Shamanism is the earliest spiritual practice known to humankind. Shaman heals emotional and physical illness by working with the spiritual aspect of illness. Shaman is a Siberian word for a spiritual healer, however, shamanism has also been practiced in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and North & South America throughout history. The fact that it has survived for thousands of years speaks to the potency of the work.
During a shamanic journey, the shaman goes into an altered state of consciousness to journey outside of time and space where shaman receives information from helping spirits for healing a person, family or a community. The shamanic journey provides us with a way to have a direct revelation and is a simple approach for accessing spiritual guidance. It is a way to expand our awareness and consciousness.
The shamanic journey is being done in three world – the Lower World, the Upper World, and the Middle World. The shaman travels through these three worlds to gather information that is specific to the person they are working with.
The lower world is the place where many spirits of nature reside. It is the world where one’s power animal resides. The gateway to lower world is through lake, stream, well, river or waterfall. The middle world is the spiritual dimension of our physical world. Middle world journey is a method for communicating with the spirits that live in all things present in physical reality. The journey to middle world is done for finding lost and stolen objects, to commune with nature or to do long-distance healing work. The gateway to middle world is our physical landscape. The upper world is the home to our spirit guides, star nations, and planetary beings. In upper world, it feels like you are standing on something, but you can no longer feel the earth beneath your feet. The gateway to upper world is some location in nature that will help you travel upward.
Another aspect of shamanic journeying is the four sacred directions- East, South, West, and North. Each direction has an animal, plant or mineral that holds the energetic quality that corresponds to it. Shamans take their help to start their journey into the different world. Apart from four directions, a shaman takes blessings from Mother Earth, Father Sky and his Ancestors, who provides protection during his journey to Shamanic World. The typical process of Shamanic journey is as follows –
- Imagine you are sitting in nature. Draw a circle around you and sit in the middle of the circle.
- Lit some fire. One by one take blessings and help from each direction by looking into those directions
- Call your spirit guide and spirit animal. Then use the particular gateway to enter the Shamanic World
- After completing a journey, pay gratitude by offering some tobacco to Spirits who helped you in the journey
Please remember that during the journey you have complete control of where you go and whom you talk to. The helping spirits have the ability to travel between the worlds and can accompany us on our journeys for transportation and support, regardless of where we journey. Anyone can do shamanic journey and see the new dimensions of life that the spirits are waiting to show us.