October 10th, 2007


Twilight journeys

As part of my clan work, we did three shamanic journeys and one magical journey (at least, I think that's what he called the non-shamanic one). I have some experience with shamanic journeying, which is kind of like hypnosis, except you do it to yourself with the help of a drum. Another way of looking at shamanic journeys is as conscious lucid dreams. Basically, you lie down, ask yourself a question, someone plays a steady drumbeat, and you imagine yourself moving through the world in a particular way. Strange things can happen to you, and when you're done, to get to interpret them as messages from a part of your brain that doesn't normally get to talk to you very much (or from the spirits or gods or whatever, if that's your bent.) Magical journeys are similar, but you do them in the physical world.
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spike let me use his camera to take a picture of some of the things that seemed important during this meditation, and while we were there, he took a couple of (really great, if I may say so!) pictures of me with the beautiful birch that was the site of my first meditation stop. Those pictures are in this set.