Inside dark world of shapeshifting as Netflix hit Behind Her Eyes explores topic

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A Shaman has lifted the lid on the practice of Shapeshifting – but has warned people to stay away from its dark side.

People have become interested in out-of-body experiences, including Shapeshifting, dream controlling and astral projection since Netflix's new hit mini-series Behind Her Eyes.

And Shaman Nisha, a 6th generation Shaman, teacher and writer, has given us an insight into the practices.

Behind Her Eyes follows Louise, a single mum with a son and a part-time job in a psychiatrist's office.

She begins an affair with her boss, David, and strikes up an unlikely friendship with his wife Adele.

Louise finds out through the show that she controls her dreams and can also astral project.

Astral projection is a term used to describe an intentional out-of-body experience that assumes the existence of a soul called an "astral body" that is separate from the physical body and capable of travelling outside it throughout the universe.

Things don't go quite to plan for Louise when she astral projects, and Shaman Nisha admits that there is a "dark side" to it.

She told Daily Star: "It can be pretty scary when it just happens because you have no sense of control over it and you don't fully understand what's happening to you or if you can come back."

The Shaman insisted this was one of her biggest fears when it first started happening to her when she was younger.

She added: "My biggest fear was being lost. But this changes when you understand it."

Asked how she managed to control it, she continued: "From when I was little I could do it. Over time, working with elders, you learn how to do it intentionally, instead of it just happening to you.

"You learn what triggers it or brings it on if you need to do it and what purpose it serves."

But she warns those who do it should do so for a reason, adding: "Nothing should be done energy-based for no reason. It shouldn't be done out of curiosity because you can cause impact.

In the show, the characters are seen switching bodies through astral projection.

However, Shaman Nisha says this is the "dark side" of Shamanism and she wouldn't do it with people.

She explained: "We call it Shape-shifting. The only time we would do that is if we needed the perspective of something else.

"Normally we wouldn't do with it people as there's nothing to gain – it's the dark side of Shamanism."

Instead, she says it can be used with animals, adding: "We use that technique to get perspective, usually with animal allies.

"We do it if we want to see the bigger picture of a situation.

"For example, we may Shapeshift into a falcon or an eagle as they have very good vision. I would use it for that, but not for people."

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Asked how it feels to Shapeshift, she commented: "You move your energy across. First time it happens it feels strange.

"The biggest thing it challenges is your perspective of things and your sense of control.

"If you're fighting to be control and fear is what drives you then you can not do this.

"It will own you and then it's not something you can consciously bring on, it's something that almost just happens to you and it's definitely not pleasant."

You can find Shaman Nisha on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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