Updated: Sep 1, 2019
One of the keys to shamanic work is to do Shamanic Journeying (and it is one of the many tools you will learn in our 2019 Shamanic Path of The Warrior Class at The Sanctuary, the ShamanicPathOfTheWarrior.com).
Shamanism represents a universal conceptual framework found among indigenous tribal humans. It includes the belief that the natural world has two aspects:
- Ordinary everyday awareness, formed by our habitual behaviors, patterns of belief, social norms, and cultural conditioning
- Non-Ordinary awareness accessed through altered states, or ecstatic trance, induced by shamanic practices such as repetitive drumming.
The act of entering an ecstatic trance state is called the soul flight or shamanic journey, and it allows the journeyer to view life and life's problems from a detached, spiritual perspective, not easily achieved in a state of ordinary consciousness.
Basically, shamanic journeying is a way of communicating with your inner or spirit self and retrieving information. Your inner self is in constant communication with all aspects of your environment, seen and unseen. You need only to journey within to find answers to your questions. You should have a question or objective in mind from the start. Shamanic journeying may be undertaken for purposes of:
- Divination - Personal healing - Meet one's power animal(s) - Meet one's spirit guide(s)
...or for any number of other reasons. After the journey, you must then interpret the meaning of your trance experience.
The drum sometimes called the shaman’s horse, provides a simple and effective way 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 novices report that they can journey successfully even on their first attempt. Transported by the driving beat of the drum; the shamanic traveler journeys to the inner planes of consciousness.
I have learned and healed SO MUCH through those journeys (for myself and for my clients).
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Much Love, Shawinigan Ungaia