I came into this life as a newbie, my movements awkward as I began to explore this new landscape. Navigation was my initial obstacle. My computer and internet speed were slow and I often found myself frozen or crashed. Unable to move, I found myself frustrated with this new experience. I wanted to be in control and I found that I wasn't. It was a shamanic journey into the underworld of Milu. I had obstacles to meet and to move beyond. This test was met with a simple restart on my computer. When tired of restarting, I simply quit the session for the day. This would do until I could get a first level fix with a high speed connection and a faster computer. I also learned that the SL program, as was myself, in a process of updates and fixes.
My next obstacle was communication. Still unsure of myself, I could not initiate conversations with other avatars. I did not know the rules and I lacked confidence to make my own. So I silently moved around orientation island sometimes bumping into other avatars and unable even to type in a simple word like "sorry." I wanted to be invisible. Where was my invisibility cloak? I practiced talking to trees and waterfalls and flowers. One day an object talked back. It was a beginning.
Then there was the problem of my appearance. I wanted to change the way I looked. I wanted my outward form to reflect my inward desires. I needed to make the invisible visible. First I had to learn how to make changes. Change-making takes a certain amount of risk taking. I was afraid to lose what I had. Could I reverse my decisions and go back to the beginning again? This obstacle was met by making small changes until I was satisfied with my temporary look long enough to go out into the world.
The next challenge was to step off orientation island where I was surrounded by newbies like myself and integrate myself into the bigger world called the Mainland. I stopped off on Help Island, still trying to get a knowledge base that would help me in my future adventures. I learned how to get information about the things in my environment and about the people surrounding me. I learned how to accumulate possessions. I went on a spree of collecting that later would almost be my demise. Many things in this world are free and I could not resist having it all.
Questions started to appear. Do I bring some of my Real Life (RL) fears into Second Life (SL)? If I start making changes and doing new things in SL will I transfer these changes to my RL?
I began experimenting with the many objects that I found in my extensive inventory. This inventory was made huge by my visits to Freebie Warehouse and Freebie Planet. Places where you could unload crates of clothes, jewelry, furniture and more. The best part was that everything was free L$O just click on buy and it was yours. The bad part was that my inventory soon became out of control with stuff that I would never use. I began to delete things that were not useful to me at the moment. I returned to Melemele and rezed objects (click and drag to the ground) to see what mysteries lay in those crates of mine. I found refuge in one of the huts that became my dressing room. All I had to do was open the crate, select something and click on wear. Instant clothes and they fit perfectly. Something that is not so easy for me to do in real life. Change is easy here and yes you can usually revert to the old and comfortable if you choose to. However, it does take developing a knowledge base to make you familiar with the rules of this world
The World Is What You Think It Is
It was during this period that I found out that things were not always what they seemed. Kahu Akina and I met at a beach. When I arrived he was floating in the air above his beach towel. I loved the effect and asked him how he did it. He said that he was not floating and that what I experienced was only my view of things. The world is truly what you think it is. This has happened before when Kealoha Huet and I sat in different rooms and went from his computer to mine and saw differently.
Everything Is Working Out Perfectly
"Your World, Your Imagination"
Everything Is A Dream
On the second level the shaman sees everything as connected. This is the telepathic area where psychic skills are observed. Here you can talk to the trees and they will talk back. You can open a chat window and open the connection. Using the magical symbols of the alphabet you can read the mind of someone worlds away. I enjoy going to a special place set aside for Alakai (Spiritual leaders of Huna International). It is an island with a fire pit and hot pool. I go there to relax. I can sit in the hot steamy waters and heal. The sound of the bubbling jacuzzi calms me as the steam blankets me in comfort. I identify with my avatar and can feel the relaxing effect on my Real Life body. We also have a waterfall that we can stand under and doing so helps to make me feel refreshed.
On the third level the shaman sees everything as a dream where you can create whatever you imagine. This is what SL is all about - Creation. Using what is called prims, you can build anything that you can imagine. The creators of second life have given us the tools to do this and it is amazing to experience what people have dreamed up. Life is a journey and an adventure. Read the omens and symbols and determine the path that you are to walk. If you see the world as a dangerous place then you will find that place in SL. If you see life as a loving place then you will find love reflected in your SL experiences. When looking at life as a journey and adventure, SL opens magical portals for you to explore.
On the fourth level the shaman can become one with something. This is the mystical level and for the shaman it is one of shapeshifting, grokking and astral travel. In SL you can become an avatar with animal characteristics called a furry and in SL you can fly. I have become one with my avatar. If someone was to bump into me I physically react with a slight startle.
I imitate wind
I role play earth
I adopt and become the pattern of fire. As I become one with it, the resonance that I have developed will make changes in me. In a long distance healing mode the changes in my behavior will have an effect on the behavior of a fire that I am focusing on.
I am a virtual shaman in a Second Life world. Do you hear the call of different realities? Are you ready for another kind of adventure? Please join me in the Huna Village. I will be happy to help you with your explorations. Go to our Pali Uli page for information on how to get there, and to My Link to see how I can help you.
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