Soulful Shifts: The Dance Between Endings and Beginnings

Shaman Dao
6 min readNov 13, 2023
Photo by Matthew Moloney on Unsplash

Note: For privacy and confidentiality reasons, the names of individuals mentioned in this article have been changed.

In the journey of life, any type of ending marks a beginning. But how would one transition in the interim?

We are being shifted as flour would be put through a sifter. Right before the introduction of new elements will be poured in, leading to the birth of a glorious cake. Yet, before that beautiful beginning, there is a breaking of eggs, canola seed processing for their oil, sugar to be extracted, cows to be milked, and heavy cream to be skimmed and so forth.

Even in the process of baking a cake, there are crucial endings that pave the way for the rise of the right ingredients.

Most people see the end and believe it’s THE end, when in fact, it’s another beginning. Each transition mirrors the cyclical nature of life, a prelude to fresh beginnings.

*Helen smiled brightly as I sensed a particular part of her soul was in turmoil. My student had unconsciously allowed herself to be infiltrated by my latest case. A case that would make the movie, The Exorcist, look like beginner level.

Before embarking on our astral journey into the ethers, specific steps were imperative. However, a tiny fraction of a millisecond after completing all necessary precautions, one of Helen’s soul fragments was taken over by a Caribbean voodoo practitioner — a layer in this intricate case.

Voodoo is a diverse belief system found in West Africa, the Caribbean, and parts of the Americas. Haitian Vodou, Louisiana Voodoo, West African Vodun, and Cuban Santería are prominent forms, each with unique practices. Here are a few regions where voodoo is prominent:

  • Haitian Vodou: Haiti is often considered the epicenter of voodoo, and Haitian Vodou is one of the most well-known and widely practiced forms of voodoo. It blends African, indigenous, and Catholic religious traditions and is a significant part of Haitian culture.



Shaman Dao

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