The Truth About Us **a Must Read**
I'm honestly surprised at the amount of people on here (not just this group, but Other groups) who know little to nothing of what's going on with the group they're associated with. I suppose that's the bad thing about someone creating a group like this one that perhaps doesn't know much or does but doesn't help people out that join it. It's not even a matter of differences in beliefs, it's a matter of there IS a difference many people simply aren't getting. I don't claim to know everything, but I will say, I've been a part of a Serious therian community for up to 7 years. Talking with other adults (and younger) about very serious occurances that happen with shifting and much more. So I am going to hopefully help alot of you out there with terms and definitions in getting the information you truley might want and instead are finding a bunch of nonsense.
A Shamanic Techinique in which a person connects with an animal (with a certain intention in mind) and is able to "shift" themselves in taking on that animals characteristics. Mostly this brings on a Mental Shift for the shaman, in which they behave like the animal they are connecting to.
There are many stories and legends saying that by wearing the pelt of that creature they would be able to transform into it. What people aren't getting is that this is not a physical change. But a spiritual one. They become more animalistic and instinctual, sometimes accompanied by heightened senses but that is the extent of it. No one may argue this because there is NO PROOF of one being able to physically change Anything about themselves except by making others see something different in their eyes (which will be explained later)
Since Shapeshifting is a Learned technique, Anyone can do it. The form of shapeshifting is so that a person may take on the energies of a certain animal in order to aid them for something either magickal or in their physical lives. And IS temporary. You are Still human!
A community of people who believe they either have the soul of an animal within their human bodies (either mixed with a human soul or Just the animal one). Others believe it to be a connection they still have with a creature they were in a past life. Nothing is set in stone because it purely depends on the persons religious beliefs because therianthropy does not exclude Any belief. Therianthropy is NOT a religion in Any way. But more a spiritual path.
Not all therians, but alot experience "shifts" which I will give the names of the general shifts and what they are below.
Phantom shift: This term came from the "Phantom limb theory" in which is when a person loses a leg or an arm for whatever reason. Alot of them still say they can feel as though that limb is still there, and can move it and everything. This theory has been proven through scientific research on the brain patterns. When the researchers told these people to move this "limb" their brain reacted as though something was really moving on that part of their body. Therians experience all sorts of phantom limbs, most tend to feel tails and ears, along with muzzles and fur.
Aural (or energy) shift: This is caused by a "shifting" of ones energy. Which can also be considered in the category of Phantom shifting. Sometimes others are able to feel themselves (their own bodies) as the animal itself. People who are sensitive to energies will sometimes notice this change.
Mental Shift: A shift in which a therians mind shifts to that of the animal. In return, making them act as the animal. Most are able to realize what is happening and are able to keep it from becoming a problem. Many of us feel it is a good way to "free the animal" a while.
Cameo Shift: A shift in which a therian shifts as an animal Not of their therio-type. Me being JaguarDragonWolf, if I feel as though I am a horse. This is a cameo-shift. They are quite fun to experience and this is pretty much what Shapeshifters experience since they are shifting as a creature that are not human.
Dream Shift: When someone dreams about turning into or being the animal of their therio-type. It isn't really known that just anyone has such dreams, but I won't rule out the idea. I've dream shifted as something not as my therio-type in which I believe was symbolic. It all depends on how you interpret your dreams personally
Shifts can be caused by many things, usually we call these things "triggers" which can be either by emotion or through images ect. Usually intense emotions such as anger or excitement tend to be easier to notice.
Some common myths about Therians:
some people like to use the term Lycan, in which most serious therians try to avoid as it brings to mind the Hollywood creatures in fictional films. Because the term lycan was introduced from the ever famous "Underworld" movie. But what about the term "Lycanthropy"? Lycanthropy is actually a mental condition in which made people act as though they were "beasts" in the olden times when they ate a certain food that was bad, making them in a way hallucinate. This term is still used in psychology today because of that, in which psychiatrists use to explain those who think themselves to be animals.
Can I be changed into a therian? the answer still is and always will be NO. Why is this? because Therianthropy is either mental (as some believe) or spiritual. It does not make anything different in our blood or saliva (which has been proven by doctors many a time) so one can only be Born as a therian. Never "changed" which is the common way in Hollywoods fictional film industry.
Anyone agreeing to bite you, or offer to change you for money...joining of a community...or for sexual pleasures. IS a FAKE. There are many people that try to track innocent others to prey on their dreams and use them for their own selfish reasons. This is very sad, and honestly I think they should be shot.
Therians are and always will be Human. We know we're human, we don't always like it, but we know we can't escape the truth of the matter that we are flesh and bone like everyone else and nothing is special about us in this matter. Anyone trying to convince you otherwise has a horrible ego.
Eyes: Ok I promised this section. The common things about eyes, is that people claim their friends saw their eyes change colors for an instant or that they saw their pupils take on a more "slit" form. Which honestly, is most likely a lighting issue. What was going on when this happened?(was it a reflection?)
Some peoples eyes do change color, usually the lighter blues and greens will get specks or fade with what they're wearing or they claim they do when they're in a certain mood (but don't people usually dress as to how they're feeling?)
There is something I learned to do with my energy when studying Wicca, in which for a short time one can make their eyes Appear to be different than what they really are. But there is not physical change with this.
This is all I've got for now, but I do hope it will help others to see when they are being led to believe things only to have their dreams crushed. Because believe me, I wish it were possible to Physically shift. I do not block that option out completely. But until someone offers SOLID UNMISTAKABLE evidence. Then I fear it is simply a hoax, in which they are trying to make themselves feel special by convincing people this. (and this happens ALOT) Mostly when you ask for proof from these people, they tend to get insulted and argumenative. That's an easy red flag. Or they try to trick you into thinking they already convinced you.
I haven't heard of it much, but there are some pretty good graphical artists out there. It is possible that you could come across a smart one that tries sending you pictures of something they did with their eyes or their hands or whatever. Honestly, this is why the only way you should Really believe someone is by seeing it with your Own Eyes. Do not be misled.
Brightest Blessings to all of you, I really do hope this helps others understand what they're experiencing. It is ok Not to be a therian.