I don’t watch SG but I wanted to send some love to all my Sanvers buddies out there. On behalf of the Cophine/Ebro fans, I think I can speak for everyone when I say:
We. Feel. Your. Pain. And that pain cuts deep like a sonofabitch.
Bring it in, babes. Cry it out. Rage it out. You’re among friends. We got you.
So, recently it has come to my attention over here in my rocking chair that there has been a bit of a fracas - a kerfuffle, if you will - in an area of the Orphan Black fandom. It brought to mind when I first learned what a “ship war” was a couple years ago, and I stumbled across the post I’m attaching below this one, which I wrote around that time.
Then, as now, people were arguing in Clone Club, which is people’s right to do, but it still strikes me how unfortunate it is when things devolve into nastiness and it affects folk’s enjoyment of a show or fandom. These things happen, whether it’s because people disagree on which ship should be canon,or the elements of character writing or interpretation, or feelings about story lines, &c. Sometimes it even bleeds over into what people think about certain actors, showruners or crew. But, and I think this is important to note, sometimes it happens because of misunderstandings, particularly online, which we all know is a place where things we maybe wouldn’t say in person are easier to put out as semi-anonymous text, and the lack of signals such as body language and intonation can make messages easy to misinterpret. I know I’ve been on both ends of a misunderstanding, and sometimes gotten maybe a little too salty (or spicy) because of it. Maybe I made people my “enemies” who weren’t really being adversarial, or I let someone who was actually trolling get under my skin and responded with invective which didn’t make me feel any better, anyway, all things told.
So, I’d like to ask the folks keyboard-scuffling in Clone Club to take a breath and consider if maybe they misjudged or got carried away, and whether it’s worth annoying or distressing other people in the fandom, or even themselves, for that matter. Nobody has to agree with me (or anyone else, for that matter,) and if you are getting some satisfaction out of it, that’s your call. Certainly I know there can be fun and bonding elements over complaining, and I do my share, although it is rarely with ill intent (unless we get to actual politics, but that’s a different animal altogether.) But honestly, when there is so much that’s great about the show (which we still allowed to criticize and have opinions on) and the fandom (which we likewise can surely have opinions and criticisms about, keeping in mind that being snarky about actual people comes across differently from snarking about a show, or even the public figures who create it,) and so much else in the world we could be getting ticked off about, is this really the most appealing use of your time?
Anyhow, I hope people will let stuff go and get ready to enjoy - or not enjoy, if that’s how it turns out for them, we’ll see - the last season of the show. In the spirit of appreciating the show and the fandom, I’m reblogging the below post I made about #obpositivity. If anyone is still reading this ramble, I’d like to thank you for being part of a fandom that has been important to and a lot of fun for me.
It’s long past when I should be asleep, but, besides writing fic late again, I wanted to take the opportunity to post something for Orphan Black positivity day (great idea, cosima-geekmonkey-niehaus!)
I’ve never really been an engaged member of a fandom before (unless you count playing with Star Wars toys as a kid,) so Clone Club has been quite an experience for me. I never expected to get drawn into a show and have it become one of my all-time favourites so quickly. The talent of the cast and crew is phenomenal, especially our lord and saviour, TMas. It’s a great triumph for a show to both emphasize complex female protagonists and characters and showcase an actor doing such amazing work. The basis of a secret clone experiment is fascinating, and can be used to address all sorts of issues. However, I think it was the fandom that really pulled me in to being a dedicated fan.
Astral projection is also known as an out of body experience. Astral projection can take place whether you are sleeping or awake. It is done when your conscious mind leaves your physical body on earth to a different dimension while staying connected by a silver cord. The cord makes it possible to come back to your earthly self. It enables your spirit body to explore the astral realm. It is said that Astral Projection helps you become your truest and highest self. Astral Projecting is the floating and lifting of your physical being through the use of your astral body.
Practices to Help with Astral Travel
Relax and Practice Proper Breathing techniques
Counting up or down while focusing your breathing
Improve your concentration
Deep breathing exercises
Become Aware and Mindful
Shielding and Protection
Spiritual and Physical Protection
Work on your inner energies
A place where angels, spirits, deities, and other cosmic beings reside. It is a place where ones astral body travels through. It may also be recognized as the “emotional plane,”
because the astral plane reacts to our emotions, thoughts, and desires.
The Silver Cord
The silver cord anchor’s ones astral body to their physical body. The silver cord allows you to find your way back to the physical realm. It is described as being strong, almost indestructible, yet soft and elastic that can stretch and flex to make sure that the astral body is truly tethered to the physical one.
Risks of Astral Projection
Obscuring your focus causing obsession with the astral plane
Demonic Possession - A greatly debated topic, the truth of which is unknown.
You may become lost or disconnected from the cord - Some argue that you cannot severe the cord, some believe that becoming disconnected from the cord will cause death.
Conclusion: The dangers of astral projection are extremely controversial, be sure to do proper research and follow your gut!
Astral Travel Tips
Look after your mental and physical health.
Only travel when you have peace of mind, never when anxious or angry.
Release all fear, do not project if you are fearful of the astral plane.
