I start to go down. I am just dropping into the sinkhole. I see lots of tree roots and things sticking out. They brush me a bit. Looking down, it is very dark. I have stopped falling. I am sitting cross-legged. Looking up, I see a dark hole above me, like a cave. I am in a place with narrow ceiling four feet above the ground. There is a dirt floor. There are grass and stones.
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I am on all fours. I start crawling through the cave. It is not so dark that I cannot see. There is some light. There is a windy tunnel. It opens to a cavern. There is a lake at the bottom of the cavern.
There is a boat. There are murals, or hieroglyphs on the walls. I get into the boat. It starts floating out into the lake. I put my hands in the water. It is very dark, a dark navy blue. There is a creature in the water. It looks like a seal. It is coming up to the boat. It is floating around the boat. It is greyish in color. This is my power animal. The seal is swimming ahead of the boat. Somehow, the boat is following it. It is swimming on top of the water. I am not sure what to think of it. I am going towards what could be sunlight or moonlight.
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The lake is narrowing. There is an archway, not a tunnel, which opens and the water flows out through it like a river. It is moonlight and forest. There are tall, tall trees, like cedars. The seal is swimming around the boat and it pushes it over to the side. There is a path. I walk along a path beside the river and leave the boat behind. The seal follows me.
scepabnerguadist.ga/spanish/an-overview-of-exodus-coming-out.pdf We come to some kind of cliff. There is a waterfall. I am standing on a cliff on a mountain overlooking a city. It is nighttime, with lots of lights. It is not artificial light, but candlelight and firelight. I stop. I sit down on a rock and look at the city. The seal stays in the water and moves toward to the edge and looks with me. I am not frightened. It is not somewhere I have been.
I get the feeling that someone was here before me, but I have not seen them. I get up and walk along a path. I get back into the boat. The seal leads the boat back through an archway into a cavern and into the middle of the lake. It swims up beside the boat and almost gets into the front of the boat. It looks at me. It is a seal, but the face is almost more human than seal. It is trying to tell me something. It gets back into the water and swims circles around the boat.
It disappears into the dark, swimming half in, and half out, of the water.
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I go back into the tunnel. Back into the hole. I am going back up and coming out of the water. I am back on the ground and out of the sinkhole. I am on the path, walking. As you can see, the shamanic journey shares some characteristics with dreams. In both realms, the image is the main form of communication. Players in both realms understand what is asked of them and how to communicate without necessarily resorting to words. There is much more information contained within a simple interaction than would appear if actions were taken only literally.
Forms can shift without logic but the form shift seems utterly logical at the same time. This shapeshifting or form-shifting is common in non-ordinary reality.
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I am sure there are more reasons for this than I understand. But some explanations lie in the fact that the spirits or energies using the form or image to communicate are not always in complete control of the world of form. And, they tend to choose forms that suit the moment and fill the need of communication in the present without so much regard to future form as a basis of communication.
Also, more information can be conveyed in shape or form shifting, so spirits or energies tend to use these changes to add complexity and shading to the information they are trying to convey. Most important, in both the dream and the journey, information is presented that completely circumvents the constructs and defenses of the conscious mind. In dreams, the coding of this information is often more intricate than in the journey. I suspect, however, that the intricacy of the coding in dreams is due more to lack of intentionality than anything else. Most of us tend to bumble, willy-nilly, through the issues of our lives.
Because of this, the messages our dreams contain often seem to be scatter-shot, rather than carefully aimed.
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This is due to the lack of corresponding target in conscious-mind reality rather than any failure in communication in the dream itself. Because the attention is so focused in the journey, the images are more easily related to the intention of the journey. The nature of the focus or target is, in fact, the main difference between dreams and shamanic journeying. The journey is intentional and focused. The dreamer does not necessarily intend what he will dream.
Although I would argue the same mechanism, the self, operating at a soul level, is directing both sets of content. The person making the journey chooses when to enter and when to leave the journey; the dreamer, unless he is lucid dreaming, typically does not appear to have control over when the dream begins and when the dream ends. In any case, I use both the dream and the journey within the context of hypnotherapy to help the client establish contact with a greater sense of self.
This information can focus our attention on past issues that need to be reviewed and re-integrated. Or, it can guide us as we begin to form an expanded sense of self in conscious-mind reality. Once we begin to establish contact with guidance, in the forms of nature it takes within the shamanic context, we are in a position to ask specific questions. Once Judith had established a relationship with the seal, she could take a second journey to ask her question about energy patterns. She took the same path, leaving from the same place in ordinary reality and returning to the same place in the Lower World to find the seal.
This question was born out of her perception that she had begun to shut herself off from interaction with people in order to preserve her physical energy. She was not happy with this solution and was looking to find a new way of dealing with energy in her relationships with others. I am going back down into the sinkhole again, through the water, down the hole. I am at the bottom now. I am in a narrow tunnel, crawling through the tunnel.
