Extraction, Divination & The Journey Continuing Into Shamanism, by Phil

Shamanic student Phil shares what extraction, divination and casting grids are in the world of shamanism. Here are his delightful stories!

Sometimes I’m left in awe with how magical and mystical this spiritual journey is. Always connecting us to the right people, and the right moments to help us take the next steps forward. Meeting the shaman in-making, Phil has been no less synchronistic! We are all so fortunate to be able to witness his journey into shamanism through his guest writings here, on My Spiritual Shenanigans. And today, he takes things deeper for us – giving us a glimpse of shamanic topics like extraction, divination and casting grid.

Here’s Phil for you.

Sometimes I think I was a detective in a past life. This feeling has been amplified since I have developed and sharpened my own intuition over the years. I’m able to pick up on verbal nuances and non verbal cues. I can read body language very intently and tend to piece together and solve the problems of others.

Not to toot my own horn but there are times when I feel like a modern day Sherlock Holmes. As far-fetched as that may sound it’s really not too far off of my current path into Shamanic healing. If I’m losing you at this point – good – I want you to be thrown off track as the mystery will unravel itself.

Earlier this summer, I decided to watch a late night movie. I don’t normally engage in television unless I find something quite compelling. This particular evening I found Guy Ritchie’s 2009 version of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic. I hadn’t watched this in years, and forgot how twisted and deliciously entertaining this movie really was. But there was one scene I kept revisiting because I couldn’t get it out of my head.

Sherlock Holmes character in fact had a tool used by Shamans in order to help him crack the case. He uses his fiddle as a sonic driver!

Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man himself plays an eccentric and amped up version of Holmes. He’s seen trying to figure out the motives of the master manipulator villain, Lord Blackwell (played brilliantly by Mark Strong).

This is the point in the film where the hero is at a crossroads and isn’t sure if they will complete their task. Holmes is playing a chromatic scale repeatedly on his violin, while numerous dialogue clips are running through his mind until he cracks and throws the instrument down in frustration. This is followed by him lighting up his trademark pipe. And finally his mind is clear and he gets the answer he’s looking for.

Sherlock Holmes, Brexit, London, Sherlock Holmes uses shamanic ritual to solve mystery

Through this clarity, he remembers someone mentioned to him about the answer lying in the ‘Book of Spells’. Holmes goes straight for the book, and sets up what looks like to be some kind of a black magic ritual from it. Then, he goes into a trance.

Key scenes from the story flash through his mind in a dreamlike state and the next morning he is woken up by his team, Watson and Irene. He discusses his findings and puts together the final piece of the puzzle which ends up saving all of London.

In Shamanic terms, Holmes used the fiddle as his sonic driver instead of a drum or a rattle.

Once it quietened his mind, he smoked from his pipe. Which to me represents his journey to a more clear state – which what happens when the sonic driver takes effect and brings one into an alternate realm.

Once he gets the internal answer, he dives deep into the book. Much like a journey to the Lower World that I previously discussed in my last entry, Holmes goes into a lucid trance guided by visions, symbols and internal dialogue. He eventually pieces together in waking life to solve a very serious problem that will eventually lead to the defeat of his nemesis.

My point to this example is this. This sacred work can appear in many different forms and sometimes in ways we don’t expect.

This was certainly one of those times. And what I am discussing in this writing will focus on two of the newest teachings I have received along my Shamanic path – Extraction and Divination.

In both of these courses I gained new knowledge from Spirit in the most unexpected forms. Some of them not overly pleasant but extremely important to my own growth. Even though I completed the Extraction course first, I have to go in reverse order and start with Divination, which I just recently completed. You’ll see how it connects and flows better for you, this way.

Along Came A Spider Of Divination

Divination to me is a more extended version of journeying. Its essential meaning is to understand hidden or undiscovered knowledge. It adds more depth and variety to one’s shamanic journeying practice.

Instead of journeying to one of the hidden worlds with a specific question you can allow Spirit to make that choice for you or even journey without asking a specific question and be shown what you need to see. I believe this is what happened during my first ever Shamanic healing as a client in 2019.

One can use rocks, symbols, crystals and a connection with certain objects out within nature. These require seeing helpful visions within those various objects and differing journeying techniques.

shamanic rituals, extraction

In this writing I will choose not to focus so much on these as they do not fully gel with me and likely will not be a major part of my practice. That is the beauty of incorporating Divination to your Shamanic practice. There is no dogma or strict regulations.

