By Viola Woolcott
The habitation of spirits is the spirit world. The spirit world is composed of various kinds of spheres, planes, or levels, which seem to be merging into each other with different levels of vibrational energy, the lowest being in the first sphere. Physical surroundings as well as the amount of light all vary depending on the sphere. Time or space do not exist in the spirit world as they have no need for it.
All living things, including plants were created as spirits. They have existed long before physical creation and their souls consist of a spirit body united with a physical body.
The spirit world is all around and always with us. It is a world of energy and higher vibration. Spirits are on a much higher vibration, that is why it makes it so hard to see them unless we are able to tune in to their vibration.
Due to the lower vibrations on the earth plane, spirits feel our world as loud, slow and heavy.
The spirit world is not a physical place, but for the spirits that are present there it is very real, just like the earth plane is real to us, and the spirit people see our earth plane as the non-reality.
Shamans are guided by their spirit guides to the mysterious, transcendent reality beyond the material world, where they are lead to different dimensions of time and space. By passing through such a portal, the shaman gains his contact with his ancestors who reside there. He communicates with the spirits having his spirit guide in the form of a totem animal by his side. This is how he acquires wisdom as well as knowledge which will serve his tribe or those who came to him to ask for help from the world beyond death.