This is an overview of a basic shamanic journey guided by drumming. In this article, I run through what a journey looks like while giving you tips on how to deepen the journey experience. If you’d like more guidance, you may want to take our Shamanism 101 course.
Preparing for your Shamanic Journey
Preparation is essential for a shamanic journey.
The first important tip is to eat lightly or not at all for a few hours before you start a shamanic journey. You can journey on a full stomach, however, eating lightly generally sets you up for a better experience. Explore different diets to see what is more conducive to a more in-depth experience.
Refrain from alcohol, tobacco, and other substances for twenty-four hours before a shamanic journey. Depending on the individual, certain substances, medications, and drugs can inhibit journeying altogether.
Physical activity or meditation can be wonderful preparation for a shamanic journey. A practice, such as yoga or movement meditation, shifts our attention into the body, focusing the mind and opening the heart. Your favorite light visualization is good to do right before a journey – visualize yourself filling with light, breathing in light and breathing out the light. The ten-minute audio recording called Rattle, Body and Light Meditation is a good starting place.
Give your surroundings some attention. Possibly turn off the lights, draw the shades and turn off the phone/Wi-Fi. You may have a journeying blanket or items from nature that you like to have around you while you journey.
It’s common to have preferred times of the day for a shamanic journey so notice what works best for you. I typically journey first thing in the morning, right before lunch or dinner or later at night.