Shaman Links https://www.shamanlinks.net A Website on Shamanism Wed, 03 May 2017 18:51:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 86649558 Confusion About Ayuhuasca and Shamans https://www.shamanlinks.net/blog/confusion-ayuhuasca-shamans/ https://www.shamanlinks.net/blog/confusion-ayuhuasca-shamans/#comments Fri, 06 May 2016 10:40:32 +0000 https://www.shamanlinks.net/?p=1350 Feedback to Shaman Links has shown that some people believe that Ayuhuasca and Shamanism are identical. That is incorrect. The practice of using Ayuhuasca originates in South America.  Many shamans / shamanic practitioners do not use Ayuhuasca in their practice.  For instance, Continue reading →

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Feedback to Shaman Links has shown that some people believe that Ayuhuasca and Shamanism are identical.

That is incorrect.

The practice of using Ayuhuasca originates in South America.  Many shamans / shamanic practitioners do not use Ayuhuasca in their practice.  For instance, the word Shaman came from healers in Siberia, and they do not use Ayuhuasca.

Shamans do their work by changing the state of their mind, or consciousness. This can be achieved through the use of the rhythm of the drum or of music.  It can be achieved through physical activities such as long ceremonies of dancing and singing.  It can also be achieved through the use of hallucinogens such as Ayuhuasca.  What shamans do to shift their consciousness is different in different cultures.  It is important to know that a large amount of shamanic healers don’t use hallucinogens.

As there seem to be a lot of confusion out there about shamanic practice, the following are a few important points you should know.  In particular, we have a warning about Ayuhuasca below.

 

The Ecstatic Experience

Deeply touching spiritual experiences are often related to having an ecstatic experience.  In our western culture, this type of experience is often missing from religious rituals and organized religions.  In other times, and in other cultures, gatherings of people with lots of dancing and singing (whether they were festivals or spiritual ceremonies, or community gatherings) would allow people to have an ecstatic experience.  This is because sound and physical movement can break down the barriers that keep us from feeling our connection to the infinite.

archway with starsWhen someone has a moment of feeling deeply connected to the infinite, that is an ecstatic experience.  Ecstatic experience is an important experience to be had by everyone, not just specialists like shamans, gurus, or other “special” people.  In cultures with community ceremonies of dancing or singing or praying, an ecstatic experience can be had quite regularly (yearly, or more than once a year.)

Sometimes people are drawn to drugs because they are seeking to have an ecstatic experience.  Because the ecstatic experience is not part of our common understanding, many people are longing to have something they don’t have a name for.  Sometimes drugs seems like the only pathway.  It is important to know that there are other ways to have this experience.

 

A Well Designed Spiritual Experience

A well designed Spiritual Experience should leave you feeling connected to something larger than yourself.  It should not leave you feeling life is more painful than it was before.  It should not leave you in a state where you have to recover from something you were not ready for.

candle in the handThe spiritual experience that is best for you, depends on your emotional state and what you are ready for.  For some methods, like drumming, meditation, or altering your state of mind through movement such as dance, you are unlikely to have an experience that is more than you can handle.

By more than you can handle, I do not mean to say that the spiritual experience will not be overwhelming.  Some spiritual experiences are very profound.

However, a spiritual experience that is more than what your truly ready for is a different thing.  In this second case, its like your blew up your computer.  The computer has to be repaired before it can really work again.  In these experiences, you have to be healed from the damage caused by something that was too much for you to handle.

A properly design spiritual ceremony will not just blow your circuits and leave you feeling more disconnected than you did before.  For some people, the problem with  drugs, is that it can overload them with knowledge they cannot process or a change they are not ready to handle.  It can also destroy the structure of their energy, if that structure is not strong.  Drugs can force an experience that a specific individual is not ready for.

 

The Shaman’s Medicine

shaman with despachoEvery shaman has a particular way of being, and follow a particular path or system.  While the way or path of a particular shaman may not have an official name or belong to a particular group, it can still be distinctive.  This is sometimes called a shaman’s medicine.  Some paths or ways are simply incompatible with each other because the energy of one type of practice can be disruptive to the energy of another type of practice.

If you are looking to find a spiritual path that is shamanic in some way, its important to know that you are also looking for one that is also the right path for you.  In some ways this is a simple thing: if a path of study, or a particular practice helps you to deepen and connect more deeply… then it is the right path for you.

That does not mean that other paths are bad to try, or won’t work for you.  Sometimes, any path that can get you started is a good thing.  Also in some cases, it can take a long time to find the right path, or it may take a while to understand what path you are meant to be on.  There’s no reason to wait for something perfect.  It is good to start now.

