I wanted to share with you guys about this bodhisattva called Samantabhadra in Buddhism and ‘Pu Xian Pu Sa’ in Chinese folk taoist practices. I live in Singapore and we’re a multi-ethnic land with plenty of temples dedicated to beings from the taoist & buddhist pantheon.
Possession and channelling by some of these beings in temples are a common thing and people often consult these deities for whatever issues they may have.
I have been visiting a taoist/hindu temple near my home for the past 3 months to build a relationship with a hindu folk deity that I have feel drawn towards and found out they conduct taoist deity possession & consultation ceremonies every weekend.
After a rough patch in my life, where I relapsed into drugs and was literally sick and tired of other issues that keep coming again and again in my life - I decided to give it a try and consult one of these ‘beings’ and see what they have to say - though initially I was slightly skeptical (are these for real? could they be con-men?).
The medium invited the boddhisattva Samantabhadra into his body and once the deity was ready to see devotees, I was called up first - as I was the only person who was there to consult him on that day. The first thing I noticed as I sat beside him was that my body started shaking involuntarily as though there was excessive energy influx. I asked him lots of questions pertaining to my addictions, mental health issues, my vain visits to psychiatrists for the last 3 years etc.
Samantabhadra told me straight off the bat that I do not have any mental health problems and the main reason behind my mood swings/depression/anxiety etc. was that I am highly sensitive to spiritual energies and he did a major cleansing on my body using a burning piece of consecrated paper and mugwort. Something that surprised me was that he mentioned that some deity* has been trying to enter my body and that too is also a reason behind my struggles for the past 3 years but he told the time is not right for the spirit/god to come into me yet and he prepared a set of paper talismans and gave me certain instructions on how to use it and then come back to see him.
He kept emphasising on the fact that I should avoid lonely dark areas, abandoned places & graveyards as wandering spirits are easily drawn to me and further instructed me to shower in lemongrass daily for a period of several months and that has definitely helped in lightening up my mood and energy.
I recommend folks to work with this being as he is disinterested in religion/dogma etc and just focuses on the issue that needs to be resolved. Now obviously, I too have to put the work in but this being has helped me quite abit in terms of healing my depression/addictions etc and opened my eyes to a different side of spirituality.
NOTE: The place where I live, there are a number of people who become a conduit for certain deities to possess and come through and do what it needs to do (often times it is to help people with their problems etc.) which I am not too keen to become as that carries a set of rules and regulations and if it comes In conflict with magick, I’d rather stick to magic.