Shamanism is based on healing of self and others, mysticism, directing energy with intention, traveling into the worlds beyond the veils, invoking power, inviting our helping spirits into ordinary reality, understanding the transitions of life/death and using magic.
Journeying is the foundational tool for shamanic study and healing. It provides the passageway that has been used for centuries to obtain information from other dimensions, realms, and realities. Through the journeying process, you can connect with your power animals and spiritual teachers. Information, knowledge and wisdom becomes available to you that you can utilize for solving problems, gaining clarity about life’s circumstances or simply to build your awareness and understanding of the different worlds beyond. Journeying is a perfect way to learn what needs to unfold in your life and then actively integrate this information to help you maximize your happiness and wholeness.
Journeying is typically taught by lying down, covering your eyes and listening to a drumming CD. This is a great way to journey; however, many indigenous shamans took their bodies with them. Shamans journeyed while dancing and singing using their body as a vehicle to contact spirit. As you listen to this CD, experiment, move your body, slightly close your eyes, sing if you like, and see what happens.
Jan has included a “calling to the spirits” sequence at the beginning. This is done through whistling and songs that invoke spirits to assist you during your journey process.