However, you do want to avoid is a path that is truly wrong for you.  You avoid such a path by taking the time to reflect on what you should do.

Ayuhuasca has a very distinctive and unique energy.  Some paths are incompatible with such a distinctive energy.

 

Warning about Ayuhuasca

broken glassThe contributors to Shaman Links are not following a shamanic path through Ayuhuasca, so you will not see articles on this site advising you how to proceed with shamanism using this path.

However, we have talked enough with people who have had problems as a result of taking the drug.  Some people have had spiritual or emotional crises that have taken months or years to recover from.  Keep these warnings in mind if you are seeking to have this experience:

  • The effects of Ayuhuasca can be profound, you need to make sure the person who is guiding your experience has a lot of experience dealing with a spiritual crisis, were one to happen.
  • Because drugs can force a stronger spiritual experience that some people can handle, its important to have a experienced guide rather than try it on your own.
  • Even a very experienced South American shaman may not understand your culture well enough to provide you the type of guidance you need.  Their practice has developed over years and taught them what to expect with their own culture.  However, a person from a different culture may not react the same way.
  • Approach the experience as a serious and significant one.  In Western culture, we can dismiss the power of the spirit world. This can lead to a careless approach in selecting our spiritual experiences.  Take your time, research first, and make sure you feel as confident as you can about your choice to have the experience, and your choice of teachers and ceremony leaders.
  • There are charlatans who offer Ayuhuasca experiences.  All spiritual practices have their share of cheats or swindlers.  This includes practitioners of shamanism.  For South America, Westerners offer a quantity of money to an area that has less economic wealth.  So look for someone who is authentic, and responsible.
  • Consider trying shamanic experience through other means.  As you take the time to decide whether want to try shamanic experience through a South American approach, you can try shamanic experience with a drum or with other means.

 

We do not mean to imply by this list that people have not had positive experiences using Ayuhuasca.  For some, Ayuhuasca is the right path for them.  The most important thing is to treat your decision about how to proceed in a serious way.  There are many paths to find what you are looking for, not just one.  Take the time to find the right path for YOU.

 

Further Information

It is unlikely that Shaman Links will write any further articles on Ayuhuasca or psychedelic drugs.  This article was written because of questions that have brought people to this site.  It seemed important to clear up the confusion that Shamanism and Ayuhuasca are the same thing.

***Shaman Links would never advise anyone to try psychedelic drugs.  That is an irresponsible thing to do on a website, and an irresponsible message to people you do not know and have never met.  Do not interpret this article as a recommendation for or against the use of drugs in shamanism.***

If you feel you need help recovering from a negative experience through drug use, you may want to contact a shamanic practitioner through a reputable site such as Shamanicteachers.com.  A shamanic healer can help you repair damage that may have occurred to your energy.  Shaman Links has a healer directory, but we do not screen the practitioners listed there.

For Further Reading, this is a good article on some of the Challenges of Ayuhuasca for the Western individual:

Ayahuasca: Beyond the Amazon – Risks and Challenges of a Spreading Tradition

 

Shamans Use Shamanic Journeying as one of the ways they can open their mind, or have an ecstatic experience:

What is the Shamanic Journeying?

A Series of Articles on Shamanic Journeying

 

 

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To put it simply.  No.

Shamans are a very human healer.  They are therefore subject to all of the pitfalls that other humans fall into.

human hand daisy tableThe shaman’s deep connection with the spirit world gives them access to insights that other people don’t always have.  It gives them access to a great deal of energy, which they can use for healing and helping to transform the world around them.

However, a shaman or shamanic type of healer is one that serves as a bridge from the spirit world to the every day world.  That means that they need to stay connected to the world. They are not meant to become the type of evolved spiritual being that removes them from the world.  If their spiritual evolution removes them from the world, the shaman is no longer a bridge for spiritual energy to help the people here.  The shaman always needs to have one foot firmly planted on the earth.

 

Shamanic Trials

staff sami_dreamstime_42020760As a result, a shaman healer will often have many experiences of suffering or difficulties.  This occurs to them even after they have been doing shamanic work for many years.  This occurs even if the shaman is doing everything right.  New difficulties come when it is required for that shaman to deepen further.

Shamanic practitioners may have an illness, or an accident that gives them an injury they need to recover from.  The shaman might have a difficult financial problem, or find him or herself dealing with difficulties with his or her house.  These trials are considered sacred teachings that help keep a shaman open, and compassionate.  (Obviously these things happen to everyone.  However, shamans will often find themselves in learning periods where they receive the message that the trials are required for their growth.)

sitting feet dockEven when life isn’t offering difficulties, a shamanic practitioner must monitor his or her inner state.  He must watch to make sure that his ego is in balance.  If a shaman starts to think that she’s the reason the healing is so powerful, instead of the spirits, that is an imbalance.  The shaman must do the self growth work of examining any issues that are causing an imbalance.

