Hey everyone, Im a new member, but Ive actually been using this site for many years now. Im not sure this topic belongs here, but after many years of self reflection and lots of dead-end research, I firmly believe Im a shapeshifter of some degree or another, and with everything Ive been trying to find, Ive noticed many people describing reaching a barrier when they attempt to shift for their first true attempts. Ive been curious on how to reach this barrier myself and how I can overcome this feeling that Ive been holding myself back, I do apologize if this sounds odd or strange, but this is really the only place where other people like myself could possibly even understand or try to help me. I hope I can get some answers and maybe some closure as to what I truly am.
Shapeshifting is a little complicated, from my experience you cant physically change appearance but you can what I think is called glamour yourself.
Others may see you differently that is first impressions only.
Then there is the internal shapeshift which is a another whole kettle of fish.
If you have managed it well done.
Sam, It might help the rest of us if you explain what you mean by shape shifter. There are a few categories of it that I have heard of: shifting in the astral, shifting internally (as in being aware of the animal within), and of course the physical shape shifting.
I believe the barrier people mention is most commonly related to trying to physically shift. That barrier, un-surprisingly, is not being able to achieve a physical change. Most don't like to hear it, but physical shapeshifting is not within the realm of possibility for the human structure.
An act of shapeshifting is a matter of modifying thought, perception, and behavior to emulate a non-human form and gain insight, or to effect sympathetic change. It is an internal (spiritual/philosophical) effort to effect changes on that same level. With practice and dedication one can affect changes in form and function astrally, as raising awareness to higher levels separates your perceptions from the physical and moves you more and more towards levels dominated by energy, thought, and emotion. All of which are more ...for lack of a better term... malleable.
Similar shifts of perception and energy can be translated into aura work as well. For some, the visualization and sensations of being able to connect on a personal level to a non-human form can open stronger connections to their spiritual path. Even if it is only mental/energetic, such connections often help people with energy-working exercises like reiki and other healings, shielding, cleansing, and other acts of protection from malicious energies, magic working, and of course meditation or other spiritual and magical practices.
For the too-long, Didn't read crowd; The barrier to shapeshifting is the limitations of physical reality. Shift your focus to learning what shapeshifting is as a process of personal growth, insight, and affecting internal change rather than to escape reality.