I am back in the cavern. There are some stone steps down to the water. There is the boat. I get back into the boat and sit down. There are two sets of hieroglyphs on the wall. There are dark blue ones, which were the ones that were there before, and there are same-sized bright red ones underneath. I am floating into the middle of the lake. The seal pops up in front of the bow of the boat.
It is floating on its back. I am glad to see it. It does not frighten me. It does not want me to be frightened. I am actually frustrated. I want to be in the water, not in the boat. The seal lets me know it is okay to go into the water. I take off my clothes and jump into the water with the seal. It swims around me, not circling, but just so I feel comfortable with it. I swim over to a rock, which is in a series of rocks coming out from the shore of the lake.
They are smooth and rounded; I get onto the very tip of one. The seal swims back and forth in front of me. I ask the question. The seal swims further out into the water. It starts swimming, with the top half of its body out of the water. It is glowing. It is as though I can see an aura around it. It is a white light, about two feet out from its body. Then it dips under the water. It swims off to the left and floats on its back.
There is a yellow, doughnut-shaped ring around its body — about one and a half feet away from its belly. It is trying to teach me how to see the energy so I know what kind of energy it is. It swims, still on its back. It floats up towards me. I am supposed to touch the yellow light. I put my hand six inches into the light. It makes me a bit agitated. But what I can do is use the energy coming from my hands to push back on the aura from the seal. When I push it back, I feel safe. I can see the energy that comes off my hand when I do that.
The seal comes out — again with the top half of its body out of the water. There is a bluish white light fully around it. It is too dark. It comes closer. I push my hands onto it. I can feel where it begins. And the feeling is the seal is trying to show how it can transfer beneficial energy to me. It does not deplete me. I want to give it some of my energy without feeling threatened by that. It feels very, very good. A good, loving feeling is going back and forth between us. The red hieroglyphs are doing something.
It is more intense now. I have noticed them again. The seal is swimming with its head out of the water, looking at me moving away. It fades into the darkness. I get up and go back toward a narrow tunnel and crawl along. I am going up through the hole and up out of the water. I am on the path walking out of the sinkhole. The information Judith was given here by the seal was profound, to say the least.
Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Reluctant Shaman , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 15, Mary Ker rated it really liked it. I was struck by the correspondences with the philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism, and found some of the ways concepts were put in the book easier to access than I have found them before. I would say, in fact, that this book allowed me some significant spiritual milestones that have eluded me to date.
Jul 29, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: owned-books. A great tale that has insight into living a Shamanistic path, but it needs to go along with a pre-existing study of the practices. May 16, Ruby rated it really liked it. Sometimes I don't want a book to end. This is a great story told well. Jun 03, Infinidimincorp rated it really liked it. Incredibly fluid writing and compelling depiction of South American Indigenous stories carry this book - but as a narrative, it feels incomplete - as a manual for spiritual training, it feels an odd choice, and I spent the whole book wondering if it was really true.
It all seems too good to be true. Many of the experiences Whitaker writes about feel hauntingly familiar to my own spiritual experiences, and yet Peruvian Shamanism delivered up guilt free with Californian spirituality blending al Incredibly fluid writing and compelling depiction of South American Indigenous stories carry this book - but as a narrative, it feels incomplete - as a manual for spiritual training, it feels an odd choice, and I spent the whole book wondering if it was really true.
Peruvian Shamanism delivered up guilt free with Californian spirituality blending all the way through Is it real? Did it really happen? Certainly tempted to track down more of Whitaker! May 05, Michele rated it really liked it Shelves: shamanism , biographies-and-memoirs. The book is still good as gold. Sometimes old books and old stories get better with age - certainly this applies to Whitaker's life experiences as written in her book "The Reluctant Shaman". She goes from her more simple life in Santa Cruz into a whole new universe of spiritual explorations. She expands her world inside and out as she learns some new profound teachings and experiences many revelations- which she passes along to the reader.
May 08, Pauline Evanosky rated it it was amazing. Her teachers Domino and Chea guide her into a different way of looking at the world and at life. As a channel I recognized these same steps into a life of speaking with Spirit; both wonderful and terrifying at the same time. As you read this book you have the opportunity to begin thinking of your own life and what it might be like if you no longer positioned yourself as a victim. Having more control over your life is a good thing and Kay shows the first tentative steps she took into a new awareness.
In a few years I will probably read it again. Feb 04, Jennifer marked it as abandoned. I'm not sure why I gave up on this book, but I just couldn't finish it. Nothing was wrong with the writing, and I actually think I might have read this when I lived in Santa Cruz, but there's a lot that's fuzzy from that time! View 1 comment. May 14, Sam rated it really liked it. This story spoke to me. I could relate to the author and what she was going through on her spiritual journey. Ostara rated it liked it Jun 26,