Because of all these things, a perfectly good shaman can find him or herself in a period of time or a state that means he is not in the best place to help others.  A self aware practitioner will stop offering healing during this time.  Occasionally, a perfectly good shamanic healer might not realized how out of balance he or she has become.  A shaman who was not trained about it, may not know to be on the lookout for this.

That is why its important for you to also monitor your own reaction to the shamanic healer.  A shaman who is in a good place, is likely to make you feel safe and accepted.  If there is any reason you are uncertain, take your time.  There’s no rush.

 

Truly Bad “Shamans”

smoke burning cigaretteAside from the very human shaman, who might occasionally not be in the best place to help others.  You might be wondering if there are shamans that are actually bad, and are willing to harm other people.

The positive healing spirits will not help a shaman harm other people.

However, there are people who make connections with the spirit world to do harm to others, or to take advantage of them.  There are spirits that are not positive healing spirits.  Ones who cause problems, or crave power.  People can work with these spirits (a bad idea) and use them to gain power over others.

However, are these individuals still shamans?  

There is certainly nothing to stop such a person from calling themselves a shaman.  These type of people are focused on power, so they are usually manipulative.  Being manipulative, such people will use whatever term gets another person to trust them.

To detect these people, the same methods apply as you would need to use with any manipulative person.  To name a few:

  • If it seems to good to be true, it is too good to be true.
  • People who are doing their work do not need to talk about how good they are.  Especially not all of the time.
  • The “hard sell”  is a form of manipulation.  The hard sell sounds like: “You have to do this or something bad will happen.”  or “This is an urgent situation, you need to see me right away.”
  • No shaman can promise a particular result 100% of the time.
  • Manipulative people avoid having to tell you the whole story, by distracting you from asking your questions.
  • Someone with many followers, who seem to be worshiping them, is a bad sign.  The world groupies is used for people who follow musicians or rock stars.  A shamanic practitioner who encourages groupies, is not doing what they should to re-empower those around them.

 

Other Cultures and Their Practices

smoke gathering of shamans russia dreamstime_37838099It can be easy to judge another culture that you are not a part of, or do not understand.  We can do this both in a positive way (assigning extra qualities or romanticizing), or by judging negatively what we don’t understand.  Without making a judgment on a different culture, you still need to be aware of differences that could make a shaman unsuitable for someone from your own culture.

Some cultures know about energy, and use methods of energy manipulation to attack other people.  Again, the highest spirits will not assist in harming others.  However, warfare has been a part of human culture since the beginning of time.  Some shamans do not think that attacking the enemy to help aid their people, is a bad thing.

In a culture where energetic attack and defense is an everyday problem, a healer necessarily has to learn about how it works in order to heal those effected by it.  This may mean the healers there cannot remain outside of these conflicts and still be effective for their culture.  You would need to form your own opinion about whether this makes someone a bad shaman or not.

gathering of shamans goat _dreamstime_37838954If you are planning on contacting a shaman from a different culture, you must keep in mind they might not have the same point of view about what is right and what is wrong.  For instance, some shamanic practices in other parts of the world, still involve animals (sacred sacrifice) as part of the practice.  The shamanic practices were handed down from hunter societies, and these shamans are following traditions formed many years ago.

If this is not compatible with your values, that shaman may not be a good fit for you.

 

So-So Shamans

hands blocking faceIn addition to bad people who might use the word shaman to manipulate other people, or shamans who may not share your values, there are also incompetent shamans.

This may be because they are not well trained, or because they don’t realized that they are missing the information they need to heal powerfully.  There are also people who are using the term to do healing of some kind, that isn’t necessarily shamanic healing.

Sometimes, a healer’s lack of knowledge, will prevent them from getting too deep into things they do not understand.  In other words, they may simply be ineffective.  You go see the healer, nothing happens.

Other times, they can cause an imbalance in your energy.

If you think you’ve had a healer that has left you worse off than where you started, another  healer can help you.  Go to websites like shamanicteachers.com, where they have screened healers, and you should be able to find someone that can help you.

Keep in mind that shamanic healing can be a process, and you can feel uncomfortable or out of sorts between sessions.  However, a competent shaman should be able to explain to you what is going on, and should be able to give you some explanation about the healing process.

 

Which Shaman is Competent?

You might wonder if there is a certification that can help you find a competent shaman.

holding green leafUnfortunately, certification requires that people follow specific procedures, and work in similar ways.  Certification is best suited to methods that follow set or repeatable steps.  Because shamanic healing is characterized by the uniqueness that comes from the healer, the one being healed and the exact situation, certification doesn’t fit well with shamanic healing.

