tobirama is in a relationship his top priority is his partner’s well-being. He fears about his s/o’s safety because of his position in the village – he feels that could make them a target, but if they’re a shinobi and able to protect themselves, that’s calming to him.
Would really enjoy training with them, I think Tobirama would try his best to make his partner at least as strong as himself. He doesn’t go easy on them during any type of sparring. Tobirama feels like he would be disrespecting their strength and doing them a disservice if he was holding back – without any challenges he feels like his s/o would never get stronger.
He can get really competitive during sparring matches, but if he wins, he’s a really good sport about it – he hugs you and leaves a tender kiss on your forehead as long as no one’s around. Oh man, but if Tobirama loses he pouts about it for a while – usually because Hashirama finds out and teases him.
Takes his partner on diplomatic missions frequently, he knows they can handle themselves while he’s in meetings and preoccupied with important village affairs – he still gets anxious and keeps tabs on them based on their chakra signature, but he doesn’t tell them. That also means he gets to enjoy their company while they’re away from Konoha, which can be refreshing.
On any type of battlefield Tobirama would have a hard time letting his partner out of his sight. At the very least he would be tracking their chakra signature the whole time out of concern. Even though he has to remain focused because he would be a key player in any fight, Tobirama is always anxious about their safety.
If he thought they were going to get hurt he would definitely try and protect them, and even take any form of an injury for them, he is very sacrificial that way. The concept of losing someone close to him again is something Tobirama wouldn’t accept, so he’s willing to do anything to never let that be a reality.