If it doesn’t fit into your practice, it doesn’t fit. So incorporate what will work for you or the client. At the moment I will focus on a couple of things that worked wonders for me.

The first one is getting answers not from the alternate realms but from the sonic driver itself.

Like Sherlock Holmes playing scales on his violin, I learned how to hold the drum up to the side of my head and play. I would ask a question and the drum would put me in a trance and provide the answer.

I’ve continued practicing this method after the course completed, and I already feel the connection getting stronger. It’s about becoming one with the instrument and its vibration. A very neat strategy to add to my Shamanic toolkit.

The other one I would like to share involves casting objects onto a grid.

The number I used was eight and I believe is fairly standard. Jot down a question. And then, through the guidance of a drum, you will journey in the Middle World. In that state, you will write down the first word that comes to you on a chart. Each object has a meaning in the Lower, Middle and Upper World.

After that is done you bring out the casting grid. Now, I’m not a big crystal person but I assume it’s similar to what’s known as a crystal grid. The grid is divided into the three worlds and you literally shake and cast your objects from nature and see which world they land in.

casting grid, shamanism

I don’t mean to make light of this but it is almost equivalent to a spiritual version of the game Yahtzee. Board games were a major part of my childhood so it took me back…it was fun. But what I wasn’t expecting was the result.

In order to complete this exercise, you take the objects that landed in each section and match them with the words you wrote on your chart. Put them into your journal, then tie them together in complete sentences.

I can’t guarantee this is the same result each time, but what came through for me was the Lower World was where I am. The Middle World is the transformation needed. And the Upper World is where you will soar once that change happens.

This is something I will try again later on. However before I reach the last part of this writing I have to quickly talk about my new animal totems.

My spirit animal is the mourning dove. Ever since I first connected with it a couple of years back, I cannot underestimate the amount of help it has been to me. What I came to unknowingly realize in my Shamanic studies is that animal totems or your power animals can manifest in this realm if they need your attention.

In my Journeying course, back in the spring, I connected with a new power animal in the Lower World that ended up being a beetle. About a month before this writing I found a big nasty Jewel Beetle crawling across my kitchen floor. Never had one before or since but the meaning behind the beetle is basically focus and productivity.

On some other Lower World journeys I would see a big spider lurking around and it was quite alarming. Big spiders kind of creep me out. Not a fan and when I saw one in the Lower World I wasn’t frightened of it. If I was, it would have likely meant to be some sort of lesson involving shadow-work or dealing with something unpleasant. 

During this course I finally got wind that this was a totem that wasn’t there to hurt or frighten me but to work with me.

One of the main meanings behind a spider totem is to weave a ‘web of dreams’ and will give you clarity of how and what to manifest in your ideal world.

spider as a spirit animal, spiritual meaning of spider web

This is exactly what happened however the journey ended just when I was getting clarity. I was disappointed but I didn’t want to disrupt the class and decided to come back to it later. Well, the universe decided that too as the practice space got a visit from not one, but two small spiders throughout the day. And they hung around near my space too.

Recently I continued this journey and the spider weaved my web of dreams in the journey and was on its way. I included this amazing story because just because you see animal totems that you may not like in the physical realm, doesn’t necessarily mean that they are there to cause harm or induce fear.

This was a gift I could not have predicted. However when you work with the practice of Extraction it is imperative that you give yourself means of protection. Let’s talk more about that now.

Extraction, Epiphany and the summoning of the ‘Painmaker’

Extraction is essentially a method of removing spiritual illness from an individual (note: NOT a medical illness). This practice is to help rid the energetic body of intrusions disguised in the forms of inappropriate or negative energies. In a worst case scenario, they can show up as attachments or dark entities.

extraction in shamanism, soul retrieval

While this practice is not a substitute for medical help, sometimes energetic ailments can manifest into the physical body. Therefore some long standing pain or tension can subside after this session but also may return if the spirit / energetic body is not properly maintained. Any form of energetic toxicity or negative beliefs or self talk can be whisked away if this practice is used correctly.

And my memory may be fuzzy but I think I wanted to take the Divination course before this one and the timing just didn’t add up. This aspect of Shamanic practice can get pretty serious, and maybe a little scary, as you don’t quite know what you might be dealing with.

