Shamanic journeying is a technique that is learned and mastered while being experienced and practiced. By allowing a person to symbolically journey, they will hear and feel various things. A therapist guides a client through their first journey, and then the client is free to take the reins of each subsequent flight. Perception, clarity, and understanding deepen with each journey. A client will develop a keener sense of awareness to emotions, feelings, and will learn how to accept what they see along each journey. Shamanic Journeying has been compared to playing a musical instrument as it takes much practice to effectively and successfully master the technique.
Shamanism is based on the belief that a person can connect to the spirit world by engaging in an ecstatic trance. This process transcends the traditional ideal of reality and once a person is journeying, the shaman is able to draw incredible knowledge and healing power from within the depths of their being. There are three realms, or levels of inner consciousness, the Upper, Middle and Lower Worlds. These inner realms were within us since creation and we are not responsible for their existence, however, Shamanism believes we discovered them. The realms are held together in an unconscious world and are part of the fabric of our psyche, leaving our acceptance of them up to our free will.
The Shamanic journey involves traveling within oneself for the purpose of consultation and therapy. This is a profound way to conduct an internal conversation and to ascertain vital information. This inner being is in constant contact with all levels of our consciousness. The Shamanic Journey believes that once within, a person will find the answers to all of their questions, good and bad. During the journey, a person goes beyond their own awareness. Oftentimes people will describe seeing various lights, and these can be interpreted in different ways. Many people experience a change in body temperature or a shift of movement. The experience is unique unto itself and may provide insights that are unexpected and revealing.