This is the Terminology that I personally use along with a few others. A lot of people use different terms for the same thing so be sure to make sure that when talking to them that you clarify with them. This post was taken from my girlfriend’s in-progress book so no copying.
One of the biggest things that most of the new companions, as well as the older companions, find themselves confused over is the terminology that is used. There are so many different terms and definitions for the same thing that in some cases, there can be a fracturing of the practice into different factions. Some of the cases can be that one side believes that one term goes against all that they work in and believe. Another is that certain types of another can really reflect on the general population, so misconceptions and generalization can occur.
This section will go into a deeper reflection on why the changes or variations of the terms happen. In this case, Keeping and Companionship will be used as different umbrella terms. With this, please keep in mind that Companionship and Keeping are the exact same practice, it is just the connotation usage and how they are used to describe the practice.
One of the largest debates is between the use and connotation of the terms Companionship and Keeping. In a sense, they are the exact same thing, except that one was born from another. Keeping and the subsequent terms used under that branch of terminology have been around for just under two decades at this point in time. In general, Keeping has become much larger and has branched out in different practices. Due to a few frauds and toxic people that have cropped up, Keepers and Keeping have taken a much more negative turn in certain social media aspects.
In main part, Keeping has become synonymous with slavery due to some that did not take the time to understand the practice or their terms and their usage. It’s been a main hit on social media platforms that aim towards blogging where this has been the issue. Most that attack the practice find it through certain venues that can give a negative impression of what the practice exactly is. This is quite the opposite in most cases, as Keepers are exactly the same as those that consider themselves Companions. They care for their spirits with just as much and familial ties as all others. The people that have caused this issue of the slavery is in two parts. The people that see the word Spirit Keeper and the modern connotations that go along with it. In modern times, the word Keeper has become closer to slaver or master instead of a much light connotation of caretaker. All of those that are Keepers that are the toxic behaviors are called Collectors.
Keepers and Collectors are exact opposite of each other. The Keepers have taken the time, just as Companions, to love and work with their spirits in their family. Collectors should be the term that has the negative connections instead of the term Keeper. In a lot of cases when it comes to Collectors, they have hundreds of different spirits. The mindset behind those that are considered Collectors are those that buy vessels to just buy them, or because they are unique and want them. It’s the same toxic behavior that those who obsessive shop that cannot stop, because they like something for some reason.
There are a couple of different terms that can be used interchangeably with one another. In one case, the terms of attaching and binding have become debatable in the sense of how they are used. In regards to Keepers, they prefer the term binding. When it comes to Companions, they prefer the term attachment. Both these terms mean exactly the scene thing, except that in the practice of attaching or binding the spirit to a vessel, the difference comes in the form of the process.
All in all, it really all depends upon what each person feels comfortable with using. Neither attaching or binding should have negative connotations to them, but in some circles the use of the term binding means restricting or trapping. This is not the case, although there are some cases of Companionship shops that do have a more restrictive attachment, but in rare cases is the attachment actually painful or binding.
There are two terms that are used for the object that a spirit is attached to: vessel or anchor. The term vessel is used very widely, between both the umbrella of Keepers and Companions. Anchor is something that has been leaking into different colloquial conversations, so it is not widely used at this point. If there were to be a distinction between the two, a vessel is usually referred to as the object itself. In some cases, this can mean that either it is a home to a spirit, or it is a object that has an energy attached to it. An anchor refers to an object that has an energy source attached to it, instead of it serving as a home to a spirit.
There is also a recent turn of terminology when it comes to the actual shop side of the practice. The traditional or previous term that has been used was listing. With the turn of the new definitions and connotations, instead of using the listing term, a few of the newer shops have decided to go with the term profiles. Both terms of listing and profiles serve the same purpose. In the case of the change to profiles, it was felt that in some circles, the term listing has a more negative connotation in regards to objectifying spirits. As mentioned before, this is all on the opinions of each personal individual and depends upon the comfort of the Companion for which term to use.
To wrap this up a bit, there are many different terms and usage of those terms, but this does not mean that one should choose to use one or the other. This is all about the comfort of the person or individual that has decided to take up the practice of Companionship. You can mix and match the terms as you see fit.
c. 2016 by A. Fetterman (SpiritHighway)
From the book “Spirit Companionship: A Beginner’s Guide”