Due to the potential danger of this work the practitioner beforehand has to journey to the Upper World and seek protection. Your higher self will help you find your protector guide and merge them with yourself. Yes – this really does happen and can be a little bit overwhelming.

In a fascinating note, mine manifested as Gandalf The White. And when I asked why, the answer was along the lines of ‘You need to protect yourself with the same light energy that I used to defeat the Balrog’.

Okay then. I cannot argue with that one! Once I got that down part, I knew I was ready to go. But yet again I had to expect the unexpected.

I am going to treat the following example as if I were working with a paying client. Out of privacy I am not liable to describe this person’s situation, physicality and where I was able to identify the issues. But what I can describe is what I saw in my mind’s eye and how powerful this work really was from my own perspective.

This individual was late for the course, seemed unsettled and after our meal break just let everything loose and broke down. I felt their pain as about a decade prior I lived through some similar stress without this kind of support system in place.

Not to take pleasure in others’ misfortune but I was ecstatic when I was chosen to perform this work on them! Because deep down I knew I could help. After I merged with my guide and got to work, some amazing things happened.

In Extraction, I would describe the process as being quite similar to a hands-off reiki session.

One could use a pendulum to find the energetic ailments but I was taught how to do the same function with my hands and when the hand shakes. That’s where you know work needs to be done. I essentially became the pendulum.

using a pendulum or using hands for an extraction session in shamanism with the client

Once I knew which area to work on, I started getting visions. And I’ll say it was a combination of a surgeon digging out unwanted tissue, and scooping out the innards of a pumpkin to carve a Jack-O-Lantern.

That may sound gruesome but it’s essentially what I saw and was a reminder of how badly this area was affected with negative energy. Extraction requires a scooping motion to remove the intrusion, so that’s likely why I saw what I saw.

Fast forward to after the session was done and this individual was at a new level of calm and clarity. They were grateful and so was I. I’ll be seeing them again when I resume courses in the Fall, and I hope the work I was able to do with Spirit running through me had a lasting effect.

Sometimes those in the most despair can be some of our greatest teachers. The entire experience was an epiphany that I was on the right track and that I could really do this and potentially make a difference to others.

Fast forward to mid summer for myself. Due to the outcome of some personal situations, my mental health took a bit of a dive. A lot of it was due to being stuck in what felt like similar karmic patterns I couldn’t seem to break.

To get through this, I may have performed a version of Extraction without even realizing it. All of the negative thoughts and energies that were tearing me up internally needed to be defeated. In order to do that I had to give it a face, a voice and a name.

The faces were three villains in my scope of pop culture morphed into a hideous entity (hint: I mentioned one earlier in this writing) and I called it the Painmaker. Once I made this assessment I was able to not only have internal dialogue with it but to tame it. And eventually cast it out.

Since this revelation, it has made its return but I cast it out again. It’s not going away any time soon but when it comes to corrupt my energy and well being…I’m ready to battle.

I brought this up to my Shamanic teacher and was told this could be a form of Soul Retrieval.

What The Future May Hold…

I hope you enjoyed this read. It was a long one but the deeper I get into my explorations with shamanism, that is how it’s going to be.

I will complete the final part of this written trilogy in late 2021 after I have completed all of my courses. The next writing I publish may even be talking about opening my own practice. But first I will learn about the other Shamanic modes: Psychopomp, Soul Retrieval (a further showdown with the Painmaker perhaps?) and Entering The Dreamtime.

At this stage I have no idea what that last one means but I’m sure it will be incredible. In closing I just wanted to say once again, that everything written in this series is from the perspective of a novice. It is meant for others to learn about this ancient, sacred healing art and hopefully inspire the reader to pick up their own practice personally or professionally one day.

Phantom Phil
Phantom Phil

Phantom Phil hosts the mysterious, paranormal and spiritual podcast Unexplained Inc. and his show is a member of the Void Podcast Network. Phil has experience blogging on his site The Phantom Hub. He is also currently in the middle of Shamanic training and while is nowhere near being an expert is thrilled to share his discovery and journey into this mystical healing modality with you.

5 Fascinating Experiments That Explore the Science of Spirituality, By Brian A.

How can science explain spirituality? Here are incredible experiments that explore the truth of energy, healing and other spiritual ideas.

