The Three Worlds

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Before I begin, and assuming you are interesting in making a journey, I want to recommend that you buy one or more of the books I recommended in my last blog. These books have much more detailed information than I can possibly present in this small introductory guide. I started journeying with the CD found in the book Awakening to The Spirit World by Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman. Read chapter three of the book before journeying. It explains everything in wonderful detail. Then use the accompanying CD. I did and my first journey was a success. I still use the CD frequently although I am starting to drum or rattle for myself. Another good book that includes a CD is Sandra Ingerman’s Shamanic Journeying.

There are three worlds: the Lower World, the Middle World and the Upper World. Logical, eh? Actually there are divisions within each world but such a discussion is beyond the scope of this introduction. Entrance to each world is obtained by imagining an entry way which will get you there. Travel to each world using a different entrance for each. You choose your own entrances by making one up for each world. You may use some place with which you are familiar, one that really exists. Choose what is easiest and most appealing to your tastes.

The Lower World contains spirits of plants, animals, rocks and human spirits who are connected with the earth. The Middle World contains the spirit aspect of the world in which we live; in other words, it resembles our physical world but is spirit, not physical. The Upper World is where higher teachers reside and looks different than the other two. The Upper World may be very dark or it may appear very light and even translucent.

Two things are important to note. You usually don’t experience what you think is going to happen. And spirits don’t behave how you expect them to behave. These aspects of Spirit Walking make you realize you are not making it up. It is happening in your head, but it does not occur according to your expectations. And this thought leads us to the last blog of this Introduction: How do we know our Spirit Walking experience is ‘real’? That topic will be my last introductory blog and then I will start sharing my personal experiences from my own journal.

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How to Spirit Walk

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Brainwave Activity

We are able to journey into the spirit world to access helpful spirits while still remaining conscious of our physical surroundings. This is easy to do once you know the simple technique. But before we talk about the technique, let’s examine the activity that occurs in our brains every day. Look at the table below. It shows the four levels of brainwave activity associated with our activities.

Brainwave State Cycles per second Activity
Delta 1 to 3 cps Sleep and dreaming
Theta 4 to 7 cps Spirit Walking
Alpha 8 to 13 cps Resting but awake
Beta 14 to 20 cps Awake and active

Normally we move from Delta to Alpha quickly, not stopping in the Theta state. However, it is possible for us to focus on rhythmic beats, going at 4 to 7 beats per second, and allow our brains to settle to that level. Simply put, that is how it’s done. We use rattles or drums or other rhythmical instruments to create the correct number of cycles per second on which our brains will concentrate. If you’re like me, you never guessed that this was the technique indigenous people were using in their rituals and ceremonies.

The Journey

There is more to the journey than drumming. Drumming is an important tool, but only a tool. We must also form an intention to go on a journey and know why we want to make a journey, that is, know what we want from the journey. We must pick a time and place which will help us relax for the journey; and we must have a way of knowing when our time (15 to 20 minutes) is up.

Journeying is not something we ‘slip’ into. We must make some simple plans. First, find a location where you will not be interrupted for 20 minutes. Sit in a comfortable position; if you sit upright on a couch or chair make sure your back is straight, feet flat on the floor and hands folded comfortably in your lap. Dim the lights. If you journey in the daytime, use a bandanna or other covering over your eyes to keep out the light as much as possible. You can use a drum or rattle yourself but it would be easiest to have someone else drum or rattle the first time. That way they can keep track of the time and know when to stop their drumming. An easier, yet effective, way to journey is to use a CD with drumming and or rattling on it. Pick one that is designed for journeying. Two books I recommend, Awakening to The Spirit World, and Introduction to Shamanic Journeying, come with CDs for this purpose.

Now you are ready to journey. Where do you want to go? What? You didn’t know you had a choice? That’s in my next blog.

Spirit Walking – A Simple Explanation

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Spirit walking is the most universal aspect of what is called shamanic practice. As explained in the Introduction, it is the ability to meet with and communicate with helpful spirits in the spirit world and receive helpful guidance and, sometimes, healing. I’ll discuss the spirit world in more detail in a later blog.