Certification will only tell you that a healer has been through a training program, and won’t necessarily tell you if they are a good healer.  There are some methods that have been combined with shamanic practice and offer certification, but many of the most powerful healers will not have a certification.

If you are looking at a new healer, and getting healing for the first time – trust your gut reaction.

  • Think about getting a healer and look into your heart… how do you feel about it there?
  • Think about the healer and then focus on your midsection.  How does that healer make you feel in your gut?
  • Your own reactions are often a powerful way to screen out good healers from bad.

 

In addition, you can look at this article on tips for choosing a healer:

Shamans – Tips for Choosing Your Healer

As with anything in life, it is a good idea to take responsibility for choosing your healer.  Blind trust doesn’t just mean that you are trusting someone too much, it can also mean that you are not trusting yourself enough.  Every person has a clear light inside themselves (whether you feel you can see it there or not,) and often the guidance we need can be found there.

 

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Why Don’t I See My Comment on your Site?

Shaman Links reads and appreciates all the comments provided by our visitors. We receive various comments that express your appreciation and gratitude.  Thank you for your kind words.

At Shaman Links, we approve comments for public viewing based on those we think will help our readers. This includes comments which offer a different thought about the topic, new information, or questions that we think other readers might want to know the answers to.

 

Comments That Don’t Get Approved

Occasionally we get asked questions that are so specific, it does not seem like it would be helpful to a general audience.  If the question involves a tricky or complex topic, it may not be possible to answer simply in a reply comment.  We try when possible to reply to your question via email.

If your comment is to thank or praise us, we read it and are happy to know you’ve enjoyed the information at our site, even if we did not approve your comment.

There are also one or two articles that are so long and contain so much information that it is not the best place for additional comments.  The article on Soul Retrieval is an example of this. We offer the opportunity to comment on that article because we want to know if people have additional questions.  We try to look for other ways to include the information or questions you have made there, such as writing a new blog post on that question.

Finally, we do receive a lot of spam comments.  This makes it difficult to look through spam to see if any legitimate comments have gone to spam.  Our spam filter is very good.  While it is unlikely that your comment went to spam, if you are curious about your comment being approved you can use our feedback form to ask about your comment.

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unfocused personThere are two basic reasons why someone might feel spacey or light headed after a shamanic journey.  You can feel a little strange if you’ve received a powerful healing in your journey, or experienced something very profound.

In this case, there was a large transfer of energy.  A healing is a large transfer of energy.  An experience of something profound is also a transfer of energy, either the energy of communication or the energy of understanding.  This can make you feel like you are still “altered” or not quite yourself directly after a journey.  In this case, it can be helpful to go sit near a tree, or on a large rock.  Trees and rocks have a good connection to the earth, which will help you ground the energy your received.

 

How You Return from Your Journey

The other reason to feel light headed is if you didn’t “fully return” from your journey.  In this case you didn’t really bring all your energy fully back with you from the journey.  To address this, you need to change how you come back from your journeys.

woman in woodsIf you come back from a journey, the same way you went that will often take care of this problem.  So if you went up a mountain, through some clouds, down a road, and past some woods. You would return past the woods, down the road, through the clouds, and down the mountain.  Its not required for everyone to retrace their step when they return from a journey.  However, if you find that you are getting lightheaded, then you do need to be more exact about how you return.

You may also need to slow down the speed with which you return from your journeys.  This way all of you has time to “catch up” on the return to the room.

 

The Discipline of Being Connected in Two Worlds

looking out through rockFeeling spacey after a journey can happen occasionally, but it should not happen very often.  Proper shamanic journeying is about the discipline of going and returning intentionally.  Your should not find yourself journeying accidentally because you heard a drum playing.  You should always be journeying or returning because you intended to.

It is also very important in shamanic practice that you are learning to be more present in your daily life.  In shamanic work, there needs to be a balance of the energies of the spirit world, and the energies of the earth world.  If you spend too much time being “over there” in the spirit world, your life will become out of balance.

hands with baby feetThe act of living your daily life, and really being engaged in that life, is what helps the energy of the spirit world come into balance.  By engaging in your day to day life, you allow the energy of the spirit world to flow into the physical world.

It is best to approach your relationship with the spirit world by maintaining a balance between your life and the spirit world.

 

Methods of Grounding Energy

Grounding energy is an entire topic, and its likely Shaman Links will offer an article / blog post on this in the future.  However, when you have a lot new energy coming into your life because of your relationship to the spirit world, that energy needs to be grounded into the world around you.

sit by a treeThat is why the beginning of the article discusses sitting by a tree or on a rock.  Trees are well rooted into the ground and know how to transfer energy from above to the ground below.  Being near one can help you.  The same is true of a rock.  Many of the large natural rocks that you see outside are solid.  They are able to absorb excess energy from you.