Spirituality is often thought of as being outside of scientific understanding and yet quantum physics, while still a mystery, is bringing us closer to understanding that which was once thought impossible. Through this article, Brian Alexander, the author of The God Matrix and a writer, lecturer, counsellor and martial arts master shares fascinating experiments that highlight the science of spirituality. Here is what he says.

In order to understand the science behind spirituality we first have to define spirituality. A quick internet search shows a myriad of definitions although there is a common thread running between them—that is the sense of or belief in or connection to something greater than self. It is the connection that we are exploring here. And through understanding the connection to spirituality, we begin to understand spirituality.

The connection to spirituality energy; energy is everything and everywhere. Each culture and language has its own words to describe energy.

Spirit energy is at this point not directly seen or measurable but observation shows it exists. From quantum physics we often hear about quantum entanglement where pairs of subatomic particles, like electrons are entangled and then if one of the particles is ‘flipped’ the other one instantly flips.

This happens if the particles are beside each other or one hundred million light years apart. But how does the distant particle know that its partner has been ‘flipped’? There has to be some type of energetic connection between them. Let’s explore some of the connections together.

#1 – My science experiments with spirituality.

Being interested in energy and energetic healing, I studied and developed my own programs for working with energy. In a fun demonstration of the energy inherent in the body’s systems I would have someone stand in front of me holding their arm out in front of them, fist closed.

science experiment to understand how energy works

Using one or two fingers I would put downward pressure on the hand. Everyone can resist this pressure to a certain level. I would then stand several paces away from the person and direct energy up the person’s arm. Again testing with light pressure the arm was demonstrably weaker. In order to determine if this was a true effect I created a double blind experiment, to eliminate any chance of prediction.

I put 10 pieces of paper in a bowl, 5 said ‘test’ and 5 ‘no test’. First, I had the person holding the arm out blindfolded and the tester was turned so they could not see whether I directed energy or not. I would draw out one of the slips and follow the instruction as to whether to direct energy or not. Then I would turn around so I could not see the results of the test.

The end result was that seven out of ten times the tester’s results corresponded with the sender.

This is a strong correlation that something is definitely happening. Two of the three that tested wrong were in the last five, which showed that everyone was getting tired. I had not allowed enough time to relax between tests.

While we have no way of measuring this energetic connection at this time, we can look at a more human use of this energy to better understand it’s form and function.

#2 – When mice experience healing.

Dr Larry Dossey in his book, Reinventing Medicine: Beyond Mind-Body To A New Era of Healing, talks about faith based and energy healing. In one example he mentions a researcher, Bernard Grad, from McGill University in Montreal. Grad did a number of studies on healing, both local and nonlocal. In one the studies a group of mice had small incisions placed on their backs.

mice experimenting with spirituality

They were then divided into three groups – a control group, a group affected by energy healers and a group that were put in a simulated healing environment but without a healer. Many of the studies were double blind, in other words the ones tabulating the results did not know which mice were which.

The mice affected by the healer showed increased healing; even the mice where the healer did not come in direct contact but rather looked at them on a monitor.

These studies were done in the early 1960s. And were some of the first scientific studies done on energy healing both from a local and a nonlocal or distance perspective.

People often dismiss these results citing the power of positive thinking and the placebo effect. It should be noted however that these mice were not given any special training in either positive thinking or placebos.

These studies show the positive effect one person can have on another through energy contact. What should be noted is that the person affecting the healing contact did not have to be in the same room or even the same part of the country for the effects to work.

#3 – When science recognizes energy healing as alternate therapy.

The work of Dr. Gran inspired others to continue with the research. One of those people was Dr. Dolores Krieger a professor of nursing at New York University.

In his book Vibrational Medicine, Dr. Richard Gerber tells how Dr. Krieger became enthused with the work of Dr. Gran and wanted to see if she could discover physiological changes in humans who had been treated with energy healers. She involved herself with others doing similar studies by offering to provide medical exams to the patients.

energy healing, reiki, science of spirituality

In her research she discovered significant increase in haemoglobin values in healer-treated patients as compared to the control group. This was enough to validate the fact the energy healing had a physiological impact.

Excited by the results Dr. Krieger wanted to know if anybody could be an energy healer. Being told no by local healers did not deter her. She began to study the various methods of energy and touch healing. She later synthesized this in a program she called Therapeutic Touch and began to teach it to nurses.

