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.