Record your experiences
Protect yourself by a visualization of pure white light
Wear loose fitting clothing and project in a warm room.
Experiment with different methods
Signs you are astral projecting
You’re feeling a sort of numbness or buzzing in your skin
You’re hearing all sorts of strange sounds, like going through all sorts of random radio stations really fast
Your body is frozen and you can only move your eyes (“sleep paralysis”)
You’re feeling or hearing other people or animals in your room
Your body turns all liquidy like water and parts of you start floating
Only astrally project if you are in a stablemood (if you are clouded by negative thoughts and feelings, you will attract negative entities).
Donot astrally project if you are on drugs - this will take you to a lower plane of disorientation and will be less vibrant.
Just in case, ask your guides to protect you (as there can be malevolent beings).
Ideally, only do it if you believe it will be spiritually benefiting (it is not a necessary part of spirituality)rather than a source of entertainment.
If you do it incorrectly, it could lead to sleepparalysis.
You cannot get possessed by malevolent entities, but they can get attached to you.
Always surround yourself with nurturing and higher vibrational energy, and avoid beings with darker/clouded auras as they tend to be less benevolent (but not always - it is just a precaution if you are new to astral projection).
Avoidfear - do not worry that you can die while astrally projecting (as you will not), if your astral body senses danger it will immediately return to your physical body.
Here’s my step by step complete guide on how to lucid dream. The most effective way to lucid dream (based on my research and personal experience) which may give you a lucid dream tonight!
This will be a combination of some already known lucid dreaming techniques which are WILD,WBTB,MILD, and FILD. Look it up on Google.
1. Want it.
Yep. Power of the mind. You have to really want it and intend to do it. Try reading a lot about lucid dreaming during the day before you go to sleep at night. Tell yourself that lucid dreaming is easy,everyone can do it, and that you will lucid dream tonight. “Tonight I’m gonna realize I’m in my dream and I will control it.” or something like that.
2. Go to sleep
Just go to sleep normally. Don’t attempt to induce lucid dream straightaway, it might lead to insomnia. Mind that you might have to have a good sleeping pattern first.
3. Wake up 2 hours before your normal wake up time
Set your alarm clock. If you usually wake up at 6 am, set the alarm at 4 am. I found that 4 am is best for me (after going to bed at 9.30 pm that night)
4. Stay up for 30 minutes
Try not to look at your phone or laptop screen. Sometimes I don’t know what to do to spend those 30 minutes either. Drink a glass of water, go to the toilet, I don’t know, anything to keep you from falling back to sleep.
5. Go back to sleep
Now you can do this in 2 ways.
-> The first is just to simply go back to sleep.
-> The second is to induce lucid dream using WILD technique. We’re going to trick our body to think that we’re asleep eventhough our mind is actually still awake.
Go to bed and lie down on your back. Arms on your sides and feet not touching each other. Don’t move. Don’t scratch (unless it’s unbearable, go on and go back to position), don’t swallow (there’ll be an illusion of a building saliva and that you should swallow it, try not to. Swallowing will tell your body that you’re still awake. However, it’s not that prohibited. I found that swallowing is kind of alright. The key is to let it pass and not to concentrate on it.).
Sometimes it’s hard staying awake, because you may not think too much but may not fall asleep as well. If random thoughts pop up, just “look” at it but don’t interact with it. To stay awake, I usually do FILD (Finger Induced Lucid Dream) by imagining movements of my middle fingers and then my index fingers, like playing two keys on a piano. Middle finger pressing on the bed; middle finger lift. Index finger press; index finger lift, and so on.
Then these will happen:
1. You will enter sleep paralysis. In which you can’t move your body but you’re still awake. Breathing gets heavier. Some people found this scary which I don’t understand. So I suggest you to think positive and to know that sleep paralysis is normal and it happens every night. Your body does it to prevent you from moving and injuring yourself during sleep.
2. You will hear hallucinatory sounds. I usually hear music or birds tweeting. Mind that these sounds will be very very real, vivid, and sometimes loud.
3. You will enter the hypnagogic state. You’ll see colours and shapes through closed eyelids. Just watch it but don’t interact with it.
And there’s a missing link in which I assume I simply let myself fall asleep altogether.
6. You will enter the lucid dream
There are 2 ways :
1. Out Of Body Experience
In which you wake up in your bed, do a reality check (pinch your nose and try breathing through it, if you can breathe means you’re in a dream). Yep you’re in a lucid dream now. I usually go and fly from my balcony after the reality check.
You’ll see shadows which will become more and more vivid, turning into a whole dream scene. Yep you’re in a lucid dream now.
Enjoy. Try to control your dream using the power of your mind.
Some tips to stabilize your lucid dream when it’s fading:
- Rub your hands together
- Spin around
- Touch things, from your shirt to anything around you.
1. If All Else Fails
If you have tried everything above but keep failing,try this way that works for me all the time. So, after you wake up naturally, go to the toilet etc. Then go back to sleep and attempt to do WILD (Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming). You must be in a comfortable state and (as much as you can) not hearing noises from outside. And while usually you try to concentrate on staying awake, this time try to concentrate on falling asleep. Fall asleep conciously.