As mentioned above, being present in your life is also a way of grounding things.  When you pay attention to a person, a conversation or something in nature, you are connecting to those things.  Attention creates connection.  Through that connection excess energy can flow into the world around you.  When excess energy flows where it is needed, you don’t feel spacey any longer.

 

You Can’t Use Journeying to Escape Your Life

woman unhappy sittingSome people may feel a desire to use journeying to escape their life, and would like to spend more time “over there” than over here.

This will lead to an imbalance.

Just as with a boat, if you get too many people on one side of the boat, the boat will tip over and spill everyone into the water.  The same thing happens if there is too much energy from the spirit world.  The tipping point can be: physical illness, things going wrong with your finances, work life or relationships.  Using shamanic journeying as an escape, will only last so long.  The world you live in will force you to pay attention to it again.

Maintaining balance is simple.  It truly is about paying attention to and being engaged in your day-to-day life.

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Shaman Links Find Your ShamanComing Next: We are still working on the new Shaman Links Directory of healers and teachers.  We are in the process of transferring the existing listings (and recent applications) to the new directory.  More on that soon!

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Imagination is the Translator For the Shamanic Journey

seeing your feetWhen I teach journey classes, I explain to students that journeys often feel like you are imagining them.  This is because your imagination is the translator that helps your every day mind understand what is going on in the journey.  When you go on a shamanic journey, part of your soul goes on the journey.  Another part of your soul stays behind.

What happens on the journey happens to your soul.  These happenings would not make any sense to your brain, if your imagination did not step in to explain it in a way the brain can understand.  This is what I mean when I say the imagination is the translator for your journey.

 

Using the Full Power of Your Imagination

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Recently, one of my teachers* gave me a new idea for the imagination and journeying.  Simply put: You can use your imagination to help you experience the journey more fully.

While I knew that imagination was the translator for the brain, it never occurred to me to ask my imagination to do more.  Your imagination doesn’t just have to translate the visual parts of the journey or the sounds.  If you engage your imagination fully it can also help your body feel the sensations that occur on your journeys.

If you are on a journey moving through rapids, you can engage your imagination to help your body feel the sensations of the water rushing around you.  If you are in a field of flowers, your imagination can help supply the smells of what is it like to be there.

experiencing your journeys2In some societies, shamans talk about taking your body with you when you journey.  When they say this, they mean that their entire body and all of their senses experience the journey as if the body is there on the journey.  That is the potential of how strong your journeys can feel if you unleash the full power of your imagination when journeying.  The ultimate goal would be to see, smell, feel, and hear your journeys.

 

Am I Making This Journey Up?

writing a storyAs I explain in other articles in The Journey Series, it is common to have the feeling that you are making your journeys up.  While I explain that this is due to the fact that your imagination is translating the journey to your brain, this is may not be enough proof for the analytical mind.  In many cases, its only the experience of journeys over time that begin to give you proof that you are not making your journeys up.

However, ultimately all experiences on a journey are anecdotal.  By that, I am meaning the scientist’s word for unreliable.  Experience is not usually considered a scientific fact or the type of proof you can use for statistics.  This is true for all experiences.  The more powerful the experience the more personal it becomes, because the power of an experience happens on an individual level.  Shamanic journeying can provide you with many powerful experiences.  It is up to you to decide if those experiences are valuable to you or not.

 

Tips for Using Your Imagination

jumping over the firePeople who are in professions which require a lot of imagination, will probably not have any problem using their imaginations to “bring their bodies with them” on a journey.

That is because imagination is like a muscle that requires building up.  You may have to practice using your imagination.  You might have to focus on one sensation at a time, to build that imagination muscle.  For instance you might focus on receiving the smells first, then adding the feelings in your body so that eventually you are experiencing the journey with all your senses.

Some people will also have a mind which worries about whether they are making it up.  

The question then comes down to:  Which thing do you wish to satisfy?  Do you want to satisfy your mind to prove beyond a doubt that you are not making the journey up? Or do you want to satisfy your soul and your body with a full and rich experience of your shamanic journey?

For the last tip, its important to know that imagination requires energy.  I’ve already explained in the article on trouble journeying that it is hard to journey if your personal battery is not charged.  If you don’t have much energy, that can make it hard for your imagination to supply all the details of your journey.  In societies where they have an unbroken tradition of journeying, there are lengthy rituals to prepare for journeying.  Those rituals were used to really charge up before doing a journey.  The more charged you are, the more power you can supply to your imagination for its translation work.

warrior-pose-241611_1280Charging up can be doing something you love before journeying.  Singing, dancing, drumming and rattling can really charge you up as well.  The more your charge up first, the better your imagination will be able to supply the full range of sensations and experiences that are happening to you.