There are so many other energy healing practices, like Reiki, Pranik Healing, Crystal Healing, etc that deliver such miracle recoveries.

#4 – The telepathy-like connection between different species.

Energy is all around us. We are surrounded by it, immersed in it and affected by it. It is the primary method of communication, especially between species. Nothing demonstrates this more than a study highlighted in, The Secret Life of Plants, by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. 

Many dog owners are aware of a connection that exists between them and their pets. It is not uncommon for a dog to head towards the front door when their human companion leaves from wherever they are to start heading home.

Something similar can happen with house plants. Well not heading to the door! But the plants can energetically know when their waterer is in a state of distress.

plants can respond to energy, the science of spirituality

Tompkins and Bird highlight one study where a group of students were each to draw a secret set on instructions. They were then to proceed into another room for a few minutes then come back. They were to say nothing to the other students.

The other room contained two plants; the instructions were simply to look at the plants, all except one set of instructions that is.

The special instructions had an additional task of taking one of the plants out of its pot, dropping it to the floor and steeping on it. Once all the students had been in the room the surviving plan was brought out and hooked up to a galvanic skin response meter (lie detector).

Students then came by one at a time. When the student who had stepped on the plant came by the meter needle began moving indicating an awareness of danger.

In another example a woman left her house plant attached to the meter while she went on a trip. For her the most stressful part of traveling was the flying, specifically taking off and landing. Returning home she saw that the meter indicated activity corresponding to the times of taking off and landing.

#5 – Explaining the science of spirituality through meditation.

One of the more common methods of getting in contact with this energy is through meditation.

Many studies have shown that regular meditation can have a positive impact on the quality of one’s life but in actual fact meditation can do much more than just effect ones own life.

In 1960, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi predicted that one percent of a population practicing the Transcendental Meditation® technique would produce measurable improvements in the quality of life for the whole population.

To test this a group of approximately 4000 people gathered together in Washington DC for the months of June and July in 1993 and began to meditate. During this period statistics showed that the crime rate did indeed drop anywhere from 15 to 23 percent.

benefits of meditation, group meditation, crime lowered when meditation went up in the city

Other groups have repeated this exercise with similar results. This is certainly a strong indication that there is an interconnectedness to all of us through the energy of the Universe.

Concluding Thoughts

Following these examples we begin to understand the spiritual energy that we are all a part of. The question is how do we, as humans, interact with this energy?

It was a chance encounter with a visiting professor helped tie together many aspects of the human spiritual connection together for me. Unfortunately it was a very quick encounter and I failed to get the details I would need to validate the information he offered me. I have spent a lot of time searching the internet to find examples of the information he shared but to no avail.

You will have to draw your own conclusions as to validity, however to me it makes a lot of sense. What he explained is that on the dendrites, the little information gathering fibres in the brain were even smaller fibres that ended in a quantum connection. In other words, we are all quantumly connected to the Universe.

This explains the concept of ‘group mind’ or collective consciousness, and why two people on different parts of the planet with no knowledge of each other can discover the same thing at the same time. Spy agencies have supposedly studied ‘Remote Viewing’ as a way to gather information.

We feel this connection, this link; it exists in the very background of our awareness and connects us to that. Something, greater than self. And I invite you to lean in and experience its presence for yourself.

Brian Alexander
Brian Alexander

Brian’s work, The God Matrix is one of Vasundhra’s all-time favourite spiritual fictions. He is a Master Trainer in Neuro-Linguistics and a Certified Reiki Master and Chi Kung instructor. He holds a 9th Degree Black Belt in Karate with 54 years of training experience.

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Drum, Rattle & Soul: My Journey into Shamanism by Phil

What is Shamanism? Phil, an enthusiastic shamanic seeker shares his experiences fresh from his journey into Shamanism.

I’ve always been intrigued by shamanic practices but never personally considered trying them for myself. However, I’ve also always wanted someone to be able to share their journey into Shamanism here, so that you as the reader could still learn more.

So it blew my mind away when Phil synchronistically reached out to me a few months, sharing that he was interested in writing about his experiences with Shamanism, to post the articles on My Spiritual Shenanigans.

What else could you and I have asked for, than a kindred spirit open to sharing their story and journey with us? I’m super grateful to him for putting this piece together. I hope you learn much from this and his future stories to follow.

Here’s Phil and his journey into Shamanism.

