The Shamanic Journey

A Brief Preview

Since so much material exists on the Shamanic Journey we decided to speak directly from our Experience of the Journey and some of its many possibilities. We’d love to answer questions or recommend material, so feel free to ask. We will definitely have more formal descriptions of the Shamanic Journey going forward.


Drum is the way, the vehicle, to inner worlds. This knowledge is indigenous to all the races; we all had Drum, and some of us still do. We were lucky. We learned early and figured everyone knew Drum.

More and more people are remembering the Drum, the Drum in our blood, in our DNA. It’s in there, in everyone.

Anyway, Drum is the first character in this story. Without Drum there’d be no such thing as a shamanic journey.

Drum, powerful character that she is, taught us the shamanic journey long before we had the vocabulary: much less terms like “core shamanism, or soul retrieval, or shifting consciousness” and other $5 words.

Drum’s in your blood. Find people drumming and buy a few $5 words. You’ll remember.

Número Uno: You must love the Drum.


The mind pictures a hole in the Earth, so that the mind can go into the Earth, where answers and solutions live. Caves, Water Holes, and holes in Trees serve as ways into the consciousness of the Earth.

Once you’re past the Earth hole, you can travel to the Lower World, the Middle World or the Upper World. Each mental/spiritual area has answers and tools specific to its location.

Número Dos: Have a mental picture of an Earth hole you’d be willing to enter in a mind journey.


Totems, power animals, guides are likely the first spiritual beings we encounter when we land on Earth. Many believe without this kind of spirit being present during our infancy, we won’t make it. Many also believe totems are like guardian angels. Close.

Whether it’s Jaguar or Eagle or Coyote or Owl or Raccoon or Aardvark, your totem guides you through the Earth Hole and to where your answers lie. The totem also protects you and can do just about anything you ask. Infinite possibilities.

A friend said, “When I go to church I dress up and try to act right. When I ask my totem, I just am who I am.”

Número Tres: It’s essential to develop this idea along with a relationship with Totem before and during the shamanic journey.


Song is the only power older than Drum, and the most personal way to contact Spirit. Many say it’s also the most accurate and direct.

A Song – be it a rhythmic grunt, humming, a formal song, anything – can express what you can’t (and boy, there’s plenty of that). Song’s not often a required step in shamanic journey instruction, but in the the journey or in life, Song is quite special.

Número Cuatro: Make it yours. Sing it.


Vision is intention. What do you want? What are you looking for? Exploring? Healing? Seeking a Vision? Seeking yourself?

When you come to the journey you tell Totem what you want -your intention for the journey – then you follow Totem and go find it.

Número Cinco: Have a clear intention, as clear as possible, so your aim is true.

Those are the basic elements of the shamanic journey. If you have these elements you can learn to journey in shamanic ways and discover the marvels of your own mind. More later on this very large topic, meanwhile


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