“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – Professor Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
As a fundamental part of modern shamanism, journey work can be highly rewarding but difficult to get into. The method itself is fairly straightforward but it can remain challenging for some. The key thing to remember is that journey work is highly beneficial, so if it doesn’t readily come to you right now, keep practicing. If you feel awkward and unfocused now, stick with it and you’ll be sliding in in no time.
What is journey work?
For centuries, shamans have been regarded as the people who have a foot in both words. They are connected to the Spirit realm and the 3D realm, which means they can help us with many things. Many of us may have a negative view of shamans and see them as frightening and uncivilized but shamans are people who use altered states of consciousness to access the spirit world.
The purpose of journey work
Regardless of your past or your current place on your spiritual journey, the best way to move toward a balanced life is to develop a strong connection to Spirit and to your Higher Self. Whether you identify yourself as a “shaman” is irrelevant – shamans are the healers who used this method of self-healing and taught it to their cultures – you don’t have to be one in order to benefit from journey work.
Journeywork connects you to your spirit guides and Higher Self. Speaking with your guides on a regular basis will help you navigate your healing journey and make the connections along the way.
Beginning journey work
Most journeys begin with shamanic meditation. If you’re not an avid meditator that’s okay. Now is a good time to develop a routine. If you have meditated before and are familiar with eastern methods that’s completely fine too. Note that the biggest difference between eastern and shamanic philosophies is that shamanic meditation focuses on connecting with spirit guides.
Before you begin your meditation session, think about your intention. Are you trying to meet one of your guides for the first time? Do you need help or clarity regarding a specific situation in your life? Once your intention is clear, determine how you will meditate. You don’t have to follow a specific routine or a set of rules – do what makes you comfortable. You can lie down or sit in a comfortable chair. Try listening to relaxing music or a guided meditation that walks you through the process. See what works for you and once you find it, keep at it.
Once you connect with your guides, ask them to help you live a more full and open life rather than transcend like you would with eastern methods. Keep in mind that the intention of journey work is to heal your worldly concerns such as stress and illness. You should also remember that any meditative practice can trick you into thinking you’re making it up. A good rule of thumb is that if something during one of your journeys surprises you, then it’s not coming from you, it’s coming from the Divine.
Keep walking the path
Journeywork is highly rewarding but it can be painful. During your meditation sessions, you will meet with your guides who have your highest and best good in mind, but old energies can pop up. For example, you may think that you healed from a past event or trauma when in reality you haven’t. That situation may weigh heavy on your mind for a few days, trigger emotions within you, or deplete your energy. Until you’re ready to let go of it and forgive yourself, it will stay with you.
Remember, there are many benefits to journey work. It can help you let go of the things that no longer serve you so you can shed your old skin and be your brighter, truer self. Journeywork can help you fully heal from past traumas and even discover your life purpose. Once you’re open to it and you practice, you’ll be well on your way to spiritual badassery.