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Samhain Stories – Hotel Phillips and Murderous Insomnia

Real Wyrd - A Modern Shaman's Roots in the Middle World by S. Kelley HarrellEvery year on Intentional Insights I share some of my more charged, spooky, Samhain Stories. This year I am releasing a collection of such encounters in Real Wyrd – A Modern Shaman’s Roots in the Middle World, to give further insight into my experiences.

As a lifelong intuitive and neoshaman by choice for over two decades, not all of my experiences with the spirit world have had direction, instruction, or even clarity. Every one of them, though, has meaning. Working with the unseen of the earthly realm is an opportunity to learn about life out of form, and be of some kind of service to spirits in need. Working with the other side of death equips me better this side of life.
In this particular story, I was on a business trip to Kansas City, MO, where I stayed at the lovely, vintage Hotel Phillips.  Despite that I traveled alone, at no point was I left to myself in the room…  Hotel Phillips and Murderous Insomnia

What unusual encounters have you had?  How have they affected your life? Comment on your experiences and be entered to win a free ebook of Real Wyrd!

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Weekly Rune – Kenaz

Nauthiz - Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune by S. Kelley HarrellKenaz – Torch – With Kenaz we’re back to the first aett, but not the beginning.  We are moving forward with more information than we had a week ago.

Though pictured upright, this week’s Rune was actually  drawn reversed.  Kenaz is about lighting the darkness.  Reversed, I describe it as a speck of light in pitch dark–not exactly lit, but not total oblivion, either.  Whatever you did to get out of the rut and see your circumstances differently, it worked. Whatever direction revealed itself to you last week, you saw it. You can’t unsee it, and you can’t ignore that you glimpsed how what is weighing on you right now is going to go down.  You now know exactly what it’s going to take to get you where you want to be.  It hit you like a ton of bricks, allowing a peek into the bliss and the ramifications of not going forward with this new information.  Changing direction now would not only delay your needed outcome, it will also set back needed momentum for standing in your truth.

It doesn’t have to be all rock-and-hard-place, though.  Yes, you saw what has to happen for you to complete what you’ve started.  Face that you didn’t like [all of] what you saw and get past that, period.   Do not mistake that how you feel in the moment about what lies ahead is more important than actually doing what you know you must.  Process the feelings and go.  

Support from the Multiverse is abundant right now.  In Tuesday’s (the 9th)  Saturn-Neptune Trine there is great support for you to move to the next step, and have it bless you in a stirring, clearing way.  As well, Jupiter, the sign denoting the best of what we have to offer, is retrograde until January.  This means you have an excellent opportunity to really dig deep and figure out how to put your best forward.

The snapshot of this moment is you distilled to your best traits and skills, literally with the Multiverse at your disposal to help you do this thing.  On your mark, get set…

Gift of the Dreamtime – Awakening to the Divinity of Trauma. Revised second edition now available, with a foreward by shaman, Christina Pratt.

Along with it, look for Gift of the Dreamtime Reader’s Companion

Recently released is Real Wyrd – A Modern Shaman’s Roots in the Middle World, my collection of true paranormal experiences as a lifelong intuitive.

Samhain Stories – An Unearthly Warning

Real Wyrd - A Modern Shaman's Roots in the Middle World by S. Kelley HarrellEvery year on Intentional Insights I share some of my more charged, spooky, Samhain Stories. This year I am releasing a collection of such encounters in Real Wyrd – A Modern Shaman’s Roots in the Middle World, to give further insight into my experiences.

As a lifelong intuitive and neoshaman by choice for over two decades, not all of my experiences with the spirit world have had direction, instruction, or even clarity. Every one of them, though, has meaning. Working with the unseen of the earthly realm is an opportunity to learn about life out of form, and be of some kind of service to spirits in need. Working with the other side of death equips me better this side of life.

Although the incidents in this story only marginally include me, this experience reminded me of the many reasons that spirits visit us, and introduced me to a phenomenon I hadn’t experienced before: An Unearthly Warning

What unusual encounters have you had?  How have they affected your life?  Comment on your experiences and be entered to win a free ebook of Real Wyrd!

Real Wyrd is available in print (this weekend) and ebook editions at:

Weekly Rune – Nauthiz

Nauthiz - Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent ArtsNauthiz – Need – Nauthiz is this second Rune in the second aett, and it signals the light tap on the shoulder to get our attention when it’s time to get moving. After last week’s memo from the Multiverse that the coast is clear and support has been granted, it’s time to actually do something with the power we’ve regained.

