A Brief Introduction
Shamanism has been called the first spiritual practice of humanity. For tens of thousands of years, its ways have helped with personal and community evolution, intuitive development and divination. It has been effective in work to heal the self, the community and the planet. Shamanism is a generous and caring path. Its power is to be used respectfully and only for good. It can support and sustain positive personal growth and enhanced spiritual connectedness.
What it is shamanic journey
An element of the sacred traditions of peoples from every inhabited land, journeying is a powerful meditative state. It takes us into a very special level of consciousness that helps us work more deeply with intuitive and spiritual guidance. Prolonged hypnotic drumming is used to promote relaxation and the experience of a trance-like visionary awareness.
Why it’s Done
Through journeying, we may find that our normal world is not the most “real” world we can experience. The alternative realms of Spirit, of our visions and dreams, also can be real, accessible, tangible. Spirit travel can open the door to awareness that there are other realities, other worlds. These other worlds are sources of the energy, creativity, passion and love that power the everyday world we know. Finding our way there can be a blessing that brings us wisdom and self-empowerment in a positive, healing way.
How It’s Done
Journeying is often done lying down, with the eyes closed. It also can be done while sitting, standing, walking, running, dancing, singing, chanting, or any combination of the above. It has been said, “If you can visualize, you can learn to journey.”
While in a trance-like state, a Journeyer “travels” to other realms. There are generally three types of journeys that can be undertaken. One is to a destination called the Lower World, a place of deep, beautiful earthy energy. Lower World can be a dimension of healing and self- empowerment. The second type is to a destination called the Upper World, a place of light bright energy. Upper World can be a place of wisdom and teaching. The third destination is the Middle World, a place that seems very much like our own reality, here, now. But in Middle World, Spirit is tangibly present and ready to work with us.