The Backstory

The calendar year was 2019 and I had hit the wall. I was sore, freezing and on the verge of becoming emotionally numb. Low vibrational energies and death surrounded me almost every day. How did I get here? The previous year, I had tried to manipulate and control every possible outcome in my life. How do you think this worked out for me?

I had been working at a pork processing plant and while I had plenty to be grateful for, in my ways I hit rock bottom. I was professionally dubbed a ‘hog-pusher’ and would push and store the carcasses in a massive multi-room cooler to chill overnight.

This was not the kind of work I imagined myself doing well into my 30’s. Previously I had been on my own spiritual journey of amazing discoveries and synchronicities.

Various practices like yoga, meditation, energy healing and books about spiritual development helped me navigate some rough waters. I overcame a lot of adversity to get to this point. I had no idea (or direction for that matter) how to get through this.

The Breakthrough

As winter had turned to spring of 2019 I took action and did a session with a spiritual counselor. Their work was thorough and something was repeated back to me that I deeply sense. My inner fire was burning low and was risking being extinguished.

silhouette of man standing near window, sadness, tired, burn out

Each day was blending together from one to the next and I was burned out on every level. In fact I had began to think the universe may have been conspiring against me.

Maybe, all the adversity I’d overcome was a fluke. Or even worse a sick joke played on me in an unjust universe. That is how distorted my vibration was and when things were beginning to look their most bleak…it called me!

It? An angel? An entity? An animal? It was a book and that book is called The Lost Art Of Heart Navigation: A Modern Shaman’s Field Manual by Jeff Nixa. Unbeknownst to me, it would change my life forever and get me back on the right path.

The way I saw him helping people touched me deeply. Everything about the story just appealed to me…I had to find someone who did similar work that was local to me. Thankfully, that didn’t take very long.

The Climb

Before I continue with my journey into shamanism, I would like to reiterate that I am still a novice at this point. I am but a conduit to get you connected to experts in the field like Michael Harner, Sandra Ingerman, Jeff Nixa or the late Kenneth Meadows.

My practitioners of past and present have made the decision to remain anonymous and I respect their privacy. But what I can do here is share some of my experience with them and intertwine it with wisdom from said experts.

I went through my first guided journey in May 2019 and it hit me right away. The setup, the visions and the aftermath were beyond description. On the drive home I had felt something that I thought eluded me. I felt complete and the fire was back burning stronger than ever.

I had gone through a process known as Soul Retrieval which is essentially reconnecting lost pieces of your soul that were lost through trauma and emotional distress over the years. In order for Soul Retrieval to work you need to understand the basics of Shamanic Journeying which I will describe for you right now.

In my eyes a Shamanic Journey is similar to a guided meditation. While many can practice meditation in silence I prefer to have what is known as a sonic driver.

I can deepen my own mediation through sound whether it be music, singing bowls or nature itself. You need a sonic driver that can either be a single drum or a rattle (in some cases both).

man playing percussion instrument on grass field near forest, journey into shamanism, shamanic healer

Other sonic drivers and even chanting can be included but usually the drum and rattle work best. The rattle and/or drum keeps a steady beat and can be performed by yourself, a practitioner or done through an audio track with headphones.

Many different modes of ceremony can take place before the journey including smudging, the lighting of a candle, creating an altar of crystals, blocking out all natural light etc.

Each expert in this field has their own variations and I recommend checking them all out to see which one works best for you in your journey into Shamanism.

When I journey indoors I prefer to be lying down under a blanket and if I am outdoors I prefer to journey sitting on a rock or with my spine erect against the trunk of a tree. Play around to find what works.

Once the sonic driver gets into a consistent rhythm you tune into your breath and relax like a meditation. You allow your mind and body to relax so you enter an altered state of consciousness.

One thing that has to take place before the journey is that you have to decide which of the three ethereal realms you will journey too and you will write down a question or declare the intent of your journey. Here is a brief description:

Lower World

Journeying to this world will connect you with your power animal who will guide you along with helping spirits who will show you the answer to your question in the form of a vision.

You will lower into this realm through a desired spot in nature from the physical realm. Where and how differs between each individual and don’t worry as the Lower World is not to be feared nor will it attract low-energetic beings and entities. It is a realm of inner wisdom.

Middle World

The middle world is the realm closest associated to our physical realm here on Earth.

