The Otherworld is a place of Spirit. In many traditions, it is seen as a realm inhabited by not only our Dead but by the Fae Beings (fairies, trolls, elves and the like). It is an ethereal place where the body is not as important, a place where the eternal soul is paramount. In the Otherworld form is mutable, beings residing there are not stuck to one shape, one form, one incarnation of self. It is a place of creation, where communication comes not only in the form of words but through imagery, sound, feeling, and knowing.
I have traveled to the Otherworld many times, starting as a child when I would visit Spirits on the other side of the mirror; although to be quite honest, that was more of a video conference of sorts. At this time, I also visited the world of Spirit in my dreams, particularly those that were Lucid (Lucid Dreaming-to be conscious/awake inside your dream). Over the years I have visited this realm over and over again, in my dreams, while journeying (active spiritual dreaming) & by slipping through the veil with my physical body.
My experience of entering the Otherworld became of great importance when I was 30, and had a hugely significant spiritual opening; which I refer to as the November Incident. Those of you who have read my book JUMP GIRL, the initiation & art of a spirit speaker, can refer to the 2 chapters dedicated (and titled) to this experience for more details. During the November Incident, my spirit guide Adam taught me rules of engagement while in the Otherworld. We spent many hours playing games in my mind in which we would transform from one image of self to another. In many ways, this was familiar to a video game or a Bugs Bunny cartoon, for we would often trap on another and then figure out how to escape. He would turn into smoke and I would suck him up with a straw, only for him to turn into ants tickling my esophagus until I coughed him up and out. I would become a lioness only to have him form a cage around me, to which I would become a crow and fly free of the cage. We spent many hours this way, developing my ability to change form at will while in the world of Spirit.