Journeys right before Introduction to Shamanic Journeying class

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July 27, 2011 I journeyed with the intention of seeing the divine light within me. I went to the lower world through the cave. The eagle flapped its wings indicating it would take me. I merged with the eagle and flew skyward. We went to my back yard where I saw myself sitting on a bench. Surrounding me was a pale white light. The center of the light, which coalesced in my heart, was like a white pearl. We returned to the cave.

July 30th, I met with my power animals in the lower world. I asked them why I had such negative emotions this morning. The fox said, “It’s what you ate.” I thought about it and didn’t understand until I realized it was really what I drank, two gin martinis with sweet vermouth. (Later I realized I had accidentally used a larger shot glass, making each martini the equivalent of one and a half martinis.) Next we went to the upper world. Halfway up I met an Indian woman I had previously met but she looked older this time. She indicated she is to help me improve my love for and empathy with humanity.

August 3rd, my intention was to get a better understanding of our purpose as humans. I had many visions, too many to remember. However my understanding is that we need to cooperate with the unfolding of life and participate it by creating our world with intention and will. In order to do this we must be well grounded and live a balanced, harmonious life.

I went on vacation to visit my grandkids, daughter and son-in-law August 5th through the 12th.

On August 19th I sent with my eagle power animal to see the Ancient One. My intention was to learn what else I could do to proceed along the shamanic path. He told me but I could not remember what he said because I was swept into daydreaming for a long time. Perhaps it was influenced by the allergy pill I take during ragweed season (August 15th until the first frost).

Next blog: Lauren’s Introduction to Shamanic Journeying class

Finding a Teacher of Shamanic Studies

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What should you look for when seeking a teacher of shamanic studies? First, their teachings should help you stand on your own two feet because shamanic practice is called the path of direct revelation. You must learn deal directly with helpful spirits and develop a personal relationship with them.

Second, you must be willing to set your ego aside in this process. So you should find a teacher who has learned to set their ego aside. If they call themselves a ‘Shaman’, look closely to see if they have learned this lesson themselves. I have read that a person who calls themselves a shaman risks losing their contact with the spirits and losing the power they have attained.

Third, the teacher should provide simple instructions on how to journey. He or she should not tell you what to expect in great detail because each journey is unique to each person. If the prospective teacher has too many rules, think about finding someone else. The journeying process is simple. My recommendation is that your first class should be the one where you learn how to journey. That’s what I did, even though I had learned from Sandra’s book and CD.

When I decided to look for a teacher of shamanic studies I went to Sandra Ingerman’s website. Her site lets you search for a teacher based upon your location. Since I live in the Chicago Metropolitan area, this is what I did and how I found Lauren Torres and her website. My search took place in late July, 2011. I found that Lauren had a class scheduled for early September, “Introduction to Shamanic Journeying”, and I signed up. Since then I have taken three more classes from Lauren and I have signed up for a fifth. I will blog about each of the classes later.

Next blog:  Last journeys before the “Introduction to Shamanic Journeying” class.

A Gift from the Ancient One

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During early July, 2011 I was on vacation for a week. I didn’t journey while I was gone.

After returning, I journeyed on July 10th, 13th, 14th, and 20th. In these journeys I was practicing the Transformation Exercise from page 170 of Awakening to the Spirit World. In this exercise, I use one of the fifteen minute tracks on the accompanying CD. First you relax in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed; you close your eyes and remember that your intention is to experience the divine light. As the drumming begins, you simply remember your intention, repeating it to yourself as necessary. This light is the light of your soul as opposed to connections to your body or mind. Some people ‘see’ the light. I experienced a feeling of increased energy. Sometimes I saw blue and green light, much like I did when I performed Transcendental Meditation.  I liked the vibrations associated with this exercise.

On July 22nd, I woke up at 3:00 AM and couldn’t get back to sleep. I got back up, sat on the front room couch and journeyed using track three. My intention this journey was to learn more about the world of spirit. I journeyed directly to the Upper World. In my case the Upper World exists on a mountain. The sky is in a perpetual state of sunset; dark clouds overhead with the sun’s crescent setting in the distance, on the dessert floor below. I love it! I feel at home there.

The Ancient One was waiting for me, sitting on a large rock looking off into the distance. I asked him for help exploring the Upper World. He looked at me, smiled, put out his hand and a bald eagle appeared out of the darkness and  perched on a nearby rock. I know the next part seems incongruous but this is how the spirit world works. I climbed onto the eagle’s back and put my arms around its neck. The eagle and I became one. We took off and soared through the spirit world. On the journey I encountered people I knew. I had many experiences but I could not remember them after returning from the journey. Perhaps it was because I loved flying so much. I never experienced anything like it before. It was distracting.  It was my first flying experience. There were more to come. And as I found out on future journeys, the bald eagle was now my fourth power animal.

In spite of the success I was having, or maybe because of it, I felt a strong need to validate my experiences. Was I doing this right? Were my journeys to the spirit world real or was I fooling myself and imagining everything? I decided to find out.

Next blog: Finding a teacher of shamanic studies who can help me validate my experiences.