 

* The teacher mentioned is Sandra Ingerman

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See Also:

The Power of the Healing Story

 

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eye blueWhen people think of seeing a spirit, most people think of seeing them with their eyes.  But not everyone is visual in their ability to perceive spirits.  Your ability to sense spirits has to do with your innate abilities.  Generally this type of perception is called psychic, because your not using your everyday eyes or ears.

You also need to consider what type of spirit your talking about.

There are departed loved ones.  There are spirits of the land.  There are spirits that are operating at a different frequency, such as angels.  How they would feel to you will seem different depending on what type of spirit it is. For instance, when you communicate with some of the spirits they are not actually here.  You are feeling their presence through energy that is coming to you in a type of bridge.  In this case, perceiving a spirit is more like communication than seeing.

 

Perceiving a Spirit

Psychic ability is not always required to perceive a spirit.  The spirit who wants to communicate with you can use your normal physical sensation to help you notice him or her.

If you have watched a show like Long Island Medium, where people feel their departed loved ones as goosebumps or chills, that loved one is making his or her presence felt through sensations on the other person’s physical body.They can also help you perceive them through sounds like creaking the floor boards or moving windchimes.  In these cases, you are using your “normal” physical senses to perceive a spirit.

However, to actually see a spirit in a way that would seem visual, you have to the specific psychic ability of seeing.  This is called Clairvoyance.

Most people probably have some type of psychic ability, but there are many different kinds.  For instance, many people are clairsentient.  This type of perceptions is when you get feelings about things, including gut feelings.  Closely related are empaths who actually feel the feelings and body sensations of others in their own bodies.

woman smiling coffee mugDepending on what your innate abilities are, those abilities would effect how you perceive a spirit. Clairaudient people have strong hearing and could hear a spirit talking to them.  Empaths could feel what another spirit is feeling.  Clairvoyant people would perceive the spirit in a “visual” way.  Clair-cognizance is psychic perception as a type of knowing.  You “know” that something is connecting with you, and what that something is.

Even when an individual does not have a developed psychic strength they may have a moment when a perception breaks through.  They may catch something out of the corner of their eye.  They may hear a word.  They may smell the cookies their mother used to make.  They may “know” that their father has come to visit them.

 

Dormant Psychic Senses

holding glasses rain spotsMost people have not developed their psychic senses.  So its likely you don’t know what your strengths would be for perceiving a spirit.  For some, their psychic senses didn’t seem normal and were ignored, except in cases where they were so strong as to overwhelm that person.  For others, your perception may have seemed indistinct, or you may not have recognized it as a psychic one.

To find out how you perceive spirits, you would first have to develop these types of senses, and find out what one is strong for you.  That is when you’d find out if you can “see” spirits.  However, even if you couldn’t “see” them, chances are you could develop an ability perceive them in some way.

For many people, their psychic senses can be strengthened.  However, the method of doing so will vary depending on what avenue is taken.

nose-up_smallerA shamanic practitioner would learn how improve their perceptions by learning directly from a spirit teacher.  They meet a spirit teacher through the shamanic journey.

For others there are probably a variety of methods available.  Sometimes it may just a matter of practice so that an ability can become stronger.  However, it may be that some people will never be good at a particular sense.

As an example, I am not clairvoyant.  I never see anything when doing spiritual work.  I have a knowing, that does not in any way seem visual to me.  If I would describe what I perceive it might sound visual, but it is not.  I’m not sure if every type of sense can be developed by every person.  In my case, clairvoyance doesn’t appear to be one of my skills.

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Additional Information

If you would like to learn how to perceive spirits, you can first learn more about strengthening your psychic perception using books such as:

The Psychic Pathway: A Workbook for Reawakening the Voice of Your Soul by Sonia Choquette (or the Related Books listed on Amazon).

To learn through shamanic journeying, there are books which teach journeying, or you can look for a workshop in your area.

Shaman Links article on Talking to the Spirits

The Shaman Links Blog

 

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Journey Series: The Dismemberment Journey https://www.shamanlinks.net/blog/dismemberment-shamanic-journey/ https://www.shamanlinks.net/blog/dismemberment-shamanic-journey/#respond Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:04:17 +0000 https://www.shamanlinks.net/?p=786 Changing our Structure We all carry old structures in our energy that keep us stuck.  This could mean old identities, old patterns inherited from family, habits, or old injuries.  When old energy isn’t just stored, but is part of the Continue reading →

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Fire Closeup burning logsChanging our Structure

We all carry old structures in our energy that keep us stuck.  This could mean old identities, old patterns inherited from family, habits, or old injuries.  When old energy isn’t just stored, but is part of the energy structure that makes up our identity, its probably time to shake things up.

