Emotions are the Gateway

Karla Riddell
2 min readSep 27, 2022

Emotions are the portal into the other world. The other world is not just out there beyond physical form, it is within. Our feeling body is a deep wellspring of interconnectedness to all that is.

To live between the worlds is to live deeply attuned to the body, one foot in each world, in form and in spirit. The instinct guiding, our emotions pulling our attention to what is within.

The modern world is a tricky one to navigate. Sometimes it can feel like we ourselves are being consumed, no wonder we are always hungry for more. Our artists and musicians seem to play the role of shaman in this material world. Those artists who are attuned to the world beyond form bring it into our vision and sensory experience. Why do we feel so much more with music? Somehow it opens the portal between the worlds.

Many of us have a deep grief for the ancient wisdom that has been lost… and yet, it can never be lost, because it doesn’t die. It lives in all things. This ancient memory activated when we come into presence with the sacred, spirit in form… the liminal space. The great remembering, or the great turning, is not on a linear time line. It has existed, it will exist and it does exist, in every moment.

Sometimes it can feel like there is a hungry ghost that is sucking the life force and emotion from our being. Sometimes we are sucked in to this empty void, we become starved of human affection and connection. It can feel like we are eternally falling… but thanks to gravity, we will at some point find our feet again. We will feel them on the Earth again, feel our body again and once we have returned to our sacred vessel, our home of physical form… we can remember. We can call back all members of our self, returning to in body, embodiment. This is where our true power resides for our spirit and body are not seperate, every cell is deeply seeped in spirit. Every atom containing both form and ether.

We are in this eternal dance of spirit and form. We live in everything and everything lives in us. The modern mind has become a master of separation… but the human heart will always be the one that keeps us alive by yearning for connection. Emotions are the gateway, a call to initiation into a deeper understanding of ourselves and our interconnectedness to all that is.

Kamilaroi Country in rural NSW, reflectioning the sky above.



Karla Riddell

Karla is the founder and facilitator of the Young Shaman Foundation. She is dedicated to creating rites of passage to connect people to self, nature and tribe.