Like others, I believe that shapeshifting is not a changing of physical shape, rather a shaping of your energy into another form.
Nice to meet you in the forum. Thanks for all your OBOD work in oz.
I suspect there are various levels of shapeshifting because I have seen others shapeshift and other people have seen me shapeshift. This is not to say it is absolutely a physical thing because it might be an interpretation or trick of the mind, of seeing certain types of energy. For instance some people see fairies in plants while I see green glowing things normally ranging in size from an orange to a melon , a bit like lights but where there aren’t any lights (this only happens very occasionally).
The occasions when I’ve seen others shapeshift, the result is human, just very different looking, different face, looks, different height, skin and hair colour – a very different person. There was one exception, a Druid leader from another Druid group (not OBOD) turned into an elf-like creature but also looked a bit like a tree. It was a woman but after the transformation, she became much smaller, like a child, and her skin looked like tree-bark. She was giving a lecture to a small group and noone else seemed to notice, but then again I didn’t start jumping up and down so perhaps others saw it and decided not to say anything also.
I've had 3 different types of shape shifting, dreams like those been mentioned, during meditation when I feel myself shapeshift into an animal as has also been mentioned and feeling myself change into someone else, to either the delight or horror of the person with me.
I had a recurring dream where I was a deer being pursued by a male who would always catch and mount me, sometimes when caught we’d turn into humans, sometimes remain as animals, whichever, it was always a wonderful experience and I could smell the rich earth beneath me. I’d wake up happy and glowing.
During meditation I occasionally turn into black leopard who lives in or about a temple near a jungle. It’s a wondrous experience jumping up and down from the walls and racing through the jungle at high speed knowing where every blade of grass, twig, branch and tree is, and where I am in relation to everything even as I race past, being so fast and sure-footed (something I’m not as a human). It’s truly a mind-blowing experience.
The third situation is during lovemaking, when I often turn into someone else. This really impresses lovers I tell you. They always say I’ve become a different person, sometimes a Goddess, once a particular elemental Goddess, sometimes incredibly beautiful, sometimes dramatically younger but always a different person. I know the instant the lover looks at me that he can see something unusual, sometimes it’s bewilderment, sometimes terror, sometimes awe. The only thing I can do is be very casual about it and to be truthful, when I’m in this state, I don’t really care what anyone thinks. I step outside my normal boundaries and am a different person in mind as well as body. I often wonder if in the past, women were burned for such things.
I don’t mind if anyone doesn’t believe this, it does all seem far fetched and I probably won’t believe it if it hadn’t happened to me. I’ve had this since my late teens but it’s only recently that I realised its shape-shifting. I’ve had all sorts and a great number of what I call psychic experiences since early childhood and have gone through periods when my problem has been to avoid strange experiences because it's too much, such as dropping into meditation in inappropriate situations and playing (in my mind) with time and speed which seemed to translate into the physical world. Then suddenly like a bolt of lightening my intellect gets involved and screams THIS IS DANGEROUS, not that I’d mind what happened to me in this state but I don’t want to hurt anyone else.
These things happen more when I’m living ‘on the edge’. I was abused as a child and it made me naturally hyper and highly strung and the more highly strung I am, the more likely things are to happen. A bit of boring, uneventful piece and quite is often very welcome. It’s said that one shouldn’t practice tantra (that is real tantra, not the silly mishmash of sexual activities that the West calls tantra or neo-tantra) unless one has had a happy and stable childhood because it’s too dangerous and one can go insane.