Nauthiz signals feelings of discontent about something, as well as the deep desire to change whatever it is.  In other words, there is an unmet need.  As we coast on the wake of this gifted motivation, we have to realize that the discontent is real. It’s not our imaginations, and it’s not going to just change on its own.  We’re on a path of movement for the first time in ages, and the last thing we want is for anything to hold us back. The thing is, nothing is holding us back, save the hesitation to address our own needs. In other words, we can’t move forward until we fulfill the need.    Needs unaddressed go unmet.  At this point, the unmet need is the crossroads along an otherwise clear path.

It’s all connected:  Meet the need, move forward, momentum sustains, progress made.

Gift of the Dreamtime – Awakening to the Divinity of Trauma. Revised second edition now available, with a foreward by shaman, Christina Pratt.

Along with it, look for Gift of the Dreamtime Reader’s Companion

Recently released is Real Wyrd – A Modern Shaman’s Roots in the Middle World, my collection of true paranormal experiences as a lifelong intuitive.

Supernatural Experiences and Spiritual Emergency

Hi Kelley my name is Lucy. When I was around 14 I went to church on a regular basis. One night after saying a prayer I got in bed and I started feeling a weird sort of electricity running up my legs, then suddenly I couldn’t move, scream, or think. A really disturbing voice next to my ear whispered bunch of random numbers. At church they’d said demons sometimes attack and told me to pray, “In God’s name I repel you.” Since I couldn’t scream or talk I said it in my mind until this thing finally let go of me. It was horrible. I was terrified at being paralyzed, though the voice scared me.

I’m 24 now and I can’t get over that event, or all that happened after. I still sleep with a light on, and when alone I feel someone is watching me. I cannot walk alone in the dark because I feel I’m gonna see something I even have panic attacks. I really need help I don’t want to be afraid anymore.

Evelyn de Morgan's Night and Sleep  - S. Kelley Harrell's Supernatural Experiences and Spiritual Emergency

Evelyn de Morgan’s Night and Sleep

Thanks for your note, Lucy. My feeling about what you went through and how it has affected you is one that is common for many intuitives: spiritual emergency. A spiritual emergency or crisis occurs when we have an experience outside our belief system, or when we experience spiritual growth in a way that we can’t emotionally process. In short, it is PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) of the soul. On an unconscious level, a switch gets flipped, that compounded by fear, doesn’t just unflip on demand. The result of this heightened state of consciousness is that you feel is if you never left the moment the voice spoke to you. Part of you feels like you are still there, creating a state in which everything feels frightening and predatorial. Some symptoms of spiritual emergency range from irrational fear, changes in personality, feeling attacked by atmospheric forces, depression, hypervigilance.

Often a trauma induces this reaction, though it can also occur after intense wonderful brushes with the supernatural. Some refer to such an experience as the classic “shamanic death” or “initiatory shamanic wound.” Regardless of the nature of the catalyzing event, when you have a spiritual experience that alters your ability to enjoy your life, you have experienced and are in spiritual crisis. Having established that, the question then becomes, “What do you do about it?”

You are a very sensitive person, who demonstrates an ability to connect with the unseen. Whether that is something you want to pursue under your control is for you to decide. What is important at present is that you find a way to reclaim your power and release the pattern of PTSD from this experience.

When I look at the moment that you heard the voice, I see that you experienced soul loss. This is a naturally occurring result of trauma, in which an aspect of the soul leaves and can’t return. A soul retrieval with a shaman can bring the soul part back, or help it return to All Things. What is peculiar about this particular moment is that your fear doesn’t center around the voice, or even the experience. The ongoing PTSD is about your fear that if you return this fourteen-year-old soul part, that it will happen again. The thing is, this soul part is highly intuitive, and she has information for you about how to use this ability, control it, set boundaries for it. In fact, by not returning her–thus your personal power–a self-fulfilled prophecy is being sustained. Without the wisdom of this soul part, the experience of the voice–the fear–is repeating, constantly. By bringing back this soul part, it can finally stop, you can set some limits on how you engage your intuition, and you can feel in control of your life again.

I recommend that you find someone who can stop the spiritual emergency with a soul retrieval. There are other approaches; this is the one I am most familiar with. I can help you with that remotely, or I can possibly recommend someone near you, to help you do it, in-person. However you move forward, I understand that you are asking for help. This means that you are ready. In order to move beyond that experience at fourteen and feel whole in your life now, you will have to face the fear. In doing so, you won’t have it anymore. You will finally step out of that frightening moment, and have your life back. The anxiety and the hpyervigilance will end.