I personally do not have a lot of experience journeying into this realm yet in my journey into Shamanism but it is used to communicate with spirits that live and connect to all things in our physical reality. It can be used to locate lost objects or to communicate directly with nature as a couple of examples.

Upper World

This realm has to be reached by journeying in the form of ascension. In my own experience this realm is above the Earth and space as we know it. It’s what we could call an ethereal realm like ‘the heavens’.

shamanic worlds, three worlds of shamanism, journey into shamanism

I personally climb a long tree trunk to reach this area on my journey. This is the realm that is home to celestial beings, angels and other divine spirits. It can be a great place to meet your Higher Self to gain wisdom of the highest good and to obtain spiritual healing. It is used to help out with connecting to your highest form of being.

The Return

The Real is the primary reality of the Universe. It is the way the Universe is. It is how the Universe works from the inside! No longer is it necessary for you and I continue the search for the mystery of who and what we are. It was here within us all the time. We just looked everywhere else but here. It is this recognition since ancient times that has been called enlightenment.”
Kenneth Meadows: 2002
Shamanic Spirit: A Practical Guide To Personal Fulfillment (Chapter: The Path of Love And Harmony Pg. 221)

If I hadn’t entered into the world of Shamanic Journeying in spring of 2019 I don’t know where I would be today. Not only did I regain my inner fire and eventually here in spring of 2021 sign up to a Shamanic training program but I was able to return to my heart’s path and navigate through these crazy times in the pandemic era.

My current teacher has said this profound quote more than once and I will gladly paraphrase. Basically life is a video game and your spirit is the controller. Your physical self is the avatar navigating its way through the game.

Shamanic journeying to navigating through life is like what the original Game Genie was to the eight bit NES.

I grew up in the late 1980s as a Nintendo kid. It was a borderline obsession of mine for a period of time. But I have to admit some of those games were super hard and took some of the fun out of gaming for me.

shamanism is like a video game

The Game Genie was this expansion pack with a booklet that gave ‘cheat codes’ to some of these Nintendo games. I loved it and made gaming so much more fun knowing that I had unlimited opportunities to get it right.

This device was somewhat controversial at the time as many said it turned kids into mindless cheaters and defeated the purpose of gaming. The reason I bring this up is that since I began Shamanic Journeying, here are some things I learned in the other realms that actually manifested in the physical world:

  • It navigated me to a job that kept me busy and paid during the worst of the pandemic.
  • It has repeatedly shown me people who to connect with, learn from and outright avoid.
  • Shamanism has strengthened my relationship with both my spirit and power animals.
  • I reconnected with two long deceased relatives and was able to give a final goodbye after gaining real world advice from them.

It brought me back to my purpose and has reignited my passion to eventually get fully trained and help others reconnect with their purpose and reason for being.

Shamanic work is sacred. There is so much more I would love to share about my experience and the wisdom I have obtained from other professionals and my personal instructors. However that is not for this time.

I am here to share what I feel is important for someone reading who was at my stage in the journey in 2019. Before I conclude I want to briefly identify some things that Shamanism is not.
  • Shamanism is not a traditional religion.
  • It’s not exclusive to indigenous people only – anyone can learn and journey.
  • It is not a permanent substitute for psychotherapy and western medicine.
  • Also, it’s not all a figment of your imagination when you see visions in your journeys.
  • And it’s not necessary to journey with the aid of psychedelics or hallucinogenic drugs.

I share my personal journey into Shamanism not out of ego or vanity but as an example of how one can find their way back home from the wilderness. Even if that wilderness is behind concrete walls and steel panels.

I am a novice yet I feel like I’ve learned so much and I look forward to bringing you further writings from each stage of my journey. In due course of time, I’ll return to write again in this forum when I am more deeply immersed in my training.

I can be Super Mario trying to defeat Bowser;
I can be Link trying to defeat Gannon;
and, I can be Megaman trying to defeat Dr. Wily.

And you can be on a similar path of the hero’s journey; slaying your dragons and living your best life to be in service of yourself and others. Only if you explore and take the leap.
Phantom Phil
Phantom Phil

Phantom Phil hosts the mysterious, paranormal and spiritual podcast Unexplained Inc. and his show is a member of the Void Podcast Network. Phil has experience blogging on his site The Phantom Hub. He is also currently in the middle of Shamanic training and while is nowhere near being an expert is thrilled to share his discovery and journey into this mystical healing modality with you

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