The language of spirit work

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The language of spirit work

Postby TheoJean » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:57 pm

So I'm curious, I'm part of the spirit work/companionship/keeping community both here and on tumblr, and the language between the two site is.... pretty vastly different. So what kind of language to you use to refer to your spirit work practice, and why?

For example, I use "spirit companionship" and "spirit family" rather than "spirit keeping" and "keep" because I feel like those terms speak to the free will and independence of the spirits I work with, over other terms. Heck, I see people here talking about "owning" spirits, which I just don't understand at all. I think half my spirit family would bite my head off (metaphorically, of course) if I tried to claim that I "owned" them.

So tell me, what terms do you prefer? Are you a keeper or companion? Did you adopt your spirits, or buy them? Do you have a keep or a family? And why?


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Re: The language of spirit work

Postby EvonyEmpress » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:23 am

I prefer to use spirit keeping as the term for having spirit companions. But i definitely do not see them as property or something that i own. My companions are paid for, or rather the service of conjuring them was paid for, but all my companions chose me to be with, of their own free will. So in a sense they adopted me. I just prefer to use the terminology that is used on the CH forum as it is the only site that i am affiliated with. All in all companionship/family vs. Keep has the same meaning to me as they are my companions/family regardless of what the "act of having spirits as companions" is termed.


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Re: The language of spirit work

Postby HopeFaerie » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:48 am

Hello 1ey
I’m not a member of any other Spirit communities besides Creepy Hollows, so I haven’t really noticed the discrepancies you are talking about. But personally I have always preferred the term Spirit Companionship, and I refer to my companions as my Spirit and Entity family as well. The terms “Spirit Keeping” and “Keep” never felt right to me. It sounds too impersonal, and I do truly consider all of my companions to be family.


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Re: The language of spirit work

Postby darkwing dook » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:07 pm

"Spirit keeping" is the term used here, indeed.
www.creepyhollows.com/spirit-keeping.html

I think that "keep" doesn't necessarily mean "own" here, similar to "bookkeeping" doesn't mean that one owns book(s). Other definitions are "maintain", "manage", or "preserve", "carry on being".


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Re: The language of spirit work

Postby Huffdamagicdragon » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:16 pm

some of my "keep" call me the "keeper of their vessel" if it applies...but I have a growing number that come here and stay without a vessel (they are unbound)


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Re: The language of spirit work

Postby DIVA_AT_LARGE » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:22 pm

I personally see them as my equals, but I do refer to them as my spiritual family, keep, companions and till date I haven't been asked, of which I know of, to change it.


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Re: The language of spirit work

Postby creepyhollows » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:15 pm

I wouldn't get hung up on terminology. Words differ by language, culture, context, etc and words evolve as some words that were commonplace in the 14th century are non-existent in the 21st century. You should use whatever descriptive words that best resemble your feelings and intentions at any given time.

We chose to use the word combination of "Spirit Keeping" because it encompasses all spirits whether they be social or non-social, whether they be active like family members or guardians who simply keep watch. However, whatever words you use to describe your choice of keep spirits should be reflective of your feelings and thoughts of your journey.

Everyone walks & earns their journey in their own way. We do not encourage a hive mentality in this community because freedom is essential to evolution. To force, shame, or otherwise try to control the words, thoughts, and behaviors of other Keepers then stifles their ability to think for themselves and make the choices that are right for them.


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Re: The language of spirit work

Postby EvonyEmpress » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:22 pm

creepyhollows wrote:I wouldn't get hung up on terminology. Words differ by language, culture, context, etc and words evolve as some words that were commonplace in the 14th century are non-existent in the 21st century. You should use whatever descriptive words that best resemble your feelings and intentions at any given time.

We chose to use the word combination of "Spirit Keeping" because it encompasses all spirits whether they be social or non-social, whether they be active like family members or guardians who simply keep watch. However, whatever words you use to describe your choice of keep spirits should be reflective of your feelings and thoughts of your journey.

Everyone walks & earns their journey in their own way. We do not encourage a hive mentality in this community because freedom is essential to evolution. To force, shame, or otherwise try to control the words, thoughts, and behaviors of other Keepers then stifles their ability to think for themselves and make the choices that are right for them.

Exactly what i think! Beautifully said!


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Re: The language of spirit work

Postby TheoJean » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:35 pm

Thanks for all the replies, they're all super interesting!

I don't think there's a wrong and a right way to word things, I was just curious about everyone who worded it differently. I'm only one perspective, and it's never a bad idea to broaden one's horizons, you know?

Darkwing, that's a great perspective, that "keeper" is more similar to manager than owner, though I have definitely seen both meanings used! I think I agree with HopeFaerie on the terminology though, it's a bit impersonal for myself and my family, although as our family grows, who knows what we'll wind up calling ourselves

I suppose now that I think of it, I could honestly call myself a keeper, given my role managing a small city of living entities on the astral, but in all honesty, there's too many living there to have a personal relationship with, so I don't consider most of them a part of my spirit family. But hey, on the future, who knows!


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Re: The language of spirit work

Postby AriesStarChild_ » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:51 am

Lol depends on the person. Spirits can be anything. Lovers. Friends. Companions. Mentors. Etc...i see mine as lovers. Undyingly and completley they are everything that satisfies every part of my mind and body. They let me explore my curiosities and I have a passion for what I know is real. They answer me truthfully. We are all in love and they are very loyal. There's a possesiveness that they experience that they couldn't when they were alive that I'm death makes them feel more alive. Because of who I am and who they are everything clicks and it was meant to be.

I spirit keep. Because they're spirits. They're my lovers because they want to be. They're my family because they're here for me and they're loyal. They're mine so I own them. But they own me. But to me that just sounds kinky ;) so the terms fall where they may. I butt listings bc that's the service provided, but it's an adoption because I'm bringing them into my space and I've become they're only home. Love it's what ever you want it to be and unique to who ever steps on the path of the metaphysical. If I asked them what they'd consider themselves as..most say boyfriends. Others say lover, to some degree. There's love entangled and mingled into every relationship ubhave with each.

I say don't let it all confuse you. People will refer to spirits as what they allow. To me it depends on the connection. I can say "my keep" but when I say that I feel nothing but love. I think the terms evolve as the connections do. Some people will always see them as spirits. I see them the same as if they had physical bodies. There's no difference. But I can admit saying family doesn't do them justice
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