The Shamanic journey is the most important prevalent technique of the Shaman. In fact, one of the definitions of Shaman is the ability to journey. Basically, a shamanic journey is a willful shift of consciousness to another dimension or world.
The following is a description of a journey I took last year while attending a workshop. The journey is to a spiritual teacher, going into the upper world.
My power animals and I jump up from our tree into the upper world. I feel myself in the upper world as my spirit self the Star Warrior. I wander around looking and feeling for some teacher or experience. What I see is a reflection of myself as a warrior in a feathered costume. A hummingbird is flying around me singing a sweet song and I hear the word 'peace'. The wind of the upper world roars through me confirming my power and I see myself covered in feathers that dance with the wind. There is a sense of completion for I have seen pieces of this costume but this is the first time I have been completely dressed in my spiritual garments. The power of the experience surges through me.
The message comes to begin to make my spiritual garments because I will need them for my work. Then a spiritual teacher appears but only in feelings. The teacher works on my throat because of the messages that are coming, my belly and my right leg. I thank my spiritual teacher and return to the pavilion.
This journey was filled with rich colors and images until the teacher came. Then I was aware of physical movements in my body. I was accepting of the healing the teacher gave me and experienced a surge in strength when I returned from the journey.
written by Paul Sivert