Here it is, your guide to shifting. Everything you need to know about shifting is listed below.
Now, just to clarify some things, let's walk you through some transformations.
Mental Shifting: Mental Shifting takes place when a person's mind reverts to their animal form. He or she begins to feel like the animal and react like the animal. (Yipping, Whining, And Howling). The senses are often heightened with this Shift as well as many others.
Phantom Shifting: Phantom Shifting occurs when the person begins to see or feel limbs of their inner animal (they may see a tail on their body, or feel like their hands are paws). Again, only they are able to see the phantom limbs, other Therians may sense the phantom limbs. Most people think that this is an actual Physical Shift, because sometimes it just gets that good.
Dream Shifting: Dream Shifting occurs when the inner animal stimulates the brain while a person is sleeping and allows them to become their inner animal in their dreams.
Astral Shifting: Astral Shifting occurs when the person is on a Shamanic journey or in their sacred place, and they are their inner animal.
Sensory Shift: When your senses shift to match those of your inner animal.
Bi-location Shifting: Bi-location Shifting is when the body supposedly makes a carbon copy of the animal inside the body and travels the lands; sometimes as a spirit and sometimes, others may believe, as a somewhat physical image of their inner animal. (Not Likely)
Aura Shifting: Aura Shifting occurs when the auric field changes to their inner animal, this often happens subconsciously or when provoked. Many believe that your inner animal is always in your aura so therefore you are always giving off your Therian aura. I notice animals and young children can sometimes see these changes, as with other Shifts.
Physically Shifting: Yes, as in DNA changes. Impossible, and this idea of therianthropy is very dangerous.
The Idea of Physically Shifting
This is a very difficult topic to discuss because it is a very touchy subject in therian communities. In no way, shape, or form will you be able to physically shape shift. A therian knows very well that this subject is out of hand. We know what exists to us, no matter how real it may feel we know very well that it is utterly impossible to change physical shape and become an animal. There are therian communities that promote this crazy idea of physical shape shifting. I personally find that these communities are dangerous especially for younger individuals. Please take caution when dealing with therians who claim to do this. Physically shifting is straying much too far from reality and practicality. These ideas are very harmful because they can instantly damage realistic views for certain individuals and cause frustration. In no way will I promote this very unrealistic view of therianthropy. In your case, I cannot tell you what to believe. All I can do is state my opinion in this matter.
If this idea of physically shifting spreads, we will become even less acknowledged and respected than most of us are already. Not only will it have friends, family, and possibly doctors questioning us but it can create frustration and anger within the individual as well. I’ve see tons of cases where a young individual falls prey to this absurd idea of physically shape shifting. They lose faith within themselves and become extremely upset when they find out that they cannot physically shape shift. This idea can possibly provoke people in a case where mental illness it is already prominent. I truly think that this idea can cause people to lose their sense of reality to the point where it becomes dangerous.
I suggest that you take time on meditating or simply contemplating on this subject. I think it’s best to begin voluntary Shifting once you have a clear understanding on what's going on and what you are. Do not go on and try to Shift right away unless you are more than a 100% sure you are ready to undergo these circumstances. When you do, make sure you are with someone who is close to you in a private area, or you can choose to do this alone.
So again, you can choose to Shift when you want to, but I recommend you do a few meditations first, and have at least a firm grip on what's going on and what you are. Then you can try some things to trigger a shift.
There are so many ways you can trigger shift to happen, but one that is always useful for beginners is mental or phantom shifting through the help of meditation. The concept is to tap into your subconscious (or collective conscious) and bring back the back the feelings of your therio-type. There are many levels of shifting, you can have your mind fully shifted, partly shifted, and barely shifted. After meditating you can try several things listed that help provoke a shift.
So what’s the difference between the levels of shifting?
When you are in a full shift you often think like the animal, which means thinking in emotion, not sentences. When you are partly shifted you think in half human half animal, and when you are barely shifted you are aware that you are human, but some thoughts are animal like. The scale goes as far as you let it, but those are the three main stages that, personally, I am familiar with.Things that induce Shifting
Not being able to shift
Don’t worry if you have trouble shifting, sometimes there is a reason why you should wait before trying to shift. If you strongly feel that shifting isn't working for you, then you’re probably a non-shifting therian. But again, don’t worry, sometimes it just takes time and practice, and other times it just happens suddenly and uncontrollably.
Controlling involuntary shifts in public areas
It’s good to be open to your close friends and families, but sometimes it is just required to hold back. Normally extreme emotions cause shifts, like being excited or nervous. In cases like a job interview, I’m pretty sure if you start acting up like an animal you’re not going to get the job. Controlling a shift is actually pretty simple.
Start off by reminding yourself that physically you are human, and focus on thinking like a person. Make yourself feel professional, civilized, and human-like. To prevent shifting is the same thing as educing shifting through meditation, only opposite. Be aware of what you are, but physically not spiritually. Hold those animal feelings inside, count to ten in your head, take deep breaths. When whatever activity you are doing is finished, be sure that when you get home you relieve the animal-like emotions; otherwise it could affect you later.
A Voluntary Shift occurs when the person purposely shifts or allows themselves to change into their therio-types mindset. This occurs normally when the person is alone or when he or she is around someone they can trust and feel comfortable around. At a young age children seems to express their shifting experiences more openly, but as time passes they seem to keep it more of a secret; normally because they get picked on or just feel that it isn't something that everyone should know.
Involuntary Shifts occur when the person is shocked or something triggers them into a Shift. This normally happens when the person gets hurt, in the canine case they will run around whimpering in pain or howling. A friend of mine leaps like a cat and hisses when something startles her, it is quite silly to watch but interesting at the same time; that is an example of an involuntary shift. Children normally begin to feel involuntary shifts when they are first discovering there therio-type, as they get older they normally have more control over their shifts.