My best to you, Lucy.

Gift of the Dreamtime – Awakening to the Divinity of Trauma. Revised second edition now available, with a foreward by shaman, Christina Pratt.

Along with it, look for Gift of the Dreamtime Reader’s Companion

Recently released is Real Wyrd – A Modern Shaman’s Roots in the Middle World, my collection of true paranormal experiences as a lifelong intuitive.

Weekly Rune – Eihwaz

Eihwaz- Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune by S. Kelley Harrell
Eihwaz – Yew – Eihwaz arrives at the end of something.  Given the last few weeks of bouncing amongst first aett Runes, this movement to completion is significant.  It calls to mind the current Uranus-Pluto square, marking the time as super-charged for changes, of the upheaval variety.  According to Skywatch, by Lynn Hayes, this square affects us through 2015.  Both this square and Eihwaz indicate death to many Rune enthusiasts, though ‘transformation’ is likely the better description.  This Rune comes after a period of stillness, if not stagnancy and the feeling that you can’t move ahead even if you want to.  Move now.  This is the turning point at which you decide the direction to go.

Whatever monumental change is going on in your life right now, recall that you’ve worked hard for it.  Even if its arrival doesn’t appear as you thought it would or want it to, this shift is part of the groundwork you’ve been doing for quite a long while.  Find the best things in it that you can to embrace, and know that it’s effort and energy come to fruition.  You’re doing the right thing for you.

Learn more about connecting with your authentic self and sustaining mindfulness to create yourself as you truly want to be. Contact Kelley for a Rune or Shamanic Reading.

Gift of the Dreamtime – Awakening to the Divinity of Trauma. Revised second edition now available, with a foreward by shaman, Christina Pratt.

Along with it, look for Gift of the Dreamtime Reader’s Companion





Recently released is Real Wyrd – A Modern Shaman’s Roots in the Middle World, my collection of true paranormal experiences as a lifelong intuitive.

Real Wyrd, Just in Time for Samhain!

Real Wyrd - A Modern Shaman's Roots in the Middle World by S. Kelley HarrellFor years, as we neared Samhain and The Dead Time I’ve shared my true encounters of the supernatural. Experiences from waking to deathwalks in the night to seeing apparitions in the middle of the day, you name it and I’ve brushed up against it, whether I meant to–or not so much.

In Real Wyrd – A Modern Shaman’s Roots in the Middle World  I’ve compiled revised editions of all of the stories that appeared on my blog, along with never-before-published updates to those stories, and several recent encounters.

Not your usual bump-in-the-night true paranormal accounts, these trips into the Middle World aren’t always scary. Some are sweet, some are affirming. Regardless, some I’d like to never have again, yet all of them changed me in a way that I never looked at myself or Life the same, after.

As a lifelong intuitive and shaman by choice for two decades, not all of my experiences with the spirit world have had clear-cut direction, instruction, or even results.  Every one of them, though, has had meaning.  It’s not my way to just dabble in the supernatural for only the sake of stirring the mystical pot.  Instead, I approach such as an opportunity to learn about life out of form, and be of some kind of service to spirits in need.  Working with the other side of death equips me better this side of life.

There are many spiritual books on working with the dead and discarnate, though most of them only extol the wonder and awe of that work.  They don’t talk about the toll it takes on their personal lives, or of  perils they faced learning to be healthy conduits for spirits.   Indeed this work is wonderful and awesome, but it can also be scary, disorienting, and uprooting.  I share these accounts of paranormal exploration as part investigation, part curiosity, and part luck of the draw of being a human equally aware of her soul.

The Dead Time Dawns – Number One Rule of House Selling

Real Wyrd - A Modern Shaman's Roots in the Middle World by S. Kelley Harrell

Read more spooky stories in “Real Wyrd – A Modern Shaman’s Roots in the Middle World,” true paranormal experiences of a lifelong intuitive.

Every year for Samhain I publish accounts of my more charged, and in some cases creepy, spiritual pursuits. The Dead Time is a treasured journey to Solstice, and as it is a time of untime, the shadowed season presents a great opportunity to tell the stories that many who do shamanic work won’t tell–the occasions when things don’t go well or the unseen presents itself unexpectedly. You may recognize some of these accounts from my previous stories, while others are more recent. Enjoy the solitude of the darkness, and know the light will soon warm!

The rule? why, it’s declutter, of course! But who ever thinks to declutter their lingering spirits, emotions, or traumas? Number One Rule of House Selling