A spiritual theriomorph is someone who at least sees aspects of animals in his or her personality and actions, and those aspects shape who he or she is. More so in the meaning of a spiritual shapeshifter, being able to assume animal as well as human form in spirit (or a mix of the two).
There are two types of shapeshifting; changing your light body in the astral to power animal, and changing your
physical form on the earth plane into an animal. Perhaps this is where the lycanthropy legend actually began.
Very adept shamans are said to be able to change their physical human forms into that of animals.
During certain ritual dances, humans can be possessed by the animal spirit. Although they outwardly do not become the animal, their body may contort or move in the fashion that the animal is most comfortable. Vocalizations are also heard, such as the cry of the
Eagle, scream of the Falcon, etc.
These power dances are not harmful, as long as they are done within some type of sacred circle. Inwardly, the individual melds with the animal. The human's sense of smell or sight may be heightened, there could be increased dexterity in the limbs, or a feeling of savage power that the animal may represent.
Depending on animals for food and fur for warmth, primitive man knew that his destiny was
linked with that of the beasts. His almost religious fascination with the creatures he hunted is
evidenced by cave drawings found as far apart as France and Australia.
Many early civilizations revered animals as the incarnation of gods; in ancient Egypt, for
example, both the cobra and the cat were objects of worship. It is not surprising that stories
of humans turning into beasts, has become deeply ingrained in the popular imagination.
Often such metamorphoses are associated with fear and terror.
In central and eastern Europe, for example, a belief in the bloodsucking vampire that condemns its victims to a
living death has persisted into the 20th century.
In West Africa until recently, members of a secret society called the Leopard Men believed that simply wearing the leopard's
distinctive spotted skin would magically imbue them with that animal's fearsome strength.
Shimmers, for want of a better term, describe an unusual change whereby a person can be seen to transform into an alien or other creature. The term is becoming more used these days by UFO and Paranormal researchers as the old term, known as a Transfiguration.
The disturbing thing for some people who experience the Shimmer effect is that sometimes they do know that they have appeared briefly as an alien and do not claim or admit to being aliens. The effect seems external and not something the person can identify with. In other cases however there have been reported Shimmers by people who do indeed claim to be aliens as we shall hear later. For some people the resultant effect of seeing such a transformation can be the undeniable proof they require of the subject of UFO's.
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