With a clear intention and certain things in place we can journey to other realms using the Shaman’s Map. We go there to gain insight and receive information and healing from our spirit teachers directly. By creating relationships with our teachers and retrieving information for ourselves we can begin to feel empowered and our lives often begin to blossom and take on new meaning. We see how everything is connected. We see how everything has a spirit and the life force that connects all things.

How do we get there? By shifting our consciousness. We use a repetitive percussive beat to change our brainwaves to theta which puts us in to a trance state. The drum has traditionally been the Shaman’s horse, his transport to the non-ordinary realms. Rattles, bells and other percussive instruments are also great tools to the shamanic practitioner. The aboriginals of Australia use the didgeridoo. Some cultures have used singing and chanting to have the same affect. Dancing can also help us to get there. Sitting by the ocean listening to the waves ebbing and flowing can put us in to the theta brain pattern. Whilst some cultures have used hallucinogenic plants during ceremony as a vehicle, I will not be referring to those in this article. I believe in the west we have abused these plants and I discourage you from using them. We can work with plant spirits by journeying to them.

Once we have shifted our consciousness we can vision and go inside to the otherworld and meet our spirit guides. We may meet our guides in the form of power animals and teachers in human form, nature spirits and mythical beings, gods and goddesses. We can meet Archangels and star beings. It really is unlimited. We travel with the shaman’s map to either the Lower world or the Upper world. There are multiple levels within each of these worlds to explore. The middle world we can journey to once we have more experience and have formed strong relationships with our spirit allies.

From our teachers we gain insights and guidance that we can translate and bring back to integrate in to our daily lives. We can ask them for assistance on any aspect of our lives. We can ask about the bigger dilemmas of community issues and global affairs. This is the path of direct revelation, we go in and get our own answers, becoming empowered and seeing the world with much more understanding and often from a different perspective. We can ask to see the world from our teacher’s perspective, which is quite fascinating and very informative.

Some teachers stay with us for a long time, others come for a particular question, and others for a length of time while we learn a particular lesson or go through a certain life challenge. They are always at hand though, whenever we call, they will come. They want to help us, they are overjoyed when we want to make contact and ask for their help by journeying in this way. Each time we journey we are creating new neural pathways for ourselves and we are helping to raise the frequency for all by opening the portals of light between the worlds.

When we journey we always go with a focused intention, this is what drives us forward. All the information we then experience during our journey has relevance to our initial intention. Our spirit guides speak to us in metaphor, the language of dreams and story. It is for us to work out the meaning. We can be given quite literal information too. It is something that with practice we get better and more fluent in interpreting.

We all receive the journey in different ways. Some of us are visual and see everything, others sense it by feeling, by knowing what is happening. Some people hear their journey. All our senses become engaged and one can often find that if you are very visual in life, you may not see in the shamanic journey. This can change over time and there is no right or wrong way to experience the journey. Each one of us is unique and each one of us will have a very different adventure in the otherworld. The spirits will speak to you in metaphor that you will understand, what is relevant to you, and in a way that is beneficial.

If you would like to read further I recommend reading Sandra Ingerman’s ‘Shamanic Journeying: a beginner’s guide’. It is a comprehensive guide to the shamanic journey.

If you would like to learn to journey you can book with me to learn over a period of 6/7 sessions or you can look for a local to you Practitioner.

with joy,