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Let's face it, there are a lot of spirits out there. A lot of them have demonized in one way or another over the years, a large percentage through the efforts of the church, but others through the clash of cultures and ideologies. It makes for a confusing mess on what spirits are 'safe' to work with, and those from whom you should probably run from screaming. Well first the bad news.
There are NO 'safe' spirits, no matter how people friendly or easy to work with a spirit proves to be, it is always important to be on your guard. Spirits are a heck of a lot older than us, wiser than us, and much, much, much more wily than us. They usually get their way without to much trouble to themselves. That's why you have to think things through, you have to know what your limits are. Most importantly, you have to take the time to form a relationship with them.
Relationship has all sorts of connotations. It's difficult for one. It takes effort - on both sides. Making that effort though is the surest way to learn whether that spirit intends you good or ill, whether it can be depended on. If you're lucky it will turn into something beautiful between both parties, but you've got to but in that time and effort.
Time and effort sometimes isn't enough. Sometimes it's a bad bargain you get into. When relationships don't pan out, or when they go south badly, it's difficult to get away from a spirit. That's why, like in material human interactions, you limit your exposure until you build that trust. It's very hard to get rid of a stalker or an axe murderer when they have your friend circle on Facebook, email, phone, mailing address, physical address, etc.
Take things slow, don't be in a hurry, and don't take everyone's word for it that a spirit is 'harmless' or 'easy' to work with. Nine times out of then this is probably true, but it's that one percent that can turn into a really bad thing. Spirits respect, care and being accorded respect. They don't like rude displays or foolish efforts to command - especially with no relationship. The more a spirit knows you and the more you know the spirit, the better things are going to go, but there is no going from 0 to 60. Anybody would be pissed if you just tried to run them over!
Now where am I going with this? Back to the title of this entry. A lot of spirits are demonized, but most of them don't deserve the negative press if they are approached with respect and care. I work with a number of spirits that are said to be extremely bad, evil, beings that do bad things - particularly with men. The objections usually run like this - they are bad wicked larvals that will drain your health and spiritual well-being, they are wicked succubi that will drain and ultimately kill those they prey upon, etc. This isn't to say such beings don't exist, because they very much do, and I've had my mistakes in that department. Fortunately, I have survived those mistakes - and learned from them. What I haven't done is thrown out all these female spirits with a bad reputation from the persecuting church or hear-say. I let the spirits prove themselves to me, as I make every effort to prove myself to the spirits. If I hadn't have done I would have missed out on some very beautiful, very useful relationships. I've gained powerful guardians, I've had success and opportunities open up in my profession, and romance of the mundane variety, and those are but a few instances. Turns out they were very skilled in providing these things, and I would missed out on so much if I hadn't pursued those relationships. What it didn't turn into was succubus orgies (maybe a little) and death, or being constantly drained. But I would have continued to think that about these spirits if I hadn't pursued these relationship (safely) to learn for myself.
Conclusion, make the effort. Don't take unnecessary risks, but don't be afraid of taking risks at all. Be smart, be wily like the spirits, but enjoy! I think I've got a pretty good broad overview of what's necessary between the previous blog entry, "Chthonic Spirits and the Connection to Ourselves." Then again, I always think that, and then find out later I left something out. The nice thing about blogging though is it's a journal of sorts, and it permits mistakes - and for those mistakes to be resolved through the process of peer review. Sometimes I really love the Internet. Long may it remain Uncensored and Free.
Note on the images: I originally wanted a comic with a succubus holding up a bag of skin that used to be a man, and saying something like, "Did I take too much?" I know I've seen something like that before, but I couldn't track it down, so you get what I did find instead. Not nearly as funny, but definitely sexy ;-)
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