That’s what a dismemberment journey is all about.  This journey is a little different than one where your receiving a healing that removes something.  The intention is that your actual energy is restructured.  The structure that you have after a dismemberment no longer carries some of those kinks or knots that were limiting you in some way.

 

What is Dismemberment?

The word dismemberment is not a misleading one.  You go on a shamanic journey to your power animal or teacher, and they break you into pieces.  Sometimes it will seem gentle, like a wind blowing you into sand.  Other times you will see your self torn apart limb by limb. The way the spirit world does this is endlessly creative.  Every shamanic healer has had this happen to them one or more times, and no one’s story about this went exactly the same way.

You might ask: Why the spirit would would do something as scary as take your body apart?

fox croppedWell, sometimes our sense of identity is more tied up with our bodies than we think it is.  To see our body dismembered, not only effects our energy, but also can change the way we see ourselves.  Once the body is gone, you will notice that you are still aware.  This can lead you to understanding that your awareness is not dependent on your body.  That you exist without a body.

Sometimes the spirit world will put you  back together (re-member you.)  Sometimes it will not, and you will return from the journey as pure energy.

 

Dismemberment Is Healing

glass cracking outwardA dismemberment journey is a healing, and after the journey you can feel different.  Occasionally your entire point of view about the world can be shifted.  Sometime this shift happens for a time directly after the healing, sometimes it is more permanent.  The world can seem more beautiful or alive.  Everything around you can feel imbued with light and sacredness.

You can also feel unsettled or disturbed for a time because it was such a significant shift in your energy.  It can be disturbing to lose parts of your identity that seemed essential to you.  Although the spirit world will only remove things that are no longer required by you, and those things are keeping you back from reaching your highest potential, you may still experience grief at something that feels like a loss.

 

The Dismemberment Journey

So if I haven’t scared you off, and you would like to receive a dismemberment healing, how do you proceed?

Intention: To receive a dismemberment and “whatever else” they would like to give you.  (The second part allows the spirits to decide if they will re-member you or not.)

  1. Journey to a power animal or teacher you trust, with the intention above.
  2. Whoever arrives to meet you is probably the spirit who will help you with this.  (Even if different than who you expected.)
  3. Ask the spirit you meet for a dismemberment, and “whatever else they would like to give you”.  (In some cases the dismemberment will begin immediately without you needing to voice your intention.)
  4. If the spirits put you back together (re-member you) then return after you are re-membered.  If not, at some point you should know that it is time to return, and you will return in whatever form you are in… grains of sand…start dust… pure light… Otherwise return with the return beat.
  5. Upon returning, take a few moments to allow yourself to settle back into your body.  Move your fingers and toes, feel your breath moving in and out of your lungs.
  6. When you are ready sit up. But don’t rush this, you may need a short time to settle.
  7. You may wish to go outside, or go to a window and look outside.  Sometimes you will feel a connection to the world around you after a dismemberment journey.  Looking at nature can help you feel this connection.

 

When would you do a dismemberment journey?

You can have this journey any time, and as many times as you wish, there is no limit.  Some shamans find they are required to do this journey quite frequently.  However, for most people the journey is profound enough, that they don’t need to do it more than one or two times.

  • You may consider doing this if your in a point in your life when you “feel stuck” in some way.  You can journey to your spirits and ask them if they think it will help you with that.
  • You can do this journey during major life change where your identity is changing.  Such as moving from parenthood, or into life after parenthood.  Shifting into a time of retirement.  Any time when you feel you are having trouble with a change in your identity.
  • You may consider doing this journey if you are trying to shift to a higher vibration.  If you feel you are on “one level” and want to move to “the next level.” This journey is a way to enable such shifts.

 

A more specific way of stating the intention for above issues, can be “please take away that which is keeping me from…” The next part should be something that is involved with spiritual growth, or your evolution.  It would be a good idea to do a journey on your intention, to confirm that your not asking for something you don’t mean to ask for.

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Journey Series: Journey to Understand Power https://www.shamanlinks.net/blog/journey-series-journey-to-understand-power/ https://www.shamanlinks.net/blog/journey-series-journey-to-understand-power/#respond Sun, 12 Jul 2015 13:00:08 +0000 https://www.shamanlinks.net/?p=847 This journey is a good way to understand how you relate to power. You do this by looking at your past lives and seeing how you related to power in other lifetimes. If you don’t believe in reincarnation, you can Continue reading →

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statue crown held over headThis journey is a good way to understand how you relate to power. You do this by looking at your past lives and seeing how you related to power in other lifetimes.

