Information from non-physical reality can come through to us in so many
different ways -- definitely not only visually. So I always say, when teaching
journeying, that some people may not "see" things at all - but may sense them,
feel them physically, smell or touch or taste them with their inner
senses! So yes, I definitely think you'll be able to journey.
So far as I have it set up, the first Sunday of each month is for beginners
and the third Sunday of each month is for experienced journeyers. (I may have to
reschedule for the first Sunday in November, though.) So I hope you can come
this Sunday, but if not, there will be future opportunities...
In a message dated 10/2/2009 8:59:18 A.M. Alaskan Daylight Time,
[address removed] writes:
Hope you're well and sensing with joy the transition of seasons! I'd like
to join you all this Sunday, but may have tentative plans again. I was
confused about which Sunday of the month was for beginners and didn't realize
you all have actually already met twice (I thought I just missed one meeting).
So, 1) wondering if I should still come on Sunday (if my other plans can be
re-arranged) and 2) wanted to express that I have a really hard time with
visualization and using imagined imagery - it fizzles, fades and never quite
gets dimensioned, when I've tried. Much more the sound/touch type. Will I be
able to "journey" without a strong visual/imagery sensibility? Thanks for
your insight on this, Stefani
Dear members of the East Bay Shamanic Journey Group,
to see many of you this Sunday evening at 6:00! Our last two meetups have
been lovely and intimate. There's such a wonderful synergy created by
journeying in a group.
This Sunday's gathering will be especially
for people who have not journeyed before or would like to "brush up" on how
to do it -- I'll be going through the basic instructions for core shamanic
journeying. However, if you already know how to journey, you are MORE than
welcome to attend also! I think it's great for the group to have a mixture
of "beginners" and people who are more familiar with the practice.
If you have any questions, please give me a call at[masked], or
email. Oh, and since mapquest and google maps tend to make it sound harder
than it really is to get to my house, here are some directions: From N.
Oakland/Berkeley, take 580E toward San Leandro. Get off at the Edwards exit
(it's out there a ways) and turn right. Go approx. 5 blocks, pass a donut
shop on your right, then take the second right turn AFTER the donut shop.
That will be Simson. My house, 6853 Simson, will be on your left after about
a block and a half. There is a chain link fence with brown slats. Just walk
down the driveway to the front door. You can park in the driveway if there's
space when you arrive, or else anywhere where the street is not too narrow,
and you won't be blocking anyone's ability to back out of their own
driveways (the neighbors feel strongly about that.) Thanks! And see you
Shamanic journeying is amazingly simple to learn and do, yet it’s a practice with the potential to bring great healing, depth, wisdom and clarity to your life.
If you’re at a transition point in your life, needing to make a next step forward and not sure how…
or if you're looking to heal old wounds (or problematic patterns, habits, compulsions, addictions) that you've worked on before, but that just haven't gone away...
or, if you have ever felt like there is "part of you missing," or like you've never gotten over some traumatic event that happened in your life, including a difficult breakup...
or, if you suffer from depression, anxiety attacks, low energy...
or, if you are intuitive/sensitive/psychic or have had metaphysical experiences, but haven't known how to organize your perceptions and use them in ways that serve both yourself and others...
or, if you feel "energetically sensitive" or too easily intruded-upon by others' thoughts or feelings...
or, if you want to feel more whole, more powerful, more connected to the Divine, however you understand that... ...
then I highly recommend that you check out journeying!
The basic technique of shamanic journeying has been used by shamans - indigenous medicine people and healers - in almost every part of the world, for many thousands of years. The method I teach, core shamanism, was synthesized by anthropologist Michael Harner, who studied shamanic practices in a number of cultures and observed that although there were many differences, all of them had certain CORE aspects in common. Out of that, Harner developed "core shamanism," a synthesis of ancient wisdom which is our birthright as human beings. (In other words, no matter what our ancestry may be, this practice is something that belongs to all of us.)
The basic techniques are simple and easy to learn – but once you know how to journey, it can take you almost anywhere in the inner world, and in the non-physical realm. It’s a highly accessible practice; once you learn it, you can do it almost anywhere (the practice is typically done to the sound of a rhythmic drum beat, which helps to induce a slightly altered state; however, many people find they can also journey in silence, or with a drumming CD, or by shaking a rattle -- or even shaking a makeshift rattle, like a tic-tac box or aspirin bottle!) And, once you're familiar with the "language" of journeys -- which often unfold somewhat like dreams -- you will find that, with the help of your guides, you can get to profound levels of clarity and healing, often in just a few minutes.
Who or what are these "guides"? There are many ways to understand them. Traditionally, shamans have thought of them as "helping spirits" who are able to take any form in the universe (animal, plant, human, angelic, body of water, stone, etc.) in order to best communicate their messages to us. People I've worked with have thought of them in a wide variety of ways -- as power animals, totems, aspects of the Higher Self, archetypes or aspects of the collective unconscious, angels, aspects of God (or the in-dwelling God, or the God-self) -- or even as part of their imaginations. However you think of it, I've observed that these beings or energies are consistently loving, wise, compassionate, highly creative -- and often very, very funny! (A "trickster" style of humor is often present in shamanic journeys.)
Since learning to journey eight years ago, I've taught hundreds of people, and have also worked deeply with this practice both on my own, and in my healing work with others (see www.HeartMindIntegration for more information.) I absolutely know that it is real, powerful, and trustworthy. I’ve watched people make huge strides in healing from trauma, and accessing previously lost or disowned parts of themselves (power, creativity, playfulness, joy, sensuality, psychic ability, hope, and much more…) I love teaching people to journey -- and journeying in a group offers the added bonus of our getting to learn from and support one another, too.