Ancient Wisdom – Life on Earth

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I read that some Hawaiian people believe they are descended from ancestors who came from a group of stars named the Pleiades. The Pleiades are located near the constellation Taurus and can only be seen in the northern hemisphere in winter. Also known as the Seven Sisters, the Pleiades are about 440 light years away. I find this Hawaiian idea interesting and thought provoking. However I realize that this idea would have been ridiculed when I was a child. Back then, before space travel and modern astronomy, people thought that such ideas were primitive fairy tales. They knew exactly how the Earth had been created, in seven days, as described in the Bible.

A couple of months ago I saw an online article in Yahoo News about an Astrobiologist named Professor Charles S. Cockell. The professor read about Moore’s law, the one that says the complexity of computers increases, by doubling the number of transistors per integrated circuit, every two years. He read how a mathematician had used Moore’s law in reverse and determined that computers began in 1960, just after the first microchips were invented. Professor Cockell decided to use the law to see how long ago all biological life had been created. The Professor substituted neucleotides for transistors and genetic material for circuits. His result indicated that all life began about 10 billion years ago.

Since the age of the Earth has been estimated at 4.5 billion years, it meant life existed in the universe before the creation of earth. So was new life created here or did it come from somewhere else, and if so, how? Many scientists now believe that life on Earth began when meteorites from other parts of the universe crashed onto our planet. Inside the meteorites were bacterial spores. Once on Earth, these spores grew and became the building blocks of life here. Maybe the Hawaiians were right all along.

Perhaps the knowledge of ‘modern man’ isn’t as new and highly advanced as we think it is. As you probably know, there other examples of Ancient Wisdom being supported by modern science. If you know of some, leave a comment and I’ll include them when we explore more Ancient/modern ideas in future blogs on this subject.

Next blog: More journeys and a special gift from the Ancient One

First Journeys – part 3

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June 29th I awoke several times in the early morning and felt a stream of energy coming out of my heart and solar plexus areas. The energy was flowing from me into the book I was writing, “Pauly’s Mother”. This was a powerful feeling. It seemed like I was using my autobiography as a healing tool.

Two days later I awoke to find myself thinking about a healing song.  I wrote it down right away:

Sing a song of healing

Sing a song of love

You will get the feeling

That comes with the light from above

I knew more words could be added if I played with it. Later in the day I went to the keyboard and sang it with chords C, F and G. I imagined a bridge of G-F-G-A and C-G-F-C.

At this point I took a break and went on vacation with friends. We went to South Haven, Michigan from July 2nd to July 9th.

Next blog: Ancient Wisdom – Life on Earth

Ancient Wisdom


In every age, mankind thinks that it’s ideas are the most modern, the most correct and that people of past times were primitives who knew nothing and lived less valuable existences than modern man. We of the twenty-first century are also guilty of this false belief.

Starting next week I am adding a new category to my blog called Ancient Wisdom. It will be for periodic posts that will relate modern day knowledge and science with the legends and beliefs of our ancestors. Topics will include the beginning of life on Earth,  the unity of all creation and other topics which will demonstrate that our ancestors are far more intelligent than we have been taught.

I hope in this way to honor our ancestors whether they are connected to us genetically, energetically or spiritually. They pave the way for us. If we are lucky, we will meet them when we journey and can thank them for past, present and future help to mankind.

May our ancestors continue to bless us all!


More Early Journeys


My first journeys were unusual because they set the stage for later journeys and they were, after all, my first experiences with the spirit world. But not all my journeys have been as visual nor as significant. Sometimes I needed guidance on less important issues. In these journeys I got the answers I needed but the answers were only as spectacular as the questions; mundane questions usually result in mundane answers. For example, I wondered if it would help for me to wear certain colors while journeying. The answer was that colors might mean something to me, but the spirits didn’t seem to care.

Another time I approached the Ancient One asking for assistance in sending healing energy to an out of town friend who was suffering from ALS; a disease that attacks the nervous system. Currently there is no cure for ALS nor any way to mitigate its negative effects. The Ancient One immediately changed into a muscular, younger man with dark hair who acknowledged my request, sat cross-legged, and closed his eyes to ‘see’ what could be done. I tried to focus on my friend too but was unable. Finally the younger man looked at me and said, “She is gone.” This told me it was too late. She passed away about a year later.

At this time I was in the process of writing the fifth, and last, version of my childhood autobiography, Pauly’s Mother. I journeyed to ask for help remembering Christmas, 1952 so I could include details of that in my book. I received a number of images of toys I had played with, but nothing impressive. While writing later that day, I suddenly remembered that was the Christmas I got my Lionel train. This was a wonderful gift to write about because I could remember many details of the toy, putting the track together with my brother and father, and the fun the three of us had playing with it. I guess sometimes you have to patiently wait for the answer to your request.

Later in June I journeyed to learn more about my power animals, and received information on each of them. Then I asked the Ancient One for a spirit to help me with my writing and he assigned one. Later I used numerology for the names of the spirits I knew as well as the power animals; this helped me understand their purpose.

Around this time I did a Tarot reading for myself, asking about the new path I had chosen. I started learning Tarot cards n 2004 and had developed a great relationship with the cards over the years. I chose to use the Celtic Cross spread. The first card is called the significator. The first and second cards in the spread give the essence of the whole reading. The significator card in this case was the Death card. The Death card is about transformation, the end of one phase and the beginning of another. I was glad to see it. Transformation was what I wanted to find. The rest of the reading told me that I needed to have first-hand experience in order to be able to truly stand on my own.

Next blog: Dreams, a healing song and July journeys

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