The sun is setting on my time at home. I am about to take flight on another 4 week trip on Tuesday. While I am always sad to leave the Cabin in the Forest, the sadness is always tempered by the excitement of new adventure.
While the Cabin in the Forest is my favorite place, we have a beautiful country .
Burney Falls, Northern California
I have also taken another type of journey. It is a journey I was introduced to in January. I had just signed up for the Winter Session for Soulodge and was reading Shamanic Journeying by Sandra Ingerman. It was not required reading, but was on the reading list for the class if we were interested. I found it fascinating. As I was reading it, everything seemed so natural that I felt it was something I could do. I was a little disappointed I would not be embarking on this adventure at home since I was traveling to Arizona; but once I was settled into the hotel room, I closed the blinds and relaxed as I let Sandra take me on this Journey. At first I was hyper about where I was going to enter the Earth. Would it be in my Grandpa’s now -grown- over -garden? Or would it be the beautiful stand of birch where I often times sit for thoughtful reflection. What about the white-pine-cathedral? If I chose the wrong spot, would it work? When I finally let my mind calm down, I realized, I would enter from the Lake at the Cabin in the Forest.
So I started breathing deeper, entranced by the Shamanic drum. I visualized me sitting on the lake’s edge, breathing deeper and deeper, slowly standing, then walking into the water, swimming to the center of the current that is created from the incoming creek and outgoing creek, taking a deep breath and diving. Once at the mucky lake bottom, I used my hands to part the muck and opened a hatch, climbed down the stairs and was in a dark , beautiful forest. It was a beautiful world. As I was instructed to have an intention before I journeyed, my intention was to find my totem for my spiritual journeys. At first, I felt I was alone in a deep green, dense forest similar to this picture taken in a redwood forest, but gradually, animals appeared all around me.
An animal I had not seen before slowly and calmly approached me. I asked if he was my totem. He did not answer me. I asked if by picking him up, it would confirm he was my totem and he nodded. I carefully, gently, picked him up and held him in my arms, and admired his beautiful fur. I had read in the book that not all totems want to be disclosed to other people, when I asked if I could share that he was my totem,he said : “not yet”. I heard the drum beat signaling it was time to return and came back to reality. I was amazed at what just happened and had an overwhelming desire to sketch him. So I drove to the nearest Michael’s in Arizona and purchased a sketch pad and pencils. I had not sketched anything for years. Whatever just happened, unleashed an insatiable, creative drive in me and I spent a relaxing afternoon sketching my totem. That creative drive is still alive and awake 7 months after this journey.
The non-spiritual-geek-side in me understands that theta waves induced by the rhythmic drumming created this Journey, but it was wonderful.
I did take a second journey to the upper world, by entering from the tops of the trees. It was beautiful. There were pink calving glaciers, and it felt euphoric. But I was also presented with an image of the elders lovingly smiling at me and telling me in a very gentle, sweet way to use my inside voice. I never felt threatened, or scolded, but when I returned from that Journey I interpreted the message to be that I was not quite ready for this spiritual Journey.
I am excited, because on Monday, while I am still at the Cabin in the Woods, and Pixie posts our lesson, I am ready to Journey again. I probably won’t be posting the results of the journey right away on Monday, but once I process it all I will.
Blessings in Nature and enjoy your journeys , whatever they may be,
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