If you don’t believe in reincarnation, you can go look at the lives of your ancestors.  It can be informative to see how relationships to power have some bearing on the life you are living now, either because of past lives or due to the ancestors who got you where you are today.

 

The Journey to Understand Power

Intention: Ask to be shown the story of yourself in three lifetimes:
1. Where you had power and misused it.
2. When you were powerless.
3. When you had power and used it well.

Steps of the Journey:

  1. Journey to your power animal or teacher with your intention.  You can either do this as one journey or as three separate journeys.
  2. Observe the story you are shown in each of these three lifetimes.
  3. Return from your journey and write down what you saw.

 

After the Journey

This journey is really about self reflection and awareness.

  • What do the stories you saw tell you about your life now?
  • Can you see anything in your current life that is reflected in those other lifetimes?
  • Did those lives teach you lessons that you are using in your life now?
  • Do the journeys change the way you would relate to others who are powerful or appear to be powerless?

 

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Journey Series: The Record Keeper Journey https://www.shamanlinks.net/blog/record-keeper-journey/ https://www.shamanlinks.net/blog/record-keeper-journey/#respond Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:13:11 +0000 https://www.shamanlinks.net/?p=1095 The Record Keeper is the one who keeps all the records of your life.  When you are still carrying around old records, they can weigh you down.  A journey to the record keeper is a way to get rid of Continue reading →

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Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetThe Record Keeper is the one who keeps all the records of your life.  When you are still carrying around old records, they can weigh you down.  A journey to the record keeper is a way to get rid of your old records.

This is a very powerful journey, so want to make sure you set the right intention.

You also want to make sure you have a little time afterwards in case you need it.

 

What are Records?

Records are old data stored in your energy field / body / or memory.  They are “old” records because they no longer serve any useful purpose.  These records are a type of energy that can weigh you down.  Getting rid of old records makes sure you aren’t carrying these around any longer.

This a little different than Recapitulation, which was described in a previous post.  Recapitulation is about releasing energy from memories and past experience.  To recapitulate you must contact the energy fully so you can release it.   The records referred to here are more like old pieces of paper that need to be recycled.

 

Dog with Glasses and BookWho is the Record Keeper?

Each person’s record keeper will look different.  They could appear to you as a person, an animal, or a even a cartoon figure.  For the purposes of this journey, the record keeper is the one who knows how to retrieve the records you want to get rid of.

 

Forming your Intention

For this journey you decide what old records you would like to get rid of.  Part of the intention is that they are records that aren’t needed anymore.  You can choose to ask for records related to a person in your life, an event, an old phase in your life, an old job, or a specific aspect of a relationship.

For instance:

  • You might have had a business partner you no longer work with.  You would ask for all the “old records” related to that partnership.
  • You could ask for the records for a place you aren’t living in anymore.
  • You could ask for the records for old arguments you used to have with your sibling.

 

Don’t underestimate the power of this journey.  Even though you aren’t using these records anymore, quite a lot of energy can be released through this process. It is a good idea to make sure you have a little time after the journey.

 

The Journey

Determine what records you would like to release in advance of the journey.

Intention: To visit the record keeper to retrieve and release old records related to … the purpose you have decide on.

  1. Journey to your record keeper.
  2. Once you see the record keeper ask him / her / it to retrieve all the records related to the relationship, event or place that your are intending to release records for.
  3. The record keeper will retrieve the records, which can appear as a pile of files or any form that represents records.  The more records the record keeper brings, the more energy you will be releasing.
  4. In the center of the room, you will see a fire.  Once all the records have been retrieved, put them all into the fire.
  5. After you are done putting the records into the fire, you will also jump into the fire.
  6. Once you have jumped in the fire you may now return from your journey.
  7. Give yourself some time to absorb what happened, by either continue to lay down after you have returned or by sitting quietly for a short time.

 

Other Tips

floppiesIf your record keeper brings many records back, you may decide to do only half or a quarter of the records.  You can then repeat the journey until all the records have been burned.  You would jump into the fire after each group of records.

You may repeat this journey as many times as you wish for various relationships, events, roles, or places if you have other records you would like to release.

Just as with any cleaning process, there is no need to rush or over do this process.  Taking your time with releasing records can ensure you don’t have such a big energy shift that its hard to process it.

 

Note: This journey was originally taught to me by Rosina owner of TranZformation, A Spirit Center in Illinois.

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Other ways of releasing old energy:

Recapitulation

The Dismemberment Journey

 

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