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So... I've started taking shamanism seriously, and I took a class over the weekend. It was interesting, and a great experience, and solidified my desire to go further, and that means working on my journeying skills. (I.e.: going to the spirit realms, consulting the spirits, and bringing back the information they give me.)

But journeying for myself can be empty at times... "what do I really want to know? Uh... what kind of cheese to have as a snack! No... not a good question for the spirit realm."

Anyone reading this who would like to ask me to journey on their behalf, please leave a comment on this message.

I can journey for healing; if there's a specific issue that's troubling you, let me know - physical, mental or spiritual. I can journey to try to answer questions; let me know what the question is (feel free to be vague, but make sure that *you* know what it means.

1) I can't promise I'll be able to journey for everyone - I don't expect to see a lot of responses, but hey, this is open to the public.

2) I can't promise I can journey for any particular person... sometimes things just don't work out right.

3) when I report on the journey, it can be weird. I try to give you the images, as they came to me, reporting on everything that seemed meaningful to me. But it can be complicated. My teachers have all warned that you should report the images only, and let the other person interpret them. For one person, a school of dolphins represents community; for others, a sense of playfulness; for others, well, they're sharks[1], and dolphins represent an enemy. That's part of why I'm doing this... I want practice in explaining my journeys for other people to those other people. So, I'd like to know if you think the response is meaningful. You don't have to tell me... but if you can, I'd like to know.


Comments are screened, so you can ask questions or state problems without them being public. You can also ask for my e-mail address and mail them to me, if you'd prefer. Let me know if you want them unscreened (or if you don't care). And *please* let me know if I screw up screening! I've never done screened comments before, and I assume it's easy, but I just don't know.


[1] Keep in mind that what makes a person a shark might not be what we normally think of as "shark-like" behavior.

ETA:

When I give you a journey description, I'm going to start with descriptions of helper spirits and special places that tend to repeat in my visions. Why? So if I tell you "Raven did X" you don't think "But... why *Raven*? I've never had a connection with Raven!"

Special places that are very common:

The World Tree - this is my standard entry for the spirit realms. If I mention "I went to the world tree" that's like saying "I opened to door to my apartment." Except the world tree is prettier and a lot more loving and alive than my apartment door is.

The upper world: this is for places unconnected to the earth. It's not heaven, but it is like many visions of heaven insofar as it's away from the earth and physicality.

The lower world: this is kind of the opposite; things here tend to have a very strong connection to the earth. This is where animal and plant spirits tend to show most strongly.

The middle world: this is our world, and the spirits on it. Ancestor helper spirits tend to show up here, though you can find them in other realms as well.
johnpalmer: (Default)
So... I've started taking shamanism seriously, and I took a class over the weekend. It was interesting, and a great experience, and solidified my desire to go further, and that means working on my journeying skills. (I.e.: going to the spirit realms, consulting the spirits, and bringing back the information they give me.)

But journeying for myself can be empty at times... "what do I really want to know? Uh... what kind of cheese to have as a snack! No... not a good question for the spirit realm."

Anyone reading this who would like to ask me to journey on their behalf, please leave a comment on this message.

I can journey for healing; if there's a specific issue that's troubling you, let me know - physical, mental or spiritual. I can journey to try to answer questions; let me know what the question is (feel free to be vague, but make sure that *you* know what it means.

1) I can't promise I'll be able to journey for everyone - I don't expect to see a lot of responses, but hey, this is open to the public.

2) I can't promise I can journey for any particular person... sometimes things just don't work out right.

3) when I report on the journey, it can be weird. I try to give you the images, as they came to me, reporting on everything that seemed meaningful to me. But it can be complicated. My teachers have all warned that you should report the images only, and let the other person interpret them. For one person, a school of dolphins represents community; for others, a sense of playfulness; for others, well, they're sharks[1], and dolphins represent an enemy. That's part of why I'm doing this... I want practice in explaining my journeys for other people to those other people. So, I'd like to know if you think the response is meaningful. You don't have to tell me... but if you can, I'd like to know.


Comments are screened, so you can ask questions or state problems without them being public. You can also ask for my e-mail address and mail them to me, if you'd prefer. Let me know if you want them unscreened (or if you don't care). And *please* let me know if I screw up screening! I've never done screened comments before, and I assume it's easy, but I just don't know.


[1] Keep in mind that what makes a person a shark might not be what we normally think of as "shark-like" behavior.

ETA:

When I give you a journey description, I'm going to start with descriptions of helper spirits and special places that tend to repeat in my visions. Why? So if I tell you "Raven did X" you don't think "But... why *Raven*? I've never had a connection with Raven!"

Special places that are very common:

The World Tree - this is my standard entry for the spirit realms. If I mention "I went to the world tree" that's like saying "I opened to door to my apartment." Except the world tree is prettier and a lot more loving and alive than my apartment door is.

The upper world: this is for places unconnected to the earth. It's not heaven, but it is like many visions of heaven insofar as it's away from the earth and physicality.

The lower world: this is kind of the opposite; things here tend to have a very strong connection to the earth. This is where animal and plant spirits tend to show most strongly.

The middle world: this is our world, and the spirits on it. Ancestor helper spirits tend to show up here, though you can find them in other realms as well.
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