One interesting side effect of deep animism and ancestral work is that you start to also see various parts of your own self that may be less known to you.
As I connect to more entities in the spirit realm, I am also deepening my practice of ritually tending energetic space and boundaries. There are often times where I am working to “clear” my space and there has been a flag that has gone up saying, this oddball energy you are sensing is actually part of you that was activated and brought to the surface by the other entities you were working with. This is an opportunity for more integration. I recently had an energy that was “scatting” song and sort of dancing around energetically after some ritual work and when I asked it to head out of my space there was a “well look at this, this is part of you” message that came through from my "guidance system." My interaction with this entity slowed down and I asked to know more about this part and, as it wasn’t integrated, to see what it needed and how I could better bring it forward into my life. I have a practice of ritually channeling spirit through voice/song/chant and dance and the energy requested that I make conscious effort to channel it.
What doesn’t get integrated can often become demonized. I could have easily met this part of me with distrust and negativity, which would have resulted in a similar level of negativity...pitting part against part. Animism work is about coming back to wholeness. That doesn’t mean that boundaries and becoming clear energetically aren’t important… no real form of love or deep relationality can be complete without a sense of sovereignty, boundaries and firm love which can sometimes be expressed through anger or even force. We need our inner mama bears. But true relational skill comes when we can discern the times when we need to unleash that inner mama bear and when we need to employ our inner diplomat.
If you want to explore the inner parts of you, do reach out!
My thoughts on the path of deep animist relationship