Otherkin Reiki: Emergence

Continuing the series on otherkin Reiki, we come to the stage of emergence.  In the integration stage we joined different aspects of ourselves together in a coherent whole.  In this stage, the whole becomes more than the sum of its parts and something new emerges.

One of the key phrases for this stage of otherkin development is “that life is not this life”. You’re not the person you were then, even if you’re attempting to bring aspects of that life forward into the present.  Conversely, neither are you the person you were prior to awakening to, remembering, and integrating this aspect of yourself.  Each aspect gives you access to experiences, knowledge, skills, and perceptions that the other did not possess.  And combining them can and should lead to a synthesis that is completely new and alive in its own right.  Otherwise we’ll simply stagnate.

This stage is important for all otherkin but perhaps particularly important for so-called “polykin” – otherkin with memories of more than one nonhuman life, often as different species.  For us, staying in the integration stage would be a lot like stitching together an amalgamation reminiscent of Frankenstein’s monster.  We need to move past it, to evolve into something more.

This stage in otherkin development is equivalent to the Fermentation stage of alchemy.  To the best of my knowledge, there is no symbol in otherkin Reiki which explicitly deals with this stage of development.  We’ll create one by starting with the magic square of Mercury, pictured below:

For the basis of our sigil we’ll use the hebrew word גִּ֫יחַ, pronounced “ghee’-akh” and meaning “to burst forth” or “to give birth”.  This word is composed of the letters, from right to left, Gimel (3), Yodh (10), and Heth (8).  Laid out on our magic square, it would appear thus:

Which leaves us with this as our final sigil:

To me this sigil is reminiscent of changing course.  Finding a new direction.   As with the other sigils in this series, the thoughtform behind it has been created specifically to deal with the needs of otherkin, helping their various human and nonhuman sides come together to create something which is both and neither.  Something which bridges both worlds.

The next essay in this series will deal with Refinement.

Otherkin Reiki: Integration

Continuing my thoughts on otherkin Reiki, this essay will deal with Integration.  Merely having memories – even after separating out that which is false or which you do not wish to bring forward into the present – isn’t enough.  In order to be useful, these memories need to be integrated into your present life and personality.

A lot of otherkin overlook this part, which is why you can get some kin claiming hundreds or thousands of years of spiritual age who still act like twelve year olds.  Integration requires mental and emotional maturity in the present – some experiences you’re simply not going to be able to integrate until you’ve had enough relevant experiences in this life to be able to relate to them.

This stage is equivalent to the alchemical process of Conjunction.  To the best of my knowledge, there is no existing symbol in otherkin Reiki which addresses this phase directly.  We will create one by beginning with the magic square of Venus, pictured below:

For this sigil, we’ll use as our root the hebrew word דָּבַק, pronounced “daw-bak'” and meaning “to cling to”, “keep close” or “join”.  This word is formed by the letters, from right to left, Dalet (4), Bet (2), and Qoph (100=1).  Laid out on our magic square, this gives us this sigil:

Which in turn gives us this as the final sigil:

Again, a very simple sigil, and highly effective once charged and released.  For me, this sigil is reminiscent of taking a book or other object down off a high shelf and finding a new home for it somewhere more accessible and in keeping with a proper system of organization.  A place for everything, and everything in its place.

Otherkin Reiki: Discernment

Continuing my thoughts on otherkin Reiki, we next come to a stage that I think can best be described as “discernment”.  This is the stage when memories uncovered in the awakening and remembering stages are examined and the proverbial wheat is separated from the chaff.

This corresponds to the alchemical stage of seperation, in which ungenuine or unworthy material is discarded.  And that’s pretty much our goal here as well – to discard any false memories you may have generated to fill in gaps in your actual memories, a particular danger if you attempt to present your memories in story format, and to discard any material which is not worthy of bringing into the present.  For instance – if you had a life that you weren’t proud of, separating yourself to some degree from who you were then while still bringing forward that life’s lessons so you do not repeat its mistakes.

In the existing tradition of otherkin Reiki, Rialian’s True Memory symbol is again the symbol most commonly used to weed out false memories.  To my knowledge there is no symbol, at this time, designed to help distance one from “unworthy” memories.  Our sigil will attempt to do both.

We will start this time with the magic square of Mars, associated with the alchemical process of separation:

It’s a bit more of a challenge to pick a root word to form the basis of this sigil, but I think I’ll go with the hebrew word פָּרַד, pronounced “paw-rad'” and meaning “to divide” or “separated”.  It is composed of the letters, from right to left, Pe (80=8), Resh (200=2), and Dalet (4).  So our sigil, laid out on the magic square, will look like this:

Which gives us, as our final sigil, this:

Again, a very simple sigil and quite effective once charged and released.  As with the Remembering sigil this thoughtform has specifically been created for work with nonhuman past-life memories.  In addition to the purposes already suggested it may also be useful for creating some emotional distance between yourself and memories you are attempting to work with.

At this point it may be interesting to point out that each sigil designed so far has graphically suggested its purpose.  The Awakening sigil suggests reaching down for something that was buried and bringing it up into the light.  The Remembering sigil has the appearance of a lightning bolt, certainly fitting for the typical flashes of memory otherkin experience.  And the Discernment sigil suggests taking something out and throwing it away.  At least, that’s how I view each of them.

For the curious, the next stage will be Integration.