The Shamanic journey is a journey within oneself for the purpose of consultation and therapy.
This is an insightful way to conduct an internal conversation and to determine vital information.
Our soul (inner being) is in constant contact with us on all levels of our consciousness.
The Shamanic Journey (same as yoga or meditations and many other spiritual systems) knows that once you travel within yourself, you will find the answers to all or at least many of your questions.
During the journey, a person goes beyond their own awareness, beyond their own limitations.
Every person’s experience is unique, even though some phenomena can be compared and similar. Some people will describe seeing various lights, and these can be interpreted in different ways. Many people experience a change in body temperature or a shift of movement. The experience is unique unto itself and may provide insights that are unexpected and revealing.
When you go on a journey you may have a question or objective in mind from the start or may ask the Spirits to show you what you need to know at present time.
Shamanic journeying may be undertaken for purposes of divination, for personal healing, to meet one’s power animal or spirit guide, or for any number of other reasons. After the journey, you must then interpret the meaning of your experience.
The drum, sometimes called the shaman’s horse, provides a simple and effective way to slow your brain waves and to induce ecstatic trance states.
When a drum is played at an even tempo of three to four beats per second for at least fifteen minutes, most people report that they can journey successfully even on their first attempt.
The shamanic traveler journeys carried over to the inner planes of consciousness by the beats of a drum to figure out themselves better than before and to find answers to their questions.
Communication in a non-ordinary reality is typically archetypal, nonverbal and nonlinear in nature.
The images (or information) we receive during a shamanic journey are universal and archetypical.
Imagery from these experiences is a combination of our imagination and information conveyed to us by the spirits. Our imagination gives the journey a “container”; which helps us understand the messages we receive. It gives us a way to understand and articulate experiences for ourselves and others.
The Shaman’s Cosmology
According to shamanic cosmology, there are three realms, three inner planes of consciousness: the Upper, Middle, and Lower Worlds.
They are woven into the matrix of the psyche and a part of us whether we choose to become aware of it or not.
The three realms are linked together by a vertical alignment that is commonly referred to as the “World Tree.”
The roots of the World Tree touch the Lower World.
Its trunk is the Middle World and its branches hold up the Upper World.
This central axis exists within each of us.
Through the sound of the drum, the shaman is transported to the axis within and is moving from plane to plane.
Question from a client.
What is the difference between shamanic journeys
and shamanic healing session?
During our group Shamanic Journey Session, I will be teaching and guiding you and you will be going into a journey.
During the Shamanic Healing Session, the work on you will be done by the practitioner with your participation, but you not necessarily will have a journey experience, you will have a spiritual healing session. Even though you may have information or vision come to you, not everyone is having it.