If you’ve been crawling around various occult or occult-related sites on the net, you may have come across the phenomenon of “plurality” or “multiplicity”. Boiled down to the most basic concept, it is the idea of multiple beings or consciousness occupying one body or one “headspace”. Not to be confused with Dissociative Identity Disorder, though that can be considered part of the phenomenon. If you want a more extensive overview, go here, though I will note there is a marked lack of sites on plurality that aren’t run by nutjobs. Keep your salt shaker handy when researching. While we’re on that, I personally don’t count “soulbonding” and don’t tend to confuse the issue by throwing it in there. I never had much use for fandoms of any sort, and there is only a select number of fictional media I’ll indulge myself in anyway.
Moving back on track.
If you’re one to believe in the ontological existence of the gods, spirits and other entities a pagan or occultist might deal with, then the idea of multiple entities–people–occupying one body shouldn’t be off the mark, either. This is especially true if you see spirit possession as a very real phenomenon as well. ‘Ecstatic Religion’ by I. M. Lewis is a good book on the topic. Multiple individuals can and do occupy the same neurological space–each with their own facets and personality patterns–either temporarily or on a permanent basis. They are not “alters” or “personalities”, they have their own origins and histories independent of the physical body they inhabit. And even if your belief system isn’t primarily spirit-based, to assume that only one individual or consciousness can occupy the mind at one time is very shallow, given what we don’t know (and even what we do know) about the capabilities of the human mind. Not all origins are from trauma and dysfunction, nor are they all just elaborate escapism. However, given the vocal majorities on social networking sites such as Tumblr, I would not at all blame a newcomer for thinking that way. At least, not at first.
I am a member of a multiple system. I am my own person, just as this is my own blog, and these are my own words. They are not the verbal leavings of anyone but myself. I do not talk much about those I share my “headspace” with, simply because–as we are all in agreement with–we prefer our privacy. And each of us prefers to speak for themselves. I had not originally intended to come out at all about this, but given the sheer volume of dysfunction, stupidity and bullshit posted on the topic (see: Tumblr), I’ve felt the need to write something about it, and about my own experience, inasmuch as I am able. You’ll probably hear more from me about this topic at some point.