2. The (Not) Scary Part
So I recently found why some people are scared during sleep paralysis. I once saw a giant metal creature like the combustion villain in the movie Thor. And I once experienced feeling dragged down by vines during sleep paralysis. Now the key, is to stay positive. Everytime you feel or see anything disturbing or scary during sleep paralysis, calmly tell yourself that it’s all not real. Relax and say in your heart, “Pfft, this isn’t real. Stop it. Imagine beautiful flowers and focus on other things. Peaceful thoughts.” using a badass tone as if you don’t care. It’s all in your head so keep a positive attitude. Don’t panic and take control.
3. How To Resume
Sometimes while you’re in the middle of the dream it just fades to black. The easiest way to resume it is to stay in position and imagine the last scene/view before the blackout. Usually the scene will emerge from the darkness and poof you’re back.
4. Tips & Tricks
I found that it’s easier to induce LD during naptime. Or when you’re taking a nap while being sleep deprived.
“It’s like, being shown our human core. What we are really made of from a
cosmic/microcosmic level at the same time as you are being torn apart
and reestablished as vibrations. We are sound; we are symbols…”
Do you have any ways that we can see into our past lives? I supposedly didn't come from "here" (my soul didnt) and I want to know more
Akashic record meditation (should be done within your astral temple so if you do not have one, create one):
*Note: this method is quite advanced as it involves projecting your spirit and interacting with guides.
1. Relax your body and count backwards from six to one. Which each descending number feel yourself going into a deeper state of meditation and floating away towards your astral temple. With each number feel your muscles completely relax and let go of controlling your body. You should feel a warm wave of peaceful energy pass through you and your heart centre.
2. Once you feel and see yourself within your astral temple, you see a beautiful light emanating from another room. You go inside and see a welcoming spirit, either an angel, guide, or an Akashic guard. They will be a guide to your records.
3. Feel yourself make a friendly connection to this spirit so that you feel safe. They are here to help you see your past life and rid yourself of any toxic patterns. After this, sit yourself down in a chair - this chair is so soft and comfortable, it almost feels like a cloud.
4. Your guide directs your attention to a viewing screen on the opposite wall, and this is a screen to view your Akashic Records. Open yourself to all the helpful information that will about to appear regarding your intentions. The screen starts to come to life and you begin being able to see your past memories (and sometimes you can see yourself in third person - this is how the Universe saw you).
5. Let yourself get a sense of the environment and era of what you are viewing. Take a moment to get a sense of who you were at this time and what your purpose was.
6. Allow the screen to continue to show you what happened to you in this life, as well as your experience interacting with other people or spirits. See how this life may be affecting your current one. Get a sense of your past experience and how it made you feel.
7. Let all the information rise up to your consciousness and feel yourself begin to get empowered and more comfortable.
8. Ask the guide if there is any other information that they need you to know (they may either say it, make you feel the emotion, project the image, or other intuitive means). After you receive this information, thank your guide, and know that you will be able to meet with them any time you wish to use the Akashic Records again.
9. You are now counting upwards from one to three, and with each number and breath feel yourself shifting back into your body, into present time and space.
10. Take a deep breath, slowly open your eyes and slowly begin to move your body and stretch. Place your feet flat on the ground and allow yourself to be grounded.
You can also try viewing your life through scrying - black mirrors and crystal balls are commonly used but you can also use a polished dark bowl filled with water, allowing for clear reflections:
1. Sit yourself in a room with a dim light source (such as a candle, moonlight, or a lamp draped with cloth). Sit upright with the mirror or object propped up at an angle and held between your hands. Clear your mind and set the intention of scrying your past life.
2. Take deep breaths and feel yourself get into a meditative state, allowing your intuition and third eye to take its course. Gaze at the mirror, and at first you will see your face.
3. At some point, your face will begin to change, fade, or disappear. Is the face you are seeing familiar? What gender and race is it? Is it distorted? The face you see is most likely the person who you were in your past life. Do not be started by it, and maintain your focus. This may not happen right away, it can take a long period of meditative time before you start to see anything, depending on your experience as a scryer.
4. You may even start to see different faces appear. Some will invoke no emotion, while others will create a spark within you - perhaps they were important to you within that past life. Take note of what they looked like and what feelings they invoke in you.
5. If you are advanced enough, you can try “inhabiting” the face’s body, and see how it feels to do so (is it empowering or weak? Frightening or peaceful?). Are there any surroundings around you and can you interact with them?
6. Once you have seen enough, step back from the vision return to your own face. Move your face and see if your reflection dutifully responds. Take a few cleansing breaths and put away your mirror or scrying object. Write down what you just experienced, and if you can, try to draw the faces you saw.
If you do not like doing meditation or scrying, or are new to spirituality/have not practiced these methods, you can simply ask to have a past life dream. Before bed, set the intention (out loud if possible) that you wish to see who you were in your past life and any messages that you need to see. Once you sleep, you may have a past life dream (they are vivid, you often see circles, things in group of three, etc…). Although you may also not. So if you do not get one, simply repeat again every night until you see it.