At Christmas time, I regularly take photos of my family and home. I have sometimes published many of the photos on Instagram and Facebook. I have even published some of them on Tumblr. I have done so for a variety of reasons, but most often to share a funny or touching picture.
But that is all I have shared: a picture. Nothing more and nothing less. I have not given you the entire history that led to that moment or explained the family structure one iota. I have not even given you the names of the people in the picture—at least not their real names. I have not given you the access codes to our security system, the keys to the locks on our door, or given you permission to enter my house.
When I share a dream or journey on my tumblr, I have shared a picture, nothing more and nothing less. All the same rules apply. While a determined person may try and use that picture to invade my personal space, they are violating my private territory. They are breaking in, and I view it no differently than I would breaking into my home. I will respond in kind, with claws out and fangs bared.
Publishing a picture of yourself, your family, or your home on the internet does not grant anyone permission to touch you, them, or enter that home. Speaking of your otherworldly self, family, or home on the internet does not grant anyone the right to touch you, them, or enter that home. Talking about an otherworldly land is not an invitation to visit it. If you want to, you should check with those who speak about it to see if its borders are closed, just as you should check with those who practice a religion to see if the religion is closed before you start practicing it. Otherwise you are not only violating their space but being appropriative. Reblogging someone’s writings does not suddenly make them yours, or make the land they speak of your land, just as reblogging one of my family photos would not make you my blood.
Some otherworldly spaces are not for you. Some are invite-only. Some allow visitors, but only with the right paperwork. Some are not quite otherworldly, but more head-spaces. You have to do the research to know the difference, and research is not the same as data-mining. Reading my journeys is not the same as getting the whole truth. You can only get that by asking me, and I have the right to say no. The culture of which I have written is closed, as is my private life, and I need never share any more than I wish to share. All you can do is ask and hope, which is the exact same situation that arises when approaching anyone else who possesses knowledge that does not belong to you. Assuming makes an ass out of you, and can cause great harm to all those involved, especially when assumptions are passed on as truth.
Please consider this when reading any journey-worker, dream-worker, or spirit-worker’s blog.