Shamanic journeying is a deeply personal, profound change agent. Journeying is an amazing ancient therapeutic process for people who want relief from trauma, who suffer with depression and anxiety and others who seek a deeper connection with the divine. This is an easy-to-learn and “compelling-to-continue” method. And it provides useful, practical everyday tools for changing your life. Whether you wish to drop a habit, discover what’s next for you, answer important life questions, make big decisions, find your purpose or passion, shamanic journeys are creative, positive and life enhancing.
The basis for journeying lies in accessing non-ordinary reality with a monotonous beat, often a drum but sometimes a rattle or didgeridoo. The brain enters into a Theta wave in which you have access to this state of non-ordinary reality. The imagination appears to be enhanced and useful information can be received. You can get a spirit guide and receive guidance from another perspective that has your best interest in mind. Who doesn’t want that?
My shamanic journeys begin imagining a birch bark “spirit” canoe. My male ancestor, the bear, is on my right, and my female ancestor, my Native American grandmother, joins us to my left. My guide for this journey, a peacock, is in the bow and my protection, the crystal formation, lies behind me in the stern. Then I state my intention. I use all my senses while journeying so not to miss anything. There is a monotonous drumbeat as I journey.
In this journey I am doing the typical busy human thing; I am multitasking, teaching a journey class and journeying for you. We are very proud of this ability; perhaps we can learn from the animals how to be fully present?
In this journey, Bear seems happy, dancing his way to me; Grandmother on the left is crocheting; Peacock has brought his mate, a dazzling white peahen, with him; and my crystals are dazzling in the rear.
I state my intention “Show me what I need to know about love.” The peacock and hen gaze into each other’s eyes and their heads form a heart. Corny! I think. They continue. She says, “He is clearly more colorful than I, but he takes the heat for me when our babies are small.” He says, “You have more choices than I, what with your pure color and focus on the small ones.” Back and forth they go, listing the attributes that each values in the other. Many long hours go by and they are glowing with admiration for each other. “You do this and you do that…”
“So, this is love,” I ask? “There’s more,” they say, “but for now, this is enough.”
No matter the length of the journey there is an opportunity for a lesson, a healing and the ability to take actions that alter you daily life. I use five archetypes so that I get the most out of my shamanic journeys. As the one who sets an intention you are the visionary; as the one who gets out and does something or sits and waits you are the enlightened spiritual warrior; when you set an intention and take action or wait there is the opportunity to learn something, hence the teacher; once the lesson is learned there is a possibility for a healing, so the healer, and lastly with all this useful pertinent information you become the magician by making it useful in the practical world.
As the visionary I use all my senses and my body to be aware in the journey. In this journey, the warrior listens intently and asks if what s/he is witnessing is love. Although there is more it is not to come, so patience is needed as well as perseverance if the mystery of love is to be revealed. For the teacher the lesson appears to be watching the mutual respect and adoration of the pea couple. The healer notices the ongoing accolades, which is indeed healing. And another lesson that can be healing seems to be in the dancing bear and crocheting grandmother, each doing their own thing independent but in tandem. As the magician, one can dance and take up a hobby like knitting or crocheting as I wait patiently for more. This is a perfect time of year to dance and be playful but to plan for indoor activities as we await the rest of the journey to unfold.
The pure white peahen reminds me of the heat of summer when the days are long, warm and enticing. Pay attention to the days as summer unfolds and our attention is toward sharing a more playful, loving energy with everyone. Be open planning for the remainder of summer that can last well into October. Take every opportunity to dance, there are many great street musicians and places where music, art and dance come together for your amusement and enjoyment. Become a seeker of ways to share your love. Use the heat of the summer to get fired up, passionate about something new. Food, music, art, and dances; the list of things and people to fall in love with is endless. Find more bliss in the hot days of summer!