First, let’s briefly discuss shamanism. The term shaman is like a large umbrella which covers a large variety of beliefs and activities which are usually related to specific cultures. Basic to all these beliefs is the understanding that it is possible, and desirable, to contact helpful spirits. In her book titled Awakening to the Spirit World, Sandra Ingerman writes (page ix) “… shamanism teaches that there are doorways into other realms of reality where helping spirits reside who can share guidance, insight and healing, not just for ourselves but also for the world in which we live.”

Shamanic practices have been around since prehistoric times. In the same book, co-author Dr. Hank Wesselman cites a paper (page xvii) published in the American journal Science which states that “ … the shaman’s path may date back to at least 77,000 years ago.” While this date is questioned by some archeologists, most would agree that shamanism has existed for at least 40,000 to 50,000 years. In fact, it still exists across each of our continents today, especially where indigenous peoples reside.

What is the experience like? Each journey is different for each individual. Some people don’t see or hear or feel anything; they just acquire a knowledge and know in their hearts that this knowledge is true. Others have auditory, sensory or visual experiences. These experiences may need interpretation. For example, a visual experience may involve examples or metaphors which need to be analyzed for complete understanding.

Most people have had dreams that seem lifelike. I’ll use my own experience as an example. Many realistic dreams occurred after my wife, Marilyn, died of cancer in 1998. In the first one, early October, I saw her and held her in my arms and she said to me, “I am only here in spirit.” The dream was sad and I cried. But after a while I found I kept having more dreams of her, not reliving past events from our lives, but talking to each other and keeping each other company. I still dream of her occasionally but not as frequently as back then and I do believe she is communicating with me.

Dreams like that are similar to spirit walking. I’ll give another personal example. When I was seven I got a bike for my birthday. I found it was difficult for me to ride without my big brother or father helping me get on. During the night after my birthday I dreamed of a solution which worked. By putting my right foot over the horn box and pushing up with my left foot, I was able to get the bike upright. Then I pushed forward and down with my right. I got the bike going forward and was able to ride by myself. The dream provided the solution to my problem. True, it’s possible this was just my brain working on the problem, but the experience is similar to what happens in spirit walking.

What does a person have do to journey into the spirit world consciously, with intention? You will read about that in my next blog.

WELCOME

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Hi, my name is Paul McAllister. Welcome to my blog, Spirit Walking Journal

Next week I will start bloging an introduction which describes what Spirit Walking is and some of the basics about how virtually everyone can use Spirit Walking to contact helpful spirits for assistance and healing for themselves, their family, their friends and earth itself.

 

All my life I have been investigating alternative spiritual paths. At the beginning it was mostly through reading. In the 1980’s I became interested in meditation. During the 1990’s I meditated with Buddhist monks from Thailand; they represented the Theraveda branch of the Buddha’s teachings. In the mid 1990’s I learned Trancendental Meditation and in the summer of 2000 I learned T.M.’s advanced technique, T.M.-Siddhis. The latter technique required an hour of meditation in the morning and in the afternoon – every day. I faithfully followed this program until 2005 when I felt the need to become more ‘active’ in my spiritual pursuits.

 

So in 2006 I joined one of the esoteric orders whose studies focused on what is referred to as occult sciences. This group, like most groups I have encountered, were focused on helping people make a more positive difference in the world – black magic was forbidden and one of the promises members made was to honor and respect the religious beliefs of all other people. I continued on this course of study, eventually reaching the Portal grade, when I determined I needed to find a new path – not for any bad reasons, but because it was my duty to do so. Having established a solid connection with tarot cards during this time, my cards told me it was time to move on.

 

In March of 2011 I visited the big island of Hawaii and stayed with friends. During my week long visit I had two unusual encounters involving upright stones or K’oa, as the Hawaiians call them. These encounters made a deep impression on me and I was sorry to leave the island and come home. Two weeks later I was awakened at two o’clock in the morning by Hawaiian spirits telling me to come back to Hawaii, in spirit. I did so and was given a choice of continuing on my current path, or of starting a new, unfamiliar one. I chose the new path and I am so happy I did.

 

During the next couple of weeks I will blog about Spirit Walking and what it is. Once I have introduced the topic properly I will then begin sharing my new journey with you in the same order it occurred to me. I pray that my journal will be of interest and help to you, my reader, and to anyone interested in this wonderful path.

 

Blessings!

 

Paul McAllister

June 20, 2013